Travel the world in five exhibitions

  • 21 April 2015

From Burma to Australia, the Serengeti to the French Riviera, let these exhibitions transport you this summer.

1. Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear since 1900, Fashion and Textile Museum

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From the English coast to the Côte d'Azur and California, this exhibition charts the development of seaside fashion from the Victorian era to the present day. As well as exploring the developments in design and fabric, it also reveals how attitudes to modesty and body image have changed over the last century. One such example is the headline-grabbing burkini which Nigella Lawson wore on holiday in Australia in 2011, provoking a national debate about women's beach attire. Further examples include sarongs, boat neck Bretons, beach pyjamas, playsuits and bikinis. (until 13 September)

2. Making Monuments on Rapa Nui: The Statues from Easter Island, Manchester Museum

Free to all

Based on revelatory new research completed on Rapa Nui, the display explores how the statues were made, quarried and transported across the island, as well as the role they played in the lives of the community. While archaeologists have been fascinated by the monuments since their discovery in the 1700s, this is the first study to explore the bright red scoria pukao – or top-knots – which adorn the moai monuments. An original statue collected on the island is joined by a reconstruction of the Puna Pau ​volcanic crater, where the material was excavated. (until 6 September)

3. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

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From lion cubs lazing in the Serengeti to a scorpion soaking up the sun in Spain, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases 100 images taken in 96 countries across the globe. Łukasz Bożycki even endured below freezing temperatures in Poland to secure his shot of a Daubenton bat hibernating in an abandoned war bunker. This display marks the 50th anniversary of the prestigious prize. (until 6 September)

4. Captain Linneaus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1854-1860, V&A

Free to all

Pioneering 19th century photographer, Captain Linnaeus Tripe, captured some of the earliest views of India and Burma between 1854-1860. Here 60 of his prints reveal how he exploited the possibilities of the emerging new medium to document archaeological sites, monuments and landscapes that had rarely been seen in the West. Combining the keen eye of a surveyor with the sensibilities of an artist, his skilful use of the camera allowed him to create a unique impression of the world around him. (until 11 October)

5. Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation, British Museum 

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This is the first UK exhibition devoted to the 60,000 year-old culture of indigenous Australians and the challenges to preserve it in the face of colonisation. It begins with Captain Cook's invasion in 1770 when local communities were forced to yield to the rule of the British Empire, and continues to dissect the story right up to the present day. Exhibits range from a shield believed to have been found at Botany Bay by Cook or one of his men to contemporary paintings from leading indigenous artists including Yumari by Uta Uta Tjangala, which features as a watermark on the Australian passport. (until 2 August).

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