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Diamond Jubilee State Coach

New Diamond Jubilee Carriage

For the State Opening of Parliament this year the Queen used a new 3-ton Coach created for her by Jim Frecklington, from Manly, Australia, who worked in the Royal Mews as a young man before returning home.  The coach, which is 18ft long and needs 6 horses to pull it, has taken 50 people more than 10 years to assemble. The Diamond Jubilee Coach is only the second state carriage to be built in more than 100 years.

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Royal Academy: 2014 Summer Exhibition

2014 Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 246th year, the 2014 exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film.

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Natural History Museum - Lyuba

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants at Natural History Museum

Be awestruck as huge fossils and life-size models of mammoths and their relative’s tower above you and meet Lyuba, the world’s most complete mammoth, as she takes centre stage in the Mammoth’s Ice Age Giants exhibition at the Natural History Museum. 

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Metropolitan Museum: Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty at Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum has announced that Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition is coming to London in 2015. This is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe.

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Victoria & Albert Museum: Disobedient Objects Exhibition: Guerilla Girls

Disobedient Objects Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum

From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, the Disobedient Objects exhibition coming to the Victoria & Albert Museum will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change.

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St Paul's Cathedral: Art From War: A detail of a bird on the Altar frontal

Art From War at St Paul’s Catherdal

St Paul’s Cathedral is preparing to display a unique piece of embroidery titled Art From Art crafted by 133 men from the UK, Canada, Australia and South Africa, who worked to create an elaborate altar frontal whilst recovering in hospitals around the UK from injuries suffered during the conflicts of WWI.

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Louis Kahn: Kimbert Art Museum

Louis Kahn Exhibition at Design Museum

The Design Museum is currently showcasing an exhibition of American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) who is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. Kahn created buildings of monumental beauty with powerful universal symbolism.

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London Transport Museum: Goodbye Piccadilly Exhibition

Goodbye Piccadilly Exhibition at London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum has launced a new exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly – From Home Front to Western Front which will run from Friday 16 May 2014 to Sunday, 8 March 2015. A key theme in the exhibition is the acceleration of social change as a result of the outbreak of war.

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Tower of London Remembers

Blue Badge Tourist Guides help install ‘Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London

London Blue Badge Tourist Guides are involved in a truly unique art installation to commemorate the start of the First World War.  More than 800,000 ceramic poppies – each representing a British and Colonial military death during the First World War – are being planted in the Tower of London’s dry moat.  When completed on Armistice Day on 11 November 2014, the art installation, titled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, will include 888,246 poppies.

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The Mrs Dalloway BookBench by Fiona and Neil Osborne (One Red Shoe).

Books About Town: Benches inspired by London & iconic books

Books about Town launched in July with benches shaped like open books popping up all over London. The BookBenches feature stories linked to London and are based on a range of iconic books from treasured children’s stories such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter Pan to classic adult titles including 1984 and The Day of the Triffids.

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Stonehenge

Amesbury makes Stonehenge look like a new build

Archaeologists say that Amesbury where Stonehenge is located might date back to 8820 BC, making the town the longest continuously occupied settlement in Britain.

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27 New London Guides receive their Blue Badge

27 New London Blue Badge Tourist Guides

27 successful candidates from the 2012-2014 London Blue Badge Course, pictured below were presented with their badges by Yvonne Leach, the President of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, at a ceremony at the Founding Museum on 9 April.

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