Friday 19 January 2024

The National Gallery - Your weekend watching sorted!


© The National Gallery, London

Get closer to exceptional art

Go behind the scenes of our current shows with these short films and get to know three exceptional artists now on display. Your weekend watching sorted!

Inside 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Frans Hals' © The National Gallery, London

Frans Hals revealed

Discover remarkable stories behind the portraits in our five-star exhibition. Last chance to visit this weekend!

Jean-Etienne Liotard, 'The Lavergne Family Breakfast', 1754 © The National Gallery, London

The magic of Liotard

Delve into a strange and magical medium with a closer look at Jean Etienne-Liotard's exceptional pastel work.

Francesco Pesellino, The Story of David and Goliath, about 1445-55 © The National Gallery, London

A closer look at Pesellino

Marvel at Pesellino's mastery of gold and silver in the newly-restored 'Story of David' panels.

London Transport Museum - Join us at a museum Late! 🌙🍸


London Transport Museum
We're ringing in 2024 with twice the fun at our exclusive Lates. Dive into after-hours exploration, with art, drinks, and creative surprises! We've also got fantastic half-term activities for families to enjoy in February. Read on to discover more about London's taxis and learn about Edward McKnight Kauffer, our first poster artist of the month - a new series celebrating tartists featured in our Global Poster Gallery.
Two young people holding cocktails and taking a selfie in front of historic red London buses
Student Late: London Calling
On Friday 2 February, join us for a student-led evening exploring London's history. Dress up as your favourite Tube station and enjoy a scavenger hunt, test your know-how with engineering challenges, craft a light-up poster and enjoy talks and tours. Tickets from £15.
Student Late: London Calling
Friday 8 March
Museum Late: Women on the Move
Explore women's experiences travelling and working in London at our International Women's Day inspired Late. Get crafty in workshops celebrating women artists featured on the city's transport network, join panel discussions and talks, and enjoy a drink as you explore after hours.
Museum Late: Women on the Move
Two women talking and writing with drinks in a cafe surrounded by historic vehicles
Half-term family fun
Two parents and two children doing a craft activity together
Saturday 10 - Sunday 18 February
February half term: Women at Work
Bring your family to discover London's transport heroines who have kept the capital moving over the last century. Join fun activities inspired by their stories, hop aboard historic buses and Tube trains and learn to 'drive' an Elizabeth line train. Kids go free!
February half term
Treat yourself to a Hidden London experience
Plan something to look forward to this year:  a unique experience with our combined Hidden London offers.

Discover the secrets of Piccadilly Circus station before lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. Explore the disused Jubilee line platforms of Charing Cross followed by afternoon tea at original railway hotel, The Clermont. Or, after your tour of 'Churchill's secret station' Down Street, enjoy a themed cocktail in rumoured spy hangout Manetta's Bar at Flemings Hotel.
Steps and lift into a restaurant with fluorescent ribbons of light running along the ceiling
Hidden London experiences
Object of the Month
Road vehicle; Carbodies FX4S Plus taxi, registration E272 MYL, 1988
Man in a suit standing in front of a black London taxi cab parked on a street
This FX4S Plus black cab is on display in the Museum. It was donated to us in 2007 by its former owner, Steve Sutherland, who worked as a London cab driver for over 30 years.

To become a licensed London cab driver, you have to pass ‘the Knowledge’. This test, which involves memorising London streets and destinations, dates back to the nineteenth century.

Click the links below to learn more about this taxi, and how public transport evolved above ground during Victorian times.
FX4S Plus taxi
Public transport in Victorian London
Click the images to discover more about taxis in our Collection online.
Engraved print of horse and carriage, Victorian cabbie and female passengerBrass badge on chain embossed with the words London Cab Driver 18322Taxi driver assisting wheelchair user to get into a modern taxi
 Your collection of the month
metal model steam locomotive
My Collections user sam has begun gathering some of the model trains in our collections, including this hand-built brass, copper and steel replica of a Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive from 1864. 
Collection of model trains
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New vehicle models from our Shop
Box containing two 1959 stock model trainsModel of historic London Transport bus in greenModel of historic red London bus
These authentically detailed, high quality model buses and train sets make perfect gifts for collectors. Every purchase helps support our work. 
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Poster artist of the month: Edward McKnight Kauffer
Our first poster artist of the month is Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954). From 1915 until he returned to his native America in 1940, he was the star designer of London’s public transport posters.

His artistic style evolved to show the influences of cubism, futurism and surrealism: this 1930 poster with its bold graphics was influenced by the Bauhaus movement. Click the link below to discover how his art style developed over the years.
Kauffer: The Poster King
Poster of an Art Deco style clock face with the words 6 and 12: The bright hours go by Underground

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