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November 2018

Seeing Red: Periods and Protest (Panel)

November 15, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Theatre 2.2, Essex Business School, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, Colchester CO4 3SQ United Kingdom
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Free

Bringing together political campaigners, community organisers and historians of women’s health, this panel discussion explores how the history of menstruation informs contemporary concerns about period poverty. In the UK, one in ten girls cannot afford sanitary products. Asylum seekers, refugees and women experiencing homelessness can often find it difficult to access menstrual supplies. Nearly half of women and girls aged between 14 and 21 are embarrassed about their periods. Fuelling an inspiring and informative discussion about women’s health activism past…

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Winning the Vote: Equal Rights Past and Future

November 16
Constance Stewart Hall, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road
Lincoln, LN1 3DY United Kingdom
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Who should vote? Is the vote a right or a duty? When is one ready to vote? These and other questions will be explored with secondary school students through workshops which will focus on debating skills. Workshops will look at the power of deeds and words through the history of suffrage, as well as working on ways to find effective representative representation in the 21st century. The day will move the debate forward by challenging the humanist values on which…

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Graphic ‘Frankenstein’: An Exhibition

November 16 - November 24
The Crawford Building, 13 Perth Road
Dundee, DD1 4HN United Kingdom
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Free

A word-and-image exhibition creatively engaging with Frankenstein and the multimedia adaptations it has inspired. Come along and experience 3D projection and trick photography as well as many other exciting ways of interpreting and capturing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. You can enjoy the exhibition anytime during the opening hours of the Crawford Building.

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Beautiful Confusion in Senate House

November 16
Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Beautiful Confusion Collective are a female-led performance group who specialize in exploring movement, gender, power and the built environment through site-responsive interventions. During the festival they will undertake a mini-residency in Charles Holden’s art-deco masterpiece, Senate House, University of London – exploring the histories and contemporary uses of this building through dance, movement and documentation. Buildings have form and they have stories. They have power structures and they have politics. Moving through space means engaging with these issues – either…

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History: the Beginning of the End?

November 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library, 11 The Precincts
Canterbuy, Kent CT1 2EH United Kingdom
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This school debate at the historic Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library asks some awkward questions as we put teachers, academics and heritage professionals in conversation with young people. Is there a future for the Humanities? Does it still make sense to study the past when the present is changing faster than ever? Are we really what we read? And what messages does the heritage sector send out about what it means to be young today? Chaired by a school leaver,…

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We Shall Be Monsters

November 16, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Central Library, Wellgate Shopping Centre
Dundee, Scotland DD1 1DB United Kingdom
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Free

Award-winning writer Anna Stewart will lead a writing workshop exploring a theme central to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and to contemporary society: the outsider. Bring your brain (in your head or a jar) and something to write with, and question the boundaries of human communities through this illuminating session. Anna’s work includes the story Rickle O Bones, readable here, which responds to Frankenstein’s themes through the setting of an apocalyptic Dundee.

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Words and Music: University Chamber Choir

November 16, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Djanogly Recital Hall, East Drive
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 2RD
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£5

Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the choir will perform commemorative music and poetry to mark the anniversaries of Queen Victoria and President Kennedy’s deaths, as well as elegies for the fallen. Songs will include: Howells' 'Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing', Tavener's 'Funeral Ikos', Ramsey's 'How are the Mighty Fallen' and 'When David Heard', Tomkins' 'When David Heard', Harris' 'Bring Us O Lord God', Elgar's 'They are at Rest', Pearsall's 'Lay a Garland'.

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Walking with Refugee Tales (Performance)

November 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts
Canterbury, CT1 2EH United Kingdom
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In ‘Walking with Refugee Tales (Performance)’, audience members will be taken to different stations in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral, where they will hear stories from the Refugee Tales project, including The Prologue, The Visitor’s Tale, The Appellant’s Tale and The Refugee’s Tale. Stories will be read by Refugee Tales contributors, Patience Agbabi (former Canterbury Laureate), Hubert Moore (writing mentor at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture) and David Herd (Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and a…

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My First Death

November 16, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square
London, W1G 0RN United Kingdom
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Free

How do healthcare professionals cope with death? In what ways do our deaths affect them? Come along to this event at the Royal College of Nursing for a frank, candid, and informal conversation about death, dying, and mourning. Doctors, nurses, and other practitioners will each take the mic for five minutes to share their first experiences of patient death and reflect on the emotional costs of care. You will also have the opportunity to think about and discuss the issues…

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Diseases of Modern Life: Victorian Light Night

November 16, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6GG United Kingdom
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Free

Come along for a spectacular light and sound installation, magnificently projected onto the front of the original Radcliffe Infirmary, now the Humanities building. This stunning free display is based on research from the 'Diseases of Modern Life' and uses the latest in technology of 3D mapping and projecting onto a building by the award winning artists from the Projection Studio team. Follow the light trail throughout Oxford and finish in the Courtyard of the Radcliffe Humanities building to learn about the…

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‘To Provide All People’

November 16, 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Cinema & Co, 17 Castle Street
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom
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Free

Join Owen Sheers for a conversation about his recent film-poem To Provide All People, written to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Charting an emotional and philosophical map of the NHS, To Provide All People tells the story of its founding by Aneurin Bevan against the intimate experiences of NHS staff and patients across 24 hours in its life today. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A and screening of the Vox Pictures/BBC Wales production, featuring an all…

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How to End a Life: Making a Killing in Crime Fiction

November 16, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Northumbria University Law Court, Third Floor, City Campus East 1
Newcastle upon Tyne, North East NE2 1XA United Kingdom
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This unique workshop will unite a crime fiction author, criminologist, police representative and creative writing professor to explore ways of crafting authentic and innovative 'endings' in crime fiction. Crime fiction is the most popular form of genre fiction for 21st-century readers and writers. In such a heavily populated field, how can new authors craft innovative and authentic killings, crimes and 'endings' that will continue to engage and entertain contemporary readers? The event will be held at the law court in…

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A Bloody Good Show! Adventures in Menstruating

November 16, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Casa, 29 Hope Street
LIverpool, North West L1 9BQ United Kingdom
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Free

Chella Quint’s bloody funny, five-star taboo-breaking comedy ‘Adventures in Menstruating’ combines humour, science and craftivism to promote shame-free period talk for audiences of all genders. This delightfully high-energy interactive performance is followed by a panel discussion with the event organisers, menstrual activists, academic researchers, and representatives from The Homeless Period Liverpool and #periodpositive.

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Weaving Women’s Stories (Performance)

November 16, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St Margaret’s House, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green
London, E2 9PL United Kingdom
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Explore the connections between storytelling and textile-making in women’s lives from ancient Greece to modern London. Come along and enjoy the stories of our craftivist foremothers in artefacts and poetry from the past; hear the voices of these 'subversive stitchers' with an evening performance from By Jove Theatre, introduced by experts on ancient craft. This event consists of a spoken-word performance from By Jove Theatre, introduced by expert researchers on the ancient world. Doors open 7.30pm; performance starts 8pm. The…

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Explore! The Archaeology of Exeter

November 17
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen St
Exeter, Devon EX4 3RX United Kingdom
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The Royal Albert Memorial Museum holds exciting archaeology collections from Exeter and beyond. At this event, researchers from the University of Exeter will be doted around the museum running a range of engaging interactive activities that tell the story of the city. There will be something for all ages at this museum take-over.

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Life Lines

November 17 - November 18
Brantwood, East of Lake Road
Coniston, LA21 8AD United Kingdom
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What stories do clothes tell? What clues do they reveal about the wearer? This workshop will explore how the 19th century critic John Ruskin taught drawing as a way to scrutinise the world. Come and apply Ruskin's teaching to his own clothing from the origin and endings of his life – his christening robe and clothing worn in old age. The workshop includes hands on activities where families are invited to make their own drawings of Ruskin’s clothing and tell the…

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Heritage Hack

November 17 - November 18
Goldsmiths Student Union Bar, 10 Dixon Road
London, SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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Join Hacksmiths, the tech society at Goldsmiths, University of London, for a two-day invention marathon to create novel tech solutions that breathe new life into Lewisham’s past. People of all abilities are invited to collaborate and build awesome projects addressing the tech and digital challenges of four London heritage organisations. Framed by the work of Goldsmiths Historian, Dr John Price, and Anthropologist, Dr Charlotte Joy, help shape how the public engage with the Horniman Museum’s new World Gallery, the Lewisham…

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Ingenious Soil

November 17 - November 23

Come and explore the idea of 'ingenious soil' through a series of events, including an art exhibition, conversation with a local farmer, and readings of Virgil’s Georgics, the ancient Roman agricultural poem. There will also be plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty! Soil is animal, vegetable and mineral. It is both singular and plural, and can signify waste, dirt, and decay, as well as the origin of life. When it becomes ‘land’ it is inherently political; as ‘earth’…

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Devon in Translation

November 17 - November 18
Exeter Central Library (TBC), Castle Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3PQ United Kingdom
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If you were born outside of the UK you are warmly invited to come and discuss in your mother tongue your experiences of moving to Devon and to bring an object which evokes memories of these experiences. Your memories will be videoed and made into a short film which will be subtitled and screened in Exeter in 2019. If you would like to participate, please contact us in advance regarding your spoken language and time slot. We can cover the…

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Where Did D.H. Lawrence Come From?

November 17
D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, 8a Victoria Street
Eastwood, Nottinghamshire NG16 3AW United Kingdom
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These specially-themed guided tours of the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum will interpret items from the fascinating display rooms to offer an intimate and detailed glimpse into D. H. Lawrence's early life in Eastwood. They will demonstrate how closely the author drew on his birthplace in his early writing. The tours will be led by Dr Andrew Harrison, Director of the D. H. Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Museum staff. The tours will take…

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