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INSIGHTExhibition Review Kate West’s quarterly review of the local arts scene


Goldsmiths’ Hall Gold: Power and Allure Until 28th July


his exhibition, the most comprehensive and ambitious ever staged at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, tells the story of Britain and gold. Featuring more than 400 gold items ranging in date from 2500BC to the present day, this is the first time that such an extensive and extraordinary group of gold objects has been brought together. Arranged over three floors of the opulent Goldsmiths’ Hall, the vast array of exhibits include rare solid gold Olympic medals, intricate Anglo-Saxon jewellery, a four- thousand year old Irish hammered gold neckpiece and many pieces of spectacular gold tableware from across the ages. This is a captivating and informative exhibition that shows our nation’s relationship with gold, from discovering and mining it, to working with and appreciating this most precious and valuable metal.


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Goldsmiths’ Hall Foster Lane EC2


Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Closed Bank Holidays Admission: Free


cultural significance of these objects to our nation’s history and explores the meaning and symbolism of each item including, of course, some of the most extraordinary diamonds in the world.


This is a truly dazzling permanent


exhibition showing the jewels and regalia as never before and is well worth visiting, even if you have seen them in the past.


The Tower of London, London EC3 Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm Sunday - Monday 10am - 5.30pm Entrance to the Crown Jewels exhibition is included in the Tower of London ticket price


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The Tower of London Th


e Crown Jewels A Major New Display


exhibition to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. A new introductory exhibition using graphics, music and film outlines the importance of the Crown Jewels, the role of the Tower in protecting them and the long traditions associated with these treasures. The new display focuses on the coronation ceremony as its central theme and


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he Crown Jewels have been redisplayed in an entirely new and spectacular


the regalia is


shown in the order in which it is used in the ceremony, accompanied by Handel’s coronation anthems. The exhibition highlights the deep religious and


Barbican Centre Designing 007 Fifty Y Style


Supported by Swarovski


Opens 6th July


movie franchise, from 007’s first outing in Dr No in 1962 to the latest Bond production, this year’s Sk


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To celebrate the occasion the Barbican has joined forces with Bond production company, Eon, to create Designing 007 - Fifty Y


ears of


Bond Style, a unique exhibition exploring the creation and development of the inimitable Bond style.


Through unprecedented access to


Eon’s archive, the exhibition gives a fascinating insight into the entire Bond production process including costumes, production design, cars and gadgets, special effects, graphic design, locations, weapons, stunts and props.


his year marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond


ears of Bond


Imperial Crown of India Credit: The Royal Collection


© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Irish Lunula


c.2000-1500 BC. Shaped like a crescent moon and worn around the neck. © The Drapers’ Company


Olympic gold medal, 1908 ©Private collection, photography by Richard Valencia


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