From the ‘Women in Photography’ exhibition: Clare Strand, Aerial Suspension, 2009 © the artist

This week: 28 - 03 February

28 January 2019 | Rosa Johnston-Flint

Women in Photography, Lightbox in Woking
From Dorothy Bohm’s documentation of 1960s London to the contemporary self-portraiture of Sarah Lucas in the 1990s, Britain has cultivated a long tradition of trailblazing women whose significant contributions to photography are recognised in this exhibition, which is accompanied by a series of engaging talks and tours.
Queen Alexandra when Princess of Wales, Collage design c.1866-9 © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The show runs from 30 January 2019 – 2 June 2019

Trial By Laughter, The Lowry
In 1817, bookseller, publisher and satirist William Hone stood trial for parodying religion, the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy. His crime? Basically just poking fun at stuff. Based on their acclaimed BBC Radio 4 drama of the same name, satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman rediscover this forgotten hero of free speech in Trial By Laughter and ask if – over 200 years later – today's press has any greater freedom.

Trial by Laughter will play at The Lowry from Tue 29 January until Sat 02 February.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Leeds Art Gallery
To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, a selection of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings will go on display at Leeds Art Gallery. The Royal Collection Trust exhibition provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see these drawings up close. Although none of Leonardo da Vinci's sculptures survive to this day, A Life in Drawing gives unparalleled insight into his investigations. Step into one of the greatest minds in history to explore the techniques he adopted and enjoy rarely seen work from a highly prized collection.

Image credit: Leeds Art Gallery

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, Kent
Following a 16-month construction project, the brand new Biggin Hill Memorial Museum will open its doors to visitors for the first time on 2nd February, offering the chance to experience the inspirational history of “the strongest link” in the Battle of Britain. RAF Biggin Hill played a pivotal role in the Second World War, as well as innovations including air-to-air communication, seat belts, altimeters and pressure gauges.

Image courtesy of Biggin Hill Museum
Up Helly Aa, Shetland
On the last Tuesday in January, an ancient festival takes place in Shetland, off the north coast of Scotland, marking the passing of the Winter Solstice and the slow return of the sun. Brave souls wrapped up like – well – Vikings take to the street with burning torches that are then thrown into a Viking ship, which becomes a big bonfire. There’s been some debate over whether women will be allowed to join in, so 2019 could see a historical moment in this historical tradition. One for anyone who says it’s too long until Bonfire Night – and definitely one for the bucket list…


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