The Culture24/7: Herculaneum History and Heritage for March 2013

By Ben Miller | 04 March 2013 | Updated: 28 February 2013

There's a Russian rendezvous at the V&A this month, plus six more crackers to choose from...

An image of an engraving of a Roman man in profile thousands of years ago
Pompeii and Herculaneum are resurrected at the British Museum this month© Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum
Blackfoot Shirts Project, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, from March 7

Back in 1841, when they were collected, the shirts of the Blackfoot tribes were powerful symbols of war and power, decorated with belief-reflecting scalplocks, quillwork and paint. Find out how their wearers’ descendants reacted when they were taken back to Canada.

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from March 9

A suit of armour, hand-crafted for Henry VIII, stands out in this glittering deluge of portraits, jewellery and luxury goods exchanged between English and Russian monarchies. English and French silvers form the core of the show, on exclusive loan from Moscow Kremlin Museums.

Iraq: Photographs by Sean Smith, IWM North, Manchester, from March 9

Sean Smith has spent ten years covering the war in Iraq for the Guardian, but many of the photos on show here haven’t been seen before. There are more than 30 in total, including his better-known images.

This Unrivalled Collection: The Hunterian's First Catalogue, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, from March 15

Based on the first visitor guide ever produced by Scotland’s oldest museum, in 1813, this room-by-room guide was originally written by Captain James Laskey, a soldier, dealer and collector 200 years ago. Follow in his footsteps – three-toed sloths and Mastodon teeth await.

The Tannery: Photographs by Paul Glendell, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, from March 20

At Hamlyn’s tannery, in Colyton, oak bark has been used to tan leather in an ancient industry spanning hundreds of years. Find out why it’s still a flourishing market with Paul Glendell’s black and white, Ravilious-style pictures.

Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, from March 9

The Beatles and Shirley Bassey via Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lee Lewis courtesy of Harry Hammond, the photographer of the birth of rock and roll and an artist adored by Cliff Richard, no less. See our Preview.

Life and Death – Pompeii and Herculaneum, British Museum, London, from March 28

The first exhibition in decades dedicated to Pompeii and Herculaneum promises to be a revelatory glimpse into everyday Roman life. Buried under ash for more than 1,600 years, this is a far-reaching collection of around 250 discoveries.
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