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The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution, 27.09.2018

Marking the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of the Romanov family during momentous political and historical events in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, the Science Museum (see photo by www.greatlondonlandmarks.com at left, click to enlarge) is staging a special six-month exhibition to unite those historic events and personal stories through a unique lens: Medicine.

The exhibition is titled The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution and runs from 21 September 2018 to 24 March 2019.

Holding the greatest collection of medical objects in the world, the Science Museum has brought the Romanov story to life through unique and never-before seen materials, artworks and memorabilia, as well as loans from the UK, the USA and Russia (including 44 objects from the collection of Tsarskoe Selo).

It also showcases one of the treasures of the Science Museum Group’s own collection, 22 annotated photo albums of intimate family portraits of snapshots taken between 1908 and 1918 by Herbert Galloway Stewart (Part of the Ricketts Collection, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford), exposing the ‘bubble’ in which the Imperial family lived largely unmarked by the devastating events of the First World War.

Click pictures above and below to enlarge them

The theme is approached from revealing the ‘behind the curtain’ events of the personal history of the Romanov family, providing the visitor with a few very distinct storylines while keeping medical subject at the core of the narrative. The display traces the public and private life of the family whose personal failure to adopt to the changing conditions brought about by the 20th century, had fatal consequences for them and the entire country.

The exhibition is structured around six key sections exploring personal life of the Romanov family, their interest in medical science and the role of the British medical research in clarifying the nature of the ‘Royal disease’ and identification of the remains from the Ipatiev house execution.

The loans from Tsarskoe Selo are the artefacts of the late nineteenth–early twentieth century tied to the last imperial family, such as the Cherkeska of the Imperial Convoy Officer’s Uniform (below left, click to enlarge), Nicholas II’s oil on canvas portrait by Vladimir Kuznetsov (below middle), Empress Alexandra’s oil on canvas portrait by Nikolai Bodarevsky (below, 2nd from right), a Meissen porcelain plate with Nicholas and Alexei (below right), an Eastman Kodak No.2 Bulls-Eye camera (far below, left) and a syringe set (far below, right).

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