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Trevethy Stone, Cornwall, by Charles Knight (circa 1845). Also known as King Arthur’s Quoit, The Giant’s House and Trethevy Quoit. Private collection, Great Britain

The Heritage Alliance will be holding its Heritage Day this year on Thursday, 8 December.

Registration is open for one of the biggest events in the heritage calendar – the Heritage Alliance’s annual Heritage Day, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Heritage Day 2011 will take place on Thursday 8 December in the Grade II listed Wapping Hydraulic Power Station (lunchtime reception) and its neighbour the Metropolitan Wharf building (afternoon conference). These fascinating examples of London’s rich industrial history are situated in the well-known Wapping Wall Conservation Area, lying on the north bank of the Thames midway between the City of London and Canary Wharf. These two neighbouring buildings form two sides of the Wapping Heritage Triangle, with London’s oldest surviving riverside pub, the well-known Prospect of Whitby (built in 1543), forming the third. Wapping is easily reached by public transport from central London within 20 minutes, or drivers can make use of the venue’s free car park.

More here.



The ceiling of the Great Hall in the Gallery. Scottish National Portrait Gallery

After a dramatic renovation, the new Scottish National Portrait Gallery opens today. The Gallery – looks forward to welcoming you back to one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings and to all it has to offer. Enjoy new displays and explore a comprehensive overview of Scotland past and present through a wealth of imagery ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and film. Meet the people who have helped shape the nation’s identity at home and abroad from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie to contemporary heroes.

See this outstanding national collection in glorious new spaces, from the suite of grand top-lit galleries to smaller intimate rooms. Discover the brand new gallery dedicated to photography and the atmospheric, restored Victorian Library.

The ceiling in the Portrait Gallery’s Great Hall [above] has fascinated and inspired generations of visitors. The Gallery of Stars was exquisitely painted by William Hole and shows some well-known constellations, such as Gemini, and more unusual stars including a constellation representing the giraffe (camelopardalis) in the night sky.

You can help support the Gallery and its work by placing your name, or that of a loved one, in the Gallery of Stars for another generation. With their donation sponsors can choose a star in a particular constellation. Further information here.



December 2011
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