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CHESTER: May 19-September 23 - Taking The Reins: Horses in Cheshire - an exhibition looking at the roles horses play and have played in Cheshire from Roman cavalry horses to their part in modern day equine assisted therapies, at the Grosvenor Museum Exhibition Gallery One.

CHESTER: April 30-June 29 - Spotlight on Saltney - images and information showing the economic and social developments which have shaped this area, at Chester History and Heritage Centre, with the assiatance of the Saltney and Saltney Ferry Local History Group.

CHESTER: April 7-June 17 - Olympic Posters - this exhibition at Grosvenor Museum’s Exhibition Gallery Two presents the complete set of official summer Olympic posters, from the Olympic Foundation in Lausanne, featuring some of the most famous sporting images of all time.

CHESTER: April 2-June 29 - Just One Look - At 1960s Chester - welcome to Chester 50 years ago with a photographic exhibition looking at the changing face of the city at Chester History and Heritage Centre.

CHESTER: Until July 1 - Fifties Frocks: Female Fashion from the 1950s - an exhibition of day and evening dresses, cocktail and dance dresses, ranging from the Parisian haute couture of Dior and Jacques Fath to those made in Wilmslow and Liverpool, at Grosvenor Museum’s Costume Gallery.

GRESFORD: June 19-22 - All Saints Gresford Craft Group annual display of work and festival of crafts, incorporating Wrexham Quilting Circle, at All Saints Church and Memorial Hall. Admission £2.50. Visit www.gresfordcraftgroup.co.uk or call 01978 750250.

LIVERPOOL: Until June 17 - Costume Drama: Fashion from 1790-1850- from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford, the fashionable ladies of the early 19th century knew how to dress and some stunning garments from this period can be seen at Sudley House in Mossley Hill Road. Call 0151 478 4499 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

LIVERPOOL: Until July 1 - Toxteth 1981- community exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of the riots in Liverpool 8 featuring the memories and photographs of the local people who were affected at the time, at the International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock. Call 0151 478 4499 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

LIVERPOOL: Until June 3 - 42 Women of Sierra Leone- an exhibition with of 42 portraits by Britsh photographer Lee Karen Stow paying tribute to the strength, resilience and beauty of the women of Sierra Leone in West Africa where their life expectancy is 42, at the International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock. Call 0151 478 4499 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

LIVERPOOL: Until September 2 - White Gold: The True Cost of Cotton - collaborative exhibition with the Environmental Justice Foundation highlights their campaign to end the abuse of labour rights in the cotton production industry in Uzbekistan, at the International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock. Call 0151 478 4499 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: May 1-30 - Razorblades and Roses - an exhibition of paintings, drawings and three-dimesnional works, assemblages and constructions in a variety of materials by West Yorkshire artist Mick Wilson at the Portico Library and Gallery in Mosley Street. Call 0161 236 6785 or visit www.theportico.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: Until September 6 - Unearthed: Ancient Egypt - 100 years ago, many Egyptologists carried out huge digs in Egypt, unearthing ancient objects such as toys, farming tools, stone carvings and burial goods. These discoveries give us an idea of what life was like for the ancient Egyptians, from their home life and work to their language and beliefs. But how were these objects discovered and identified? And how much can they tell us about this ancient civilisation? This is your chance to find out. Travel back to the 1920s and enter the storeroom of Egyptologist, Dr Digby (played on film by Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories). Join the team to help investigate and record the many objects they’ve found. After some training you can claim your archaeologist’s certificate and get to work. - at The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road. Call 0161 275 2648 or visit www.manchester.ac.uk/museum.

MANCHESTER: March 24-November 18 - Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma - Inspired by 1950s design and combining Alan Turing’s notes with museum objects, this exhibition documents Turing’s investigation into one of the great mysteries of nature - how complex shapes and patterns arise from simple balls of cells - at The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road. Call 0161 275 2648 or visit www.manchester.ac.uk/museum.

MANCHESTER: February 24-May 13 - The Devil’s Wall - first UK showing of Idris Khan’s new installation which draws inspiration from rituals and practices of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is one of the pillars of Islam and is undertaken by millions or Muslims each year, at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Oxford Road. Call 0161 275 7450 or visit www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth.

MANCHESTER: February 11-May 13 - Cotton - Global Threads - the ground floor galleries combine to tell a compelling story about the production, consumption and global trade in cotton, at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Oxford Road. Call 0161 275 7450 or visit www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth.

MOLD: May 28-June 16 - Theresa Taylor presents her one-off handmade prints created using a variety of techniques in the Community Gallery at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLD: May 8-26 - Spectrum - a diverse and dynamic collection of work reflecting the ideas and painting practices of various artists in the Community Gallery at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

MOLD: May 7-12 - The fourth annual Virgin Art Exhibition and Sale at St. Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Upper High Street. Fine art work, two dimensional and photography by professional, semi-professional and amateur exhibitors from North Wales, Cheshire and the North West. Public viewing daily between 10am and 8pm. Refreshments available. For further information, visit www.virginartmold.org.uk. or call 01352 752473 or 01352 757957.

MOLD: April 28-June 9 - Exhibition of work by Gerald Dewsbury and Glyn Baines in the Oriel Gallery at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

SALFORD: April 28-July 15 - Kathleen Walne: The Salford Collection - following the death of the artist Kathleen Walne in June 2011, Salford Museum will be displaying her work - much of which has not been seen for 26 years - at Salford Museum and Art Gallery in Peel Park. Call 0161 778 0800 or visit www.salford.gov.uk/salfordmuseum.

SALFORD: Until July 1 - 1984 Looks Like This- for years, documentary photographer David Dunnico has documented the rise of CCTV surveillance in a series of graphic black and white images alongside a collection of editions and ephemera about George Orwell’s 1984, examples of which can be seen at Salford Museum and Art Gallery in Peel Park. Call 0161 778 0800 or visit www.salford.gov.uk/salfordmuseum.

WIRRAL: June 1-November 4 - A Pre-Raphaeilte Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (1872-1945) - exhibition highlighting the work of a painter, illustrator, designer and key figure in the last phase of Pre-Raphaelitism. The first showcase of her work in more than 40 years can be seen at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight. Call 0151 478 4136 or visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.

WREXHAM: May 22-July 14 - recycled polythene jewellery by Rachael Darbourne, whimsical caged creatures by Anya Keeley, appliqued and hand-embroidered textile ‘herb houses’ by Sarah Nicol and ceramic sculptures by Alison Gardner at Oriel Wrecsam, Rhosddu Road. Call 01978 292093 or visit www.wrexham.gov.uk/arts.

WREXHAM: April 7-June 2 - Achieve - exhibition which focuses on the inclusive spirit of the Olympic Games featuring work by Alison Mercer, Lal and Huw Davies, and participants in the Art Mash-Up and Studio Sessions at Oriel Wrecsam, Rhosddu Road. Call 01978 292093 or visit www.wrexham.gov.uk/arts.

WREXHAM: March 19-May 19 - ceramics by Wayne Clarke, polymer bowls and jewellery by Carol Blackburn, books by Alison Mercer and glass by Verity Pulford at Oriel Wrecsam, Rhosddu Road. Call 01978 292093 or visit www.wrexham.gov.uk/arts.

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