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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!

Events Today

Portrait of the Day: George Frideric Handel
Visualising Portraits: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
Performance: Colour in the Darkness

Today's the day


On this day, 23 February, in 1821

John Keats (1795-1821)

Poet died in Rome, Italy