When Oscar Wilde died in 1900, the few obituaries that appeared were miserable: The Times concluded that death had brought an end to ‘what must have been a life of wretchedness and unavailing regret’, while The Sunday Times thought ‘no sadder record of a life wilfully blighted can be found… ’ And yet—more than a century later—Wilde’s star burns brighter than ever, and as Matthew Sturgis writes in his new biography (Oscar: A Life) ‘the position he holds is an extrao
History and heritage
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors brought in £78m to Liverpool's economy between 7 February and 28 October during its exhibition at the World Museum Liverpool. The exhibition was a highlight of the Liverpool 2018 cultural programme.
More than 600,000 people saw the exhibition, more than any other ticketed show in the UK during 2017. The exhibition features terracotta warrior sculptures, unearthed in 1974 after around 2,000 years of remaining undiscovered, which were "guarding" the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Festivals have formed and will finance the PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) programme, intended to increase the reach of the renowned annual festivals' work. They have committed £15 million across the next five years. PLACE will be supported and administered by Creative Scotland.
Projects announced to recieve money from the first three years of funding (£5.8 million) are:
Hidden amongst the treasures within Waddesdon's collection are a selection of bizarre, fantastical and mythical creatures, that until now have not received much attention.
While research is still ongoing about the provenance of many of Waddesdon’s ‘beasts’, some histories are better known. Curator Dr Mia Jackson has put together a selection of images and fascinating information about some of these creatures within the Waddesdon collection, to bring them to light for the first time.
Six museums in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West of England have been selected to take part in Meeting Point, an Arts Council England funded programme that partners museums and artists, resulting in the creation of new artworks, each inspired by an individual venue and its collections.
The programme, which is led by contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage, aims to attract new audiences to the participating venues by placing contemporary artwork in unexpected spaces, and also helps museum staff to gain skills in commissioning and working with artists.
British artist Es Devlin OBE will design the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, expected to be visited by 25 million people in 6 months from October 2020 to April 2021. Es Devlin was announced the winner on 27 September 2018.
Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival showcases classic and new films from the 1930s to the present day. Films will be shown at community cinemas and village halls around the county as part of the events programme to remember poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and the centenary of Armistice Day at the end of World War I.
November 4th this year marks the centenary of the day that Shropshire poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen, fell in battle in 1918, the last year of the First World War. This important anniversary will be marked in his home county by a series of events over the last 100 days from 4th August to the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November. Details can be found in the brochure (see link) together with ideas of related places that can be visited during the period.
Stephenson's Rocket, long stationed at London's Science Museum and part of its collection, will now remain in the North of England after its display as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.
The iconic feat of locomotive engineering was bult in Newcastle in 1829, and its homecoming for the Great Exhibition of the North earlier this year – the first time in 150 years – was seen as a huge highlight of the programme. It has helped increase visitors to the Discover Museum in Newcastle by over 100% on 2017.