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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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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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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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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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New Lands, New Adventures

November 14, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online: National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Rd
Swansea, Wales SA1 3RD United Kingdom

This is an online event. Fancy some fantastic fun? Calling all 6-11 year olds! Tune in to learn how to create mysterious, strange, beautiful, frightening, and utterly original worlds and lands. Anything goes, from fantastical realms to alien planets! And there'll be storytelling too! Storyteller 11:00-11.30, Workshop 11:30-12:30. *All children are to be accompanied by an adult at all times Led by: Dr Alan Bilton (Senior Lecturer, English Literature & Creative Writing at Swansea University) This event is part 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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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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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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Perceptual Illusion Cafè

November 18, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience (CSPE) at the University of Glasgow is thrilled to present the 'Perceptual Illusion Cafè'! Researchers from the centre be holding an online, interactive presentation to showcase ongoing research into perceptual illusions. Topics will draw from the project's Illusions Index. Following the presentation experts Prof. Fiona Macpherson (University of Glasgow, Director of CSPE) and Dr. Derek H. Brown (University of Glasgow, Deputy Director of CSPE) will be on…

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GLOW at The MERL – Exploring the Light & the Dark

November 19, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Museum of English Rural Life, MERL, University of Reading, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire, Southern England RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. In this museum late event, find and explore connections across cultures, discover new worlds, celebrate our shared humanity and bring a glow to your life! GLOW at The MERL is an online and onsite blended programme, focusing on linked themes of light and darkness, harvest and festivals, community and celebration. The evening offers a fantastic opportunity for all communities to enjoy rich South Asian arts and cultural heritage…

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Chatter Boxes (Morning)

November 20, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Online: Penrhyn Castle, National Trust-Penrhyn Castle
Bangor, North Wales LL57 4HT United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. This invitation-only event explores 'treasured objects and their global connections'. Does your family speak languages of Africa, the Caribbean or other non-European countries? Spoken word and creative writing workshop at Penrhyn Castle, will discover unexpected language links with old and New Worlds. Participants will have a chance to find their own words. For those who can't attend in person, watch this space for a recording of the event and online access when…

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