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Today at the Gallery

Today at the Gallery

Today at the Gallery


Cindy Sherman
BP Portrait Award 2019


'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets
Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years
Portraying George Eliot
Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now
Indian Nobility in Britain
John Stezaker: Portrait


Portrait of the Day: Sir Oswald Mosley
Young People: Photo Collage Workshop

Person of the day


On this day, 20 July, in 1889

John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

(1889-1971) Administrator; first Director-General of the BBC

Was born in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Historical event of the day


On this day, 20 July, in 1981

The end of the often considered to be the greatest Ashes test match between England and Australia with Ian Botham turning around certain defeat into a celebrated victory