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Is 2012 really only about sport?

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

Are you more excited about the Olympics or the royal wedding?

Everyone’s talking about 2012. The schedule has been announced for the Olympic Games and the news on TV seems to be giving us almost daily updates on progress at the site in east London. It’s almost as if we’re wishing the rest of 2011 away, in favour of a year of sport.

The museum world is tapping into this sporting enthusiasm too, of course. There are exhibitions and events planned across the country next year celebrating local sporting heroes, Olympians and our nation’s proud sporting heritage.

But I’ve spotted that for museum 2012 isn’t necessarily all about the rackets, balls and running shoes.

It’s interesting to note that museums are getting behind the theme of the monarchy as inspiration for exhibitions and development projects.

The National Maritime Museum and British Library are hosting exhibitions on a royal theme. Kensington Palace will be telling stories about Queen Victoria and the Tower of London is undergoing a redisplay of the Crown Jewels. The National Portrait Gallery has a touring exhibition and the Royal Pavillion at Brighton is hosting some regal outfits for a temporary display.

So while international visitors are gawping at sport on the track and field, they can also take in a little of this nation’s USP – the monarchy.

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