Curator's Choice

From medieval seals and lawnmowers to Spitfires and space modules, museum and gallery curators reveal - in their own words - the objects they are passionate about from within their collections...

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Art from Elsewhere: Museums "think and dream and act" as contemporary art show opens

The results of an Art Fund scheme which allowed five museum groups to spend £4 million on contemporary art are on show in a new exhibition. Curator David Elliott tells Culture24 more.

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Earworms, comedy and curiosity: All the fun of the Manchester Science Festival 2014

Dr Marieke Navin, the Director of the sprawling Manchester Science Festival, tells Culture24 why the 11-day programme is "real crazy" in its push to encourage creativity.

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Curator's Choice: Suzie Leighton on London's Inside Out festival

From radical opera to medieval history, co-director Suzie Leighton finds it near-impossible to pick a favourite from the eclectic programme at this year's festival.

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Curator's Choice: Dr Merle Patchett on taxidermy and the 19th century bird plume boom

The University of Bristol's Dr Merle Patchett tells Culture24 about the technology that is bringing plumage trade history to life in a taxidermy installation.

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Curator's Choice: A feathered brisé fan carried by ladies of the 1920s

Emma Davison, from Tyne and Wear Museums, delves into the costume stores to find a fan first made popular during the early 19th century.

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Curator's Choice: Legendary goalkeeper Robert 'Pom Pom' Whiting's World War I story

Historian Tim Carder tells us the tragic tale of Bob Whiting, whose life is part of the new War Stories: Voices from the First World War exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

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Curator's Choice: Meg McHugh on Olympic bike racing stars and boneshakers

A "very heavy" Boneshaker from 1868 and Victoria Pendleton's aerodynamic vehicle from the 2012 Olympics are among the highlights at MOSI's new exhibition.

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Curator's Choice: An undercoat worn by a First World War soldier at Brighton Museum

Left on a grandmother's sideboard for years, a coat at Brighton Museum's new War Stories display is part of the story of two brothers who died on the Somme a century ago.

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Curator's Choice: Eleanor Clayton on Nasreen Mohamedi's red triangles and shifting light

A central, triangular room in Tate Liverpool's show takes inspiration from a particular painting by the Indian modernist, says the curator.

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Curator's Choice: Catherine Pell chooses a detailed drawing of 19th century Cheam

Made by little-known topographical artist RB Schnebbelie, a 19th century view of the Grade II-listed Tudor building is a portrait of a place full of stories and rumours.

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Curator's Choice: How E-vapor-8, techno and hardcore rave influenced art at Site Gallery

Francesca Gavin's exhibition in Sheffield, E-vapor-8, takes its name from a single by rave band Altern 8. It shows the past as a melting pot of inspiration, she says.

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Curator's Choice: Rotten eggs and hard labour at the last town gasworks in England

Ovens, tar and the smell of rotten eggs are all part of the ancient ovens at the Museum of Gas in Norfolk, which will enjoy a special opening for Museums at Night.

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Curator's Choice: The 19th century velocipede boneshaker bicycle in Yorkshire

Jennifer Dunne, the Collections Manager at Scarborough Museums Trust, on a bike far removed from the Tour de France's Grand Départ in Yorkshire this summer.

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Beachy Head Lady was young sub-Saharan Roman with good teeth, say archaeologists

A facial reconstruction as part of a project and exhibition in Eastbourne has revealed a young woman from sub-Saharan Africa. Archaeologist Jo Seaman tells us more.

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Curator's Choice: Hadrian's stonework, the Wroxeter Roman Mirror and a polar bear

Emma-Kate Lanyon, the Head of Collections and Curatorial Services, on the star exhibits and the long campaign to finish the new £10 million Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

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Curator's Choice: Yorkshire, female artists, Atkinson Grimshaw and mine closures

From a childhood trampling across the North Yorkshire moors to galleries in Hull and Liverpool, the curator of the Turner to Hockney show in Harrogate discusses the art of a county.

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Curator's choice: Hicham Khalidi tees up a special venue for the Marrakech Biennale

One of the artworld's more exotic Biennales reveals differing approaches to museums and exhibition making between Morocco and the UK.

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Beautiful, grown-up and erudite: Coastal Currents festival returns with sawing and feathers

Alice Anderson's work on the front of an Old Town shop and Kate MccGwire's strange feathers in a castle are among the highlights in the Hastings festival's 15th year.

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Ryoji Ikeda, Peaches, Mira Calix and more: Laura Ducceschi on Earsthetic in Brighton

Curator's Choice: The Creative Producer at Brighton's Dome tells us about taking a visual arts approach to the five-day, electronic-led festival which is about to begin.

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Curator's Choice: Dr Matt Thompson on early railway treasure, the Broseley Wheel

The Broseley Wheel dates from a railway more than 400 years ago. The senior curator at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust tells us more.

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