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November 2020

Creation/Creating Stories

November 12 - November 22
Online: The Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 4PT United Kingdom

This is an online event. What are creation stories? How are creation stories told? This event will introduce young audiences to Indigenous story-telling and creation stories drawing on the Great North Museum: Hancock’s Indigenous collections from North America. Have a look at our series of videos on Indigenous story-telling and then, using pencils, markers, play-dough, or other crafting material at your disposal, create your own story! You can create a story about the origin of the world or imagine an…

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‘The Dawn of a New Era’: Unfurling the South Wales Miners’ Banners

November 12 - November 22
Online: Swansea University, Singleton Park
Swansea, SA2 8PP United Kingdom

This in an online event. 'The Dawn of the New Era' is the slogan on the Risca Lodge banner, which was made just before the nationalisation of the coal mining industry in 1947. The image on the banner is a sun rising and reflects the hope for the future. At least 50 miners’ banners are known to have existed in South Wales and many of them are preserved at the South Wales Miners’ Library at Swansea University. Over the years,…

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A Poetic Constitution for Scotland: Consultation

November 12 - November 22
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. If you, the citizens of Scotland, had the chance to write your own constitution, what would it say? How do we best express what it is to be Scottish/New Scottish today? Might the freedoms and fluidity of poetry offer a shared language for our civic values, ambitions, visions? This public consultation invites all Scots and New Scots – living at home or abroad – to take part, share and explore what Scotland means to you…

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Parts Unknown: The Extraordinary Maps of Hermann Moll

November 12, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Online: Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Full Street
Derby, East Midlands DE1 3AF United Kingdom

This is an online event. Come along to explore one of Derby Local Studies and Family History Library’s greatest treasures and help solve a mystery! Hermann Moll’s The World Described is a set of the most complete maps produced in 18th-century Britain and his work was inspiration for the imaginary maps in Gulliver’s Travels. But how did they get here and who used them? No-one knows! The first part of this workshop will introduce to you to these incredible maps…

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Museumable – Home Objects Reimagined

November 12, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online: Goldsmiths, University of London, Goldsmiths, University of London
London, London SE14 6NW United Kingdom

This is an online event. This online workshop explores the idea of curating a shared home museum collection. Participants will be invited to choose an object from home to share and invited to draw, map and exchange the stories the objects tell. With many having recently spent more time than ever at home, the workshop will explore the objects we find ourselves most drawn to. How do these objects live alongside us? And how might they connect to each other?…

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Presumed Curable

November 13, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online: Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham, BR3 3BX United Kingdom

This is an online event. Have you ever wondered what type of information can be gleaned from the Victorian Bethlem Royal Hospital patient records? Join museum archivist David Luck and learning officer Amy Moffat for an online interactive session to find out more about the Victorian asylum and work together to decipher a case record from 1887. A version of this event will also take place on Tuesday 17 November between 14:00 and 16:00 and requires booking separately.

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Fixing It: Repair as Resistance

November 14 - November 22
310 New Cross Road, 310 New Cross Road
London, United Kingdom
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. Learn new repair skills, share advice and reflect on some big questions. Open to all, 'Fixing It' is a week of events encouraging contemplation around what mending means. Is repair an act of resistance in an unsustainable world? Does it matter if the cracks show? Can everything be mended? From tutorials on how to repair household items to conversation circles discussing the best ways to fix community issues,…

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Rich Soils: A Geopoetry Workshop

November 14, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Online: Wrens Nest Nature Reserve, Wrens Hill Road
Dudley, DY1 3SB United Kingdom
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This is an online event Join R. M. Francis, the Poet in Residence for the Black Country Geological Society, on this poetry workshop that virtually explores the Wrens Nest Nature Reserve, Dudley. Aimed at new and established poetry writers, Rob will guide visitors around one of the UK's most important geological sites, stopping for mini writing retreats in this haven for fossils, industrial heritage and earth sciences. During the writing walk Rob will share his passion for place writing, the…

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Fixing It: Why Mend Textiles?

November 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
310 New Cross Road, 310 New Cross Road
London, United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. Rose Sinclair teaches basic hand-sewing techniques whilst reflecting on the motivations behind darning. Why do we mend our clothes, woollens and fabrics? Is it about hating waste or affection for treasured things? This workshop will teach basic hand sewing techniques that can be used with a variety of textiles, and give you the opportunity to share stories of things you have saved through repair. A kit and instructions will be provided to support…

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Museumable – Home Objects Reimagined

November 14, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online: Goldsmiths, University of London, Goldsmiths, University of London
London, London SE14 6NW United Kingdom

This is an online event. This online workshop explores the idea of curating a shared home museum collection. Participants will be invited to choose an object from home to share and invited to draw, map and exchange the stories the objects tell. With many having recently spent more time than ever at home, the workshop will explore the objects we find ourselves most drawn to. How do these objects live alongside us? And how might they connect to each other?…

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A-B-Craobh (A-B-Tree) – A Tree Encounter

November 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Online: Scottish School of Forestry UHI, Viewhill
Inverness, Highland IV2 5EA United Kingdom

This is an online event. You are encouraged to have an encounter with a tree prior to the online session. Guidance will be given by email after booking. You will be asked to bring something along to the session to share from that encounter – it could be a physical thing like a leaf or some nuts, or a photograph or sound recording, or something you have been inspired to write. The session leader Mandy will then encourage people to…

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Greek Mythology Creative Writing Café

November 14, 11:00 am - 11:50 am

This is an online event. Join Dr Amanda Potter from the Open University for a creative writing workshop using characters and themes from Greek mythology as an inspiration for your work. Amanda will lead you through some short exercises to get you writing in a supportive environment. Suitable for participants of all ages and with all levels of experience, all you need is online access, paper and a pen.

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The Black Vampyre and Other Creations

November 14, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online: University of Hertfordshire; The Open Graves, Open Minds Project, De Havilland Campus
Hatfield, South East AL109AB United Kingdom

This is an online event. This event will explore Gothic dreams of new worlds and the creatures that inhabit them, notably Mary Shelley’s plague world, John Polidori’s vampire, and the ghosts of World War 1. Visit Polidori’s uncanny resting place in a virtual tour, in the same graveyard where Mary and Percy Shelley’s courtship found life, and contemplate Gothic new worlds via presentations and performances: - 'The Stories Are Begun' with Marcus Sedgwick (novelist) - 'Gothic Afterworlds’ with Dr Karl…

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Wikithon: ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Loughborough

November 14, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online: Loughborough University, Epinal Way
Loughborough, LE11 3TU

This is an online event. This Wikipedia edit-a-thon invites Loughborough locals to connect with their past and neglected figures from the town's history. The first hour will showcase the importance of Wikipedia as a digital resource. Participants will learn about the Open Access movement and all about how to edit a Wikipedia entry. In the second part participants will be invited to produce a new page for Wikipedia about a figure associated with Loughborough - pick from pre-selected figures or…

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Writing the Fantastical

November 14, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online: Oriel Science Swansea, United Kingdom

This is an online event. Would you like to discover new ways of writing, thinking and reflecting about the self and other worlds? If the answer's yes, then why not join writer Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar for this interactive writing workshop. You'll have a chance to locate and invent fantastical worlds and unusual and creative characters! This is an online event with a capacity for 15 attendees. Suitable for ages 16+. Led by Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar (Senior Lecturer, English Literature &…

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Writing Fiction: Dystopian Present and Future

November 14, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online: Portsmouth Central Library, Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth, South East PO1 2DX United Kingdom

This is an online event. 2020 has been an interesting year, and we have seen many elements of science fiction become part of our everyday lives. This creative writing workshop, led by Calum Kerr, will look at the role of speculative fiction, particularly with regard to writing the current situation, and looking to the future. It will feature a range of exercises and hopefully enlighten you on some of the richest writing around. Calum Kerr is Lecturer in Creative Writing…

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Make Your Own Scrapbook

November 14, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online: Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Full Street
Derby, East Midlands DE1 3AF United Kingdom

This is an online event. In this online craft event, you will make your very own scrapbook with simple everyday materials (you will be sent a fact sheet before the event so that you have everything you need ready!). At the same time, you'll learn about why people have cut and pasted to create their own records of history over the past 200 years. The workshop is inspired by Derby Local Studies and Family History Library’s rich collection of scrapbooks,…

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Medieval Books in the 21st Century

November 14, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This is an online event. At this workshop find out what was different about medieval books, and how modern technology is allowing experts to capture them better than traditional print editions can. Featuring pretty pictures of old manuscripts, an introduction to digital editing, and a sneak preview of a University of Exeter project to digitally edit a textbook for teaching French in medieval England. This interactive workshop will take place online via Zoom and last approximately one hour. No prior knowledge of…

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Fixing It: Mend it with Mo

November 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
310 New Cross Road, 310 New Cross Road
London, United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. Mo (Morlai Sumah) is passionate about resisting throw-away society and runs a regular Repair Café at The Telegraph Hill Centre. In this workshop, you'll have the chance to watch and learn from Mo as he fixes three different items, talking you through the process of repair, step by step. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and get advice from Mo and other participants on how to repair the object you have…

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Many Hands

November 14, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online: Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS

This is an online event. In this online interactive workshop, working with poets and historians, weavers and dancers, unravel the histories of weavers in Bengal and their treatment under British rule. Learn about the complex interwoven Bengali and UK histories of craft and manufacture from Dr Lipi Begum from the London College of Fashion. Try your hand at some weaving and experience first hand the techniques and technologies. Allow poet Laila Sumpton to lead you in expressing your response to…

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