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South Kensington's arts and science organisations are gearing up to welcome you back this summer. We are are delighted that some of our venues have already opened and more will follow over the next few weeks. Here's a list of re-opening dates. Please check with individual venues about their arrangements for visiting including pre-booking a time slot for your visit. And there's still lots to enjoy online.

Welcome back! We've missed you!

 
 
 
 
 
Design Museum Kensington Reopens 31 July 2020
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
The museum will be partially open to the public with the exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers from Friday 31 July 2020. Your visit is going to be a bit different. You will need to pre-book your tickets online and new measures have been introduced to ensure all visitors and staff can feel safe.
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The Natural History Museum Reopens 5 August 2020
 
Natural History Museum
 
The Natural History Museum reopens on 5th August. To help keep everyone safe, a timed entry system is in place. Please book a free ticket in advance as only a limited number of people are allowed in their galleries. If you are unable to book online, please call +44 (0)20 7942 5000.
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The V&A Reopens 6 August 2020
 
V&A
 
The V&A reopens on 6th August. They've made some changes to keep you safe during your visit. For now all visitors – including Members – need to book a free timed entry ticket here.
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Science Museum Reopens 19 August 2020
 
Science Museum
 
The Science Museum reopens on 19th August. Their top priority is the health and safety of their visitors. To help manage the number of people in the museum at one time, all visitors are now required to pre-book a free ticket in advance to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
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The French Institute & Ciné Lumière Reopen 26 August!
 
Institut français
 
Enjoy the best of French and world cinema on the big screen and an exciting cultural programme with both onsite and online events. Why not also try French courses, the Library Click & Collect service or the Food & Drink Takeaway Pop Up? Hygiene and social distancing measures are implemented so you have the safest and most comfortable and pleasing experience.
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RCA2020
 
Royal College of Art
16-31 July 2020
 
Like artists, creators, designers and curators around the world, the 2020 graduates of the Royal College of Art have adapted, innovated and reimagined during these most unprecedented of times. For the first time in its history, the RCA's renowned graduate show will this year take place online as a digital discovery platform – RCA2020.
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To Be Invisible Is
 
236 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
11 Aug-4 Sept
 
The second exhibition in the series To Be Invisible, is an aural and visual 3D installation based on the poignant song To Be Invisible by Curtis Mayfield. Inspired by current events associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, Martyn Ware’s soundscape overlays the sounds of the city with a narration of Mayfield’s emotive lyrics to create a meditative ‘fever dream’.
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Be Kind to your Parks
 
The Royal Parks
 
The Royal Parks' 5,000 acres of historic green spaces have been a haven during these extraordinary times, a place to hang out with family and friends, exercise or simply unwind. But their popularity has produced an astonishing 258 tonnes of trash equivalent to 20 London buses! This summer the Royal Parks are asking everyone to spread some kindness and help look after our precious green spaces. Spread the word!
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Ticket Mate Fund
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
The Design Museum has launched a new pay it forward scheme in partnership with local charities, including The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, that distributes free exhibition tickets in the local community. Launched to coincide with the partial reopening of the museum on 31st July, it is aimed at offering free access to the museum's temporary exhibitions to young people and adults in the local community for whom price might be a barrier to participation - including those most affected by the Coronavirus crisis.
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Royal Albert Hall Proms 2020
 
Royal Albert Hall
17 July - 12 September 2020
 
BBC Proms 2020 but not as we know them or the Proms as we need them. This year marks 125 years since the first Proms season. To reflect the times, the season will take on a unique format, with a compelling multi-platform offer. A unique First Night commission by Iain Farrington for a BBC Grand Virtual Orchestra to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, with live performances later in the season, culminating in the Last Night of the Proms to bring the nation together.
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RBKC's Exciting Culture Plan 2020
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
 
RBKC is launching a Culture Plan with a difference in September. There will be 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.
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ARTxSCIENCE
 
Royal College of Art
 
ARTxSCIENCE brings together artists and scientists from the Royal College of Art and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging to explore the ways science and technology are revolutionising modern medicine and shaping the future of healthcare. Scientists and artists from each institution have paired up to create interactive online exhibitions, which invite visitors to explore and shape cutting-edge scientific research into medical imaging.
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Black Lives Matter in Science and Medicine
 
Imperial College London
Livestream - Tue 28th July 3pm-4pm
 
Dr Stanley Andrisse, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins and Howard Universities and founder of the ‘From prison cell to Ph.D’ project, will discuss how black lives matter in science and medicine. Livestreamed, Dr Andrisse will lead a discussion around the BLM movement, how it relates to science and medicine, what has worked in the US, how we could apply these successes in the UK.
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Make a Hirodoledge Tenugui Face Covering
 
Japan House London
Monday 27 July 2020 11:00-12:00
 
Learn how to make your own washable pleated face covering from tenugui (simply woven cotton Japanese hand towels) in this live online event led by Takahashi Hiroko, contemporary textile artist and founder of design brand HIROCOLEDGE.
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Learn French @ The Institut français
 
Institut français
Dates & Times Vary
 
The Institut français' online French courses have proved so popular that they are continuing through July and August. There's still time to sign up and there's a great choice: if you're an early bird, a night owl or a determined intensive learner, their timetable can accommodate all!
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I'm a Wildlife Conservationist: Ask Me Anything!
 
Imperial College London
Tue 28 July 4pm-6pm
 
Wildlife conservationists Rikki Gumbs and James Rosindell discuss the huge amounts of evolutionary history that are under threat from human activity during this Reddit AMA – part of Imperial Lates Online: Back to Nature.
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The World's Biggest German Language Contest
 
Goethe-Institut
3-7 August 2020
 
The next Internationale Deutscholympiade #IDO2020, the world's biggest German language contest with more than 120 students from over 50 countries - including the UK! - will meet online for this year's finals.
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The end of the pier show?
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
11 August 2020 7pm-8pm
 
Seaside pleasure piers are unique heritage assets and flagship tourism attractions at Britain’s coastal resorts. But piers are increasingly under threat: climate change, rising costs of maintenance and repair of these ageing structures, funding issues and a global pandemic all present challenges to their future longevity.
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The Queen's State Apartments
 
Kensington Palace
Open from 30 July 2020
 
William III and Mary II were crowned as joint monarchs in 1689, after they were invited by Parliament to take the throne in the place of Catholic King James II, Mary’s father. They bought Kensington Palace to become their new home, away from the bustle of Whitehall Palace, and transformed the building into a royal home. The Queen's apartments were where Mary, and later royal consorts, lived. This is where they had their bedroom, took their meals, entertained their friends and distinguished guests, and relaxed.
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Royal College of Music Online July Events
 
Royal College of Music
Dates & Times Vary
 
The RCM continues its digital performance programme in a series specially curated by their Artistic Director, Stephen Johns, showcasing the wide variety of music-making at the College, including orchestral, vocal and chamber music. They have delved into their archives to offer a mixture of online premieres and audience favourites, released throughout each month to provide both on-demand and live concert experiences.
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Imperial Lates Online: Back to Nature
 
Imperial College London
27 July - 2 August 2020
 
Imperial’s adult celebrations of science return in digital form this July with a week-long online exploration of our connection to the natural world. Join an artist and plant scientist for a live plant drawing workshop; put your questions to rain forest conservationists during a special Reddit Ask Me Anything and pop into their wildlife-themed pub-less quiz.
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Royal Albert Home: Ksenija Sidorova
 
Royal Albert Hall
Wed 29 July 2020 7:30pm
 
Classical accordion star Ksenija Sidorova will deliver an exclusive set from her home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. The Latvian musician is one of the world’s leading ambassadors for the classical accordion. Her repertoire spans from Bach to Piazzolla, from Efrem Podgaits and Václav Trojan to Erkki-Sven Tüür and George Bizet, and a multitude of chamber projects.
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Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers
 
Design Museum Kensington
31 July 2020 - 14 Feb 2021
 
Explore 'how electronic music rewired the world'. Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers will be the the first exhibition since the lifting of lockdown, when the museum partially reopens on 31 July. Your visit is going to be a bit different. You will need to pre-book your tickets online and new measures have been introduced to ensure all visitors and staff can feel safe.
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Masterclass: Inking Manga Patterns with Kubo Kiriko
 
Japan House London
Wed 29 July 11:00 – 12:15
 
Internationally renowned manga-ka Kubo Kiriko continues with a deeper look at some techniques applied to shade objects and backgrounds in manga. This second masterclass focusses on different types of line-based effects such as shūchū-sen (focus lines), tate-sen (vertical lines), nawa-ami (rope net), and kake-ami (cross-hatching).
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Deep Time & Geological Thinking
 
Serpentine Galleries
Thur 23 July 2020 2:30pm
 
2020 is a poignant reminder that we need longer-term thinking now to tackle the existential risks we face and create a better world for future generations. The Long Time Sessions is a fortnightly online talk series on cultivating care for the world beyond our lifetimes. It will bring together leading thinkers and doers from art, culture, philosophy, science, technology, law, finance and politics, to take a longer view.
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V&A Illustration Awards 2020 Results
 
V&A
 
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Awards. From imaginary worlds and fairy-tales to the difficult reality of life in a refugee camp, the winners of this year's awards demonstrate the versatility and breadth of contemporary illustration.
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RENOVATION: Kimono & Sustainability
 
Japan House London
Throughout August 2020
 
A stunning display of kimono by contemporary textile artist, and founder of the HIROCOLEDGE brand, Takahashi Hiroko will be displayed in the windows and on the Ground Floor at Japan House London throughout August. Fusing fashion and art, Takahashi Hiroko innovates the kimono tradition with her signature geometric patterns made up of circles and straight lines.
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When research gets personal
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
7 + 14 Aug 10:00-11:30am; 20 Aug 2.00pm-3.30pm
 
Three separate online events discussing the ethical approach when research crosses the line between work and personal life. The GHWRG will explore the challenges of negotiating research when we or those close to us are directly affected. Through discussions, conversational methods, and some virtual creativity, the hack days will focus on the practical and ethical challenges of doing this research.
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Coronavirus: Why minority ethnic groups suffer more
 
Science Museum
 
Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, talks to Science Director Roger Highfield about why some communities are at higher risk of COVID-19. His pioneering studies of civil servants revealed how, as you move down the social hierarchy to an office messenger, your risk of illness and death rises.
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Brainwaves of Formula E World Champion on Top Gear Race Track
 
Imperial College London
 
For the first time, a new study simultaneously tracks brain activity, eye movements and body movements of a pro race car driver in extreme conditions. The Imperial College London research team worked with Formula E World Champion Lucas di Grassi to compare how his brain and body reacted to steep curves and straight segments of the Top Gear race track under wet and rainy conditions. The results, published in Scientific Reports, could help explain how experts in physical tasks have tuned their bodies to react.
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Closest-ever images of the Sun reveal ‘campfires’ near the surface
 
Imperial College London
 
The Solar Orbiter spacecraft has unveiled its first images, including what appear to be ubiquitous miniature solar flares. The ‘campfire’ flares may solve a longstanding mystery about our star: why its outer atmosphere is hotter than its surface.
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Has the coronavirus pandemic affected our eating habits?
 
Imperial College London
 
How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted upon what and how we eat? In a new Imperial Stories feature, Imperial College London experts explain how our diets have been affected by COVID-19.
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
 
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