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Arts & Museums
If you're on the lookout for something different, then it might be worth checking out this Russian art specialist in North London. Like many other companies who have recently started selling directly to the public, this unique gallery is only open for free viewing on Sunday. On the ground floor is a huge stock of Oriental rugs imported directly from the East, and hand-knotted rugs from the former USSR are a specialty. The upstairs art gallery offers a range of framed and unframed oil paintings, and Russian art is best represented with key names from the 19th century to modern day.
The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture is located in Colindale, Barnet and is a part of Middlesex university. It features a comprehensive collections of interior designs for homes developed in the 19th and 20th century. The Domestic Design collection features thousands of books, catalogues and magazines on the subject of home design and decoration. Tours of the museum can be arranged by appointment only. However, one can view some of the collections on their online website and exhibitions. The museum welcomes student, lecturers and researchers of interior design as well as the general public who have an interest in the topic.
Harrow invites all the art lovers to Usurp. Showcasing contemporary art exhibitions of renowned and amateur artists. They also display work by experimental artists, musicians, composers and other performers. Check their website for more updates.
At the RAF Museum, you'll be treated to a dramatic retelling of the story of the Air Force - and the history of flight in Britain and around the world. You'll see real planes, jets and bombers, as well as engines, weapons and other vehicles integral to any serious war. You'll see uniforms, medals and other awards, photo galleries and informational archives. The museum also lets out its premises for private events. See website for complete visitor details.
This museum was made to acknowledge and cherish the varied contributions of the British Jews towards the Armed Forces of the British Government spanning from 18th century to present day, and to erase contradictory misconceptions which wrongly assume that Jews did not play a major role in the activities of the Armed Forces. Henry Morris was the person who came up with the plan to build this museum. The collections displayed cover various historical events, but the major focus is on the two World Wars. The museum also offers genealogy data, which consists of a huge collection of names of all the Jewish people who participated in the Second World War.
Previously owned by the renowned British architect John Soane and a former Britain Prime Minister's daughter, the PM Gallery and House oozes history. Since its public ownership by the Ealing District Council, the building housed the Public Library until 1985 when it became the site of the Soane Museum and PM Gallery. The museum includes original parts of the architect's home and Soane's diaries and drawings. The PM Gallery houses the largest collection of contemporary art in West London and is worth a visit.
With over 150 motorcycles on display, and a knowledgeable staff, the London Motorcycle Museum offers visitors a unique museum experience. Classics such as a 1902 Ormonde, 1903 Clyde, 1959 Norton Dommie 99 and more can be seen here. Not only are the bikes on display but some are even used for shows, meets, events and exhibitions around the world. Learn the history and gain a new insight on the world of motorcycles through a trip to this museum.
Located at the Headstone Manor, Harrow Museum features a collection of exhibits that highlight the local history. Dating back to the 17th Century, the museum comprises a total of four heritage buildings. It is at the Headstone Manor where a collection dating back to the 14th and 17th-18th centuries is on display. The Tithe Barn exhibits equipment used for agricultural purposes. The smaller barn is where prehistoric collections are on display; these include archaeological findings. And lastly, the granary where a collection highlights Harrow's industrial scene.
Opened in 2005, Allsopp Contemporary represents ten upcoming artists from around Europe. These artists dabble in a variety of art forms, including sculpture, photography and painting. The works of these new artists are placed in a wider, international framework, so as to demonstrate clearly many different kinds of practices in the art world.
If you're ever at a loose end, head down to Gunnersbury Park. Besides the boating pond, the pitch and putt golf course, playground and cafe, there is a Victorian museum, which is well worth the trek. Once the home of the Rothschilds, the museum holds a wealth of Victorian material as well as various, changing exhibitions. Workshops ranging from the Romans and the Tudors are hosted and make an enjoyable hands-on history lesson. The museum also hosts monthly special activities like "Kitchen Capers", which invites children to dress up in Victorian costumes and play-act and take part in with good old-fashioned parlor games. Another fun event is the 'Too Many Cooks' day, which comprises cooking demonstrations in the large Victorian kitchen, followed by a cream tea. Check website for details.
Established by Agi Katz a renowned curator and art enthusiast, Boundary Gallery features some of the exemplary works in Contemporary Art and British modern art from the first half of the 20th Century. The gallery showcases splendid works by well known artists Jacob Kramer, Neil MacPherson, Jacob Epstein, David Bomberg, Davina Jackson, Horace Brodzky and June Redfern. The gallery also boasts of displaying works by Jewish artists.
The Camden Arts Centre is a venue for modern visual art, and is involved with promoting work by young artists, be it photographic, sculpture or paintings. True to its Camden name, this center's three galleries hold very cool, contemporary exhibitions throughout the year. The shows are usually a few weeks long, changing as artists residencies change.