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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: John Clare
Live Music: Adam Brown
Drop-in Drawing
Life Drawing: Abstracting the pose

Today's the day


On this day, 24 February, in 1858

Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940)

Musician and historian of music was born in Le Maria, France