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Current Displays

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Luc Tuymans: Glasses
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948
Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action
A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
Conscientious Objectors of the First World War
Speak its Name!
Antony Gormley – OBJECT

Events Today

Portrait of the Day: Augustus John

Today's the day


On this day, 11 December, in 1781

Sir David Brewster (1781-1868)

Natural philosopher and academic administrator was born in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland