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November 2019

Fern Crazy

November 14, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park
Liverpool, Merseyside L17 1AP (for Sat navs please us L17 1AL). United Kingdom
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Victorian fern fever is coming to town! Discover the forgotten history of the fern craze through family-friendly activities and exhibits in an original Victorian glasshouse. Explore the passion for ferns that inspired ordinary Victorians, the challenges faced by city gardeners and the stories that captured a nation’s imagination. Drop in for exhibitions, crafts or to spot the fern fairies and be sure to join one of the family planting sessions to help create a permanent new fernery. Throughout the day…

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Untold Histories of Empire

November 14, 10:00 am - November 23, 5:00 pm
World Museum, William Brown St
Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EN United Kingdom
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Between the 14 and 23 November drop-in to the World Museum for this not-so-usual treasure hunt through the collections. Explore untold histories, uncover the origins of objects attained during the empire and learn more about the ongoing legacies of Britain’s global past. You will be given clues to help you find your way through the collections and to piece together a deeper understanding of the complex and difficult histories of some of the objects on display. Students from the University…

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The Secret History of Ladybird Books

November 14, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Charnwood Museum, Queen's Park, Granby Street
Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3DU United Kingdom
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At this family friendly drop-in event discover the secret history of Ladybird Books, the iconic children’s books which were made and published in Loughborough from 1914 to 1999. Activities include: 10:30 and 11:00 - Storytelling sessions of Well-Loved Tales for toddlers (booking required) 11:15 - 15:00 - Vox Pop: Come and tell us about how you discovered Ladybird Books, share you reading experiences, tell us your memories. 12:00-13:00 and 14:00-15:00 - Ladybird Roadshow: bring your memorabilia, meet the expert 10:30…

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The Aquatic City’s Well of Ideas

November 14, 3:00 pm - November 23, 6:00 pm

Inspired by the Poet’s Box shops in which Dundonians once performed and printed their latest creations, this festival-long shopping centre hub will celebrate the city’s aquatic heritage through hands-on workshops, dramatic performances, film and visual art, and more. Get your hands inky with Pathfoot Press and their hand-operated letterpress. Watch some of Dundee’s most talented 'zinesters' hard at work. Explore ideas of place, environment, and climate change in writing workshops. Or join in making poems from found texts, and take…

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Layers of London ‘Pop-up’

November 15 - November 18
Feltham Library, The Centre, High Street, Feltham TW13 4GU United Kingdom + Google Map

Layers of London is an online history mapping tool where Londoners can explore crowd-sourced histories and historical maps of their local area. Users can also contribute their own histories to the website. Layers of London staff will be on hand at the library to discuss the project and help you add your stories to the online map. Bring your stories, histories, memories, research, ephemera and photographs! Please note the following opening dates and times: Friday 15 November, 10:00-16:00 Saturday 16…

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Discover the Harp

November 15, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mansions of the Future, 15–16 St Mary's Street
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 7EQ United Kingdom
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Get behind-the-scenes insight into the fascinating world of composing and performing music for the harp. With no specialist knowledge needed, this event gets you up close and personal with award-winning harpist Oliver Wass and composer Martin Scheuregger as they lead you through a hands-on workshop, performance and discussion where you get the chance to hear, learn about and even compose for the harp. 10:30 – arrival and free refreshments 10:45 – interactive workshop 12:15 – break for lunch (not provided)…

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Oxford Research Unwrapped

November 15, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Humanties Building, Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6GG United Kingdom
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Come along to Radcliffe Humanities for a fantastic night of activities for all ages, bite-sized talks, stalls and games powered by research from across the University of Oxford. There will also be a spectacular light and sound installation magnificently projected onto the original Radcliffe Infirmary. This stunning free display is based on research from across the University of Oxford and uses the latest in technology of 3D mapping and projecting onto a building by the award winning artists from the…

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Not News At Ten

November 15, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Concertina Space, AVA Building, Docklands Campus
London, East London E16 2RD United Kingdom
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Come and see the news as told by Bert Brecht, Samuel Beckett and Billie Holiday. No, they won't be appearing in person, but each of these artists has influenced efforts to find new ways of reporting today's top stories. 'Not News At Ten' experiments with new (and old) editorial formats, being a mixture of screenings, readings, exhibitions and discussions because journalism as we have known it only tells us what we already know. This is your chance to discuss journalism…

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Sounds From the Gardens

November 16 - November 17
Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill,
London, London SE23 3PQ United Kingdom
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Come along to two days of activities exploring the sounds of the Horniman Museum and Gardens and our impact on the environment. On Saturday there will be soundwalks, field recordings, composition workshops and participatory live performance. This will be followed on Sunday by sound-art performances exploring environmental change that will be broadcast from the Bandstand. You can also access out-door sound installations throughout the weekend and sounds of the local ecosystem will be brought into the Museum's Natural History Gallery…

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Museum of Me

November 16, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Centro Infantil Menchú, Casa Latina 10 Kingsgate Pl
Kilburn, London NW6 4TA United Kingdom
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This workshop consists of a three-hour series of activities, in which you are guided by activity packs, informed by work done at the Museo Nacional in Colombia. In the workshop, you will curate your own materials, think about the objects and images that represent you and your memories, and create your own mini museum. During the day explore issues such as museums and identity, museums as part of national or transnational identity and the curation of personal memory. The activity…

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Beauty School Drop In

November 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
One Colchester Hub, 81 Culver Street East
Colchester, Essex CO1 1LF United Kingdom
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Visit this historical beauty salon and discover how women have used hair and make-up to express themselves from the 1950s to now. The salon will highlight changes to women’s lives, celebrate the diversity of women’s health experiences and investigate ideas around femininity. At the event you can join craftivist activities and hear short talks on the histories of tanning and men’s changing hair styles. It is also a time for you to tell stories about the role beauty plays in…

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Drawn from the Ground

November 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Keswick Museum, Station Road
Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4NF United Kingdom
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Interested in art and alchemy? Fancy discovering the secrets of one of the world’s most curious minerals? Come along for a hands-on exploration of graphite at Keswick Museum in the heart of the Lake District. Learn about the special connection between graphite and the region’s geological and industrial past, and experiment with this precious substance. Following the ideas of Victorian art critic and geologist John Ruskin, we’ll use close-looking to reveal the mysterious qualities in graphite. Compare natural graphite with…

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Aaarrtt on the High Seas

November 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ United Kingdom + Google Map

All aboard for a fun-filled day of fantastical adventure on the high seas, celebrating the Glynn Vivian’s new exhibition 'The Mary Rose: People and Purpose'. Discover fascinating facts and sinister secrets about life on board this infamous ship in a series of workshops including animated theatre and creating your own Tudor play, digging for buried treasure, building a 3-Dimensional open world and designing and racing your own Tudor-themed self-propelled motor boats. You will need to keep your eyes peeled for…

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The Mind in the Cave

November 16, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Weston Park Museum, Western Bank
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2TP United Kingdom
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Art is an essential part of being human. Cave painting is one of the earliest, most mysterious of its forms – strange patterns and images of animals hidden deep within caverns. Its survival and re-discovery after tens of thousands of years is extraordinary! Many theories relate to the purpose and creation of these beautiful images, drawn and painted in secrecy and darkness. Join Guerilla Archaeology and award winning artist Paul Evans in a hands-on creative experiment, recreating cave paintings using…

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On The Beach: Discovering Early Humans in Norfolk (Activities Day)

November 16, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wenn Evans Centre, Blacksmiths Lane
Happisburgh, Norfolk NR12 0QY United Kingdom
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Come along and enjoy an exhibition showcasing the activities of local collectors as well as the research that has taken place at Happisburgh. There will also be opportunities to participate in object handling and identification, see knapping demonstrations and visit the locations on the beach where key discoveries have been made. Over the last twenty years discoveries at Happisburgh have transformed knowledge of early humans in Britain and established this corner of Norfolk as a key location for the study…

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Hidden Gems

November 16, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Rope Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 7DQ United Kingdom
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This special event is dedicated to the celebration of Lincoln’s East and South East Asian communities. Expect fun for all ages with activities including: interactive workshops with the Lincoln Community Gamelan, Japanese calligraphy, delicious food, an interactive walk-through exhibition (with a kimono photo-opportunity!), followed by an evening of diverse performances in the auditorium with music, dance, poetry and more. ‘Hidden Gems’ is co-curated by Lincoln’s East and South East Asian communities. Please note: booking required for the evening performance. This…

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The Mind in the Cave

November 17, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Old Laundry, National Trust Dinefwr, Dinefwr Park, Newton House
Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT United Kingdom
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Art is an essential part of being human. Cave painting is one of the earliest, most mysterious of its forms – strange patterns and images of animals hidden deep within caverns. Its survival and re-discovery after tens of thousands of years is extraordinary! Many theories relate to the purpose and creation of these beautiful images, drawn and painted in secrecy and darkness. Join Guerilla Archaeology and award winning artist Paul Evans in a hands-on creative experiment, recreating cave paintings using…

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Drawn from the Ground

November 17, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Keswick Museum, Station Road
Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4NF United Kingdom
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Interested in art and alchemy? Fancy discovering the secrets of one of the world’s most curious minerals? Come along for a hands-on exploration of graphite at Keswick Museum in the heart of the Lake District. Learn about the special connection between graphite and the region’s geological and industrial past, and experiment with this precious substance. Following the ideas of Victorian art critic and geologist John Ruskin, we’ll use close-looking to reveal the mysterious qualities in graphite. Compare natural graphite with…

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Madness, Past & Present

November 18, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
The Blue Room, Lincoln, The Lawn, Union Road
Lincoln, LN1 3BU United Kingdom
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This interactive event will take place in the original ballroom of the Lincoln Lunatic Asylum, where academics will talk about their research into the history of madness. Researchers are looking for people with a variety of experiences of, or interest in, mental illness to help them explore the research and reflect opinions on the meanings you take from the work. The event will explore how our society has responded to this issue, in the past, present, and how it might…

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Secret Ingredients

November 19, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Exeter Central Library, Castle Street
Exeter, South West EX4 3PQ United Kingdom
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Ingredients come in many forms: they may be the foods that make a particular dish or cuisine, or the special insights that advance human knowledge. At this event you will be able to explore ingredients in all their varieties. Researchers from archaeology, classics and english will be on hand to explain the origins of the ingredients in our modern diet: why do we eat some plants and animals but not others, and should we be eating animals at all? You…

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