Culture24/7: Museum events and exhibitions in History and Heritage for August 2013

By Ben Miller | 31 July 2013

From Fred Basset to Frank Hornby, we've found festivals, adventures and miniature journeys in all things History and Heritage this month...

A photo of a sculpture showing a family on a plinth in bronze by a river
The shortlist for the Birmingham family which will come under the sculptural gaze of Gillian Wearing is revealed as part of a social history project this month
50 Years of Fred Basset, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings

In an exhibition confessing to whimsy, Alex Graham and Michael Martin portray the comic strip hound's 50 floppy-eared years through original illustrations and storyboards.

Cat Napped, York Castle Museum, York, from August 3

To the Victorian street of Kirkgate, where the Lord Mayor’s cat has been swiped. Led by the leader’s wife and armed with a detective’s case file, find out about the suspects, check fingerprints and alibis and try to solve an apparently motiveless act of feline theft.

Yorkshire Medieval Festival, various venues, York, August 3-31

The discovery of Richard III’s body gives timeliness and plenty of material to the festival in the county he once roamed. A trail, a tour of York’s Romanesque treasures and a play about King Arthur at the Theatre Royal are a few highlights.

A Real Birmingham Family, The Mailbox, Birmingham, from August 5

Held at the BBC’s public space in Brum, the families portrayed in this show are nearing immortality. They are all on the shortlist to be cast in a new bronze sculpture by former Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing.

Scotland's Festival of History, Chatelherault, Hamilton, August 17-18

The 18th century hunting lodge of the Duke of Hamilton paves the way to feuding Knights, circus performers, longbow-bearing archers, archaeologists and more. The disputes range from the American Civil War and Napoleonic quarrels to Viking raids and Roman tumult.

International Slavery Remembrance Day, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, August 23

National Museums Liverpool unites for an uplifting event in memory of slaves and their descendants. The date is the 222nd anniversary of an uprising by enslaved Africans on the island of Saint Domingue – modern Tahiti.

Frank Hornby 150, Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool, August 28-30

The 150th birthday of the Liverpool designer behind Meccano, Dinky and Hornby model railways will be marked in passionate fashion by local guilds and societies. This weekend is all about models and trick demonstrations, with hands-on family activities taking place throughout the month.
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