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Centenaries and Centenarians

Early 20th Century Gallery - Room 27
Admission Free

5 February - 11 August 2000
Room 31

A series of photographic showcase displays celebrates 100th birthdays and anniversaries in the year 2000, from The Queen Mother to the Labour Party, the inventor of the hologram, the captain of the 'Bodyline' cricket team and the headmistress of St Trinian's.


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Black History Month

Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.

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A Picture of Health

Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.

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