From 17th century violins to oil drilling in Africa, some of the most intriguing History and Heritage exhibitions of the summer open this month. For starters, here are seven we've spotted...
Stories from the Stores, City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, from June 8
© Blairs Museum Trust
A Jubilee cream maker from the 1930s, an ancient music centre representing an audiophile’s dream (or nightmare) and a pair of First World War nurse's boots. There are 5,000 objects from personal history in this amazing social audit in Plymouth.
Stradivarius, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, from June 13
Guitars, violins, cellos and more from one of the greatest instrument makers in history, Antonio Stradivari. A Silvestre violin from 1666 and the Boissier-Sarasate of 1713 feature.
Oil Boom, Delta Burns, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, from June 15
In Niger Delta, a southern region of Nigeria, the world’s third largest wetland has created more than 400 billion dollars of wealth. Occasionally graphic, George Osodi’s photos reveal the human and ecological consequences of the situation.
No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, reopens June 21
One of the country’s best examples of late Georgian architecture, No 1’s notable new features include the return of its original 18th century servants’ wing, a new, extended historic house museum and a new display, The Whole Story Project, chronicling life in Bath more than 200 years ago. The rebuild has cost £5 million.
Memento Mori, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, from June 23
Exposing a range of artefacts never seen in public before, this morbid run from Prehistory to the 20th century reveals societal attitudes towards death, burial, mourning and remembrance.
Still Sounds Scotland Street 2013; Bathing Belles (from June 27), Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow
Created for the museum, artist Margaret Moore’s sound installation records the memories of former pupils in the drastically different education system the school was once host to. Pre-empting the Commonwealth Games, the Belles show off everything from woollen Edwardian swimwear to “super-fabric” modern Speedos.
Mary, Queen of Scots, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, from June 28
A one-off exhibition to analyse the analysers who’ve discussed one of the most divisive and charismatic figures in history. Jewels, textiles, furniture, portraits and ephemera add to a comprehensive overview which includes key loans and previously unseen treasures.