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November 2020

‘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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Supermarket Surprise

November 12 - November 22
Online: The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate
Manchester, North West M3 3EH United Kingdom

This is an online event. Lots of our everyday foods were new and exciting for settler colonists in the 'New World' and Europeans back home in the 1500s. Test your food origins knowledge with this fun and interactive quiz. Be prepared to be surprised! Suitable for all ages, the quiz will be available for the duration of the festival. Why not take up the challenge by shopping in the New World? Take the quiz now.

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King Oswald’s Raven

November 12, 11:30 am - November 22, 6:00 pm
Online: Peterborough Cathedral Peterborough, PE1 1XZ United Kingdom

This is an online event. Watch a new short animation about Peterborough's most important medieval saint: King Oswald of Northumbria. King Oswald's incorrupt right arm was the most precious relic owned by the monks of Peterborough and his legend spread from England far across the seas. He was particularly popular in Germany, where the story of his raven originated. This animation uses imagery from Peterborough's medieval bestiary (an illustrated book containing descriptions of animals) to tell this comic German tale.…

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Walking with a Convict

November 12, 12:00 pm - November 22, 12:00 pm
Online: Shadwell Railway Station, Cable Street
London, E1 2QF United Kingdom

This is an online event. Let’s go back to a period when crimes turned convicts into colonists and punishment by transportation was a fate second only to execution. Did you know that impersonating an Egyptian or stealing a shroud from a grave would result in penal servitude on the other side of the globe? As we walk through the streets of 19th-century East End London, we discover what happened at Blue gate Fields when Mary’s pocket-picking crime saw her imprisoned…

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Hercules Café

November 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This is an online event. This Café session offers an autistic perspective on the “New Worlds” theme of this year’s Being Human festival. Dealing with specific situations can be a challenge for anyone, but especially an autistic person, for whom “New Worlds” can seem like “alien” places where one feels like an outsider rather than a participant. Join the mythological hero Hercules in this 1-hour online café for autistic children and their families. Meet Hercules as he discovers a new…

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Tales from the Moon: After School Stories and Craft

November 13, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This is an online event. Pop online for some out-of-this-world storytime as we head to the moon and back! Hear all about the thrilling adventures of astronauts, young and old. Delight in the lives of space creatures, great and small. We will also show you how to make your own moon-themed crafts, using materials found around the home. Collect your “make and take” bags ahead of time from the city library or request a home delivery. With Children’s Literature educator…

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Destination Moon!

November 14, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4QB United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. What does a day in the life of an astronaut look like? This “take-over” day at the Dundee Science Centre will include all of the regular interactive exhibitions, plus some special space-themed activities, such as astro-crafts and drawing, pop-up performances and talks, face-painting, and more. Artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space will help you create your own moonscapes or space monsters. Hundreds of free tickets will be available via the University of…

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AMAZing Stories

November 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Online: Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2ND United Kingdom

This is an online event. This event invites you to wander through and wonder at mazes, from the Minotaur and Hansel and Gretel to Pac-Man. 'AMAZing Stories' will introduce children, young people and families to labyrinths past and present, taking you on a journey across different cultures and worlds. While exploring these stories, you will create new worlds of mazes using games, craft materials and your digital devices. This event will run on the digital platform Zoom. Each hour, there…

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Tiny manyings for Riddley – A Family Art Making Day

November 15, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. A fun day for families working with humanities researcher Dr Paul March-Russell and eco artist Julieann Worrall Hood to plan and model an organic monument inspired by the new world created 40 years ago by Russell Hoban in Riddley Walker, set in the landscapes of East Kent. Explore history, myth and the making of meaning in a world where we are all more aware of our surroundings and the way in which we…

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A Whole New World: Maps of the Derwent Valley Mills

November 16, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: Derbyshire Record Office, New Street
Matlock, DE4 3FE United Kingdom

This is an online event. The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site was designated by UNESCO in 2000 in recognition of its importance as a place of industry for over 200 years. However, this World Heritage Site is not just about old buildings, but how people have lived in and used the landscape surrounding them. In this online workshop, be inspired by Derbyshire Record Office’s collection of maps of the Derwent Valley in order to make your own maps out…

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Bodies of the Future

November 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Human, robotic, mechanical, and animal bodies are being re-made through new technologies and changing societies. Collage is an art form that takes existing materials and recombines them in new ways. This digital collage making workshop brings these two ideas together and invites you to explore the changing nature of bodies through making a collage of your own. Experts in the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare, of nature and technology in the reproductive body, and…

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Saving Anksi!

November 18, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online: Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie Hall, Headingley Campus
Leeds, LS6 3QW United Kingdom

This is an online event. Join the launch of an immersive online story experience about building a hopeful future. 'Saving Anksi!' encourages families and artist educators to create together as they explore the narrative. You will become a Story Rebel and follow our story guides across three different lands making stories and fictional histories together along the way using music, words, images, objects and materials. This project brings together museums, libraries, storytellers, drama specialists and theatre companies and provides an…

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Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony

November 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Square Tower, Broad Street
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2ND United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. On the cobbled promenade of historic Old Portsmouth stands a bronze statue. It commemorates a group of travellers who sailed from the city to the ‘new world’ of America in the late 14th century. Among those emigres was John White, a man who would become governor and the grandfather of Virginia Dare, the first English child to be born in the ‘new world’ in 1587. Since then, Virginia Dare has become part…

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Impressionists at Home Café

November 20, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online: Queen’s University Belfast, University Rd
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN United Kingdom

This is an online event. You are warmly invited to take part in this 'Impressionists at Home café'! Delivered online, this family-friendly event focuses on representations of the home in Impressionist painting. While Impressionism has been associated with the urban and outdoor world, the reality is that many Impressionists, especially women, focused on the home and on domestic space. This Café seeks to highlight this lesser-known aspect of Impressionism, through first a short talk on how female Impressionists transformed modern…

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Welcome Back to the Future

November 21, 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Online: University of Portsmouth, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth, South East PO1 2DJ United Kingdom

This is an online event. An interactive online performance workshop with Dr Kit Danowski (Playwright and Lecturer in Performance, University of Portsmouth). Participants - of any age - will be asked to bring a family ghost story to share. After telling the stories, together the group will choose one in which they will devise how to grant the wishes of the ghost, through the means of a group collaborative performance. Work to fulfil the wishes of the dead, and in…

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Alternative Narratives on Colonial Collections

November 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Manchester, North West England M13 9PL United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. Come and learn about the hidden histories of museums and how they are not always neutral spaces. Young people will be working with spoken word and visual artists alongside researchers and curators to reinterpret items in the museum collections and provide an alternative narrative to some of our colonial collections. Come and discover how institutional and historical narratives can be questioned This is a family event for everyone, we would request that all…

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Tale of Two Houses

November 22, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online: Deaf Action, 49 Albany St
Edinburgh, EH1 3QY United Kingdom

This is an online event. In line with 'being human', it is time to explore what 'being deaf' means, by way of sign language performances. You are invited to this family-friendly online performance of the ‘Tale of Two Houses’. A story for children and families about accepting others and celebrating our diversity. After the show, families can meet the cast for a Q&A and do an art activity that can be emailed in to become a community patchwork to be…

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