This small exhibition in the entrance hall of the British Library showcases some fantastical cityscapes by visual artist Michael Takeo Magruder.
By using traditional materials and cutting–edge digital technology, Magruder has combined the Library's own digital collection of historic maps with some live data, to create a fictional cityscape.
You'll be able to explore how our increasingly digital world might change the future of such exhibitions by examining algorithmically generated maps and 3D virtual environments that have been transformed by traditional techniques like fine art printing, and metal gilding.
Craig’s review of British Library – “The British Library is a construction of such monumental ugliness that it's worth seeing simply for that. Come and see the ugliest building in London! It's as if they've tipped a billion bricks into a pile and now they're waiting for the builders to start putting it all together. Only they won't. Because it's finished. This is it. Now it just sits on the side of the E… continued”
The New Londoners — British Library – 22 Mar to 7 Jul 2019 – An exhibition of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, who has captured families living in their London homes.
My Teenage Diary — Jan Ravens & Rufus Hound – 28 Mar 2019 – Rufus Hound will asking impressionist Jan Ravens to dust off her teenage diary and read extracts of it out in public.
Writing — Making Your Mark – 26 Apr to 27 Aug 2019 – This exhibition will explore the history of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs right up to our modern communication tools
British Museum — Lost Kingdoms Sleepover – 16, 17 Mar, 13 and 14 Apr 2019 – Treat your kids to a sleepover at the British Museum where they'll learn about lost kingdoms in Africa, Asia and South America
London Festival of Railway Modelling – 23 to 24 Mar 2019 – The London Festival of Railway Modelling will have over 40 working layouts and 120 exhibitors selling paint and trains.
Mary Quant — Victoria & Albert Museum – 6 Apr 2019 to 16 Feb 2020 – An exhibition of dresses by the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant who became synonymous with the Swinging Sixties
Easter egg trail at the Bank of England Museum – 8 to 18 Apr 2019 – Your kids can win a little prize if they manage to complete the easter egg trail at the Bank of England Museum.
Look for more museum exhibitions in April
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy British Library then you might like to visit Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Russell Square), Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Temple), Globe Theatre (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Southwark), Keats’ House (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Hampstead) and Sherlock Holmes Museum (walk it in 30 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Baker Street)
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