The Lindisfarne Gospels take Anglo-Saxon grave goods to Durham, 600 years of witches descend on Edinburgh, and a new festival ponders the possible demise of all things Cockney. This month's history and heritage exhibition and event highlights...
Lindisfarne Gospels Durham: One Amazing book, one Incredible Journey, Palace Green, Durham
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Curators see the spectacular items of Saint Cuthbert’s coffin as a tale of Anglo-Saxon Britain’s culture, religious rituals and art. Swords, gold cross, Viking raider stones and more will glitter at the centre of the World Heritage Site.
The Mold Gold Cape, National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, from July 2
Made during the Early Bronze Age and discovered in a Flintshire quarry in 1833, this singular ceremonial cape was one of the top ten treasures in the BBC’s History of the World series. National Museum Wales have reinterpreted it in the light of revealing recent research.
Mallard 75: The Great Gathering, National Railway Museum, York, July 3-17
A momentous, hotly-anticipated railway heritage calendar date as the 75th anniversary of the Doncaster-built steam engine’s record-breaking run sees it reunited with its Transatlantic sister engines.
Moving Stories: Children's Books from Page to Screen, National Media Museum, Bradford, from July 12
The National Media Museum’s collaboration with Seven Stories, the children’s centre in Newcastle, results in a rasping adventure through small and big screen history. Roald Dahl’s notebook for Fantastic Mr Fox accompanies costumes from Hugo, by Martin Scorsese, and artefacts from The Borrowers, Mr Stink and more.
Cockney Heritage Festival, various venues, London, July 18-27
Is Cockney heritage dying a colloquial death? Organised by the Cockney Heritage Trust and Tower Hamlets Council, this festival lets you make your own mind up through more than 50 events starring East Enders past and present.
Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, from July 19
Recreate a masque – a fantastical, theatrical kind of ball put on for Stuart kings – in a hall encouraging the donning of costumes and dancing. Renaissance dance teachers, a central stage performance, wolf headdresses and a chill-out zone all await.
Witches and Wicked Bodies, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, from July 27
Six themes and 500 years of witchcraft to dwell on in Scotland, including loans from the National Gallery and works by artists ranging from Francisco de Goya to Paula Rego. The dastardly trio sent by Shakespeare to deliberate over Macbeth’s fate are among the subjects.