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January Exhibitions

Have you ever wondered what theatre productions would look like without the actors? Transformation & Revelation: Gormley to Gaga at Summerhall has the answers. The exhibition showcases UK stage design from 2007 to 2011, including Lady Gaga’s Monsterball World Tour and the production of Warhorse. In total, 33 productions are featured. Having travelled to Edinburgh from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the show will be on display until 22 February.

On a more Scottish note, ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’ celebrates the bicentenary of Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone’s birth. On display at the National Museum of Scotland until 7 April, the exhibition follows Livingstone’s life from humble beginnings in the Scottish town of Blantyre across the African continent to becoming a Victorian celebrity. Can’t make it to Edinburgh for the exhibition? Check out the recently published book ‘Looking for Mrs Livingstone’ which follows the adventures of David Livingstone’s wife, the first woman to cross the Kalahari desert.

Even further into Scottish history, Vikings! brings more than 500 artifacts rarely seen in the UK to the National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh is the only stop of this fantastic exhibition created by the National Historical Museum in Stockholm, starting on 18 January. There’s more to see than ‘simple’ artifacts: the exhibition also gives visitors a chance to help excavate a Viking boat grave – virtually, that is.