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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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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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 the romance and excitement of an ancient 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.

Curator's Choice: Eleanor Clayton on Mary Martin's Inversions at Tate Liverpool

The Tate Liverpool curator introduces us to a monumental metal piece which allows the world to be viewed in kaleidoscopic style, on show in the Constellations series.

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Curator’s Choice: Stephanie Straine chooses a Marc Chagall self-portrait at Tate Liverpool

The Assistant Curator tells us why she's a fan of Anywhere out of the World, from the major current Marc Chagall exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

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Curator's Choice: The vintage posters comparing Scarborough to the French Riviera

A family of penguins and a sporty lion feature in a series of bygone tourist and railway posters doubling as beautiful artworks in Scarborough. Julie Baxter tells us more.

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Curator's Choice: The earliest Bruce Nauman work held by the Tate collection

The Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool on a Nauman sculpture made of irregular, hollow fibreglass and resin bars, featuring in the current Constellations exhibition.

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Curator's Choice: Dr Ellen McAdam on Henry VIII's bed head at The Burrell Collection

The bed head from the night of Henry VIII's 1540 marriage features a carving of the king's extremely large codpiece. Dr Ellen McAdam, of Glasgow Museums, tell us more.

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Curator's Choice: Henrietta Ward on Dutch still lifes and Mat Collishaw's Death Row meals

Taking an insightful look at Manchester Art Gallery's current exhibition, the curator tells us why 17th century Dutch still lifes hold a powerful contemporary influence.

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Curator's Choice: The raciness, modesty and nudity of bygone British bathing beauties

Karen Snowden, of Scarborough Museums Trust, explains why bathing costumes have sparked fashion trends and controversy across the centuries.

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Curator's Choice: Ciara Phipps on colourful court shoes at Newcastle's Discovery Museum

Find out about a pair of shoes which were handmade in Paris for a dancer during the 1920s but illustrate a design style still prevalent in swish footwear almost a century on.

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