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November 2018

Walking the Exeter Dead

24 November, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Online: Exeter Central Library, Castle Street
Exeter, South West EX4 3PQ United Kingdom
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Join in this hour and a half's walk through the centre of Exeter, exploring the history of the city through stories of deaths, diseases, and disasters. Meet at Exeter Central Library and then visit a number of locations around the city centre, discovering tales of witchcraft, skulduggery in the Cathedral Close, a fatal duel, and a saint who carried off her own severed head. Researchers from the departments of English and History at the University of Exeter will share their…

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November 2019

Romancing the Gibbet – The Ballad of Johny Walford

14 November, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nether Stowey Village Hall, Lime Street
Nether Stowey, Somerset TA5 1NH 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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Walking Free

15 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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Uncomfortable Oxford Tours

15 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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Tracking Sounds and Soundtracks

15 November, 2019, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Riccarton Campus, Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh, Scotland EH14 4AS United Kingdom
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Discover a place in sound. In this workshop you will create a soundtrack for recorded stories or songs by sampling sounds of the surroundings – from woodland, lake and meadow to car park, laboratory and sports centre. This event is part of the 'Streaming New Voices' series, by Heriot-Watt University.

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Romancing the Gibbet – The Lay of the Two Deadly Brothers

15 November, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Road
Avonmouth Village, Bristol, Bristol BS11 9EN 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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Swansea’s Big Book Find

16 November, 2019 - 23 November, 2019
Various locations Swansea, Wales SA1 1DW United Kingdom + Google Map

A family-friendly book hunt across the city of Swansea. In the run up to Swansea University’s 100th birthday, one hundred books will be hidden across the city where you’d least expect to find them! Finders, keepers! Each book will also contain a special message, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! This event is part of the 'Rediscovering Swansea: From Land to Sea' hub series organised by Swansea University.

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Walking Free

16 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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On The Beach: Discovering Early Humans in Norfolk (Activities Day)

16 November, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wenn Evans Centre, Blacksmiths Lane
Happisburgh, Norfolk NR12 0QY United Kingdom
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Come along and enjoy an exhibition showcasing the activities of local collectors as well as the research that has taken place at Happisburgh. There will also be opportunities to participate in object handling and identification, see knapping demonstrations and visit the locations on the beach where key discoveries have been made. 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…

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Uncomfortable Oxford Tours

16 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

16 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 and origins of Hanworth Park, 1066-1916. Another walk focusing on the park's fascinating 20th and 21st century history and aviation past will take place on Monday 18 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 London.

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Ghosts in the Machine

16 November, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Canolfan Soar, High Street
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales CF47 8UB United Kingdom
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All towns and their buildings have stories to tell, but who decides which accounts are heard and which are forgotten or suppressed? This walking tour of the former iron-working town of Merthyr Tydfil aims to uncover the ‘hidden histories’ – the effects of the industrial revolution through the development of the iron and coal industries and their subsequent demise. The walk will reveal the social history of the area, foregrounding stories of the people who have lived and worked in…

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Romancing the Gibbet – At the Instigation of the Devil

16 November, 2019, 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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Derby’s Moon-Struck Philosophers Tour

16 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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Illuminate Gainsborough – Mayflower 400

16 November, 2019, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Image: © West Lindsey District Council and Electric Egg This event includes a street parade and performances commemorating 400 years since the Mayflower's voyage. Activities explore the pilgrims' story and its connection to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in the Pilgrim Roots region. Featuring digital projections onto Gainsborough's historic Old Hall and a parade through the town with willow lanterns made by artists, community groups and young people from Gainsborough, ‘Illuminate’ is both a part of the University of Lincoln's festival hub for…

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The Tay Treasure Hunt & Beach Clean

17 November, 2019, 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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