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The Best Art Exhibitions to see in London in 2017

Our guide to the best exhibitions in London in 2017 regularly updated to keep you abreast of everything happening in the capital's museums and galleries throughout the coming year.

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Henry VIII's lost palace of Nonsuch - V&A acquires a painting that shows us what it looked like

A watercolour by the celebrated Flemish painter Joris Hoefnagel depicting Henry VIII's fabled lost palace of Nonsuch has been 'saved for the nation' by the V&A.

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Archaeologists uncover the stage and other treasures at Shakepseare's Curtain Theatre

Archaeologists have unearthed yet more treasures and the original stage during their dig at the Shakespearean Curtain Theatre in London's Shoreditch.

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X-ray of painting solves mystery surrounding portrait of Catherine Dickens

Staff at the The Dickens Museum have found themselves swinging from dismay to elation as X-rays have been used to investigate the truth hidden inside a treasured portrait of Catherine Dickens by......

Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond dives headlong into mental health at the Wellcome Collection

Are museums the right place for discussions about social issues, and should their exhibitions tackle them? Rachel Teskey takes a look at the Wellcome's new show, which starts with the 13th century......

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Jarvis Cocker curates a new exhibition in London based on his 90s Outsider Art series Journeys to the Outside

Nek Chand, the self-taught Indian who made an 18-acre rock sculpture garden, and St Eom, a visionary from Georgia responsible for a seven-acre artscape, are part of The Gallery of Everything.

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"It costs £8 for a potato": The London locations where Bridget Jones's Baby was filmed

Back in the city for a third outing, the latest Bridget Jones film visits locations it might not have been allowed into back in 2001, say its producers.

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Medieval ice skates and a 1,800-year-old dog skull: 17 archaeological treasures from the Museum of London

In 1975, the General Post Office on Newgate Street became one of the largest archaeological sites ever dug in London. Now some of its most prized finds have gone on display. Here are 17 of them.

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Tooth enamel of Bedlam burial ground bodies finds first DNA of the bacteria behind the Great Plague

Five of the 20 individuals tested in a laboratory in Germany have shown traces of Yersina pestis - the pathogen of the 1665 plague which killed nearly a quarter of London's population.

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People fed children with a cow's horn at The Foundling Hospital during the 18th century

When infants were admitted to the Foundling Hospital, feeding horns - which had become popular devices during the Middle Ages - frequently came in use.

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Laser light show and new concert footage to feature in new V&A Pink Floyd exhibition

A custom-designed laser light show, unseen concert footage and construction pieces from the tours for The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell will feature in a major exhibition......

A photo of a landmark taken by Oliver Curtis

World Photo Day 2016: This photographer turned his back on the world's most famous monuments

From Auschwitz and Lenin's Tomb to the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge, see alternative shots of some of the world's best-known sites - as seen by photographer Oliver Curtis.

A photo of a bronze sculpture of England's World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore

"He emanated grace": Bobby Moore's daughter on her father and creating a "beautiful, significant" artwork to celebrate the 1966 World Cup

Bobby Moore's daughter, Roberta, on commissioning a sculpture of the World Cup-winning England captain.

Old painting of a woman with brown hair and an open necked dress.

Vanessa Bell the forgotten painter of the Bloomsbury set at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell's oil paintings as well as ceramics, fabrics, works on paper and photographs will be showcased in the first major solo exhibition of her work at Dulwich Picture Gallery in February 2017.

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Jukebox Jewkbox! The art of vinyl at the Jewish Museum London

These classic pieces of vinyl explore the experience of the 20th century through shellac and vinyl, celebrating the history of Jewish musicians, composers, music producers and songwriters.

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