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November 2019

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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Romancing the Gibbet – At the Instigation of the Devil

November 16, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
St Denys Church, Church Street
Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8PQ United Kingdom
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‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. This is one of four related events for the festival where researchers will explain the historical background to a single public hanging, perform some spoken-word poetic responses, and introduce the project’s four free audio trails. At this event a sample audio-trail will be relocated in and around the venue for you to try out.…

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Uncovering Manchester’s stories with China

November 16, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Manchester, North West England M13 9PL United Kingdom
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Newspapers, archives and gravestones contain hidden stories of Manchester people linked to China. In this talk, come along to hear about a cast of characters from an under-explored side of Manchester’s history.

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Windrush Voices

November 16, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Main Hall, Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St
Deptford, London SE8 4RJ United Kingdom
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In collaboration with Guyana SPEAKS, this event brings together performers, intellectuals and memoirists from across the generations of the UK's Caribbean community. The afternoon will include Guyanese elder Joyce Trotman in conversation with BBC journalist Lainy Malkani, a spoken-word performance by the acclaimed Mr Gee, and a meditation on the contributions of the Windrush to British society by Prof William ‘Lez’ Henry (formerly Lezlee Lyrics). Bringing these individuals together will create an afternoon of entertainment and vibrant discussion on the…

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The Tay Treasure Hunt & Beach Clean

November 17, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Broughty Castle (outside), Broughty Ferry
Dundee,
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Led by student volunteers and 'Playing Small Parts' Eddie Small (local playwright and Being Human festival veteran), meet at Broughty Castle for four events in one! Come along for a treasure hunt (of fake treasures recovered from a fantastical civilisation living in the Tay!), a beach clean, an open-air walking tour, and a forum for improvised storytelling. As you walk, you will learn more about the local environment and create stories about the Tay people and their ancient and modern…

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Northern England’s Linguistic Heritage

November 17, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Barley Hall, Coffee Yard
York, YO1 8AR United Kingdom
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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. Please note: This event is free, but normal charges apply for full admission to Barley Hall. This event will also take place on Saturday…

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Tracing the Footsteps of Tudor Leicester

November 17, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Great Hall, Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane
Leicester, England LE1 5FQ United Kingdom
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Join this event for a talk, workshop and walk in Leicester's city centre for a unique encounter with its Tudor past! In the early years of Henry VIII's reign, a bitter conflict between the two leading families of Grey and Hastings spilled out onto the Leicester streets. Honour and the struggle for power were at the heart of the dispute. The case was brought to the court of Star Chamber, and the surviving documents preserve the voices and alleged actions…

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‘What Lurks Beneath’

November 17, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4DY United Kingdom
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An homage to the weird and wonderful world of B-movies, this short faux-documentary by film artist Chris Gerrard splices together classic clips with some new footage to tell the ludicrously fake story of the mysterious people (and things) lurking beneath us in the eerie River Tay. Feast your eyes on this unique archaeology of aquatic-themed film. Includes a short Q&A with the filmmaker. This event is part of 'The Aquatic City' hub series organised by the University of Dundee.

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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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The Climate’s Hidden History

November 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Margram Building, Singleton Campus, Swansea University
Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP United Kingdom
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Come and discover the hidden secrets of the planet found in the depths of the ice fields, with Professor Siwan Davies, an international expert on Climate Change and Head of Swansea University’s Geography Department. After you’ve had a chance to see the evidence for climate change first hand in the laboratory, poet Grug Muse will lead a poetry workshop which will respond to these discoveries about the past and future of the Earth. Please note: this is a Welsh medium…

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Ben Jonson and Bolsover Castle

November 19, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street
Sheffield, England S3 7QY United Kingdom
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This talk will discuss Bolsover Castle and its murals in relation to the poetry and drama of Ben Jonson, who counted the Castle’s owner William Cavendish among his patrons. This event is part of the 'Myth, Dream, Love' hub series organised by The University of Sheffield.

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Excavating Roman Voices

November 19, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, 12 Walbrook
London, EC4N 8AA United Kingdom
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Gain a new insight into Roman London at this evening of poetry inspired by the hidden voices present within the Bloomberg writing tablets, some of the earliest written documents found in Britain. Hosted at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE where the tablets were discovered, Dr Josephine Balmer’s poetry will be performed by students from the University of Notre Dame. The event will also include a short talk on the tablets and an opportunity to view the Temple of Mithras where the…

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Humanising Medicine

November 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Barts Pathology Museum, 24 W Smithfield,
London, London EC1A 7BE United Kingdom
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Come along to an evening of art and storytelling at the unique Bart’s Pathology Museum in celebration of the humanity and artistry at the core of medicine. There will be an exhibition of art depicting the lived experiences of people involved in all aspects of healthcare. You will also hear the personal stories of health, illness and care from doctors, nurses, students and patients. Join the event that is putting the heart and soul back into medicine. This event is…

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‘The Grapes of Wrath’ at 80

November 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brayford Pool Campus, Brayford Pool
Lincoln, East Midlands LN6 7TS United Kingdom
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To celebrate the 80th anniversary of John Steinbeck's masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath, the University of Lincoln will host two talks by academics in the College of Arts. Dr Andrew Rowcroft and Dr Thomas Bishop will address Steinbeck’s novel from a range of critical perspectives, in particular, reading the novel in relation to climate, environment, and ecology, alongside reference to broader currents in twentieth-century US history, culture, and social and political contexts. Refreshments will be provided. The two 20 minute…

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Gilgamesh, The Hero Who Didn’t Want To Die

November 19, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street
London, England WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
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The Epic of Gilgamesh is an extraordinary 4,000-year-old Babylonian poem, lost for two thousand years but miraculously preserved on clay tablets. The oldest great work of literature to survive from the ancient world, it tells the heroic career of King Gilgamesh and his quest for immortality. In this talk author and translator Andrew George explores the archaeology of the poem’s discovery, the decipherment of the cuneiform text and the process of making a poem out of the broken fragments. He…

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Blue Potatoes and Invasion Fears

November 20, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Hive, Sawmill Cl
Worcester, WR1 3PD United Kingdom
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Throughout the day there will be drop-in activities in The Hive Studio giving you a chance to listen to oral histories, view archive film, answer quizzes, examine extracts from Worcestershire wartime newspapers, take a look at the weekly ration allowance and taste wartime foods such as carrot jam. In the evening, enjoy a talk (starting at 18:30) about some of the secret invasion fears that haunted Worcestershire during the Second World War, and discover some of the weird and wonderful…

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The Secrets of Exeter Cathedral

November 20, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters
Exeter, Devon EX1 1HS
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£5

Come to Exeter Cathedral and discover its secrets! From cracking the codes of medieval graffiti, to tracking representations of ancient animals. You will be able to hear from researchers who are bringing the Cathedral, its library and archive to life. This day of activities and talks will be suitable for anyone with an interest in history and archaeology. Please note: entry for this event is via Chapter House in the Cathedral Cloisters.  

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England’s Histories Unboxed!

November 20, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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The Victoria County History is an ongoing project to write the history of every county in England and is famous for its iconic Red Books. This year the Victoria County History is celebrating its 120th anniversary with Red Boxes, in which counties across England have filled special Red Boxes with objects that represent their history in quirky or surprising ways. Come along to this 'unboxing party' with an exhibition, object handling and live 3D printing (16:30–17:30), followed by a panel…

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