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Perfect for culture vultures, historians, art lovers and family fun. Our guide to what’s on across Cheshire, the North West and beyond...

A Fine Residence

Influential British artist Linder Sterling has been welcomed as the inaugural artist-in-residence at Chatsworth House, ahead of a major exhibition of her work. During her residency Linder will immerse herself in the life of the estate for six months, experiencing the landscape, the changing seasons and everyday lives of those who live and work at Chatsworth. Linder has worked with the photographic image for over four decades, utilising the techniques of photomontage to create new imagery.

She will create a new bank of imagery during her time at Chatsworth to provide a resource for future photomontages, as a way of taking Chatsworth ‘out into the world’. Her work from the first ever artist residency at the stately home will form part of an exhibition titled House of Fame at Nottingham Contemporary, opening in March. An exhibition of some of her pieces will also be on display at Chatsworth from March to October.


For the Record

The National Archives at Kew have just announced a full What’s On programme of events for the early part of 2018. Behind-the- scenes tours, talks, webinars and family activities will run from January to March on a wide range of subjects. You can travel the globe as you explore maps of the world, investigate the origins of the Spanish Flu: The Global Pandemic and discover the era of Elizabethan intrigue with Nicola Tallis’ talk entitled ‘Elizabeth’s Rival’.

There are events covering music in the archives, authors, survivors of the holocaust and even Riots and Rebellions in the 19 Century. The National Archives looks after and makes available it’s collection of records dating back more than 1000 years, from the Domesday book to MI5 files. As a world cultural Heritage- organisation they promote the public accessibility of iconic documents such as Guy Fawkes’ confession to Edward VIII’s letter of abdication making it the perfect place for knowledge thirsty young minds, this February half term.


It’s a Dog’s Life

The 16th February will see the arrival of the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. Join in with the New Year celebrations with our quick guide to what’s on here in the North West: In Liverpool, Chinese New Year will form part of a China Dream season that sees the city embrace contemporary Chinese arts and culture from February through to October.

It aims to inspire visitors with a programme including the Moon festival, Shanghai Film Festival and the arrival of the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the world museum. There will also be a three-day celebration for the New Year itself, with music and lighting displays to tell the story of Liverpool’s history of Chinese culture. In Manchester, New Year celebrations will again centre around events on the 16-18 February.

There will be an array of festivities across the city including lion dancing, street stalls, fortune telling, Kung Fu demonstrations and the spectacular 175-foot dragon parade. Manchester’s Home, theatre and cinema complex is also collaborating with the Confucius Institute at Manchester University and will be running a programme of events and Chinese language films throughout February.

China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

Liverpool China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition opens at the World Museum in Liverpool from 9th February – 28th October. The exhibition will showcase objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries and sees the return of the remarkable statues to Britain for the first time in 30 years.

This unmissable exhibition spans almost 1000 years of Chinese history and sheds light on the first Emperor’s pursuit for immortality and how he prepared for the afterlife.