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Current Displays

Luc Tuymans: Glasses
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie
At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action
A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
First World War Poets
Speak its Name!
Antony Gormley – OBJECT
David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

Events Today

Portrait of the Day: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Visualising Portraits: Speak its Name!
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
Lecture: Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
BSL Gallery Tour: A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

Today's the day


On this day, 30 March, in 1785

Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge of Lahore (1785-1856)

Governor-General of India was born in Wrotham, Kent, England