A fantastic new programme has been unveiled at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. Throughout 2020 the Gallery aims to bring the best of the nation's art to Worcester, including artworks by Rembrandt and Picasso, and a family summer show which wages war on waste.

Saturday 18 January sees the opening of Georgians: the Pride and the Prejudice, where visitors can explore the characters and stories of the Georgian age through sumptuous artworks, beautiful costume and a rare glimpse of a first edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Direct from the Ashmolean Museum, Skyscape opens on Saturday 4 April and includes sublime works by Rembrandt, Durer and Ruskin. On the same day a brand new Museum Shop opens, complete with new merchandise featuring works from the museum’s art collection.

The summer show promises lots of family fun, as ever. The Art Gallery declares a war on waste with Human Machines featuring interactive installations created from found objects and recycled materials. There are also brand new family activity days throughout the year. Showcase Saturdays start on Saturday 25 January with a family-friendly talk and a mini make-and-take. Paint Pots and Sparkles is a new, relaxed creative drop-in session for under-5s beginning on Thursday 16 January.

September sees the opening of The Printed Line, featuring works from the Arts Council Collection by a wide range of artists including Hockney, Picasso and Matisse.

2020 marks 400 years since the voyage of the Mayflower and the Art Gallery & Museum pays tribute to this with Mayflower400, a year-long exhibition exploring the voyage and legacy of The Mayflower through archaeology, costume and fascinating objects from the Museum’s World Cultures collection.

Councillor Mike Johnson, Chairman of the Joint Museums Committee, says: “We are very pleased to bring world-class art to Worcester throughout 2020. It is a rich and varied programme and it is fabulous to have these incredible works of art on our doorstep. We look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to enjoy the exhibitions, events and permanent displays. My personal highlight will be the Mayflower400 exhibition and the opportunity to see rare objects and find out how they came to rest in Worcester, 3,000 miles from their origin.”

There are plenty of talks, events and activities in the new Art Gallery & Museum leaflet which can be picked up from the Gallery or the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall.

You can also follow the Gallery on Twitter or Facebook for up-to-date news @worcestermuseum www.facebook.com/worcestercitymuseumandartgallery or visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk.

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm and entry is free.