Saturday, 24 September 2022

Imperial War Museums - War Games: Real Conflicts, Virtual Worlds, Extreme Entertainment



The UK’s first exhibition to explore what video games can tell us about conflict.
War Games: Real Conflicts | Virtual Worlds | Extreme Entertainment opens at IWM London on 30 September 2022. 

The exhibition will delve into one of today’s most popular storytelling mediums and seek to challenge perceptions of how video games interpret stories about war and conflict.

It will feature 12 unique titles including Sniper Elite 5, recently released by lead exhibition sponsor Rebellion, which, over the last forty years, have reflected events from the First World War to the present. 

Showcasing immersive installations, never-before-displayed objects and perspectives from industry experts, War Games will also include a playable retro gaming zone and a programme of supporting events.

Watch the video below to discover how the missions and tactics of Sniper Elite 5 compare to the true stories of men and women who fought in the Second World War or click here to find out more about the exhibition. 
© Anastasia Taylor-Lind
Ukraine: Photographs from the Frontline
14 October 2022 to 1 January 2023

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2022 shocked the world. This new exhibition at IWM North presents photographs from photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

These powerful works, displayed publicly in the UK for the first time, document the devastating reality of living amidst conflict.
Find Out More
Animals in Wartime
IWM Photo Collection
Vital in moving supplies, sending messages and boosting morale, animals have often been subject to the same dangers faced by their owners during conflict.

Presented in a 96 page hardback book, this selection of images from IWM’s collection illustrates the ways that animals have played their part in wartime over the past century.
Buy Now

Somerset House - The Horror Show! A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain 👹 👻 🧙‍♀️

 The Horror Show!

A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain
27 Oct 2022 - 19 Feb 2023

This autumn Somerset House presents The Horror Show! a landmark exhibition that celebrates our greatest cultural provocateurs and visionaries. We invite you on a journey to the underbelly of Britain’s cultural psyche, looking at ideas rooted in horror that have informed the last 50 years of creative rebellion.

Featuring over 200 artworks and culturally significant artefacts, plus a series of new commissions from some of our country’s most provocative artists, The Horror Show! presents an alternative perspective in three shapeshifting acts – MonsterGhost and Witch.

The exhibition offers a heady, visceral ride through the disruption of 1970s punk through to the revolutionary potential of modern witchcraft, showing how the anarchic alchemy of horror – its subversion, transgression and the supernatural – can help us make sense of the troubled world around us. Horror not only allows us to come face to face with our deepest, darkest terrors; it allows us the opportunity to stare down our fears and imagine a radically different future.

£16.50 / £12.00 CONCESSIONS

Exquisitely designed by Barnbrook and edited by Faye Dowling, a 126-page book accompanies the exhibition and can be combined for a 10% discount when purchasing your tickets, or add in an exhibition poster for a 20% discount. It follows the exhibition's narrative acts - Monster, Ghost and Witch - featuring expanded essays by John DoranNatalie Olah and Patricia MacCormack.

​There will also be a special exhibition shop, edited by Faye Dowling’s alternative art store, featuring an exclusive range of limited edition items and inspired gifts, from clothing and accessories, to limited edition prints, books and zines. 

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Transport for London - Important travel update


Two headshots of Her Majesty the Queen, along with her crest and the years of her life '1926 - 2022'

Dear Mr Grantham,

As people come to London to pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, areas around Westminster, Waterloo and Trafalgar Square, as well as along the South Bank, will be exceptionally busy. This will lead to busy services and station closures.

We are doing everything we can to keep our city moving and ensure that people can travel safely over the long weekend, including cancelling all planned engineering works and enhancing some services.

If you are travelling to the Lying-in-State or the State Funeral, plan your journeys and check status updates regularly. Visit for more information about the ceremonial events.

What you can expect from our services from Friday 16 to Monday 19 September


  • Tube services will be running as normal, however some stations will be busier than usual, and some short-term safety measures such as queuing, closures, non-stopping or changes to the way customers enter or exit a station may be necessary
  • Green Park station is exit only between 10:00 and 22:00 until Monday 19 September, due to the high numbers of customers expected. Please avoid this station if possible to keep capacity for customers who need step-free access
  • Westminster, St James’s Park, Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner stations will have changes to the way they operate on Sunday 18 and/or Monday 19 September
  • Other stations expected to be busier include: Charing Cross, Embankment, Victoria, Waterloo and Lancaster Gate
  • Night Tube and Overground will run as normal Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September

Elizabeth line

  • The Elizabeth line will run a special service with twelve trains per hour on the central section (Paddington-Abbey Wood) on Sunday 18 September to provide further transport options for customers


  • Due to road closures, some buses will stop short of their destination, be on diversion and/or run a reduced frequency. These changes will remain in place into next week


  • Parts of London will be very busy. The Westminster area will be exceptionally busy as ceremonial events take place
  • Walking journeys may take longer due to crowds and road closures associated with ceremonial events


  • Some cycle routes will be impacted by road closures, such as C3
  • Santander Cycles will operate as normal, but some docking stations may be closed
  • If you are using your own bike and want somewhere safe to leave it, cycle parking can be found at most Network Rail stations


  • Road closures will be in place across the weekend, and will significantly increase on the day of the State Funeral
  • These closures will remain in place into next week

Taxi and private hire

  • Taxi and private hire services will be affected by the road closures and some taxi ranks will be suspended
  • There are a number of temporary ranks in place around central London


  • Victoria Coach Station will be closed due to road closures in the area. Coaches will be diverted to Hillingdon and Wembley Park

River services

  • River services will be operating as normal

From Tuesday 20 September

There will be ongoing road closures and bus diversions as event infrastructure is removed. This is expected to take a number of days.

During this time, please make sure you:

For more information, visit our website.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

BBC Shows and Tours - join host Sue Perkins in London for the return of Radio 4's Just a Minute

BBC Shows
Sue Perkins
Radio 4's longest running panel game returns for its 90th series.

Sue Perkins is back at the helm and challenges our panel to speak for Just a Minute on the subject of their choosing without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

Friday 7 October
Saturday 8 October
Friday 14 October
Saturday 15 October

Venue: BBC Radio Theatre
Doors open: 6.45pm
ording starts: 7pm

Tickets will be allocated by random draw.

You can register at any time until 8am on 25 September.

You can apply for a maximum of two tickets per recording and if you are successful in the random draw you will only receive tickets for one recording.

To apply for tickets visit
Good luck!

BBC Shows and Tours

Grant Museum of Zoology - Join us and make finger-puppet fossils this Saturday


Museum of Brands - Aide-mémoire: Shopping Lists📝 Halloween Twisted Tales Hide & Seek 👻 Autumn Children's Activities 🍁


Shopping Lists, Autumn Half-Term and Ghost Brands oh my!

Which popular fizzy drink was your must-have craving on your weekly shopping list? Coming this October, our new display Aide-Mémoire: Shopping Lists shares an intimate look at consumer habits in the 21st century. Each Shopping list gives a personal insight into the trends and tastes of society and the continuing popularity of old favourites, from the mundane to the downright bizarre! 
Alongside the display, there will be a brand new interactive shopping activity for younger children.
Kicking off the spooky season, we will be offering children's activities including a Halloween hide and seek and more from 22 October!

Visit our website for more information about our Autumn Programme

"What a hidden gem. Not far from the underground. Welcoming staff. The cafe leads out to a wonderful courtyard oasis where you could get lost and not worry. So peaceful. The museum itself evoked so many memories and endless conversations with friends" TripAdvisor Review, September 2022

"A beautiful museum that tells you about the development and history of brands in a simple and elegant way" Google Review, August 2022

Enjoyed your visit?
Let us know on InstagramFacebook or Twitter or leave us a review on Tripadvisor or Google Reviews.

Book Your Tickets

Aide-Mémoire: Shopping Lists

To launch our new display, join collector Lucy Ireland Gray as she explores the themes that her private collection of shopping lists reveals about the ways people shop, what they buy and for what occasion. Join us for this talk on Saturday 8 October, 12 pm, FREE with general admission. For more info and to book.

Neuroscience Professional Development Talk

How important is attention to advertising? Why aren’t consumers always rational? Recent advances in psychology and neuroscience are challenging the way businesses interact with consumers. Using learnings gathered by Nielsen IQ’s neuroscience team, Dr Joshua Balsters will address these questions, highlighting where our brains rebel against principles of marketing.  22 September, 18:30-19:30, £10. Book here

Twisted Tales Halloween Hide and Seek

Starting 22 October, entertain your family by partaking in our Twisted Tales Halloween Hide and Seek or conjure up your favourite brands that are no longer with us. Then, drop in for creepy craft activities from 24-28 October. Contact Abbie to learn more

Jewish Culture Box 

We are delighted to announce we will have a new Memory Box on offer through the Living Brands project. Starting 30 September, we will be taking early orders for our first culture box. After research and collaboration with the Jewish Museum and Jewish Care, we are excited to provide a new way to reminisce with the Museum of Brands collection. Contact Abby to register your interest.

Celebrations at the Museum

Did you know that you can hire our Museum after hours for a variety of family celebrations and social events? From milestone birthdays to Bar Mitzvahs, our collection is the perfect inter-generational venue to bring your guests together. Contact Francesca or Rebecca to find out more.

Talks Programme

After a short summer break our live talks programme is back! We have a range of upcoming events, from free talks about our collection and temporary exhibitions to topics such as Neuroscience or Brand Addiction, priced at just £10. Find out more.