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November 2017

Gulliver’s Worlds

November 4
Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4QB United Kingdom
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a giant? Would you like to know what it would be like to become microscopic? Explore lots of exciting and different ways to view the world and the environments around us. Featuring special guests. Suitable for all ages. This event is a preview of the University of Dundee's Being Human hub series Swift at 350: lost and found'. No need to book in advance. There is a small charge payable…

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Understanding our multilingual world

November 17 - November 25
East Belfast Mission, 213 Newtownards Rd, Belfast
Belfast, BT4 1AF
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Taking place in Belfast (East Belfast Mission), Cambridge (Michaelhouse Cafe), Edinburgh (Grassmarket Centre) and Nottingham (Meadows Library), this exciting exhibition aims to explore languages and multilingualism through photography. Taken by members of the public, photographs will display what multilingualism means to different people and their communities. You are invited to explore multilingualism, and how visible it is in your environment, through the themes and messages that emerge from the photographic contributions. The exhibitions will be formally introduced by a member…

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Lost and found: an online exhibition from the collections

November 17 - November 25

In 2017 the University of Reading collections hit the headlines when librarian Erika Delbeque found a previously undiscovered, unique example of 15th century printed text by English printer William Caxton. During the Being Human Festival you are invited to view a specially curated online exhibition of the hidden treasures that can be found in the University of Reading’s spectacular museums, libraries, and archives. Follow the hashtag #UoRLostandFound. This event is part of the series Revealing hidden stories. For event information,…

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Understanding our multilingual world

November 17 - November 25
Michaelhouse Cafe, Cambridge, Trinity St
Cambridge, CB2 1SU United Kingdom
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Taking place in Belfast (East Belfast Mission), Cambridge (Michaelhouse Cafe), Edinburgh (Grassmarket Centre) and Nottingham (Meadows Library), this exciting exhibition aims to explore multilingualism through photography. Taken by members of the public, photographs will display what multilingualism means to different people and their communities. You are invited to explore multilingualism, and how visible it is in your environment, through the themes and messages that emerge from the photographic contributions. The exhibitions will be formally introduced by a member of the…

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Talking Orwell

November 17 - November 25
Senate House, Malet Street
London, Greater London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Talking Orwell takes its cue from Senate House, the inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Explore the venue to discover 3d-printed busts of Orwell himself which you can converse with using your smartphone, this playful digital installation offers a new way of engaging with the questions of how Orwell's work - and Nineteen Eighty-Four in particular - has continuing resonances today. Talking Orwell uses a new technology from Google - the ‘Physical Web’ - to…

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Lost rights, found justice?

November 17 - November 25
Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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'Lost rights, found justice?' is a photography exhibition aimed at increasing public understanding of the rights and situation of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers through creative visual and legal tools. The exhibition will include photographs selected by a panel of experts in photography and human rights submitted through an open call. The exhibition runs Saturday 18 November – Saturday 25 November. Weekday openings are 9:00am–7:00pm (6pm on Saturdays). Senate House is closed on Sunday 19 November and Tuesday 21 November…

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Sounds of Chester

November 17, 8:00 am - November 25, 5:00 pm
Storyhouse, Hunter Street
Chester, North West England CH1 2AR United Kingdom
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This is a digital event running throughout the festival. Record and share your sounds of contemporary Chester on Twitter. Reveal your memories of lost sounds from around the city. Use #soundsofchester to participate online. This event is part of the series Sensing the past. For event information, please contact Clare Hickman at c.hickman@chester.ac.uk.

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Buried treasure: the wreck of ‘The London’ (exhibition)

November 17, 9:00 am - December 11, 8:45 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating indefinitely

Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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In 1665 The London exploded and sank off Southend, concealing herself for centuries on the estuary bed. The warship had a short and notable life, having carried Charles II back to England at the Restoration. Her wreck was found in 2005, revealing a hidden history of early modern life. Underwater archaeologists have salvaged fascinating navigational tools, leather shoes, and even a 17th century length of rope from the wreck. Come and explore! Artefacts and photographs will be on loan from…

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Lost, abandoned and forgotten

November 17, 9:00 am - November 25, 5:00 pm
New Victoria Hospital, 52 Grange Rd
Glasgow, Scotland G42 9LF United Kingdom
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This photographic exhibition invites an alternative look at abandoned buildings. The images are collated by urban explorers, a subcultural community who discover, explore and photograph derelict buildings. They follow a simple code – ‘take only photographs, leave only footprints’ – to digitally preserve these urban relics and counter forgetting. These images belong to participants of a three-year research project that examined the societal value of obsolete buildings. This exhibit encourages people to re-imagine abandonment and gives voice to neglected heritage.…

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Conceiving histories (exhibition)

November 17, 10:00 am - November 25, 8:00 pm
Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square
London, London WC1H 0PD United Kingdom
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How can something that doesn’t happen have a history? How can there be a material trace of un-pregnancy in the archive? This exhibition explores this paradox, finding and considering a material history of pregnancy feigned, imagined, hidden and difficult to diagnose. 'Conceiving histories' is a collaboration between academic and literary historian, Isabel Davis, and visual artist, Anna Burel. From this collaboration emerge fantastical and fictional reworkings of archival materials, re-materialising with photography, sculpture and drawing the past of un-pregnancy. This…

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Jungle protestimony: an echo of the camp

November 17, 11:00 am - November 25, 5:30 pm
Norwich Cathedral, 65 The Close
Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4DH United Kingdom
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Protestimony is a visual and interactive art exhibition that aims to communicate an alternative story of the refugee crisis. Using artworks and other material created by refugees who lived in the Calais Jungle, it challenges the dehumanising anti-refugee and migrant language of mainstream media. The exhibition features artworks and other materials including paintings, documentaries, animations, sculptures and illustrations, alongside interactive art projects developed and delivered by former Jungle residents. These artworks are displayed in reconstructed shelters from the Jungle, which…

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Exploring learning Gaelic: Oban (film screenings)

November 17, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until 19 November, 2017

The Rockfield Centre, Stevenson Street, Oban, Argyll PA34 5NA United Kingdom + Google Map

Film screenings This event will feature two new short films on rotation, which tell stories about the un-seen aspects of languages - the anxieties, emotions and challenges involved in finding the right place and group of people that are required to learn Gaelic in Scotland today. Gaelic Journeys is a new 15 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna exploring what it feels like to learn and speak Gaelic in Scotland today. This will be screened along with the film Growing up with…

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We want your Welsh! Rho dy Gymraeg i ni!

November 17, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tŷ’r Gwrhyd, Stryd Holly, Holly St, Pontardawe
Swansea, Wales SA8 4ET United Kingdom
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Free 30 spots left

Siarad Cymraeg? If so, then come along to Tŷ’r Gwrhyd, Pontardawe, and become a film critic for the afternoon! We’ll be showing short clips from different videos and letting you and your friends tell us what you think of them. You’ll also get the chance to hear about our exciting community driven project called CorCenCC to collect all kinds of Welsh from all over Wales... and also how to download and use the fantastic new app we’ve developed. Come along, give…

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O what we ben! Discovering post-apocalyptic landscapes

November 17, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road
Canterbury, South East England CT1 1QU United Kingdom
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Free 47 spots left

On this interactive walking tour you will uncover the hidden post-apocalyptic landscapes of Canterbury through the narratives of Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker, set in a Kent of the future following nuclear devastation, and the Anglo-Saxon Andreas, set in the ruins of a city peopled by devil-worshipping cannibals. Over a thousand years separates the writing of these works of literature, but together they have much to tell us about the enduring power of ruinous urban landscapes on the popular imagination. This…

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Art and loss of social housing

November 17, 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Exeter Phoenix (workshop), Gandy Street
Exeter, South West EX4 3LS United Kingdom
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Free 26 spots left

Our sense of self is intimately connected with where we live. The loss of social housing in the UK has impacted how people relate to their homes. For example, the Right to Buy policy offered the possibility of home ownership to social renters, but also saw those unable or unwilling to buy their homes increasingly marginalised by ongoing demolitions, regenerations, and policy interventions. This event, which comprises an exhibition of works by artist Jordan McKenzie, followed by a film screening (book…

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Lost languages on found objects – a language tour

November 17, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on 21 November, 2017 at 2:00pm

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, South East England OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Have you ever seen an interesting script on an artefact in a museum and wondered what language it is or what it says? Now you can find out as Professor John Coleman from the University of Oxford brings these lost languages back to life with a range of objects in the Ashmolean Museum. From childcare instructions and recipes to curses, the deciphered text provides an intriguing insight into  classics, archaeology, and what it was like to be human thousands of…

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Shakespeare’s emotions, lost and found

November 17, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place Studio Theatre, 22 Southern Lane
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BH United Kingdom
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How is emotion represented in Shakespeare’s plays, and what does this mean for us today? This event, aimed at college and university students, will explore both the familiarity and strangeness of emotional experience in Shakespeare’s writing. Join academics from the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute and theatre practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company as they discuss the drama, history, philosophy, theatrical and personal dimensions of emotion in Shakespeare. Attendees will also have the chance to work with passages chosen by members…

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Lost and found: traces, spectres and contemporary art in Southampton

November 17, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Solent Showcase Gallery, 157-187 Above Bar St
Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7NN United Kingdom
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Free 312 spots left

Launch of the Being Human Festival in Southampton. Join us and experience unheard individual and collective stories linked to the city of Southampton through images, sounds, objects and spaces. Get involved in exploring the map of hidden narratives, highlighted by contemporary artists evoking distant voices, absences and presences. Let’s get lost and found, and lost again to explore the city in a new way. Contribute to unique artworks, create your own map of experiences and participate in a collective exhibition.…

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Language and song: finding our lost First World War heritage

November 17, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
University of Chichester, College Lane
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6PE United Kingdom
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Over the last few years, an extensive programme of commemoration has marked the centenaries of the First World War. However, whilst we remember the events of 1914-1918, there are parts of that history we have forgotten. Through this interactive event that uses language and song, come and discover our lost heritage from the First World War. The event will focus on how individuals and communities adapted to the war, developed new skills and how we can learn more about this…

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Missing persons: lost and found in Paris

November 17, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University of London Institute in Paris, 9-11 rue de Constantine
Paris, 75007 United Kingdom
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The Paris Centre for Migrant Writing and Expression has been working with migrants and asylum seekers in Northern Paris for over five years. As part of this year’s Being Human festival, the Centre will be running a series of workshops with a group of asylum seekers and local secondary school pupils to explore the connections and contradictions found within the place names of Paris. This includes their histories, modern resonances, and the diverse meanings that they generate for the migrants…

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