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November 2019

‘Song of the Sea’

November 17, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4DY United Kingdom
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Ten-year-old Ben and his younger sister Saoirse live in a lighthouse towering over the sea with their gruff father, who is unable to get over the loss of his late wife. Saoirse, now six, has never uttered a word, though Ben happily chatters away for both of them. But we soon learn that Saoirse, like her mother before her, is a selkie – mythological creatures that live as seals in the sea but shed their skins to live as humans…

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Exploring Cultural Commoning

November 19, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1SR United Kingdom
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This interactive performance workshop explores, with full audience involvement, ways of discovering the cultural commons that makes our place through play and dance. Weather permitting, the workshop will involve an outdoor element in the venue's garden area. This event is part of the 'Streaming New Voices' series by Heriot-Watt University.

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Discovery Ceilidh

November 19, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1SR United Kingdom
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Traditional culture can bring people together or create barriers. Following the theme of 'Discovering Home – Scotland, Europe, World', this ceilidh (traditional gathering) will see opportunities for visitors to experience and co-create through music, story, poetry, dance and seasonal customs, in an ambience of ‘radical hospitality’ and inclusion; bridging divides between cultures, mentalities and research disciplines. Expect to be surprised, and get involved, in an evening of entertainment and exploration! Hosted by Heriot-Watt University's Intercultural Research Centre, the event will draw…

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Touching the Past

November 20, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill
Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3JU
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Touching the Past is a series of workshops and interactive experience with invited audiences that encourages young people to explore Norfolk Museum’s collections data. Through playful interaction, participants uncover and manipulate hitherto overlooked words. Thematic connections are explored by re-arranging fragments of text using gestural interaction. The result is a fun and accessible experience that gives a unique insight into commonly overlooked archival records.

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Finding their Voices in the City

November 21, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Records of Scotland, Lord Clerk Register room, General Register House 2 Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3YY United Kingdom
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Using sources from archives and collections to locate communities in their historical place(s), this workshop traces creative networks in the city, finding links with contemporary creativity and place identity. This event is part of the 'Streaming New Voices' series by Heriot-Watt University.

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London Translates!

November 21, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Rd
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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The poetry translation workshop is open to anyone. It offers individuals with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds an opportunity to engage in a creative activity using their linguistic skills and library resources in a friendly, informal setting. Bring a poem of your choice to translate into English during the workshop. Alternatively, you may prefer to bring a poem in English to translate into another language. No experience required. A good working knowledge of both languages is needed, with native fluency…

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Scotland’s Secret Sounds

November 22, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1EW United Kingdom
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Discovering new routes and networks of song transmission, from archive sources to performance, this workshop explores interactions between living traditions and archives. Come along to singi songs (in English, Gaelic and Scots), and learn about accessible resources en-route. This event is part of the 'Streaming New Voices' series by Heriot-Watt University.

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Dancing on the Tyne (Open Evening)

November 22, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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Rediscover Newcastle’s ‘Scottish’ dance tunes, composed by 18th-century dancing master Abraham Mackintosh. Find out why ‘Scottish’ dances became popular and explore how being closer to Edinburgh than London has long shaped Newcastle’s cultural heritage and identity. Explore the exhibition and listen to short performance-talks to discover the local people and places who inspired Mackintosh’s tunes. Hear the tunes performed and join in some 18th-century dancing! All ages welcome. Drop in any time during the opening hours. The 'Dancing on the…

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Draw Your Dreams

November 23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8RY United Kingdom
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Drop in to get involved with this family-friendly activity inviting children, young people and families to 'draw their dreams' and discuss how the self is replicated in dreams. Based at Kelham Island Museum, this day of family fun is run in partnership with the arts charity Ignite Imaginations. Also taking place at Kelham Island Museum on Saturday 23 November: 'Moving Heaven and Earth', performances at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:00. 'Behind the Mask', 10:00 - 15:00. This event is part of…

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Behind the Mask

November 23, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8RY United Kingdom
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A family-friendly mask making workshop based on the Heaven Closet mural at Bolsover Castle. No need to book, just turn up. Also taking place at Kelham Island Museum on Saturday 23 November: 'Moving Heaven and Earth', performances at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:00. 'Draw Your Dreams', 10:00-15:00. This event is part of the 'Myth, Dream, Love' hub series organised by The University of Sheffield.

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Unearthing Roman Riseholme

November 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Collection Museum, Lincoln, Danes Terrace
Lincoln, LN2 1LP United Kingdom
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Visitors of all ages are welcome to this hands-on multi-activity pop-up exhibition to find out what was discovered during 8 days of family-centred community archaeological excavations in July 2019 at Riseholme, near Lincoln. Talk to archaeologists about what was found, hear from volunteers about their experiences, see and handle 1,800-year-old finds and learn about life in Roman Britain. This event is part of the 'Moving Stories: Discovering Lives Lived Differently' festival hub organised by the University of Lincoln.

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But I Know This City!

November 23, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Broadway Cinema, 14-18 Broad Street
Nottingham, NG1 3AL
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50 years ago B.S. Johnson’s ‘book in a box’ The Unfortunates was published. Acclaimed as one of the great post-war experimental novels the 27 separately bound chapters (other than first and last) can be read in any order. For Being Human festival 2019, 75 readers will be taking on the role of B.S. Johnson. Spreading out across the city of Nottingham in which the book is set - in bookshops, pubs, churches, homes and a host of atmospheric nooks and…

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Hands-On Humanities Day

November 23, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
John Hansard Gallery, 142-144 Above Bar Street
Southampton, South East England SO14 7DU United Kingdom
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Join researchers at the John Hansard Gallery, City Eye, Nuffield Southampton Theatre City and Solent Showcase in the centre of the city for a free family day suitable for all ages. The John Hansard Gallery’s exhibitions, Nuffield Southampton Theatre City and Solent Showcase will be open as usual, but for one day only you can also explore a wide variety of interactive activities, workshops, talks and exhibits that will give you an insight into the amazing Humanities research that takes…

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We Are Not Amused!

November 23, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Atkinson, Lord Street
Southport, North West England PR8 1DB United Kingdom
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What would it take to make a Victorian laugh? Join researchers from Edge Hill University as they reveal the forgotten history of nineteenth-century humour. The Atkinson in Southport will host family-friendly workshops on Victorian joke-writing, tours of the 'We Are Not Amused!' exhibition, and training to become ‘Joke Detectives.’ In the evening, Greg Jenner (Horrible Histories) will appear in-conversation, and Iszi Lawrence (Radio 4’s Making History) will host a live comedy performance. Daytime activities (drop-in): 11:30, 14:00, 16:00 - Exhibition…

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Mapping Migration Stories

November 23, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 4JA United Kingdom
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This workshop invites families to use art and calligraphy to tell migration stories. Try your hand at writing and drawing using traditional tools and create communal artworks documenting journeys and revealing histories linked to migration. Inspired by the Discovery Museum's 'Destination Tyneside' exhibition and facilitated by Dr Rola Naeb of Northumbria University.

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Moving Heaven and Earth

November 23, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8RY United Kingdom
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Join the court of Charles I for an immersive experience recreating the sights, sounds and tastes of a royal banquet and theatrical entertainment at Bolsover Castle, with talks to find out more and craft activities for all the family. The festivities are led by Professor Angie Hobbs from the Department of Philosophy at The University of Sheffield and Dr Crosby Stevens, a freelance curator and conservator. Performances will take place at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:00. Please note: There will be…

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Music and Migration (Singing Competition)

November 23, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Heaton Mersey Community Centre, St Johns Road
Stockport, Cheshire SK4 3BR United Kingdom
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Come along to a folk singing competition for ages 8 to 18. The event will recall how singing was of vital importance to Bangladeshi immigrants arriving to work in its mills and factories in the 1950s and 1960s. Young people are particularly welcome to come along and experience how collective singing of and listening to these songs provided critical succour to their forefathers in a time of displacement and upheaval. The competition will take place at the Heaton Mersey Community…

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‘Displays of Power’ Community Takeover

November 23, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Grant Zoology Museum, Rockefeller Building, Gower St
London, London WC1E 6DE United Kingdom
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This family friendly event will be a celebratory and creative afternoon that will change your perception of the natural world. Here you can create your own museum interpretation inspired by the 'Displays of Power' exhibition that looks at where the animals in the collection came from. Whose voice takes pride of place in the narrative of the natural history museum? Rarely those of communities affected by the collection, acquisition, display and interpretation of museum objects. The 'Displays of Power' exhibition…

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Enter the Chamber of Secrets

November 23, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Taliesin Create, Ground Floor, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park
Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP United Kingdom
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Do you dare to enter the chamber of secrets? Come along for a family fun day, including: 14:00-15:00 – ‘Discovering Your Digital Story’ – create your own two minute digital narrative. 14:00-15:00 and 15:00-16:00 - 'Opening the Chamber of Secrets' – writing mystery and storytelling chains, with two master-narratives – ‘Secrets of the Sea’ and ‘The Buried Past’. 14:00-15:00 and 15:00-16:00 - 'The Secrets of Ancient Egypt' – discover mummification, the secrets of hieroglyphs, the ancient game of Senet and…

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Touching the Past

November 23, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill
Norwich, Norfolk NR1 3JU
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Touching the Past is a series of workshops and interactive experiences with invited audience that encourages young people to explore Norfolk Museum’s collections data. Through playful interaction, participants uncover and manipulate hitherto overlooked words. Thematic connections are explored by re-arranging fragments of text using gestural interaction. The result is a fun and accessible experience that gives a unique insight into commonly overlooked archival records.

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