Cultural London is beginning to open up again. My inbox is full of new and enticing exhibitions set to open in the coming weeks. Way back when I was writing my dissertation I spent happy hours delving around in the Newcastle upon Tyne city archives. I won’t be allowed to rummage through the stacks but am really looking forward to visiting the National Archives this week for the first time.
Decade of the Week
Genealogists across the country have been besides themselves with excitement since the 1921 census was opened up to public gaze at the beginning of the year. To celebrate the National Archives have created The 1920s Beyond the Roar exhibition drawing on both the census and artefacts within the archive to paint a vivid picture of the decade after the First World War. Even better entrance to the exhibition is free.
Augmented Reality of the Week
I confess that I have never understood Fortnite. Now might be the time to learn. The artist KAWS has created the first ever art exhibition to see within Fortnite. For the less technically savvy the artworks are also on show in the real world at Serpentine North. Just to add another layer of technology artist and gallery have teamed up with the Acute Art app that enables you to see Augmented Reality work alongside the real life work. When you first enter the gallery you are confronted with an empty plinth, open the app on your phone and look at the space above the plinth and lo the work appears. Clever stuff. If you fancy a real life work by KAWS to hang on your wall the Serpentine has a limited edition print of his, yours for £3,640 + VAT with all proceeds going to the gallery
Country in Crisis of the Week
America in Crisis was a photographic project created by Magnum to document the turmoil that was happening in the USA in 1969. Scroll forward more than 50 years and the Saatchi Gallery have gathered together 40 top American photographers to document the United States at in a new state of turmoil. America in Crisis opens on Friday 21 January entry costs £5.
Great Yarmouth of the Week
Have you ever been to Great Yarmouth? It truly is an excellent place. The Greatness of Yarmouth is being celebrated with a new Yarmouth is Great at the Yare Gallery. Three local artists capture all aspects of Great Yarmouth from busy docks, to seaside resort and historic centre. Yarmouth is Great opens on Friday 21 January and is free to visit.
Book of the Week
I love a good history book. The White Ship by Charles Spencer tells the story of the chaos that followed the death of Henry I’s heir and only legitimate son in the sinking of the White Ship. The death of William AEtheling left England without an undisputed heir. After Henry I died, the English nobles were unwilling to accept the rule of his daughter Matilda. Civil war, plots and betrayal followed. Charles Spencer brings the era after William the Conqueror and before Henry II to vivid life. It made we want to visit Winchester and Normandy.
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Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?