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Now on - Web Wizards: Designers Who Define The Web. Until now Internet web design has been considered too fluid and fast-moving to be explored by museums. But a new genre of web-design stars is now emerging and this show offers a chance to find out about some of them and to analyse their impact on contemporary culture. Runs until 21 April 2002. Design Museum, London.

Now on - A collection of glamorous and beautiful dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth II goes on display. Runs until 3 November 2002. Museum of Costume, Bath, western England.

1 - 31 January 2002- Popular tourist attraction the Millennium Wheel, officially known as the London Eye, will be shut down for a month for routine maintenance checks.

Until 6 Jan - Radical Fashion. Exhibition celebrating the work of 11 world-renowned contemporary fashion designers and companies. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Until 13 Jan - The Fine Art of Photography. This exhibition celebrates the Scottish National Photography Collection established in 1984 and contains 25,000 photographs dating from the beginnings of the medium to today. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

Until 13 Jan - Contemporary Japanese Jewellery. Oriental excellence has been much to the fore with a series of exhibitions and events organised as part of the Asian Art and Japan 2001 festivals. One of the more unusual shows explores the use of traditional and contemporary materials in an extraordinary range of jewellery appealing to the style-conscious wearer as well as the more traditional enthusiast. Crafts Council, London.

Until 20 Jan - Art On The Line. The "golden age" of British art is recreated as part of the British Art Season, celebrating the achievements of British art and design with special exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom. Visitors can also view fine contemporary British silver at the Gilbert Collection (until 31 Jan). Courtauld Institute Gallery, Somerset House, London.

Until 20 Jan - Somerset House Ice Rink. About 700 square metres of skating area with specially designed viewing areas and rinkside cafes. Daytime and evening sessions for 2,000 skaters a day. Strand, London.

Until 20 Jan - Tate Britain. Exhibition of a selection of works by four short-listed artists of the Turner Prize.

Until 24 March - Agatha Christie And Archaeology: Mystery in Mesopotamia. This exhibition, centred around one of the world's best-known detective story writers, marks the 25th anniversary of her death and charts journeys she made helping her archaeologist husband in Egypt, Syria and Iraq (parts of which consist of former Mesopotamia). These locations played key roles in a number of her novels. British Museum, London.

8 Feb-21 Apr - Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery joins in the British Art Season by reopening, following renovation of its exhibition galleries, with works by George Romney (1734-1802), a key figure in 18th-century British art and probably best known as a portrait painter. North-west England.

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