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November 2019

Forbidden Thoughts

November 14, 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts,
Worcester, West Midlands WR1 3PD United Kingdom
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Free

This talk explores the secret world of Tudor and Stuart demonic temptation. People often have strange and dark thoughts they cannot explain, and frequently keep hidden away. Once such experiences were attributed to evil spirits and what this meant for those experiencing them.

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The Secret History of Ladybird Books

November 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 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: - Story-telling sessions of “Well-Loved Tales” for toddlers - Vox Pop: Come and tell us about how you discovered Ladybird Books, share you reading experiences, tell us your memories. - Ladybird Roadshow: bring your memorabilia, meet the expert - Collections handling: take an intimate look at some of the items…

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Sunderland’s Unsung Heroes

November 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Road
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 1PP United Kingdom
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Free

Blue plaques are one of the UK’s most effective means of celebrating its history. Sunderland has approximately 78 commemorative blue plaques which mark buildings, places of interest or influential people with connections to the city. In this session, Sarah Hellawell will discuss her research on Sunderland’s first female MP, Dr Marion Phillips, who represented Sunderland in the 1920s and 1930s and who has recently been commemorated by the unveiling of a blue plaque. This interactive session will invite you to…

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The Aquatic City’s Well of Ideas

November 14, 3:00 pm - November 23, 6:00 pm
Wellgate Shopping Centre Dundee, DD1 2DB United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

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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Eating Under Fire: Food in WWII Britain and Italy

November 14, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Italian Institute of Culture, 82, Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9EW United Kingdom
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Free

Have you got an Italian relative or a person you know who was living in Italy during WWII? How could they survive? What were they eating? Do you want to know what the situation was like here in Britain and make a comparison? Join us for this evening event where you will be able to see the types of bread, coffee, tea and other food available in Italy and Britain during WWII. Experts will introduce you to the food situation…

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Inherited Secrets

November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street
Oxford, OX1 1BP United Kingdom
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Advances in science mean that we can now discover a range of potentially life-changing facts about our DNA. Would you want to know your chances of getting various diseases in later life? How certain should this information be before you're told? Would this knowledge affect your life choices, or whether you inform your family? In this event, hosted by Vivienne Parry, three experts will discuss these complex ethical issues. We invite you to join them in exploring how such scientific…

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Dodging the Black Death

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Great Hall, Harlaxton Manor, The Great Hall, Harlaxton Manor
Harlaxton, Grantham, NG32 1AG United Kingdom
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Free

This talk by University of Lincoln's Professor Carenza Lewis, well-known from Channel 4’s long running archaeological series Time Team, will show how our understanding of the origins and impact of the Black Death is being transformed by recent new research. Looking at data from Russian prairies, French graveyards and London railways alongside her own work in English villages including Lincolnshire, this talk will show what we can now say about the causes and scale of the Black Death’s catastrophic impact…

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Assassinations Past & Present

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cinema & Co, West Glamorgan House, 17 Castle St
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom
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Free

This interactive talk, quiz and readings will investigate secrecy and the use of assassination from Medieval to modern times. Together consider the methods deployed by assassins past and present, including red hot pokers and poisoned toothpaste! Suitable for ages 16+ (some strong language). This event is part of the 'Rediscovering Swansea: From Land to Sea' hub series, by Swansea University.

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Romancing the Gibbet – Walford’s Gibbet/Nether Stowey

November 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nether Stowey Village Hall, Lime Street
Nether Stowey, Somerset TA5 1NH United Kingdom
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Free

'Romancing the Gibbet' is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole. Taking place in four separate locations, sample dark tourism and the gruesome past in these audio trails which begin with spoken-word performances at the sites of extraordinary public punishments. This is one of four related events for the festival where researchers will explain the historical background, perform some of the spoken-word poetic responses and introduce the technologies used to make the works. At this event an…

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Coffee and Sedition

November 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cole Cafe and Deli, Side Cottage, St George's Terrace
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR6 9LX United Kingdom
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When coffee was introduced in early modern England, it was accompanied by the rise of a social place dedicated to its consumption: the coffeehouse. Coffeehouses grew in importance in the 17th century as places of exchange and discussion amongst people of all ranks. These discussions were often seen as dangerous and seditious to the normal order in a century of repeated political crisis. In London, they flourished. In Sunderland, we know of one coffee house being licensed in the 1680’s…

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Portchester’s Prisoners of War

November 15, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Portchester Castle, Church Lane
Portchester, Fareham, PO16 9QW United Kingdom
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£4

This discussion uncovers how new research on the remarkable stories of the prisoners of war at Portchester Castle inspired internationally renowned artist Elaine Mitchener to create a sound installation in the keep. You’ll find out how the experiences of 2000 black revolutionaries from the Caribbean intertwined with those from mainland France held there during the Napoleonic wars.

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Research Unwrapped

November 15, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6GG United Kingdom
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Join us at Radcliffe Humanities for a fantastic night of activities for all ages, bite-sized talks, stalls and games powered by research from across the University – and 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 Projection Studio team. Food…

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For the Benefit of Kitty Clive

November 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square
London, London WC1N 1AZ United Kingdom
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Clive was a top London stage star, renowned in theatre, opera and musical comedy. Music historian Berta Joncus (Goldsmiths, University of London) shares research from her new book which reveals Clive’s incredible journey from humble beginnings to stardom, and how, as a campaigner and role model, she created lasting transformations in the world of Georgian show business.

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Romancing the Gibbet – The Lay of the Two Deadly Brothers

November 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Road
Avonmouth Village, Bristol, Bristol BS11 9EN United Kingdom
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Free

'Romancing the Gibbet' is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole. Taking place in four separate locations, sample dark tourism and the gruesome past in these audio trails which begin with spoken-word performances at the sites of extraordinary public punishments. This is one of four related events for the festival where researchers will explain the historical background, perform some of the spoken-word poetic responses and introduce the technologies used to make the works. At this event an…

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On The Beach: Discovering Early Humans in Norfolk (Talk)

November 15, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wenn Evans Centre, Blacksmiths Lane
Happisburgh, Norfolk NR12 0QY United Kingdom
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At this evening talk discover the archaeological excavations that have taken place at Happisburgh and what this reveals about humans' origins. 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 of the Stone Age. Come and find out more about the research at Happisburgh and explore the connections between our early ancestors in Britain, changes in climate and the landscape…

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Get Your Tweed Out!

November 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Orkney Library & Archive, 44 Junction Road
Kirkwall, Scotland KW15 1AG United Kingdom
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During the 20th century, Orkney tweed was acclaimed globally for its lightness and softness and marketed as a legacy of the Vikings. Do you have some Orkney heritage in your wardrobe? Join this event to discover more about Orkney tweed, the people who made it and the fashion media that celebrated it. The event will include an exhibition, talk about Orkney tweed and a chance for you to share your Orkney tweed garments and the stories behind them. Bring along…

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Northern England’s Linguistic Heritage

November 16, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Unity Centre, Chester, 17 Cuppin St, Chester CH1 2BN, 17 Cuppin St
Chester, ,CH1 2BN United Kingdom
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Free

This family day will include a wide range of activities for all ages, including arts and crafts, language games, storytelling, and talks. Visitors will be invited to explore the rich linguistic heritage of the northern English dialects, with particular emphasis on the impact that contact between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings had on the vocabulary of these dialects. This event will also take place on Sunday 17 November at Barley Hall, York. 

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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 - 5:00 pm
One Colchester Hub, 81 Culver Street East
Colchester, Essex CO1 1LF United Kingdom
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Free

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 from Dr Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman on Caribbean beauty contests and Fabiola Creed on tanning. It is also a time for you to share stories about the role…

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Sea Creatures, Great and Small

November 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4QB United Kingdom
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Free

This take-over event at Dundee Science Centre will include all of the regular interactive exhibitions, plus some special water-themed activities, such as monstrous crafts and drawing, pop-up performances and talks, face-painting, and more. Artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space will help you create your own sea creatures, great and small. Come and see the new permanent whale and whaling exhibition for yourself! Hundreds of free tickets will be available to book on first come, first served basis. Once all free…

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