10 must dos for culture vultures in 2019

Thursday 23 May 2019

2019 is set to be another game-changer for Britain’s culture and arts scene, with bags of major new exhibitions, gallery openings and redesigns of museums launching over the coming months. Discover your inner culture vulture at these highlights: 

Dippy the Diplodocus

1. Dippy on tour in Newcastle

When: 18 May – 6 October 2019
If you missed him in 2018, never fear, the Natural History Museum’s famed Dippy the Diplodocus will continue his tour of Britain by visiting the Great North Museum: Hancock. Having spent more than 100 years in London, the 21.3-metre-long skeleton provides a unique insight into prehistoric times and is a winner with kids and adults alike.

2. Royal fashion in Edinburgh

When: 14 June – 6 October 2019
If you’re a royal fan and fashionista en route to Scotland, you can check out the wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex as part of a special exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will showcase the sartorial highlights from their big day, including Meghan’s wedding gown and tiara.

3. Pop art at Tate Liverpool

When: 14 June – 10 November
Inspired by pop and street art and the underground club scene, US artist Keith Haring’s work focused on issues including racism, homophobia, the environment and political dictatorship in ways that are very much still relevant today. From mid-June, you can catch the first major UK exhibition of his work at Tate Liverpool, which reveals the huge influence he had on global culture during his short-lived but highly illustrious career

Tate Liverpool

4. A new medicinal journey in London

When: 2019, opening date to be confirmed
Great for the scientifically minded, you can explore one of the world’s most significant medicine collections at London’s Science Museum and find out how health and medicine have developed during the last 400 years. Bringing together impressive collections from pharmaceutical entrepreneur Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum, the Medicine Galleries are set to fill the entirety of the building’s first floor.

5. Kynren and the history of England in Country Durham 

When: 29 June – 14 September 2019
During the summer, Auckland Castle will host Kynren - the movie-like open-air night spectacular that brings to life 2,000 years of Britain's history. Go on a 90-minute journey of epic storytelling, starring more than 1,000 professionally trained volunteers and using pyrotechnics, lighting, and water effectsacross a seven-and-a-half acre stage, and discover England's past from the Roman period to post-World War II.

6. Manchester International Festival

When: : 4 – 21 July 2019
Staged every two years at venues all over the city, Manchester International Festival(MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events – and it’s the biggest event on Manchester’s cultural calendar. Featuring work by some of the world's leading artists as well as Manchester's hottest talents, the festival has an impressive line up of innovative exhibitions, shows and events. 2019 will also be your last chance to catch it before it takes up permanent residence in brand new venue The Factory.

Salford Quays Manchester


7. Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy in London

When: 21 September – 3 December 2019
Head to London to catch Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley, who'll be filling the Royal Academy with seawater as part of an exhibition detailing his illustrious career. The artist, renowned for creating the Angel of the North and for his incredible sculpture work, will present his most significant set of works for more than a decade.

8. The Turner Prize in Margate

When: 29 September 2019 – 12 January 2020
This year, the famous Turner Prize will be hosted at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate – a fitting venue for an event named after the innovative landscape artist JMW Turner, who was a regular visitor to Margate and inspired by the east Kent coast. With shortlisted artists including Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Helen Cammock and free entry, it’s the perfect place to discover some of the hottest and most exciting up-and-coming artists. 

Turner Contemporary


9. Cheltenham Literature Festival in Gloucestershire

When: 4 – 13 October 2019
Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019, the Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of Britain’s major annual events for book lovers. Be the first to grab a copy at the launch of major new book releases and enjoy more than 500 talks, workshops and performances touching upon subjects as diverse as history, politics, sport, food and fashion.

10. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year in Bristol

When: 23 November 2019 – 4 May 2020
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast or fan of photography, why not check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Bristol’s M-Shed Museum.  See some of the planet’s most incredible species as captured by some of the world’s finest photographers. Developed and curated by the Natural History Museum, you can also catch the exhibition in London towards the end of 2019 (exact dates tbc).

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