Welcome to Wednesday Wishes my top tips for the best the cultural London has to offer. This week Gingerbread, North Sea Crossings, Caribbean vibes and German history.
Gingerbread of the Week
Visiting the Gingerbread City is one of my pre-Chirstmas London highlights. Every year the Museum of Architecture brings together a band of architects, engineers and engineers to create a city made of Gingerbread. They are given a theme, this year the theme is Nature in the City and then each practice designs, bakes and builds a Gingerbread building. If you fancy a go at Gingerbread construction yourself there are gingerbread workshops too. Festive, creative and fun. Make sure you book via the Gingerbread City website before you visit as tickets usually sell like hot gingerbread.
North Sea Crossing of the Week
North Sea Crossings were only way that I ever went abroad until I was well into my twenties. So I have a visit to Oxford earmarked for early in the New Year to visit the exhibition which opened at the Bodleian Libraries this week North Sea Crossings: Anglo-Dutch Books and the Adventures of Reynaud the Fox. It promises to explore the the history of Anglo-Dutch relations from 1066 to the Glorious Revolution and the way that relationship has shaped literature, books and indeed libraries like the Bodleian. Books, travel and The Netherlands, all things close to my heart. Even better the exhibition is free. You and I have until 18 April to get to the Bodleian to see it.
Exhitbiton of the Week
Life Between Islands 1950s – Now at Tate Britain is just exactly the exhibition we need as we endure battering from named storms. This is the first exhibitions which has looked at the work Caribbean-British artists, it tells the story via art of the 70 years since the arrival of the Windrush. Departures, arrivals, discrimination, kindness, community its all here. Eye opening and beautiful.
Book of the Week
Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich 1945 – 1955 by Harald Jahner tells the tale of the ten years after World War II in Germany. We see cities reduced to rubble, the majority of the population in the wrong place (there were 8.5 million soldiers in foreign Prisoner of War camps who needed to come home plus another 8 million forced labourers) and the German population feeling self pity rather than guilt. The sheer scale of devastation and reinvention in the decade after the war is jaw dropping. Germany is a country that I know well, indeed used to live in, but much of what I read was completely new to me. Harald Jahner is German and old enough to remember the decade after the war, he has written an unsentimental, non judgemental absolutely fascinating book. If you are interested in twentieth century history add it to your Christmas list.
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