Museum Moves 25 November – 1 December 2022

Image: The V&A's 2022 Christmas Tree, designed by Miss Sohee (V&A)

Our weekly feature rounds up the latest updates in museum appointments, openings, funding and new exhibits from across the UK.

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This week NN Contemporary Art has revealed the first plans for a major £4.7 million relocation and renovation project. Set to launch in a phased opening from winter 2023, the project will see the previously-derelict five-story Georgian building in Northampton transformed into an arts hub with creative workspaces and studios and exhibition space.

Winchestervisitor attraction, 878 AD, has opened its doors to the public. The immersive experience is the result of a partnership between Winchester-based charity Hampshire Cultural Trust and Ubisoft, creators of the videogame Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and uses the world of the gaming series to bring Anglo-Saxon Winchester to life.


Today the V&A unveils a new Christmas tree installation, designed by London-based Korean fashion designer, Miss Sohee, whose work also features in the museum’s major exhibition, Hallyu! The Korean Wave. On display in the V&A’s Cromwell Road Grand Entrance, the design reimagines the traditional Christmas tree into a dramatic couture gown.

A new exhibition at Horsham Museum is set to place a spotlight on the unique history of the RSPCA – and the charity’s 50 year association with the West Sussex town. The RSPCA has teamed up with the Horsham Museum, and Horsham District Council, to launch the new exhibition which opened on 26 November 2022.

The National Gallery’s newly restored Nativity by Piero Della Francesca, 1415/20-1492, will go on public view in a special display from today, December 1 2022, in time for Christmas.The Gallery said the display follows “an unusually challenging restoration” which has lasted three years and was carried out in the Gallery’s Conservation Department.

The British Motor Museum has announced its schedule for 2023, featuring 38 motoring shows including several new events, the first of which will be a Museum Late evening tour of the Collections Centre on Tuesday 10 January followed by the annual Historic Rally Car Register “Open Day” on Saturday 14 January.

Two new exhibitions – at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London and Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Kenya – are to commemorate the African Kenyan archaeologists whose names are absent from archaeological archives. ’Ode to the Ancestors’ is an exhibition of archival photographs from the 1920s to the present day, celebrating both African heritage and the contributions of Africans to their own histories. A sister exhibition featuring the same images is being held by National Museums of Kenya, at Fort Jesus. Opens at the Horniman on 8 December.

‘Injecting Hope: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine’ opened at the Science Museum this week. In a first for its parent group The Science Museum Group, the exhibition is part of a major project which opens in three international venues this winter, the National Council of Science Museums in India and the Guangdong Science Center in China. The exhibition sets out the scientific principles underlying the vaccines’ creation, while sharing the behind-the-scenes work that accompanied their rapid development, production, transport and delivery. WGranato, the first volunteer vaccinated in the Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine’s clinical trial.


Wales’ Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden has announced multimillion funding to support projects at Welsh museums and heritage organisations. The funding is part of the Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan, first published in July.