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What’s on in January? Kensington museum guide

Another year may be over, but the museums of Kensington continue to have a full schedule of events. Whether you would like to delve deeper into Blue Planet II or catch the last chance to see some of 2017’s most fascinating exhibitions, you’ll find something to interest you in this corner of London.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum will be hosting a special Blue Planet II edition of its popular Lates series. Inspired by the David Attenborough show, you’ll be able to see special specimens from the museum’s collections and get insights from scientists and the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

Talks and activities surrounding each of the show’s seven episodes have been specially curated to engage those with an interest in the ocean. Understanding marine life has never been so important, making this a wonderful opportunity to increase your own knowledge.

It’s also your last opportunity to get your skates on at the Natural History Museum, as the ice rink outside the iconic venue closes to the public after 7 January.

The Science Museum

In addition to the myriad exhibitions currently on display at the Science Museum, you can take the kids to Icy Cool Adventure sessions throughout January. These fascinating storytelling events will take them on a journey of discovery through Iceland, introducing them to everything from glaciers to volcanoes, giving them the chance to get interactive with the subject matter.

Alternatively, take part in Numberjump, the museum’s very own board game, which uses mathematics to create a fun and educational experience. It’s a great way to bring out children’s competitive nature, with everyone trying to outdo each other.


January will be your last chance to see a number of exhibitions that have been running at the V&A during 2017. The incredible history of the museum from the 1850s to the present day is explored in Designing the V&A. This display is set to finish on 7 January, so you will need to move quickly if you wish to catch it.

Another interesting exhibition that comes to an end on the same day is Building the Royal Albert Hall. Marking 150 years of the iconic venue, there are models, photographs and an early proposal that was presented to Queen Victoria all on show.

You have an extra week to see the Rachel Kneebone exhibition, which is on until 14 January. Kneebone’s porcelain sculptures defy all the usual conventions of the medium and therefore challenge the viewer and enthral audiences.

Design Museum

Join Aram Han Sifuentes, founder of the Protest Banner Lending Library, for a workshop at the Design Museum on 28 January. She aims to bring people together through the act of making and will be welcoming visitors to the museum’s sewing space to create banners reflecting how they feel.

Whether the message is to love yourself or something more political, the resulting textiles will undoubtedly be colourful and thought-provoking. The workshop is part of a series hosted by Sifuentes, who has been travelling the globe making banners in the wake of the US elections.

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