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: An undercoat worn by a First World War soldier at Brighton Museum

Left on a grandmother's sideboard for years, a coat at Brighton Museum's new War Stories display is part of the story of two brothers who died on the Somme a century ago.

A black and white photo of a footballer at the start of the 20th century

Curator's Choice: Legendary goalkeeper Robert 'Pom Pom' Whiting's World War I story

Historian Tim Carder tells us the tragic tale of Bob Whiting, whose life is part of the new War Stories: Voices from the First World War exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

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Curator's Choice: Eleanor Clayton on Nasreen Mohamedi's red triangles and shifting light

A central, triangular room in Tate Liverpool's show takes inspiration from a particular painting by the Indian modernist, says the curator.

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Curator's Choice: Catherine Pell chooses a detailed drawing of 19th century Cheam

Made by little-known topographical artist RB Schnebbelie, a 19th century view of the Grade II-listed Tudor building is a portrait of a place full of stories and rumours.

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"Absolutely gorgeous" Sculpture Centre to open in Bury with international Text Festival

Partly opened in the Lancashire town's culture complex following library cuts, the new Bury Sculpture Centre is preparing to launch. Curator Tony Trehy explains all.

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Curator's Choice: Rotten eggs and hard labour at the last town gasworks in England

Ovens, tar and the smell of rotten eggs are all part of the ancient ovens at the Museum of Gas in Norfolk, which will enjoy a special opening for Museums at Night.

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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 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.

A photo of a woman standing next to a large bed head framed on a wall

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.

A close up photo of a white dress with red patterns on it from the 18th century

Curator's Choice: Karen Snowden on a stylish maternity dress in Scarborough

The Head of Collections at Scarborough Museums Trust tells us why a "wonderful, beautiful" dress from 1790 still looks comfy today.

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