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Current Displays

Luc Tuymans: Glasses
At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action
Late Victorian Britain: Cultural Pioneers
A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
Antony Gormley – OBJECT
Speak its Name!

Today's the day


On this day, 22 February, in 1857

Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941)

Major-General and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides was born in London, England