The diary: what’s on this November

Enjoy playful illustrations, gilded treasures and cracking codes this month...

Ed Kluz, King Henry's Hunting Lodge, Dogmersfield Park, Hampshire, 2017. Courtesy the artist and YSP

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

Quentin Blake’s free-flowing, vibrant and expressive sketches have brought to life some of Britain’s most celebrated children’s books, from the charming mischief of Roald Dahl’s The BFG and James and the Giant Peach, to modern classics by comedian David Walliams. Visit Compton Verney this autumn to explore over 140 of Blake’s original drawings and storyboards.


* 21st October–17th December. Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ. 01926 645500;

An illustration taken from 'The Twits'
Illustration taken from Roald Dahl’s The Twits
© Quentin Blake

Death in the ice

Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845 is one of history’s greatest puzzles. Search missions found wrecks and graves of several crew members, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the final missing ship, Erebus, was discovered. Through expedition relics, ‘Death in the Ice’ offers visitors the opportunity to examine this mystery.

* Until 7th January 2018. National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF. 020 8312 6565;

Victory Point note
© National Maritime Museum, London

Royal Fabergé

Peter Carl Fabergé directed the production of over 200,000 pieces of jewellery, silverware and objets d’art. To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, explore the glittering history of Fabergé’s beautiful designs that survived the Bolsheviks’ rule

* 14th October–11th February 2018. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ. 01603 593199;

'Basket of flowers egg'
‘Basket of flowers egg’, 1901. Royal Collection Trust
© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2017

Inspired by Bletchley

Taking inspiration from the top-secret codebreakers of Bletchley Park during the Second World War, this interactive installation by artist Pallavi Paul explores all aspects of secrecy. Entitled ‘Terra Firma’, this installation ties in with the Fitzwilliam Museum’s latest exhibition entitled ‘Codebreakers and Groundbreakers’.

* 24th October–4th February 2018. The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB. 01223 332900;

The interactive installation 'Burn the Diaries' by Pallavi Paul
Burn the Diaries, 2014, Pallavi Paul.
© Delfina Foundation and Pallavi Paul

Nordic Design: a selling exhibition

Indulge in some Scandi style this autumn as The Fine Art Society presents its showcase of twentieth-century Nordic design. This year there is a particular focus on the beautifully fluid silver items crafted by Georg Jensen, but also see decorative objects and furniture by famous Nordic designers like Hans Hansen, Nanna Ditzel and Astrid Fog. All pieces are available to buy, too!

* 27th November-3rd January. The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT. 020 7629 5116;

A lounge chair designed by Hans Jorgensen Wegner
‘CH22 lounge chair’ designed by Hans Jorgensen Wegner for Karl Hansen

Sheer Folly – Fanciful Buildings of Britain by Ed Kluz

Explore the largest solo exhibition to date by artist, illustrator and printmaker, Ed Kluz. Celebrating all that is eccentric and unusual about the historic temples and towers across Britain, expect to see an exquisite range of paper collages, scraper boards and prints.

* 11th November – 25th February. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG. 01924 832631;


See the exhibition trailer here >

An artists impression of King Henry's hunting lodge