London museums are in their transitional period at the moment, with exhibitions finishing for winter and fresh new ideas springing up for summer. Here is a list of the essential exhibitions to catch before they finish.
Valentino at Somerset House – Now until 3rd March 2013
The ultimate exhibition for people interested in fashion. This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Valentino. Featuring over 130 items, including classic gowns worn by movie stars and princesses such as Grace Kelly and Gwyneth Paltrow. Somerset house is a beautiful setting for an amazing exhibition such as this one and curators have tried to make this a particularly special event. Rather than the gowns being displayed in a catwalk style, the curators have made you the model walking the catwalk whilst the Valentino clad mannequins watch on. A good time to visit Somerset House is during London Fashion Week from the 21-24th of February, this way you can see both the amazing Valentino exhibition, whilst also getting the opportunity to people-watch the interesting characters that arrive for the shows. Entry is £12.50 with concession £9.
Modern British Childhood at the V&A Museum of Childhood – Now until 14th April
Modern British Childhood explores how childhood has transformed in Britain during the period between the London Olympic Games of 1948 and 2012. The exhibition is in the newly refurbished V&A Museum of Childhood which is situated in Bethnal Green. Featuring old toys, clothing and books this exhibition is great for anyone with an interest in family life and history. Entry is free.
Death: A Self-Portrait at Wellcome Collection – Now until 24th February
This interesting and unique exhibition showcases around 300 pieces of work from a unique collection of death and our attitudes towards it. Featuring rare prints from Rembrandt and Goya, anatomical drawings, human remains and an amazing chandelier made of 3000 plaster cast bones. This exhibition is great for anyone with an interest in death, darkness and mystery. Entry is free.
Light from the Middle East at the V&A – Now until 7th April
A great exhibition for anyone with a love of photography. It explores the powerful and persuasive means of expression by artists from the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia). With the use of photography, the disruption in the Middle-East can be seen in different lights and from different points of view. A particularly interesting exhibition if you have an interest in portrait photography. Entry is free.
Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men at the Museum of London – Now until 14th April
This fascinating exhibition at the Museum of London came about due to a discovery of a burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in 2006. What they found was both extraordinary and unexpected. It revealed around 260 burials in a confusing mix of bones from dissection, autopsy and amputation. This exhibition focuses on the trade of dead bodies around the early 19th century for use in hospitals and study from the surgeons pushing forward anatomical study and the body-snatchers who supplied them. Entry is £9.