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November 2020

Mining Migrations

November 12 - November 22
Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve Stoke-on-Trent ST6 7QH United Kingdom + Google Map

Activities will be taking place both in person (socially distanced) and online. Chatterley Whitfield Colliery still sits at the centre of the vast North Staffordshire coalfield, its derelict chimneys and winding gear a defining landmark for local people and visitors alike. Yet this was also a centre of global connections – of movements of people, things, ideas and innovations, and a workplace that linked local families to world commerce. Come and hear some of these stories – either on a…

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Walking with a Convict

November 12, 12:00 pm - November 22, 12:00 pm
Online: Shadwell Railway Station, Cable Street
London, E1 2QF United Kingdom

This is an online event. Let’s go back to a period when crimes turned convicts into colonists and punishment by transportation was a fate second only to execution. Did you know that impersonating an Egyptian or stealing a shroud from a grave would result in penal servitude on the other side of the globe? As we walk through the streets of 19th-century East End London, we discover what happened at Blue gate Fields when Mary’s pocket-picking crime saw her imprisoned…

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On the Trail of Refugees in 1930s Bloomsbury

November 14, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Corner of Bloomsbury Street / Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3HF, (0)20 7862 8961, Corner of Bloomsbury / Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury
London, London WC1B 3HF United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. On this guided walking tour, follow the trail of the 1930s refugees from Nazi Europe around Bloomsbury, a magnet for the new arrivals due to its cheap boarding houses and Bohemian reputation. Find out how support for refugees was coordinated from Bloomsbury, how exiles contributed to Britain’s anti-Nazi propaganda war, and how activists plotting the Nazis’ downfall were spied on by MI5 agents. The walk brings to life work by the Research Centre…

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It Felt Like Year One: A Tour of Angela Carter’s ‘60s Bristol

November 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Rd
Bristol, West Country BS8 1RL United Kingdom

This is an online event. Join author Stephen Hunt (Angela Carter's Provincial Bohemia) on a virtual tour of Angela Carter's 1960s Bristol. Angela Carter was one of the late 20th century’s most acclaimed novelists and came of age as a writer in 1960s Clifton, where she experienced life in post-war Bristol, looking at a horizon bombed-out and derelict, but also booming with reconstruction schemes. On this guided virtual tour through Clifton and Hotwells, revisit the places and counterculture that inspired…

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On the Trail of Refugees in 1930s Bloomsbury

November 17, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Corner of Bloomsbury Street / Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3HF, (0)20 7862 8961, Corner of Bloomsbury / Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury
London, London WC1B 3HF United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. On this guided walking tour, follow the trail of the 1930s refugees from Nazi Europe around Bloomsbury, a magnet for the new arrivals due to its cheap boarding houses and Bohemian reputation. Find out how support for refugees was coordinated from Bloomsbury, how exiles contributed to Britain’s anti-Nazi propaganda war, and how activists plotting the Nazis’ downfall were spied on by MI5 agents. The walk brings to life work by the Research Centre…

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Shopping for a Cause?

November 18, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
London, London SW1Y 5AH United Kingdom

This is an online event. Have a rummage through the histories of charity shops of the 20th century in this online tour. Charity shops are a fixture on the British high street, filled to the brim with bric-a-brac, clothes, and housewares. For over a century, charities have run shops to raise funds for good causes and help communities shop affordably. But what did these shops look like in the past? Join this virtual tour to discover the hidden histories of…

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On the Trail of Refugees in 1930s Bloomsbury

November 19, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Corner of Bloomsbury Street / Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3HF, (0)20 7862 8961, Corner of Bloomsbury / Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury
London, London WC1B 3HF United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in person event. On this guided walking tour, follow the trail of the 1930s refugees from Nazi Europe around Bloomsbury, a magnet for the new arrivals due to its cheap boarding houses and Bohemian reputation. Find out how support for refugees was coordinated from Bloomsbury, how exiles contributed to Britain’s anti-Nazi propaganda war, and how activists plotting the Nazis’ downfall were spied on by MI5 agents. The walk brings to life work by the Research…

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New Worlds of Words

November 19, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online: University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ United Kingdom

This is an online event. If reading the dictionary sounds dull, think again! In this online event delve into the archives, encounter some of the old and rare dictionaries in the University of Glasgow Library’s Special Collections and learn about the fascinating history behind them. This event will introduce you to the playful and argumentative side of dictionaries and the people who make them. Learn how dictionaries of the English language opened up new worlds of expression, and be inspired…

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