The diary: what’s on this February

Usher in the new year with fine contemporary and modern art, plus a remembrance of women's suffrage


london art fair

London Art Fair

Soak up some exceptional artistic talent this month, as London Art Fair returns for its 30th anniversary edition. Kicking off the year’s international art calendar, discover and enjoy works by leading 20th-century artists, whether you’re an esteemed collector or a curious enthusiast.


* 17th–21st January. London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH.
020 7288 6736;

A collection of Antique radios

Arthur Swallow Vintage Flea Market

Vintage? Tick. Flea? Tick. These two words make a winning combination for a Sunday morning. The Vintage Flea Market at Lincolnshire Showground arrived on the scene in 2017 and delivers affordable prices and a good amount of rootling, as well as kitsch kitchenware, chintzy china, books, bric-a-brac, radios, textiles and toy cars, from around 70 dealers. The next market is on 18th February.

* Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln, LN2 2NA. 9am–3pm. £2. 01298 27493;


Votes for women at Museum of London

After half a century of campaigning, and the imprisonment of over 1,000 women, in February 1918, a government bill was quietly passed that granted some women the right to vote in the UK. To commemorate the centenary of this act, the Museum of London will be displaying a selection of objects and media highlighting the importance of the Suffragette movement in Britain. See the medal presented to Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst after a period of imprisonment, during which she went on hunger strike.

The medal was awarded to her following a two-month prison sentence that she received for throwing a stone at the window of 10 Downing Street. Also on view will be a series of portraits, including this of Janie Terrero, and a newly commissioned film that tells the story of lesser-known members of the movement and their – often startling – campaign methods.

* 2nd February–6th January 2019. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN. 020 7001 9844;

A Heath Robinson illustration

Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines

Although best known for his illustrations of amusing and absurdly complicated machines, cartoonist William Heath Robinson was also an accomplished artist and watercolourist. Visit historic priory and National Trust property Mottisfont this February, to explore some of Robinson’s most eccentric and enchanting works – several of which inspired the whacky inventions in Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit films.

* 20th January–15th April. Mottisfont, near Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP. 01794 340757;

An armchair designed by Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale at Leeds City Museum

In celebration of 300 years since the birth of Thomas Chippendale, Leeds City Museum will present the most comprehensive exhibition of original Chippendale to date, including furniture, drawings and accessories. This elegant armchair (c1774), was designed by Chippendale to complement the Drawing Room tapestries in Yorkshire’s Newby Hall. They are the only remaining Chippendale creations to retain their original upholstery and covers.


* 9th February–9th June. Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds,
LS2 8BH. 0113 378 5001;