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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER?

As we move into October, Kensington’s museums are changing over some of their exhibits to welcome new and diverse displays. Whether you are interested in solar exploration or the journey Charles Darwin took aboard the HMS Beagle, there is something for everyone if you are visiting London as a family or a couple.

Read on to find out about the highlights from museums that lie just a short distance from Royal Garden Hotel.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

October is an exciting time for the Natural History Museum, as it launches a new theatre space within the Jerwood Gallery. A specially commissioned play, entitled The Wider Earth, will be the first production to be performed there, featuring a cast of seven actors, imaginative puppetry and an original score.

Following the story of a 22-year-old Charles Darwin as he sets out on board HMS Beagle, the Wider Earth is both entertaining and informative. What the young man would go on to discover would change our understanding of the world forever.

The Wider Earth premieres on 3 October.

SCIENCE MUSEUM

The Science Museum will be hosting a special exhibition exploring the relationship that humanity has with our closest star. The Sun: Living With Our Star will include interactive experiences, fascinating artefacts and revealing new images as it looks at the focal point of the solar system.

Light from the sun affects our sense of time, while people have repeatedly tried to harness its power for electricity and it has long been the basis of religious practices. All this and upcoming NASA and ESA solar missions will be covered in the exhibits.

The Sun: Living With Our Star will open on 6 October.

V&A

October will see the V&A launch its new Photography Centre and coming with it will be a season of events centered around the subject. These will include talks, workshops and a two-day conference, making it a must-visit for fans of photography, whether they be new to the discipline or seasoned professionals.

Having a national collection of photography in Kensington will be a great addition to the local museum scene. It will remain a destination for the art long after the season has come to an end.

Events for Photography Spotlight begin on 12 October.

DESIGN MUSEUM

The Design Museum will be replacing its atrium display in October, welcoming the first exhibition of work by British architect and urbanest Peter Barber. Discover the issues facing London in terms of housing and how modern architectural practices could be used to find a solution.

Peter Barber: 100 Mile City and Other Stories will feature a number of the architect’s sketchbooks, models that have been built by hand and large-scale photographs. To top it off, The True History of the 100 Mile City – a film by Grant Gee – will be screened within the exhibition.

See Peter Barber: 100 Mile City from 20 October.

Photo credit: dan_wrench via iStock

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