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November 2019

Dreaming in Renaissance Italy

21 November, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8RY United Kingdom
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Discover the meaning of dreams in the Renaissance. Dr Erin Maglaque, Lecturer in Early Modern European History, will explore the meanings of dreams in the Renaissance: from dream literature, to daydreamers, to the importance of dreams in everyday life. Otis Mensah, Poet Laureate of Sheffield, will then perform a poem taking themes from Dr Maglaque’s research. This event is part of the 'Myth, Dream, Love' hub series organised by The University of Sheffield.

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21st Century Body

21 November, 2019, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus
Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT United Kingdom
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Join author and TV broadcaster Alice Roberts (Professor of Public Engagement in Science) as she debates evolving beauty demands and body ownership with an interdisciplinary panel of fellow University of Birmingham researchers. From ever-changing beauty ideals to increasingly complex questions about the property rights of human bio-materials, '21st Century Body' offers a participatory, thought-provoking ride through contemporary ethical and moral questions relevant to us all. Alice will be joined by: Professor Heather Widdows (Philosophy): Drawing on her recent book, Perfect…

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Discovering Lost Children after World War II

21 November, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London, C1B 5DP United Kingdom
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This unique event combines performance, archival records and talks to delve into some of the most complex and emotionally compelling secrets of the war. After the Second World War, many non-German children were unaccompanied in Germany. The Allies’ fledgling tracing service tried to locate and, if possible, repatriate them. This event combines a 1950 BBC radio play about the child searchers with a guide to the latter’s now digitised archive, including a demonstration on how to search it.

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What’s the Point of Diversity?

21 November, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Diversity has become a divisive issue in today's society. In this debate philosophers at the front line will be picking at its complexities and difficulties. What are the different forms of diversity? Why do they matter? Should we be promoting or managing diversity? Should we even be reducing it in the name of greater cohesion? For this year’s Royal institute of Philosophy debate the antagonistic for/against format will be abandoned and instead speakers have been invited to have a more…

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Animal Magic: A MERL Late

21 November, 2019, 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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In this late night extravaganza especially for the Being Human festival, find out more about our animal friends and what they say about us as people. Researchers from the University of Reading and beyond will host interactive workshops with the MERL's collections. Expect live music, craft activities, silent disco and cocktail bar from Milk. Please note this event is suitable for ages 18+ only.

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Pop and Politics at PCL

22 November, 2019, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
‘Soho Poly’ basement, Meet: 4–12 Little Titchfield Street
London, W1W 7BY United Kingdom
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'Pop and Politics at PCL' is a specially curated event celebrating the relationship between Pop and Politics at the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL). PCL was the name between 1970 and 1992 of what is now the University of Westminster. The event includes a talk, musical performance and a small exhibition, and takes place on the anniversary of the day that Pete Shelley (buzzcocks) turned up unannounced to play an acoustic set for students who had occupied our Regent Street…

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Childhood Curtailed

22 November, 2019, 10:00 am - 23 November, 2019, 3:00 pm
Ground Lab, Portland Street
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 7LB
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In 2018 13.9% of global migrants were under the age of 18, many travelling alone and many experiencing detention in prisons and camps. In this event, which will include an exhibition and a series of film screenings, talks and workshops, researchers will show and discuss films made by children, and images produced by professional photographers and filmmakers in the last decade of global mobility. Workshops will invite children and young people, families and local community groups to use photography, storytelling…

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Dancing on the Tyne (Schools/Colleges Workshop)

22 November, 2019, 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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Join us to 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. The workshop will include: - looking at music books from the period - interactive talks with performances of the tunes - participating in recreating the dances This workshop is open to young people in years 7-13 and their teachers. Places are…

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A New Vision of the World

22 November, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:00 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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Come along to this public talk to celebrate Sunderland-born chemist and inventor Joseph Swan, with photographic historian Dr Carol McKay and photographic artist Dr Liza Dracup. Most people know Joseph Swan as the inventor of the incandescent light bulb, but few know he was also a photographic pioneer, an entrepreneur and businessman, with connections far and wide. Come along to celebrate this story in Sunderland, the place where he was born and grew up and where he encountered photography for…

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Dancing on the Tyne (Open Evening)

22 November, 2019, 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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Thomas Nashe Lenten Stuff

22 November, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Courtauld Institute of Art,, Kenneth Clarke Lecture Theatre, Somerset House, Strand
London, London WC2R 0RN United Kingdom
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In 1597, the Elizabethan polemical prose writer and contemporary of Shakespeare, Thomas Nashe, fled to Great Yarmouth after a play he co-wrote with, playwright and poet Ben Jonson led to the closure of all London theatres. Anna Brass (British School at Rome's Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture 2018-19) was recently commissioned to produce a film representing this difficult period in Nashe’s life. Join Anna and members of the The Thomas Nashe Project team for a screening of the film…

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Hidden Histories: Women and Books

23 November, 2019, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Liverpool Hope Creative Campus, Shaw Street
Liverpool, England L6 1HP United Kingdom
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Discover the roles that women have played as makers, collectors, and readers of books over the centuries through a day of hands-on activities. You will explore the hidden stories of women that objects tell with rare books from Liverpool Hope University’s Special Collections, then workshops with artists will allow you to practise the skills of printing and book-making to create your own simple prints and books inspired by the rare books and their histories. Suitable for families and older children.…

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Hidden Attenborough

23 November, 2019, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Attenborough Nature Centre, Attenborough Nature Centre, Barton Lane, Attenborough,
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG9 6DY United Kingdom
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Discover the hidden corners and secret stories of Attenborough Nature Reserve on the banks of the River Trent. Join us at one of the East Midlands’ most popular and best loved nature reserves as we explore what makes this unique wildlife site so popular and consider why it means so much to so many people. Throughout the day we will have a series of walks and talks that will shed new light on the site’s history, wildlife and management, as…

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Moving Heaven and Earth

23 November, 2019, 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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Discovering Emigrant Children

23 November, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8EW United Kingdom
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This event offers the unique chance to learn about the 90,000 orphaned British children who forcibly emigrated from the North-West of the UK to Canada between the 1860s and 1920s, as part of a wider scheme to deal with ‘problem’ or destitute children. The North West area of the UK faced particularly acute problems of poverty and deprivation at this time, which placed extreme pressures on the region and the problem of destitute children fell on local charities. In Manchester,…

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Romancing the Gibbet – The Morrismen Murder

23 November, 2019, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Snug/Broadway Tower, Middle Hill
Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LB 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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Enter the Chamber of Secrets

23 November, 2019, 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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Cartoneras in London

23 November, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Migration Museum at the Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street
London, SE1 7AG United Kingdom
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Cartoneras (Cardboard Publishing) is a unique grassroots Latin American publishing phenomenon, which offers alternative forms of community engagement, activism, and social change. Join in this workshop at the wonderful Migration Museum to learn about this empowering cultural phenomenon and see how the model is used to engage young Latin Americans in South London. A presentation by researchers Lucy Bell (University of Surrey) and María Soledad Montañez (School of Advanced Study) will be followed by a hands-on workshop where you can…

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In Conversation with Greg Jenner

23 November, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Atkinson, Lord Street
Southport, North West England PR8 1DB United Kingdom
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Join Dr Bob Nicholson (@DigiVictorian), historian of Victorian Pop Culture as he interviews Greg Jenner, the historical consultant for Horrible Histories. This event follows on from the We Are Not Amused! daytime activities taking place at The Atkinson on Saturday 23 November, 11:00-18:00.

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It’s All the Raj

23 November, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grant Zoology Museum, Rockefeller Building, Gower St
London, London WC1E 6DE United Kingdom
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What's black and white, black and white, black and white, black and white? A penguin rolling down a hill. What's funny about natural history museums? A lot. Find out more at this evening of comedy that will explore the hidden stories in the Grant Museum of Zoology's natural history collection, especially those that touch on the theme of decolonisation. The lack of discussion about the origins of collections in natural history museums misrepresents history and alienates many people. This event…

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