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November 2020

Thinking Nature’s Sacred Sites

November 9 - November 22
Online: Feminist Archive South at University of Bristol Library Special Collections Seminar Room., Arts and Social Sciences Library Tyndall Avenue,
Bristol, South West BS8 1TU United Kingdom

This is an online event. Take part in an open call to engage with the archive images of sacred sites by artist Monica Sjöö. Capture your creative ideas through poetry, creative writing, drawings, photography or collage making on the theme of Nature’s sacred sites. Embrace the idea that when we create, we can make positive change in our own lives and in the world around us. A sacred site does not necessarily need an ancient history to deserve its sanctity,…

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We Began as Part of the Body (Exhibition)

November 12 - November 22
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. 'We began as part of the body' is a multi-component digital artwork inspired the eczema genetic research laboratory of Professor Sara Brown, (University of Dundee) where Beverley Hood (University of Edinburgh) undertook an artist residency in 2017 organised by ASCUS Art & Science. The residency involved spend time observing the activities of the lab and the organotypic artificial skin cells, which are both real and synthetic. Taken from an actual person (via tummy tucks, breast surgery,…

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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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Rethinking Museums and the Stories They Tell

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

This is an online event. Museums are increasingly being called on to rethink how they display, represent and interpret objects in their care. Throughout the festival we will be posting videos, images, prompts and provocations on our social media channels, forming a critical online heritage tour of The Hunterian Museum. By calling attention to the hidden histories of empire embedded in our collections, we will propose new ways of seeing and understanding museum objects, taking a fuller view of the…

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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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In Touch: Online Exhibition

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

This is an online event. What can be learnt from the heightened awareness of (and restrictions surrounding) touch which characterised our experience of the COVID-19 pandemic? Might the experiences of Deafblind communities, and those who rely on their sense of touch to navigate the world, aid a shared understanding of this new normal? For Being Human 2020 the University of Glasgow is hosting a special online exhibition, co-developed and curated with the charity Deafblind Scotland, that responds creatively to the…

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Why Didn’t They Leave?

November 12 - November 22
Online: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom

This is an online event. 'Why Didn't They Leave' is the premiere of a short film entitled Ending Abuse by award-winning filmmaker Shane Nelson. This specially created film draws upon cutting edge research into the hidden experiences of domestic abuse victims. It sheds light on a world where reality is subverted and self-identity sabotaged, being held hostage to an abuser's drive for domination and control. 'Gaslight: Domestic Abuse Under the Lens' - a screening of the 1944 film Gaslight followed by…

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Global Derbyshire in 10 Objects

November 12 - November 22
Online: University of Derby, Kedleston Road
Derby, DE22 1GB

This is an online event. How did Derbyshire play a role in the rise of Indian nationalism in the early 20th century? Did you know that the people of Derby paid for some of the scientific instruments that accompanied Captain Scott on his doomed voyage to the South Pole? What can a cotton reel tell us about Derbyshire’s relationship to slavery? How are artists and makers continuing to develop the collections held in Derbyshire? This series of ten mini podcasts…

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Coming Together

November 12 - November 22
Online: Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 United Kingdom

This is an online event. Are Southern Europeans nothing more than super-spreaders of COVID-19 in Edinburgh? This online photography exhibition challenges stereotypes that obstruct the contact between Southern Europeans and Scots. It showcases positive examples of their collaboration since 2016, namely also during Brexit and the coronavirus crisis. You are invited to upload relevant comments, stories and photos of your own. A launch event will take place online on Sunday 15 November between 17:30 and 18:30. The organisers will provide…

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Mountains of the Future

November 12 - November 22
Online: The Ruskin, The Ruskin
Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YH United Kingdom

This is an online event. ‘A stone can be seen a mountain in miniature.’ Journey through the history of high places, and their place in art, science and culture. By thinking through the past, The Ruskin's digital exhibition imagines the future of the world's upland landscapes. As an artist, writer, ecologist and radical thinker, John Ruskin’s art and ideas were grounded in engagement with the landscapes of the U.K. and Europe. For the first time, this digital exhibition brings together…

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Who Lies Beneath Audio Walk

November 12 - November 22
Online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG United Kingdom
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This is a self-led activity - please follow social distancing guidelines. Wadsley Church cemetery in north Sheffield is home to a mass grave: 2,500 people who died at the nearby mental asylum between 1872 and 1948. A small plaque, erected in 2012, is the only evidence of this tragic, hidden history. Earlier this year, Mexican-British artist Helen Blejerman created a series of artworks, 'A Visual Theory of the Soul', based on the living flora of the churchyard and in memory…

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Bridges Audio Walk

November 12 - November 22
Online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG United Kingdom

This is a self-led activity - please follow social distancing guidelines. Join Dr Radha Kapuria as she leads you into the fascinating world of the musicians and dancers of Punjab. This downloadable audio walk will transport you to the mystical 'Bridge of the Dancing Girl' (Pul Kanjri) on the India-Pakistan border near Amritsar, as you walk between Lady’s Bridge and Ball Street Bridge here in Sheffield, England. Navigate the walkways of Kelham Island as you immerse yourself in the storytelling,…

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Tunnel Audio Walk

November 12 - November 22
Online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG United Kingdom

This is a self-led activity - please follow social distancing guidelines. "....and then, finally, you arrive. You get there, where you always wanted to be..." Put on your headphones and take a look around. We are about to set off. Join Sam and Alex as they guide you through a route of your choosing. You probably know where you are going, but you never know where you might end up. 'Tunnel' is an audio walk guided by robotic voices. Blending…

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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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Indoors: Experiences of Older People during Lockdown

November 12 - November 22
Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6LS United Kingdom
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This is an online and socially distanced in-person event. This photography exhibition narrates the lived realities of coping, connecting and remembering, through the stories and photographs of older East Londoners during lockdown. The exhibition will showcase photographs and interviews, alongside insights from research in social science, ethics and history. It will share the voices, experiences and images of ‘shielded’ communities of older people as they have both struggled with, and adapted to, life under lockdown. Researchers from the Wellcome Centre…

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Mining Migrations

November 12 - November 22
Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve Stoke-on-Trent ST6 7QH United Kingdom + Google Map

Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. Chatterley Whitfield Colliery still sits at the centre of the vast North Staffordshire coalfield, its derelict chimneys and winding gear a defining landmark for local people and visitors alike. Yet this was also a centre of global connections – of movements of people, things, ideas and innovations, and a workplace that linked local families to world commerce. Come and hear some of these stories – either on a…

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The People’s Palace of Possibility

November 12 - November 22
Postal and online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG

This is an interactive activity that you can take part in from home. Dear concerned citizens, This is an urgent invitation to help build 'The People’s Palace of Possibility'. Take part in an act of collective imagining and fight against the belief that change is impossible. As Palace Citizens you will be a part of a vital resistance movement, designed to take down ‘The Consensus’ and their tyrannical regime of enforced happiness and unquestioning conformity. You will receive a series…

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What Are the Humanities? What Makes Us Human?

November 12 - November 21

This is an online event. Directed by Annlin Chao, supported by researcher Jo Sofaer and fellows from Humanities European Research Area (HERA), this short film project brings together global animation talents and humanities researchers, exploring and discussing why the humanities matter. The humanities are often underrated by their importance, yet they are the key to supporting human-kind through all times, remembering who we are, not mentioning the essential role during this global crisis. From a world of pure emptiness and…

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Life in a Pandemic: The Lothian Diary Project

November 12, 8:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Online: University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom

This is an online event. Through the Lothians Diary Project, encounter the diversity of lockdown experiences among ordinary residents of Edinburgh and surrounds, preserved in authentic and creative vlogs and audio diaries. Discover the story behind the creation of this collection, with its unique design among global documentation of the pandemic. Find out how the diaries will form part of a Museums oral history archive, and how this data collection method is changing social science in COVID-19. Learn how community…

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What Does the Fox Say?

November 12, 10:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Sunnybank Park, off Sunnybank Road
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom
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Activities will take place both in-person (socially distanced, at a time of your choosing) and online. Do you know your animal neighbours? Whether you are a country bumpkin or live in town, wildlife is all around us and its stories are just waiting to be heard! Watch a short film of a storytelling walk, where you will get to know the Sunnybank Park fox and some of its friends. You can then follow in the walk’s footsteps to see the…

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