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There is so much to discover from underwater virtual reality journeys, jewellery, earthquake simulators, fashion to experiencing a live auction at the UK's busiest salesroom. Try something different today.

Engineer your future

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Could you shape the world we live in? Find out if you've got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Ciné Lumière

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Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

Human Evolution

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Natural History Museum
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Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

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Science Museum
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

V&A jewellery collection

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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

Fashion

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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

Information Age

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Science Museum
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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

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Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Theatre & Performence

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Set design, costumes, make-up, posters - and the first folio of Shakespeare's play.

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The Vault

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Natural History Museum
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Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery. See the world's largest collection of coloured diamonds, discover gems that glow in the dark, and marvel at rare meteorites from out of this world.

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If you would like to keep up to-date with everything that is happening at our amazing science and arts institutions in South Ken, why not sign-up to our weekly newsletter. Bursting with great content, you'll be spoilt for choice. Every week, there's something different to see and do, from fantastic new exhibitions and wonderous collections to unique, one-off events to tantalise and excite. And if you're comfortably settled at home, we have just as much fun online. Quirky, different, entertaining, there's something for everyone.

Yoga at the Natural History Museum

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Natural History Museum
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Find your zen with a unique series of yoga classes under Hintze Hall's magnificent blue whale skeleton for an experience amongst the treasures of the natural world. Tune in to your own breathing, energise your body and move through a series of ancient yogic movements and poses. There are classes available to suit all experience levels from Vinyasa Flow through to Dynamic Vinyasa and Slow Flow. Please remember to bring your own yoga mat for these events.

Happy Walking!

Footways
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Planning a visit to the museums in South Kensington? What better way than by walking - safe, easy and now even more enjoyable with Footways' fantastic new walking map. Not just any map but a profusion of interesting streets woven together across London.

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#LetsMakeWednesdays – Playful Prints!

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Back by popular demand, Playful Prints! Discover how prints were made before photocopiers and printers were invented, then have a look at the V&A's fantastic collection of prints (which go back over 600 years) to fire your imagination. And if you want to try something really different, have a look at woodcut prints

A New Culture Corner in Kensington & Chelsea

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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Do you live, work, study or visit Kensington & Chelsea and want to explore a new cultural corner in the borough? Take a look at their new One Year Culture Plan! They have over 50 ambitions including digital programs, from investing £175,000 in the delivery of the digital Notting Hill Carnival to supporting Kensington + Chelsea Art Week, working with local artists and creative studios for its annual public art trail - and the launch of their first ever Culture Night on 2nd October.

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The Artist Studio

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Leighton House Museum
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For all who love creating beautiful things or simply being inspired by other's creativity, don't miss Leighton House Museum's new series The Artist Studio, featuring three contemporary artists who respond to Leighton House collections using their craft.

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Notting Hill Carnival online

29-31 August 2020
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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For the first time in its 54-year history, Notting Hill Carnival is moving entirely online over the August bank holiday weekend, 29-31 August 2020. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Carnival will not take its usual form this year, on the streets of Notting Hill, but there is an alternative...

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Explore the Natural History Museum from your home

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Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum's virtual tour allows you to explore 14 exhibitions and access 300,000 specimens. Zoom in on the tiny details of the main hall's gilded ceiling or take a closer look at the marine reptiles discovered by Mary Anning. Enjoy a day at the Museum without even having to leave your home!

The V&A is Open

Get ready to explore seven miles of galleries and a host of new displays in the world's leading museum of art, design and performance. The V&A will reopen from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5:45pm. Last admission 4:45pm. Book your free timed-entry

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Wild Food in Nature

Wednesday 21st Apr 2021
Online 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Discover the natural nourishment of spring as green spaces burst with tasty wild plants. This is the time of year for fresh salad greens, tasty spring flowers and shoots and even some medicinal plants. From wild garlic to stinging nettles, you will learn how to identify common edible spring plants as well as the rules you’ll need to follow when on a foraging adventure. Your guide, Laura will not only share her favourite foraging recipes with you, but will teach you the ins and outs of wild plants and some folklore that surrounds them.

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Throw miniature porcelain ceramics with State of Clay

Thursday 20 May 2021
7pm-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join State of Clay for a two hour pottery workshop, learning how to throw miniature porcelain ceramic works on a small wheel, decorated with coloured slips.

Image credit: © Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Autumn 2021
Serpentine Galleries
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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is designing a garden for birds and bees and other pollen-carrying species. As part of the Serpentine's Back to Earth project, Ginsberg has developed a special algorithm that optimises garden designs – including plant species and layout – for pollinators rather than humans. This will result in a new outdoor garden in Cornwall and a website through which audiences will be able to develop their own garden design using the same algorithm

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Ai-Da

Opens Friday 12 February
Design Museum Kensington
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Meet Ai-Da, a humanoid robot artist whose ‘self-portraits’ use artificial intelligence to open up questions about human identity and creativity.

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Goeth- Institut Advent Calendar 2020

From 1 December 2020
Goethe-Institut
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The Goethe-Institut Advent calendar is back! In 2020 they will tell the story of many different residents of the Goetheweg who try to save their district centre in the run-up to Christmas. Will they be successful?

Japan House reopens 3 December

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Rediscover Japan's cultural home in London, where a fusion of traditional and contemporary will enchant and enlighten. From craftsmanship and design to innovation and technology, challenge your perceptions of Japan and discover something new.

Head Back to the Design Museum on 2 December

Design Museum Kensington
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It's finally time to welcome everyone back to the Design Museum's wonderful building! The museum will reopen on Wednesday 2 December with the exhibitions Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, Beazley Designs of the Year and Margaret Calvert: Women at Work. New tickets have been released for exhibitions on that day.

Designers in Residence: Care

Design Museum Kensington
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As we enter a new decade characterised by technological acceleration, 24/7 working, and climate uncertainty, there is a crucial role for design in supporting the ways we care for ourselves, each other and the planet, and to this end four emerging designers are exploring alternative avenues for communities to become more resilient.

RBKC's Exciting Culture Plan 2020

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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RBKC is launching a Culture Plan with a difference in September. There will be a fantastic choice of online and open space activities for residents and visitors. The world-famous Notting Hill Carnvival is going digital; front row seats guaranteed! Theatre projects will bring together playwrights and actors with the local community, and K+C Art Week will be creating a public art trail in shop windows on the iconic King's Road and Kensington High Street.

Professional Development at the V&A

Whether seeking guidance across a broad area, or niche support on topics such as, audience development, forging new revenue streams, organising private hire events, and collections management, there’s a plethora of subjects to choose from. Led by expert staff, learn and share best practice with colleagues from fellow UK and international cultural organisations.

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HABA Yoshitaka

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10am-8pm; Sun 12noon-6pm
Japan House London
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The Library at Japan House offers a new approach to appreciate and engage with books, by displaying books in a particular way, and through bookshelf exhibitions curated by HABA Yoshitaka of BACH, a book specialist in Japan.

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World Book Day

7 March
12pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Calling all parents of bookworms! Bring your children to a fun, creative day where they can learn tips for crafting stories with a series of masterclasses featuring famous kids’ authors (Jeff Kinney, Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell and many others) and take part in the London Book Swap, exchanging old books for new ones!

Echo Peel Face Masks

The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The response to Caroline Achaintre's Echo Peel sculptor has been so popular that The Royal Society of Sculptors has launched 'make-your-own' wearable art masks featuring the vibrant colours.

Goats colonising Wales

Natural History Museum
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From goats colonising deserted streets in Wales to cleaner air and clear skies in London, the Covid-19 pandemic has presented a unique view of our world with minimal human presence. As part of a brand new public engagement initiative around the environmental impacts of the virus, the Natural History Museum is gathering data to illustrate how the movement of people has altered during lockdown.

Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park

Kensington Gardens
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With summer officially here and London gradually re-opening, why not explore the parks through the works of some famous writers - discover J M Barrie’s ultimate fancy, Peter Pan, walk in the steps of Virginia Woolf through Kensington Gardens, or visit the famous Speaker’s Corner, George Orwell’s ardent haunt.

Try Something Different!

The Town House Restaurant at The Kensington
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If you're bored of making banana bread, try something different like The Town House Kensington's delicious Guinness Bread.

Spring is in the Air!

The Royal Parks
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The Isabella Plantation is famous for its azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias, but The Royal Parks have had to close it to the public for now. You can still see and experience its spectacular flora as it comes to life in late April and early May each year.

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LetsMakeWednesdays - Accessibility

Every Wednesday, the V&A has some exciting ideas to nurture your creativity. Making our world safe and inclusive to all people is a key part of design. This week's challenge is to design something in your home or your community to be more accessible, like this tactile paving slab.