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Current Displays

Luc Tuymans: Glasses
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: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow
Live Music: Bella Tromba
Drop-in Drawing

Today's the day


On this day, 24 March, in 1603

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)

Reigned 1558-1603 died in Richmond, Surrey, England