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Later 18th Century and Early 19th Century

Displays (3)

3 displays matching the search term Floor 2 and the date today

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

8 December 2018 - 31 May 2020
Room 3, Floor 2
Free

This small display examines the Tudor construction of Plantagenet portraits and their legacy in the popular imagination.


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Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

7 September 2019 - 1 March 2020
Room 16, Floor 2
Free

This display focuses on ‘Popular Portraits’ – representations of named individuals or identifiable characters that would have been owned or seen by a wide cross-section of society. ‘Popular Portraits’ have been part of everyday life from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day, spanning political caricatures to Barbie dolls modelled on royalty and the peoples’ heroes.


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Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

26 July 2019 - 1 June 2020
Room 18, Floor 2
Free

This display marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, a tragic event which is part of the unfolding story of the development of civil rights and democracy.


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