Five must-see cultural events in London this March


From Mothering Sunday to the anatomy of crime  – Moya Maxwell on what to do in London this March

Spray-painted dress Alexander McQueen

From Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Victoria & AlbertMuseum, 14 March – 19 July 2015

Forensics: The anatomy of crime, Wellcome Collection, 26 February – 21 June 2015

The Wellcome Collection invites visitors to take a tour through the dark, murky and mysterious history of forensic medicine. The exhibition spans the criminal process from crime scene to courtroom, to literally ‘get under the skin’ of the victims, suspects and investigators of violent crimes. In doing so it explores our grim fascination with death and detection.

Stark original evidence and archive material are complemented by gruesome photography and spine-tingling film footage to challenge familiar perceptions of forensic science and highlight the complex relationship between law and medicine. For more information click here.

WOW: Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, 1– 8 March 2015

A special festival celebrating all that’s great about women and their achievements is back for a fifth year and jam-packed full of culture! From debate and discussion to concerts and stand-up comedy, the festival is underpinned by a star-studded list of national and international stars including Caitlin Moran, Annie Lennox, Sue Perkins, Sandi Toksvig, Sarah Millican and Bridget Christie.

There’ll be an educational steer to the proceedings too, with the return of the festival’s mass speed mentoring events which will see up to 150 women at a time being mentored by 150 leading women from across British industry. For more information click here.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Victoria & Albert Museum, 14 March – 19 July 2015

Annie Lennox WOW Festival at the Southbank Annie Lennox WOW Festival at the Southbank

Spring 2015 will see the V&A present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the first and largest retrospective of the late, legendary fashion designer. The assembled works encompass his early beginnings as an MA graduate in 1992, to the unfinished A/W 2010 collection and will be presented with the dramatic staging that was synonymous with his runway shows.

London was pivotal to McQueen’s life and work, having grown up in the capital and educated at Central Saint Martins before finding wide acclaim during the ‘Brit’ art and pop scenes in the mid-1990s. This exhibition will not only give an insight into the man’s creative genius, but also his visionary body of work. For more information click here.

Mothering Sunday, across London, 15 March 2015

Celebrating motherhood is almost upon us and there’s no lack of inspiration for those looking to do something special. Opt for an elegant breakfast of delicate pastries and poached eggs at The Wallace Collection restaurant, or for the more green-fingered among you, try the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens and Chelsea Physic Gardens  – all of which offer a floral feast for the senses.

For a cultural kick, look no further than one of the capital’s many quirky period properties such as the Leighton House Museum and Spencer House, or the more unusual Museum of the Order of St. John.

Against Captain’s Order: A journey into the uncharted, National Maritime Museum, 28 March – 18 July 2015:

The end of March sees the beginning of the Easter holidays – and at the Royal Museums Greenwich will be a wonderful offering to occupy the kids during the school break. This theatrical, live exhibition has been designed to give children between the ages of 6 and 12 to explore the extensive and often eccentric collection of the National Maritime Museum through an immersive experience which will challenge, thrill and educate them. For more information click here.

Moya Maxwell is chair of Unique Venues of London


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