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Tower of London Coins and Kings Th


e R e T A oyal Mint at th ower New permanent exhibition


new permanent exhibition has opened at the Tower of London, located on the


historic site that was once the country’s Mint for over 500 years until 1812. Coins and Kings explores five pivotal moments from the history of the Mint, including Isaac Newton’s attempts to rid London of counterfeiters when he was Warden of the Mint. Other stories told in the exhibition chart Edward I’s harsh punishments for coin tampering, Elizabeth I’s restoration of the coinage and Charles II’s rejection of Commonwealth money. There are rare and beautiful coins on


show including an Edward I silver groat and an Elizabeth I halfpound. The digital and physical displays bring the story of the Mint to life and there is a great Mind Your Fingers game for kids to play (don’t worry - no little fingers actually get crushed in the coin press!) This a good time of year to visit (or revisit) the Tower as there are some great Christmas events going on.


Christmas at the Tower © Historic Royal Palaces


Tower of London Christmas events Ice at the Tower From 16 November


eel the cold tingle of London’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the historic


surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around the rink in the moat of this iconic London landmark. Whether you pop along with friends


during your lunchtime, plan a romantic date or decide to make a day of it, the Tower of London ice rink is one of the coolest locations for winter fun with a group of friends or a festive family gathering.


Deck the Halls 15 – 23 December 11am – 3.30pm


ladies gather by candle-light to swap tales of saints and sinners, chivalry and sorcery. But how different was Christmas 700 years ago?


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Norman Christmas 26 December – 31 December


he year is 1095 and Norman King William II, son of William the Conqueror,


prepares to celebrate with his knights and Barons in the nearly completed Tower of London. But do the conquered Saxons, forced to build this symbol of Norman oppression, share the same festive feelings? Meet the minstrels, courtiers and even the architect of this great palace. Meet the Normans and Saxons throughout the day in the White Tower and New Armouries, join them Wassailing in the Servants Hall, meet Rahere the Jester and listen to some music.


HM Tower of London EC3 Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4.30pm Sunday & Monday 10am-4.30pm Admission to Coins & Kings is included in the Tower admission ticket Admission to Tower: Adults £21.45/ Under 16 £10.75/ Under 5s Free/ Concessions £18.15/ Family £57.20 www.hrp.org.uk/toweroflondon


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ing Edward I and his court are preparing for Christmas in the Medieval Palace. Knights and


Kate West’s review of the local arts scene alerts us to some special exhibitions taking place with a specific Christmas theme


Whitechapel Gallery Hannah Höch 15th January - 23rd March


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he German artist Hannah Höch (1889-1978) was an important member of the


Berlin Dada movement and a pioneer of collage. Although often overlooked by traditional art history she was much admired by her contemporaries such as George Grosz, Kurt Schwitters and Theo van Doesburg. Splicing together images taken from


popular magazines, illustrated journals and fashion publications, Höch created an astute and humorous commentary on her politically turbulent times. This show at the Whitechapel Gallery is the first major UK exhibition of Hannah Höch’s work and brings together over 100 pieces from from international collections and includes collages, photomontages, watercolours and woodcuts. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the biting satire of an unusual and highly influential artist.


Whitechapel Gallery Whitechapel High Street E1 Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm Thursdays 11am-9pm Admission: £9.95/£7.95 concessions (incl. Gift Aid) www.whitechapelgallery.org


The Geffrye Museum of The Home Ch


ristmas Past 400 Y ears of Seasonal T


English Homes Until 5th January


T he Ch perennial ristmas Past exhibition


and the Geffrye’s attendant Yuletide events have become favourites amongst


Barbicanites at this time of year, we are indeed lucky to be so local to this lovely Shoreditch museum. For the exhibition each of the period


rooms is decorated in authentic date- appropriate Christmas style so visitors


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