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Artists have been coming to Britain for hundreds of years to design medals to mark historical events and celebrate famous figures. The British Museum currently owns over 70,000 of them, and this free exhibition will collect together some of the finest examples from the last six centuries.
The earliest medal in the collection is a portrait of Mary Tudor, which was designed by the Italian Jacopo da Trezzo in the mid-16th century. Artists from many countries continued to play a vital role in the development of medallic art in Britain, and the exhibition will feature not only the best of their work, but also explore the rivalries that developed between them and British-born artists.
> Craig’s review of British Museum – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”
Reimagining Captain Cook – 29 Nov 2018 to 4 Aug 2019 – The British Museum will be marking the anniversary of Cook's Pacific voyage by looking at it from the Islander's perspective
Rembrandt — Thinking On Paper – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Master's death
Edvard Munch — Love And Angst – 11 Apr to 21 Jul 2019 – The British Museum will be putting on the largest exhibition of Edvard Munch's prints in the UK for nearly half-a-century
Japanese Manga exhibition – 23 May to 26 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of Japanese manga art exploring its cultural crossover and the global appeal of anime and cosplay dressing up
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Look for more museum exhibitions this month
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy British Museum then you might like to visit Petrie Museum (you can walk it 10 mins), Sir John Soane’s Museum (you can walk it in 7 mins), Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the train from Tottenham Court Road to South Kensington) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Tottenham Court Road to Bond Street)
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