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What’s on in August? Guide to Kensington’s museums

With the children having now finished school for the holidays and a long summer stretching ahead, August is a great time to be in London. There are plenty of family-friendly activities and events planned, with Kensington’s world-class museums leading the way.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Visit the newly-opened Expeditions and Endeavours display at the Natural History Museum to find out about the trips undertaken by scientists and artists to discover more about the natural world. The content will rotate every four months until the exhibition closes in October 2019.

The first rotation, which will last up to November, includes pages from John Milton’s book Paradise Lost that were used to press plant specimens on James Cook’s Endeavour expedition. Interactive screens can also be found throughout the display to help engage younger visitors.

From 3 to 5 August, Plantus Maximus, a new sustainable superhero created out of special LEGO bricks made of plants, will descend on the museum. Interactive brick-building displays will help young minds explore the natural world in what is expected to be a very popular event, so be sure to book ahead.

SCIENCE MUSEUM

This August, the Science Museum will be hosting the Antarctica Live Festival. Taking place on Tuesdays to Thursdays between 14 and 30 August, the coldest, windiest and driest continent on the planet will be celebrated through science and dancing.

Events featured as part of the festival include a dance workshop, learning about Antarctic survival and a premiere of the Dancing on Icebergs film. With 200 billion tonnes of ice melting every year, it is an important time to be focusing on this fascinating part of the world.

V&A

Anyone interested in learning more about technology and the implications it will have should head along to The Future Starts Here at the V&A. It looks at 100 projects and the way they are shaping the world of tomorrow.

These include smart appliances, artificial intelligence and internet culture. The exhibition continues until 4 November and is guaranteed to get you thinking about the latest trends and how they might develop.

Delve into more than half a century of computer-generated art with the Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers display. From prints and drawings to paintings and photographs, digital artwork has opened up an entirely different process of creation and one that has changed the way we view aesthetics in modern life.

DESIGN MUSEUM

Ongoing exhibitions at the Design Museum through August include May ’68 and the Atelier Populaire; Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier; Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018; and Material Innovation.

Several talks, courses and events will supplement these displays during the month. Some of the highlights are Fashion: Design, Make & Wear; Grenfell Inspired Art; and Sounds of the City. This latter activity is perfect for families, as it involves making an instrument inspired by the theme of carnival.

Photo credit: Luchtsingel, pedestrian bridge crowdfunded by citizens, ZUS, Rotterdam. Photography Ossip van Duivenbode, 2011 – 2015 © ZUS via V&A Press Office

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