WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER? GUIDE TO KENSINGTON’S MUSEUMS
As the summer draws to a close and the autumn starts to approach, it is time to think about indoor activities on a family trip to London. With Kensington being home to some world-class museums, there is nowhere better to escape the chill this September. From James and the Giant Peach to the last Tsar of Russia, there is a varied schedule of events at the museums in the coming month.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The Natural History Museum will be hosting a special family-friendly festival ahead of Roald Dahl Day on 13 September. The weekend before (8 to 9 September) will be a celebration of the natural world through James and the Giant Peach. Lots of hands-on activities will be available, with Whizzbanging Words and James’s Weird and Wonderful Friends among the highlights.
On 28 September, more than 200 scientists will descend on the museum to discuss the future of the earth and how their work is shaping it. Planet 2.0 promises to be a fascinating event, looking at everything from mineral extraction to food security.
A new special exhibition is due to open at the Science Museum on 21 September. The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution will explore the lives of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, as well as their extraordinary deaths. Medicine will be a key focus of the display – from Tsarevich Alexei’s haemophilia to the Tsarina’s mental health – as an in-depth analysis into one of the 20th century’s biggest mysteries is conducted.
Families with visually impaired members can take advantage of the Viscovery Day at the museum on 15 September, when special activities for blind and partially sighted visitors will be laid on. Alternatively, children who cope better with a quiet atmosphere can explore the Science Museum on 29 September when it hosts its Early Birds morning.
The V&A will be acting as the festival hub for the London Design Festival from 15 to 23 September, with a number of installations, talks and tours to discover. Highlights will include The Onion Farm, Memory & Light, and Dazzle displays, all bringing the work of famous designers into the Kensington gallery space.
Meanwhile, from 8 September, it is all about gaming, as Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt arrives at the museum. If you have ever wondered about the design process behind your favourite franchise or how it has influenced modern culture, this is your chance to find out.
Unsurprisingly, the Design Museum is also involved with the London Design Festival. Visitors will be able to pilot a textile airship using the focus of their minds. The structure will be housed inside the museum’s atrium and has been created by the spatial laboratory Loop.pH.
Stop by the #I_BELONG Salon on 18 September to engage with a selection of artists, designers and curators on the subject of belonging. Inclusiveness is an important part of making public and cultural places intrinsic to people’s lives.
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