Art and exhibitions in the North West

Whether you're looking for a new reason to visit a favourite place, or you're a new member with days out to plan, there's plenty to keep you busy in 2019. Explore the connections between special places and the rights and beliefs we hold dear today, get face to face with some of nature's champions from the National Portrait Gallery or take a look at new discoveries.

Nature's Champions: Gertrude Jekyll

Nature's Champions at Dunham Massey

Join us in celebrating 'nature's champions' past and present' in a brand new partnership exhibition with the National Portrait Gallery. From the author of My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell, to broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with the faces of those who've shaped the world we live in, and discover their green legacy.

Costumed interpreter with children writing with quills

Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank

Discover the fight for children's rights and compare the lives of children then and now in a new exhibition inside the mill at Quarry Bank. 'Rights of the Child' explores the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank on the frontline of the Industrial Revolution and what the Peterloo Massacre meant to the people who were there at the time.

Undeveloped rolls of historic Kodak film from the Hardmans' House collection

Developing History at the Hardmans' House

In 2015, a chance discovery in cluttered darkroom of the renowned portrait and landscape photographer, Edward Chambré Hardman, unearthed a box containing 23 rolls of film. Five of the rolls featured pictures that had never been developed until now. This year will be the first time you'll have the chance to see what’s on these films. Discover the processes used by Hardman, his photography techniques and how much of Hardman’s artistry we have at our fingertips today.

A visitor at Little Moreton Hall smelling dried herbs

Get your body Tudor ready at Little Moreton Hall

Is this year's resolution to exercise more or eat healthier? It's not just us who focus on our health and wellbeing; the Tudors did too. Discover the Tudor attitudes to health and food with a different activity each month. Explore the way in which the Tudors looked after their health and prepare to get your body Tudor ready.

A print depicting the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester.

Marking the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre 

In 2019 we're shining a light on two places in the North West with connections to the Peterloo Massacre and discovering more about their stories through contemporary art.