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Reading newspapers

Whether being informed of important world events or catching up with local news, reading newspapers has been an important part of our lives for 100s of years. This gallery shows some of the ways artists and photographers have depicted us reading newspaper…

Cooking tools through time

From the earliest archaeological finds to more recent technology, this gallery presents an overview of the tools and equipment we have used to prepare our food.

Ohara Koson

Japanese printmaker Ohara Koson's art is full of 'kachō-ga' style (literally ‘images of flowers and birds’). His delicate, richly coloured artworks are animated by animal and plant life. Despite being widely published and prolific, relatively …

Endangered Species

Of the plants and animals we know about, there are more than 16,000 endangered species. 99% of these are at risk due to human activities. This gallery highlights a selection of endangered and threatened plants and animals from across the world.

Postage stamps

Postage stamps have long been valued by collectors and philatelists around the world. These stamps show national and international symbols as well as reflecting global events and movements through history.

Voting in elections

Voting and elections are an essential part of democracy and governance all around the world. This gallery of vintage photography from around Europe shows how we have voted over the years.

Parenting in art

Being a parent involves many skills, talents and activities. This gallery of paintings, drawings and more show how artists have depicted parents - both mothers and fathers - throughout time.

Vintage chocolate advertising

Here's a sweet treat: this gallery presents chocolate advertising from across Europe

Romani people in Europe

This gallery of photographs reflects the rich heritage and traditions of Romani people living across Europe, as well as reflecting the stigma, discrimination and misrepresentation faced by these communities.

Silhouettes: a century of female fashion

Between 1900 and 1999, fashions changed along with attitudes to women, their role in society and their clothing and bodies. This gallery presents a chronological snapshot of the changing silhouettes of women's fashion in the 20th century.

Helene Schjerfbeck

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) was a Finnish painter best known for her realist works and self-portraits.


Women have worn corsets for centuries as an integral part of their wardrobes. Corsets fell from fashion during the 20th century, seen as cruel and uncomfortable. This gallery shows how corsets developed through the years.

Elsa Schiaparelli

Discover beautiful gowns, evening wear and more by iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, one of the most prominent figures in Parisian couture fashion.


From a leisurely cycle through the countryside to fast-paced races, cycling is a pan-European hobby, sport and means of transport. Feel the wind in your hair, race your friends down the street, or escape down the countryside with these images of bikes and…

Handwritten notes in books

Whether it’s inscriptions, annotations or doodles, readers have always made their marks in books as decoration, aids to memory and signs of ownership.

Olga Boznańska

Olga Boznańska (1865-1940) was a notable artist in her native Poland and across Europe. Read about her life and work in this guest post from the National Museum in Warsaw.


Alphabets are the building blocks of the written languages in Europe, used to communicate, teach and decorate. Explore the beauty of typography, alphabets and languages in this gallery.


In this gallery, we explore the colour pink, often associated with charm, romance and sweetness. Want to #ColourOurCollections? Check our latest colouring book.

Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was a naturalist and scientific illustrator, and one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. Read about her in our exhibition.

Death and Burial

Humans have dealt with the deceased in different ways according to culture and timeframe, but almost always rituals have been created around the concept of death. Explore the archaeological remains showing the rituals of death and burial in this gallery.