Cultural Wednesday Wishes

Gingerbread advent, the Queen’s picture gallery and a really really short history of Europe all feature in my Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week.

Exhibition of the Week – part 1

Buckingham Palace is undergoing a bit of facelift with the electrics and plumbing being updated in the Picture Gallery.  All sixty five paintings that usually hang in the gallery are being taken down. Then for the first time ever they all going to be on public show together in a public gallery, the Queen’s Gallery from 5 December.  In the meantime take a look at the Picture Gallery being prepared.

Exhibition of the Week part 2

Portraits depict people or pets.  Lynette Yiadom-Boakye specialises in portraits but is no ordinary portrait artist, her paintings depict imaginary people.  Who the paintings are and what the people would be like is left to us.  I am really looking forward to seeing and imagining the maybe people in her paintings at the Tate Britain from 2 December 2020 – 9 May 2021.

Christmas Fair of the Week

Christmas Shopping at the Garden Museum’s Beautiful and and Useful Fair is always a source of beautiful gifts.  No jaunt to Vauxhall this year as the fair is going online.  You can browse the stalls ahead of time but selling goes live over the weekend 4 – 5 December

Advent Calendar of the Week

The Gingerbread City is one of my highlights in the run up to Christmas.  This year the architectural bakers are keeping their creations at home.  As consolation the Museum of Architecture who organise the Gingerbread City have an online advent calendar with highlights from previous cities and activities for each day.

Talk of the Week

The Imperial War Museum has an online conversation this weekend looking at Christmas at War and Paintings in the 1940’s.  Two of the museum’s experts will be chatting about how families coped with wartime separation at Christmas and how London was depicted.  Sounds fascinating.  You can buy tickets on the Imperial War Museum website.

Museum Membership of the Week

The National Portrait Gallery is shut for the next two years for a major overhaul. That might make now seem like an odd time to take out membership but if you buy it now you get three years for the price of one. You will get access to the collection online, 20% off in the shop (and it is a great shop), special online events, a magazine and you will be first in line to see the brand new galleries when they reopen.

Book of the Week

My teens love a good bookshop and the last time they were let loose in one they bought my birthday presents.  This week I finally got round to reading the final book … The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst.  As its title suggests it is a slender volume that tells the history of Europe from Ancient Greece to the modern day. An excellent primer for understanding how our continent came to be as it today.

If you click on the link and buy a book from Waterstones I will receive a small amount of money.

Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?



  1. April 1, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    Kettle’s Yard is my fav museum of all time. x

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Love it too, haven’t been since its revamp that was scheduled for Easter but will have to wait

  2. April 1, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    Ooh, weekly suggestions! Every cloud… and love that the V&A are (virtually) spoiling their members still

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      It was a lovely surprise on Monday

  3. April 15, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    You’re too kind, thanks Catherine. And as always, you manage to highlight new and exciting things to see which I didn’t know about. I’ve never managed to make it to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, so thanks for the Opera North tip.

    • Catherine
      April 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      Hopefully the seats should be comfier

  4. May 20, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Giverny is a dream! It was the inspiration for many a decorated room.

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:14 am

      I really do need to visit

  5. Jane Ayres
    May 20, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Great blog as always. So much good info.
    We visited Monet’s beautiful home. The gardens are stunning and the house had a wonderful feeling of peace…at least it did before the guide blue his whistle at us when Ed,aged 12, touched a sofa😩😩

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      I can see that an officious whistle would destroy the peace

  6. May 20, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    So many of the things I love in this post. The Garden museum is such London Gem, the Dutch House is a fabulous read, and who doesn’t love Kew. We should have been going to Giverny in June. I’ve wanted to go for so long, this is one of the cancellations I’m saddest about

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:25 pm

      Hopefully next year xx

  7. May 23, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    I went to the Chelsea Flower Show when I lived in London and had such a great time! It’s a gorgeous show, and I’m in awe of your dad visiting or judging every year bar two.

    • Catherine
      May 23, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      He was a Plantsman to his fingertips

  8. Lena Hartl
    June 9, 2020 / 9:45 am

    Oh I hear you about Epsom! My husband is born on Derby day and we always got as a couple to the Oaks and then on the Saturday we get tickets for the Hill enclosure and meet up with family, friends and their kinds to enjoy a picnic. It’s the one thing I really really missed during lockdown…

    • Catherine
      June 9, 2020 / 10:08 am

      They will run it later behind closed doors but it is the picnics and gathering of people that make it special.

  9. November 18, 2020 / 12:51 pm

    Loving those lights. Another great blog as always.x

  10. November 23, 2020 / 12:57 pm

    We are looking forward to seeing Tate Britain’s glorious light installation, fits so well 2020 brave new world and all that mix of Hindu mythology, colonial history and Bollyood feels very topical Xo

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