News Archive

27th December 2000
The London Parade is the biggest annual street parade in Europe, when a million people come out onto the streets of the capital to watch this spectacular event. The 15th annual parade will have up to 12,000 performers, including dozens of award-winning marching bands, thousands...
20th December 2000
The 1940s House Exhibition recreates 17 Braemar Gardens - the pre-war suburban "semi" featured in a Channel 4 television series The 1940s House, to be shown in January. The series explores how a present-day family would adapt to life on the home front during the Second World War...
13th December 2000
The Somerset House Ice Rink is the latest attraction to open as part of the restoration of the former government offices to public use. For the first time London has an outdoor skating arena comparable to the traditional Holiday Season rink at the Rockefeller Centre in New York...
29th November 2000
The Great Court at the British Museum creates a two acre square enclosed by a spectacular glass roof designed by Foster and Partners. It transforms the museum's inner courtyard, with the Reading Room at its centre, into the largest covered public square in Europe. The 100m project...
22nd November 2000
Treasures Of Catherine The Great launches the Hermitage Rooms, which are the final phase in the liberation of Somerset House from occupation by Civil Servants by the forces of culture. The rooms will act as an introduction to The Hermitage, Russia's finest museum which is situated...
15th November 2000
William Blake is probably the most exhaustive exhibition ever mounted of the work of the unique and innovative British artist and poet, comprising over 500 items. Although largely overlooked in his time, and often derided as a lunatic, Blake's impact and influence on later generations...
8th November 2000
Telling Time explores the idea of time in relation to paintings. It examines how artists have endeavoured to put time into their work using two themes. Story Time looks at how painters have attempted to tell stories that unfold over time in their unchanging picture. Some painters...
1st November 2000
Gladiators And Caesars: The Power Of Spectacle In Ancient Rome latches on to the resurgence of interest in swords and sandals generated by Ridley Scott's film Gladiator. It looks at all aspects of the entertainment industry in ancient Rome, illustrated with major pieces from the...
25th October 2000
Spectacular Bodies: The Art & Science Of The Human Body From Leonardo To Now charts the ark which the relationship between art and science has taken over the last 400 years. It stretches from the time when artists studied anatomy alongside medical students while human bodies were...
18th October 2000
The Tower Of London is staging a series of events during half term week designed to bring episodes from its history to life. There will be a recreation of the only (nearly successful) attempt to steal the Crown Jewels which took place in 1671. Colonel Thomas Blood, disguised as...
11th October 2000
The Wapping Project is a new arts centre created within the former Grade 2* listed Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, opposite the Prospect of Whitby, east of Tower Bridge. Built in 1890 for the London Hydraulic Power Company, its turbines provided the force to lift the safety curtains...
4th October 2000
South: The Race To The Pole is about the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the First World War. The exhibition focuses on the five key expeditions of Britons Captain Robert Falcon Scott (Discovery 1901-04 and Terra Nova 1910...
20th September 2000
Star Trek: Federation Science is an exhibition originally created by The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in conjunction with Paramount Pictures, whose appearance at the venerable Victorian institution that used to be the Science Museum takes its "Science Lite" visitor attraction...
13th September 2000
London Open House, the annual scheme to allow the public free access to architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital, boasts a record number of locations this year. Over 550 buildings both historic and new will include Dulwich Picture, Courtauld ...
6th September 2000
Spitfire Summer marks the sixtieth anniversary of the events of 1940 when Britain stood alone, supported only by the Commonwealth and a handful of governments in exile, facing the threat of imminent invasion by German forces. Paintings, posters, photographs, newsreels, radio broadcasts...
30th August 2000
creating SPARKS is a month long festival co-ordinated by the British Association, whose aim is to promote the cross fertilisation of arts and sciences. It is a collaboration of the main cultural institutions in South Kensington: Imperial College, The Natural History Museum, the...
23rd August 2000
Paul Klee: The Brgi Collection comprises over 140 oils, drawings, watercolours and prints from all stages of Klee's career. Rolf Burgi, a family friend, looked after his affairs when Klee fled from the Nazis to Switzerland in 1933, and preserved his work from confiscation by the...
16th August 2000
Buckminster Fuller: Your Private Sky demonstrates the wide range of work produced by the American scientist, philosopher, designer, architect, artist, engineer, entrepreneur, mathematician and pedagogue. Richard Buckminster Fuller is best known for the invention of the geodesic...
9th August 2000
Eat Drink And Be Merry: The British At Table 1600-200 at Kenwood House is the ultimate visitor experience, combining the current passion for food and drink with the ongoing interest in stately homes in one package. If a visit also includes a lakeside concert in the evening, then...
2nd August 2000
Force Fields: Phases Of The Kinetic is the most comprehensive exhibition of kinetic art ever staged in Britain, with over 100 works from over 40 artists created between the 20's and the 80's. Kinetic art produces, relates to, or appears subject to motion or force - in other words...
26th July 2000
High Street Londinium uniquely combines the skills of the archaeologist, the historian and the craft worker. Fulfilling the current brief of "Culture Lite", its purpose through painstaking reconstruction is both to entertain and contribute to knowledge about Romano-British buildings...
19th July 2000
Jodrel Bank Observatory may be threatened if Britain joins the European Southern Observatory in its Very Large Telescope project located in Chile, according to press reports this week. Finance is unlikely to be available for both participation in ESO, and continued upgrading of...
19th July 2000
Jodrel Bank Observatory may be threatened if Britain joins the European Southern Observatory in its Very Large Telescope project located in Chile, according to press reports this week. Finance is unlikely to be available for both participation in ESO, and continued upgrading of...
5th July 2000
New British Art 2000: Intelligence, proving that Tate Britain is not to be outdone by its new sibling down the river, is the first in a series of major exhibitions of contemporary British art to be held every three years, and is the largest loan exhibition ever staged at Millbank...
28th June 2000
The Wellcome Wing, Science Museum, the latest 50m Lottery makeover project opens to the public on 3rd July. It will transform the venerable Victorian institution into a rival to the "Science Lite" visitor attractions which have been springing up recently. The new wing, designed...
21st June 2000
The Wallace Collection was opened by the Prince of Wales on 22nd June 1900, and it celebrates its centenary with the opening by the current Prince of Wales of a 10.6m lottery funded refurbishment. Millennium project specialists Rick Mather and Ove Arup have created an extra 30...
14th June 2000
Encounters: New Art From Old is a Millennium project for which twenty four established contemporary artists from Britain, Europe and North America were invited to choose a work from the National Gallery's collection and respond to it with a new work of their own. It offers an unprecedented...
7th June 2000
The Show 2000 presents the final year work of MA students in the broadly based Royal College of Art, encompassing fashion, fine and applied art, sculpture and design. The particular fusion of the aesthetic and the practical is the RCA's metier. The exhibition is both a celebration...
31st May 2000
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is with us again, as it has been every year since 1769 - the usual collection of the good, the bad and the ugly - from amateurs to RA's, proving that popular taste and critical approval find no meeting point. Around a thousand works covering ...
24th May 2000
Dulwich Picture Gallery is the location for latest 8m Lottery funded project for the Queen to reopen on 25th May. Sir John Soane's original structure (a classic and still imitated design which was originally as big a talking point as its contents) has been refurbished and restored...
17th May 2000
Fun de Sicle features more than 30 novelty and commemorative wallpapers, ranging from depictions of the Coronation of Edward VII through Batman to Manchester United, taking in Beatrix Potter, the Flintstones and the Beatles on the way. It provides an opportunity to marvel at how...
9th May 2000
Tate Modern finally opens to the public from 12th May, after more previews than a Broadway show (and an equally star studded audience). Swiss modernist architects Herzog and de Meuron's 134m Lottery funded conversion of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's Bankside power station catapults...
3rd May 2000
The National Portrait Gallery's £15.9m Lottery funded extension is now open. The new building, developing a light well between the existing NPG and the National Gallery, provides 50% more exhibition and public space. The redesign, which is the work of Sir Jeremy Dixon and...
26th April 2000
The Lowry, which opens on 28th April is spectacularly situated on a 12 acre promontory of Salford Quays, and is a visual and performing arts, entertainment and education centre, comprising of two galleries and two theatres. The uncompromisingly modernist landmark building is the...
19th April 2000
One of the world's greatest examples of railway enthusiasm is now on permanent display at the National Railway Museum - a model layout of the entire London and North Western Railway stock on a particular day in the 1920's. Working from photographs, drawings and a lifetime of trainspotting...
12th April 2000
The London Tourist Board is running a Celebrate Millennium London promotion throughout the year, and is offering a free passport book of vouchers entitling the holder to substantial discounts on rail and air travel, accommodation, road and river sightseeing tours, restaurants, ...
5th April 2000
The Art Of Star Wars explores the creative process that brought the film series to the screen. For the first time in the UK, over 250 original models, production paintings, concept drawings and costumes from the Lucasfilms archive at Skywalker Ranch show how the fantastic creatures...
29th March 2000
The Dome has at last officially unveiled its sculptures, commissioned to enhance the outside of the structure, featuring work by Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Richard Wilson and Tony Cragg. They are late arrivals at the Millennium Ball owing to overdue payments by NMEC, the dome...
15th March 2000
The Ideal Home Show will once again provide the unlikely spectacle of a village of new houses built inside Earl's Court, enabling thousands of visitors to indulge in the undoubted pleasure of traipsing round sneering at the furnishings. It's even better than touring your friends...
1st March 2000
Online artists, whose work is principally created and viewed on the internet, are eligible for a prize of $50,000 inaugurated by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It will be awarded to "an artist or artists who have exhibited excellence in online art". Entries from any country...
23rd February 2000
The descendants of the Duke of Wellington have won a victory over the forces of the Victoria and Albert Museum in regard to Apsley House, which has the famous address Number 1 London. The Iron Duke spent his later years there, and since it was given to the nation in 1947, the V...
16th February 2000
The Ballroom at Buckingham Palace is to be opened to the public for the first time this year as part of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms. 122 feet long and 60 feet wide, it has been at the centre of state entertaining since it was built for Queen Victoria, and opened in 1859...
9th February 2000
Judi Dench has opened the largest exhibition in the world dedicated to Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre at Shakespeare's Globe. Housed in the undercroft directly beneath the theatre, the exhibition uses a combination of traditional crafts and modern technology to bring Shakespeare...
2nd February 2000
Sir Arthur C Clarke, the science fiction writer and space guru, who accurately predicted such advances as communications satellites, is to open a futuristic exhibition centre on 1st January 2001. Uniquely, the project aims to celebrate both the scientist's and science fiction writer...
26th January 2000
The Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, as it works to the lunar calendar, so 5th February sees the start of 4698, which puts the fuss over Y2K into context. It will be a year of the Dragon (which is good) but an angry one (which is not so good). Chinese communities...
19th January 2000
ART2000, the 12th London Contemporary Art Fair, aims to bring modern art out of the gallery and into the world of ordinary people, at realistic prices. It's the biggest event ever, with stands from over ninety galleries, offering the more approachable work from new artists (no ...
12th January 2000
Sir Thomas More was imprisoned in the Bell Tower of the Tower Of London in 1534, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as Head of the Church in England, in place of the Pope. He was executed on Tower Hill a year later. (They don't make tourist attractions like they used to.) From...
5th January 2000
Somerset House will be transformed into a major cultural centre during the course of this year. Formerly the home of civil servants processing birth, death, marriage and income tax records, the arts formed a bridgehead in 1990, when the Courtauld Gallery opened in one refurbished...