Exhibitions, events, activities, and heritage from home in 2022


The Tudors: Passion, Power, and Politics

Until 8 May
The Holburne Museum, Bath

This new exhibition at the Holburne Museum (in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) presents portraits of the five Tudor monarchs – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I – as well as other significant figures of the period, including Thomas Cromwell, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir Walter Raleigh. Through these portraits, which include some of the most famous images from British painting, the exhibition explores this period of political intrigue and religious conflict. Tickets can be booked in advance or on arrival at the museum.

Image: (c) Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and North East Somerset Council.

London: Port City

Until 8 May
Museum of London Docklands
This exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands explores the ongoing impact of the Port of London on the city’s people, design, culture, and international reputation. It traces the ways in which the port’s complex operations have connected London to the rest of the world for over 200 years, from the end of the 18th century up to the creation of the London Gateway ‘mega port’. Free tickets for the exhibition, which include entry to the museum, can be pre-booked online now.


Archaeology in Roman Berkshire 2022

2 April
St Nicolas Church Hall, Newbury
The Berkshire Archaeological Society Day School will take place from 10am to 4.15pm on Saturday 2 April. Throughout the day there will be presentations on recent fieldwork at Roman sites in Berkshire, including Highwood Roman temple and Old Sarum to Alchester Roman road, as well as two large-scale desktop studies, including Roman finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Tickets cost £11, and can be booked online using the link above. In the event of a Covid surge, this event may be presented on Zoom.


Two Rains: Winter Rain, Summer Rain

17 March
Burlington House, London
In this lecture from the Society of Antiquaries of London, Two Rains: Winter Rain, Summer Rain: adaptation, climate change, resilience and the Indus Civilisation, Dr Cameron Petrie will present the results of the Two Rains project, which investigates the interplay and dynamics of winter and summer rainfall systems, and the nature of human adaptation to the ecological conditions created by those systems. The event is open to members and non-members; tickets can be booked online.


• Highland Folk Museum, UK

IMAGE: Wikimedia Commons, Paul Hermans.


Explore the Highland Folk Museum with new virtual tours of the museum’s most iconic historic buildings, and find out more about life in the past through the stories and objects they contain.

• Expedition Nebraska, USA


Travel back in time to prehistoric Nebraska with this virtual experience from the University of Nebraska State Museum and Nebraska Public Media Labs, and find out more about the museum’s history.

• Virtual Museum Bangladesh


Take a digital trip to a variety of heritage sites in Bangladesh, including Panam Nagar, Shat Gombuj Mosque, and Eleven Shiva Temple Complex, with this new virtual museum.

• Rufus Castle, UK


Visit Rufus Castle in Dorset with this new virtual tour from Portland Museum, enjoy a guided tour from archaeologist Gordon Le Pard, and listen to the 1950s boyhood memories of museum volunteer Alan Tune.


• Smithsonian Learning Lab


Discover a wide selection of resources and tools for teachers, parents, and anyone else looking to understand more about history, art, culture, and the sciences, from the Smithsonian.

• Marvellous monuments of the Neolithic and Bronze Age


IMAGE: Wikimedia Commons, dronepicr.

Learn more about the extraordinary monuments built in Britain and Ireland between 6,000 and 4,000 years ago with this series of online archaeology study sessions from Susan Greaney, every Monday from 7 to 28 March. Tickets cost £40.

• Origin Stories


Find out more about human evolution with this podcast from the Leakey Foundation, which combines science and narrative to explore the human story and explain why we are the way we are.

• Museum of London Instagram


Explore objects and stories from London’s past on the Museum of London’s Instagram page, which features short videos, photos, and information related to the city’s history and culture.

Family fun

• Life and Death in Roman London


Learn more about the lives and deaths of the occupants of Roman London with this new ‘History Hit’ series presented by Dr Simon Elliott, which explores the rise and fall of the ancient city.

• Britain’s Lost Masterpieces


Britain’s Lost Masterpieces returns for a fifth season, with art experts travelling around the UK and tracking down lost and hidden works of art from local museums and galleries.

• Secret Shelter Challenge: time-travel deep underground


Travel back in time and find out what it would have been like to stay in the Clapham South deep-level shelter in 1944, with this virtual-reality educational game developed by London Transport Museum and the Musemio app.

• Guardians of History


IMAGE: Wikimedia Commons, Operarius.

Explore the world of ancient Greece with this immersive audio adventure that takes you on top-secret missions into the past and lets you experience the sights and sounds of the ancient Olympic Games, the agora, and more.

• Excavate! Rome


Piece together the daily life of someone living in ancient Rome in this educational online game. Digitally excavate and analyse key locations to find out more about the people who lived, worked, and played there.