Museums at Night, from May 16-18, and the returning Mary Rose Museum might grab the headlines, but there are also major exhibitions in Leicester, London and Liverpool to look forward to this month, as well as something for the weekend in Cambridge...
Hidden Heritage: Mrs Stirling, Old Battersea House and the De Morgan Collection, De Morgan Centre, London
© Jean Reno
Old Battersea House, in Vicarage Crescent, was set to be demolished until Mrs Stirling, an “eccentric” Battersea resident, persuaded the council to grant her lifetime tenancy of the glorious building, which she used to display her absorbing Victorian art collection to the public. This showcase includes telegrams from the Queen and works by William Morris, collected by the sister-in-law of William De Morgan.
Gala Weekend, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, May 4-6
There are about a million objects at the MAA, but this Bank Holiday weekend party is particularly encouraging visitors to try a full-size medieval catapult, get snapped in a Victorian photo booth, enjoy face painting and crafts and, apparently, even watch a deer butchered in Prehistoric fashion at the Museum of the Year-nominated venue.
Magic Worlds: Fantasy, Illusion and Enchantment, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, from May 4
A touch of early summer magic in Leicester, channelling the powers of Harry Potter, Cinderella, Aladdin and JRR Tolkein. A broomstick, rings, dancing dolls and puppets should keep the young and the old(er) enchanted.
Museums at Night, various venues, May 16-18
During months writing about it, we’ve come little closer to capturing the sheer scale of events the country will get to enjoy for Culture24’s annual festival. Sneak inside historic houses, get close to industrial giants and much, much more this year.
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, British Library, London, from May 17
From Hitler masks to Mao Zedong badges, the British Library tries to avoid coming under the influence during the first major survey of state propaganda in a British gallery. This should be as compelling a display as you’ll see this summer.
Telling Tales, World Museum, Liverpool, from May 24 2013
Through the flamboyant work of seven artists, the World Museum visits the epic stories of contemporary India, as well as the extravagant storytellers behind some of them.
Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, reopens May 31 2013
Hotly-anticipated following a £27 million rebuild, Britain’s most famous Tudor warship returns at the centre of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The extensive, revealing new displays include DNA-based reconstructions of the men aboard the ships and illuminating examinations of the minutiae of maritime life 500 years ago.