The Culture24 guide to 2010 calendars

By Culture24 Staff | 07 December 2009
A photo of an unusual seabird on a sandy shore

If your plans for 2010 include plenty of trips to museums and galleries, it makes sense to keep track of the dates with a little help from the buildings themselves. Plan your cultural year in style with our guide to some of the calendars on offer this year…

The National Portrait Gallery is always a safe bet for images of icons, and for 2010 they’ve gone for a Beatles grid calendar which could come straight out of their 60s Exposed show (£9.99, buy online).

Over at The Natural History Museum, you can pick between a colourful Butterfly weekly planner pad adorned with winged beauties (£4.89) and a wall calendar featuring beautiful images from the Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award full of curious creatures.

A photo of the front of a calendar with a scientist standing in front of a village

Spend a year with Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud welcomed a few similarly odd specimens to his former home in Hampstead – it's better-known as The Freud Museum, a popular house where the psychoanalytic couch he once ushered patients onto now sits.

There are a whole host of toys and gifts paying tribute to the bearded forefather of the mind in the Museum shop, including a 2010 calendar illustrated with photos from his family albums and books from his library (£7.20, free with orders over £40).

A photo of the front of a calendar showing pictures of a town inside

A date in Hertfordshire

Not too far away is the borough of Broxbourne, which is well served by the Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon. Lovers of bygone towns will enjoy the Historic Hoddesdon 2010 Calendar (£9.99, includes postage and packing).

The history of another town several miles up the road, in Renfrewshire, is charted through the Paisley Museum's Calendar (£7.99).

A photo of a town in the mid 20th century showing grassland and roads

Pictures of Paisley past

From the last of the Scottish town's cinemas to the radical alterations of the 1960s and former churches, fountains and pubs, it's a medley of memories of Paisley.

It doesn't appear to include much seaside scenery, but the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses reckon their calendar, produced by The Northern Lighthouse Board in testimony to operational lighthouses in Scotland and the Isle of Man, is one of the more unusual annuals available anywhere (£7.50, visit the shop to order.

A photo of the front of a calendar with a coastal painting on the front

Scottish scheduling with the National Galleries calendar

Perhaps it says something about the Highlands landscape that the National Galleries of Scotland open their calendar (£9.95) with a painting of a coastal castle teetering above crashing waves in one of a dozen images from the permanent collection.

Landscapes are also on the agenda for National Museum Wales (or Amgueddfa Cymru).

An picture of the front of a calendar adorned by an overhead photo of a rural Welsh village

A £5 bargain at National Museum Wales

Their design (£5) features works by the likes of Graham Sutherland, Sir Kyffin Williams and Sir Cedric Morris.

A final bargain for a fiver comes at The British Museum, where floral designs from the collections, including ones from the Iznik basin and Japanese Scrolls, form the backdrop to their year (buy online.)

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