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November 2018

Finding Language

November 15 - November 24
The Rockfield Centre, Stevenson Street
Oban, PA34 5NA United Kingdom
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Explore how languages begin and end through this multi-format event which includes exhibitions, film screenings and discussions. These films, artworks and stories ask what roles languages play in our identities and everyday lives. Languages are the beating heart of our culture; they transmit the values, beliefs and narratives which give definition to our lives. Yet they are one of the most difficult things to represent and discuss with our friends and families. This event will get you thinking about the heritage…

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Flight and Refuge – Folkestone Welcomes All

November 15 - November 24
Folkestone Museum, The Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street
Folkestone, Kent CT20 1DY United Kingdom
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This exhibition at Folkestone Museum has been curated by local sixth form students based on their research into the Belgian refugee presence in Folkestone during the First World War. The exhibition asks why an event so fundamental to Folkstone's local history remains unknown to so many? Exploring the extent to which the Folkestone community welcomed their neighbours from across the channel in a time of need, the exhibition draws parallels with the modern day immigration crisis, helping to assess how…

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The NHS is Born!

November 15 - November 24
South Wales Miners’ Library, Hendrefoilan Avenue
Swansea, Wales SA2 7NB United Kingdom
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This year the pioneering National Health Service turned 70 years old. This exhibition features items from the South Wales Coalfield Collection at the South Wales Miners’ Library and the Richard Burton Archives to provide a glimpse into life in coalfield society before and after the founding of the NHS. It will look at community and occupation health and miners’ medical schemes, regarded as the model for the NHS. The exhibition will include examples of pamphlets published in 1948 to explain the…

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The Periodical Exhibition

November 15 - November 24
John Lennon Art & Design Building, Liverpool John Moores University , 2 Duckinfield Street
Liverpool, North West L3 5RD United Kingdom
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'The Periodical Exhibition' presents period stigma smashing and celebratory artworks in the Atrium Gallery. Come and see menstrual artworks by Bee Hughes, research photographs, and material from the Liverpool John Moores University's Special Collections and Archives. There will also be the chance to have a go at hands-on activities suitable for all ages. Join us on Saturday 17th November 11am-3pm for an informal fun day of craftivism, chat and a homeless period packing party. The exhibition is open Monday –Friday…

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O. G. S. Crawford: Life in Photographs

November 15 - November 24
Pitt Rivers Museum & Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3PW United Kingdom
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Explore the life and archive of influential, but little known, archaeologist O. G. S. Crawford. Discover highlights from the archive in a pop-up display open between 10:00am and 5:00pm at the Pitt Rivers Museum. At select times on the 17 and 24 November there will also be the chance to see the archive in a special object handling session and find out about Crawford's love of cats! On the 17 November there are object handling sessions in the Research Space on…

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Living Zoroastrianism

November 15 - November 24
The Foyle Special Collections Gallery within the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St
London, Greater London WC1H 0XG United Kingdom

This unique interactive exhibition engages the public in the Virtual Reality (VR) experience of a 3,000 years old Zoroastrian ritual in which the viewer will be immersed by means of VR glasses. Originating in ancient pre-Islamic Iran, the ritual was filmed in Mumbai 2017 with cutting edge spherical video technology. Visitors can also experience contemporary Zoroastrian Iran via the digitised oral testimony of over 300 interviewees. Displays of manuscripts, costumes, paintings and artefacts provide additional information about this ancient religion.…

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Graphic ‘Frankenstein’: An Exhibition

November 16 - November 24
The Crawford Building, 13 Perth Road
Dundee, DD1 4HN United Kingdom
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A word-and-image exhibition creatively engaging with Frankenstein and the multimedia adaptations it has inspired. Come along and experience 3D projection and trick photography as well as many other exciting ways of interpreting and capturing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. You can enjoy the exhibition anytime during the opening hours of the Crawford Building.

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Ingenious Soil

November 17 - November 23

Come and explore the idea of 'ingenious soil' through a series of events, including an art exhibition, conversation with a local farmer, and readings of Virgil’s Georgics, the ancient Roman agricultural poem. There will also be plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty! Soil is animal, vegetable and mineral. It is both singular and plural, and can signify waste, dirt, and decay, as well as the origin of life. When it becomes ‘land’ it is inherently political; as ‘earth’…

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Poetry against Slavery

November 18 - November 24
Museum of London Docklands, No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay
London, London E14 4AL United Kingdom
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The 'London, Sugar & Slavery' gallery at Museum of London Docklands is a unique resource for exploring London’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, and for understanding the trade’s present-day legacies. On this one hour guided tour of the gallery, learn how poetry has galvanised resistance against oppression of African, Caribbean and Black British people. From Africa’s rich heritage, through preservation of cultural legacies during slavery, to recent political activism, you will encounter and discuss poems that give voice to…

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Just the Beginning… (School Session)

November 19 - November 23
Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Manchester, North West England M13 9PL United Kingdom
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Free

Manchester Museum is full of ancient artefacts each with a story to be told. Come and see how University of Manchester researchers use Manchester Museum’s collection to expand our understanding of what being human means. With the opportunity to examine genuine artefacts, meet aspiring academics, and take part in discussions about why research matters, this is a great opportunity to gain insight into museum collections and see what goes on behind the glass cases. These fast-paced talks will inform and…

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Yours, Hopefully

November 19 - November 24
Winter Garden, Surrey Street, Sheffield, 90 Surrey Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
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Come along to the Winter Gardens in Sheffield to see an exhibition of letters sent between local children and older adults on the subject of hope. Look out for some magic through the use of augmented reality as these letters come to life. The project pairs up children and older adults from Sheffield and asks them to write to one another about what they hope for. The exhibition will be open between 8:00am and 8:00pm.

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Constructing Remembrance (Exhibition)

November 20 - November 24
Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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What is a war memorial? Is it a stone monument in a village? A poppy? A requiem? This event explores the concept of memorialisation: who did it? How did they do it? And how have the meanings of memorials created in the past changed? Following a series of workshops, the Longbenton RAF Cadets will share their ideas about memorialisation and the memorials they have created in this exhibition which explores the varied forms memorialisation can take and the challenges involved…

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The Origins of Leather

November 20 - November 22
National Leather Collection, Grosvenor Shopping Centre
Northampton, East Midlands NN1 2EW United Kingdom
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Where does leather come from? This is partly a question of history and geography: Northampton has historically been the centre of Britain’s leather trades, owing to its topography and location, and similar stories can be told all over the world. But it is also a question of the material’s origins in animal skin, and the complex processes that have to be carried out in order to make it usable as a material. These lunchtime events at the National Leather Collection…

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Sonic Bodies: A Multisensory Exploration

November 20 - November 24
Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3AA United Kingdom
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Free

'Sonic Bodies' is an immersive and interactive exploration of sculpture through movement and listening. You will be invited to follow the lines, shapes or themes of selected sculptures, and create a real-time soundscape through movement. Using custom software on mobile devices, the activity offers two innovative ways to explore art through listening and moving: one involving the whole body and the other using only your hand. This event is suitable for all ages and will be open between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

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Walk Through the Walls

November 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Canterbury Westgate, 1 Pound Lane
Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BX United Kingdom
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This immersive walk through Canterbury from the Westgate to the 19th-century prison charts changing attitudes from the early modern period to the present, covering everything from vagrancy, revolt, treason and education. 2018 marks Canterbury’s 30th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage site and 150 years since the ending of public executions. Explore the places and spaces where power and authority have been displayed, from scenes of pillory and execution to early attempts at prison reform. The event will end with…

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Women Writing Dystopia and Apocalypse

November 20, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6AL United Kingdom
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Why do writers choose to write about dystopia and apocalypse and how do contemporary women writers offer an alternative viewpoint on this trend? This event will allow schoolchildren to explore the long tradition of women’s dystopian and apocalyptic writing and show them some of the new ways creative writers are approaching this subject. How do they imagine survival and change after an apocalyptic event? How do they examine the traumatic impact on those who experience apocalypse? Schoolchildren can take part…

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Walking With Lawrence

November 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2DH United Kingdom
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Discover Nottingham through the eyes of one of the city's most infamous writers, D. H. Lawrence. Guided by researchers from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Birmingham, this walking tour will explore the city centre that inspired much of Lawrence's writing. Covering well known landmarks, such as Nottingham Castle, as well as the forgotten literary landscapes that shaped Lawrence's life and work, the tour will show a different side to the controversial modernist author. This tour will last an…

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Writing from the Inside Out

November 20, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Canterbury Christ Church University prison, 46 Longport
Canterbury, Kent CT1 1PJ
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Canterbury’s 19th-century prison still retains many of its original features and this workshop is an opportunity for young people to write their own histories into this space. While its primary function was to punish offenders, some Victorian inmates learned to read here and many of their stories were recorded and are still available today. At this workshop historic writing experts will share the history of the prison with young people, and show how immersive research can stimulate creative responses. Prompts…

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Wird Hunt!

November 20, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wester Hailes Library, 1 West Side Plaza
Edinburgh, Scotland EH14 2ST United Kingdom
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According to the last national census, around 1.5 million people in Scotland can speak Scots. The Dictionar o the Scots Leid is the definitive record of their vocabulary. 'Wird Hunt!' will illuminate the Dictionar's history as well as that of the language itself. Learn how the Dictionar's makers keep track of the language in their day-to-day work and discover how their vast collection of quotations richly illustrate a centuries-long tradition of writing in Scots. Want to help make the Dictionar…

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Keyboard Evolution

November 20, 1:00 pm - 8:15 pm
The Octagon, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS United Kingdom
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Combining art and science, 'Keyboard Evolution' explores the development of the keyboard instrument and its music from the early clavichord to today’s cutting edge technologies. Leading academics in musicology, performance, science and medicine will take you through a series of interactive workshops, discussions and performances. This event allows you to discover how the keyboard has evolved over 500 years, explains how composers use subjects ranging from a Far-Eastern temple to the human body. Witness the historical progression of keyboard music…

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