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November 2019

Tracing the Footsteps of Tudor Leicester

17 November, 2019, 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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Uncomfortable Oxford Tours

17 November, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Carfax Tower, Oxford, Carfax Tower, Queen Street
Oxford, OX1 1ET United Kingdom
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This tour aims to raise awareness of ‘uncomfortable’ events in Oxford’s history, encouraging discussion about historical legacies which have a lasting impact on the modern environment of the city and University. Topics covered include imperialism, inequality, slavery, gender history, religious diversity, violence, and memorialisation. The tour will be run by PhD students from the University of Oxford. The tour will depart from in front of Carfax Tower, Queen Street (look for the guide holding an 'Uncomfortable Oxford' sign). Find out…

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Local History Walks Around Feltham

18 November, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Meet at Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre, Uxbridge Road
Feltham, London TW13 5EG United Kingdom
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Join a walk led by local historian Katy Cox on the history of Hanworth Park, focusing on its fascinating 20th and 21st century history and aviation past - including aircraft, pilots, air races and air circuses. Another walking tour on the origins of the park and its history 1066-1916 will take place on Saturday 16 November, 12:00-13:00. This event is part of the 'Layers of Feltham' series organised by Layers of London at the School of Advanced Study, University of…

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Finding Our Selves in Nature

18 November, 2019, 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Holyrood Park Edinburgh, Select a Country: + Google Map

In this outdoor workshop, you will (re-)discover how landscapes are connected with the self, non-human, group dynamic and emotional well-being. The group will meet at the Scottish Parliament. Please note that this workshop is weather-dependent. Due to the nature of this event if you have any questions about accessibility we recommend getting in touch directly with the organiser. This event is part of the 'Streaming New Voices' series by Heriot-Watt University.

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Dérive in Leeds

20 November, 2019, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
AF35 – Leeds Trinity University Campus, Brownberrie Ln, Horsforth
Leeds, LS18 5HD United Kingdom
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‘Dérive in Leeds’ is a one-day creative experiential process in which you will be encouraged to wander around the city of Leeds and capture, using any media, the essence of your walk. Based on Guy Debord’s concept of experimental behaviour (1956), ‘Dérive’ is an unplanned journey through an urban landscape in which you let yourself be guided by the terrain and the encounters you make during the whole process. You will choose your own path around Leeds and reflect on…

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Walking Free

22 November, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Uxbridge Library, High Street
Uxbridge, London UB8 1HD United Kingdom
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Join this guided walking tour to discover the hidden connection between Uxbridge and British slavery and abolition. Visit a former residence of leading British abolitionist, William Wilberforce, and the grave of former African slave, Toby Pleasant. Beginning at Uxbridge Library, the walk will be approximately 3km. Throughout the walk there will be short talks and moments to discuss the discoveries made along the way. Due to the nature of this event if you have any questions about accessibility we recommend getting…

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But I Know This City!

23 November, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Broadway Cinema, 14-18 Broad Street
Nottingham, NG1 3AL
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50 years ago B.S. Johnson’s ‘book in a box’ The Unfortunates was published. Acclaimed as one of the great post-war experimental novels the 27 separately bound chapters (other than first and last) can be read in any order. For Being Human festival 2019, 75 readers will be taking on the role of B.S. Johnson. Spreading out across the city of Nottingham in which the book is set - in bookshops, pubs, churches, homes and a host of atmospheric nooks and…

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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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The Secret Lives of Costume

23 November, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Come along to 'The Secret Lives of Costume' and discover the profound ways in which clothing shapes the experience of our bodies and the world. This sensory walk backstage at the National Theatre invites audiences to pay attention to the senses we can use to engage with theatre costume, to the smell of sweat, the sensation of a corset, the weight and sound of armour or the taste of thread. Visitors are also invited to consider the meanings of theatre…

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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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Derby’s Moon-Struck Philosophers Tour

23 November, 2019, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online: Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Full Street
Derby, East Midlands DE1 3AF United Kingdom
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Explore the hidden history of Derby and how the people who lived here influenced scientific, political and philosophical thinking around the world. Uncover facts about the city’s past and the national and international impact of some of its previous residents. A new library exhibition showcases the archives around members of the Derby Philosophical Society and their famous (and infamous) experiments. Alongside the exhibition, join this free guided walking trail and tour where you can discover the significance of secret spots…

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The Secret Lives of Costume

23 November, 2019, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX United Kingdom
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£3 – £5

Come along to 'The Secret Lives of Costume' and discover the profound ways in which clothing shapes the experience of our bodies and the world. This sensory walk backstage at the National Theatre invites audiences to pay attention to the senses we can use to engage with theatre costume, to the smell of sweat, the sensation of a corset, the weight and sound of armour or the taste of thread. Visitors are also invited to consider the meanings of theatre…

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November 2020

On the Trail of Refugees in 1930s Bloomsbury

November 12 - November 22
Corner of Bloomsbury Street / Bedford Avenue, Bloomsbury
London, London WC1B 3HF United Kingdom
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This is a socially distanced in-person event. Please note due to the recent announcement of a new lockdown in England, guided walking tours will no longer be possible. An audio version is available for self-guided tours during the festival, see below for details. If you have signed up for this event the organiser will be in contact with you shortly. Please follow government guidance when undertaking the walk as part of your daily exercise. On this self-guided audio walking tour,…

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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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‘Tunnel’ – Podcast Audio Experience

November 12 - November 22
Online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG United Kingdom

This is a podcast audio experience available to stream at home. "....and then, finally, you arrive. You get there, where you always wanted to be..." Put on your headphones and take a look around. We are about to set off. Join Sam and Alex as they guide you through a route of your choosing. You probably know where you are going, but you never know where you might end up. 'Tunnel' is an audio walk guided by robotic voices. Blending…

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‘Who Lies Beneath’ – Podcast Audio Experience

November 12 - November 22
Online: The University of Sheffield, Broomhall
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber S10 2TG United Kingdom
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This is a podcast audio experience available to download at home. Wadsley Church cemetery in north Sheffield is home to a mass grave: 2,500 people who died at the nearby mental asylum between 1872 and 1948. A small plaque, erected in 2012, is the only evidence of this tragic, hidden history. Earlier this year, Mexican-British artist Helen Blejerman created a series of artworks, 'A Visual Theory of the Soul', based on the living flora of the churchyard and in memory…

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What Does the Fox Say?

November 12, 10:00 am - November 22, 5:00 pm
Sunnybank Park, off Sunnybank Road
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom
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Activities will take place both in-person (socially distanced, at a time of your choosing) and online. Do you know your animal neighbours? Whether you are a country bumpkin or live in town, wildlife is all around us and its stories are just waiting to be heard! Watch a short film of a storytelling walk, where you will get to know the Sunnybank Park fox and some of its friends. You can then follow in the walk’s footsteps to see the…

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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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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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Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony

November 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Square Tower, Broad Street
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2ND United Kingdom
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This is an online event. Please note: The format of this event has changed in response to the second UK national lockdown. Join us for an online launch event of a new downloadable theatrical audio-walk. On the cobbled promenade of historic Old Portsmouth stands a bronze statue. It commemorates a group of travellers who sailed from the city to the ‘new world’ of America in the late 14th century. Among those emigres was John White, a man who would become…

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