Sarah Watkins

Sarah is currently researching a PhD on women and their relationships with food in early modern England, at Birkbeck, University of London. Her BA History and MA Early Modern History are both also from Birkbeck. She spends as much time as possible visiting museums, galleries and historic buildings. Going to the theatre is also high up on her list of favourite things to do. In any spare moments you are guaranteed to find her nose in a book. She blogs about books at AndThenIReadABook and tweets @janesharp1671.
Intimate drawings in The Male Nude at the Wallace Collection

The Male Nude at the Wallace Collection highlights drawings dating from the late 17th to early 19th centuries, from some of the best artists trained at the prestigious French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Together these intimate drawings emphasise the importance of technique and training to an artist, and illustrate the ideal male form. 

Saturday 26th October 2013 Read more...
A dazzling affair: Beyond El Dorado at the British Museum

The new show at the British Museum is a dazzling affair. Beyond El Dorado explores the world of pre-modern Colombia and sheds new light on a civilization that is more often known through legend. The gold shimmers and glows, but don't ignore the other objects on display; there are some less glitzy but still amazing pieces to see.

Friday 18th October 2013 Read more...
Nelson, Navy, Nation at the National Maritime Museum

Nelson, Navy, Nation is a new permanent gallery at the National Maritime Museum that looks at the relationship between the Royal Navy and the British people during the long 18th century (1688–1815). As well as exploring what life was like aboard ship, it also investigates how the navy and its sailors were perceived at home. It is an excellent new addition to the museum that showcases some stunning artefacts. 

Friday 18th October 2013 Read more...
Discover London's dazzling hidden gems in Cheapside Hoard at the Museum of London

The Cheapside Hoard is the stuff of legend – buried treasure is irresistible. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the hoard in its entirety not only dazzles the eye but also puts the gems in a wider context, as the Museum of London explores the world that valued them so highly.

Saturday 12th October 2013 Read more...
The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon at the Fashion and Textile Museum

The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon explores the work of Belinda Bellville and David Sassoon, encompassing their partnership and Sassoon's later work with Lorcan Mullany. It is an elegant, dreamy show that highlights some of the best British evening-wear of the last 50 years.

Friday 11th October 2013 Read more...
Elizabeth I and Her People at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has brought together a breathtaking array of Elizabethan portraits and supporting objects to bring the period to life. The exhibition has an abundance of images of Elizabeth herself and those closest to her, but goes beyond the court to show the merchants, traders, and other folk that made up her realm.

Thursday 10th October 2013 Read more...
The Queen's Coronation 1953 at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation with this special exhibition, displaying original video footage of the event and the sumptuous clothing worn by the Royal Family. But be prepared to fight the crowds to get a close look at any of the exhibits.

Thursday 1st August 2013 Read more...
For a horribly brilliant time, head to Horrible Histories: Spies at the Imperial War Museum London

Horrible Histories: Spies at the newly-reopened Imperial War Museum is my top recommendation for a family summer activity. The exhibition combines learning and fun effortlessly and is enjoyable for both children and the adults with them. The style is instantly recognisable, fresh and engaging. Not to be missed.

Friday 26th July 2013 Read more...
A Royal Arrival at the Museum of London delivers a breath of fresh heir

Everyone is talking about the Royal Baby: the Museum of London has gone one better and curated a small display on the theme. There are some historic baby clothes to coo over and a family tree showing exactly from where the new baby gets his royal credentials. If you are planning to go to the Museum it is a nice way to begin the visit.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Read more...
A true original: Zandra Rhodes – Unseen at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Zandra Rhodes: Unseen at the Fashion and Textile Museum is an unmissable opportunity to see some of Rhodes' iconic and less well-known dresses up close. Her work is vibrant, original, and seductive. Seeing the pieces together is a joyful and inspirational experience.

Friday 19th July 2013 Read more...
When nothing was too extreme: From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s at the V&A

High fashion met underground clubbing in the early 1980s, and London became the epicentre of innovative and creative design. Strict dress codes ensured clubbers stayed imaginative, and for a while nothing was too extreme. In this new exhibition at the V&A, the relationships between the catwalk and London's most exciting clubs are explored.

Tuesday 9th July 2013 Read more...
A Tudor treat: Sutton House in Hackney

Sutton House is a real treat. Step off the High Street and be transported back in time. The many incarnations of this beautiful house are revealed as its story is told, but it has never lost its Tudor heart.

Sunday 30th June 2013 Read more...
A local Hampstead treasure: Burgh House

Burgh House is a beautiful listed building just a couple of minutes walk from Hampstead tube station. In its 309-year history it has seen many changes: alterations to the architecture, multiple occupants, and uses. It is now in the hands of a community trust dedicated to making the most of their local treasure.

Friday 14th June 2013 Read more...
Bring your young shipmates to The Golden Hinde II for a glimpse of seafaring life

Climb aboard the Golden Hinde II and be transported back to the 16th century. The realities of life aboard a Tudor ship quickly become apparent as you explore its various decks and cabins. This was no place for the faint-hearted, but the rewards for a successful voyage could make it worthwhile. Taking the plunge and visiting the ship, especially with children, is certainly time well spent.

Monday 10th June 2013 Read more...
A stunning visual experience: Visions of the Universe at National Maritime Museum

Visions of the Universe at the National Maritime Museum is an awe-inspiring exhibition that shows the interconnections between science, history, and art. It is visually stunning and effortlessly informative, making it perfect for just about anyone.

Wednesday 5th June 2013 Read more...
Building Memories: The Art of Remembering at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Building Memories: The Art of Remembering is a small display exploring strategies used to recall information as well as the home as a site of memory. It contains some interesting exhibits, but unfortunately does not bring the two themes together to create a coherent story.

Sunday 2nd June 2013 Read more...
The morality of toy soldiers: War Games at the V&A Museum of Childhood

The role of war toys and weapons is debated in this atmospheric exhibition. The sights and sounds of military life complement the exhibits from the Crimean War to modern-day battle. From toy soldiers to superhero action figures – what are the underlying messages and moralities of playing war games? At the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Sunday 26th May 2013 Read more...
In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at the Queen's Gallery

In Fine Style brings together a beautiful collection of regal portraits and items of clothing that allow the visitor to take a tour through the high fashion of the 16th and 17th centuries. The rare textiles almost steal the show, but there are also more understated treasures to discover.

Thursday 9th May 2013 Read more...
Rainforest of the Sea at the Horniman Museum

This small selection of photographs from the Coral Triangle shows the huge variety of life amongst the reefs. The vivid colours and conservational message make it a memorable exhibition, and one that is clearly close to the Horniman Museum's heart.

Monday 6th May 2013 Read more...
balletLORENT's Rapunzel at Sadler's Wells

This retelling of Rapunzel has many excellent ideas and beautiful moments: the individual performances are memorable, and the children in the cast are amazing. The end result does not quite live up to the vision unfortunately, and left me wanting more dancing. At Sadler's Wells.

Monday 1st April 2013 Read more...
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