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November 2019

Making Theatre in Exile

November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hampstead Jazz Club, The Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, Hampstead
London, NW3 1JD‬ United Kingdom
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Delving into a suitcase full of sketches, songs and letters, the theatre group brings to life the little-known story of the Laterndl Theatre in Hampstead, established by a group of exiled actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War. Rekindling the Viennese tradition of political cabaret, they reflect on their new surroundings and hopes for the future and bring a beacon of light to the 30,000-strong traumatised refugee community. The Laterndl received wide critical acclaim and soon…

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Forbidden Thoughts

November 14, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts,
Worcester, West Midlands WR1 3PD United Kingdom
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This talk explores the secret world of Tudor and Stuart demonic temptation. People often have strange and dark thoughts they cannot explain, and frequently keep hidden away. Once such experiences were attributed to evil spirits and what this meant for those experiencing them.

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Brushes with Recovery

November 14, 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Rope Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 7DQ United Kingdom
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Explore the journey leading to exhibitions of artwork by members of a substance abuse recovery charity through this illustrated talk, and discover the impact of artistic mentoring on people recovering from substance abuse in Lincolnshire. Each year students and staff from the University of Lincoln’s Fine Art department work with Addaction (a leading drug, alcohol and mental health charity) on a unique undergraduate module. Students mentor Addaction service users in the creation of artwork for public exhibition, and 'Brushes with…

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The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1SR United Kingdom
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Yorkshire, 1668. Mrs Alice Thornton – widow, mother, and daughter of the late Lord Deputy of Ireland - finds herself the subject of a most dreadful scandal which threatens to destroy her reputation. Tonight, she begs your presence at a defence of her life, including twenty miraculous deliverances from death. Based on the handwritten notebooks of Alice Thornton (1626-1707) – including two recently rediscovered manuscripts - this one-woman theatre/storytelling performance reflects on one woman’s life and experiences across the span…

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Your Robot Doctor Will See You Now

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall
Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 1PL United Kingdom
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Artificial Intelligence can be applied to almost any field in medicine, and its potential contributions to biomedical research and delivery of healthcare seem limitless. AI has the capacity to make healthcare more efficient and patient-friendly; speed up and reduce errors in diagnosis; help patients manage symptoms or cope with chronic illness; and help avoid human bias and error. The use of AI in healthcare will require the development of new technologies to support human-AI interaction. Understanding human-AI relationships and the…

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Calling Time On Gender-Based Violence

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1JF United Kingdom
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This panel discussion will explore the roots of gender-based violence across the world, including investigations into sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers; identity, sexuality and caste in Indian and UK South-Asian communities; domestic violence across Europe; and transphobic responses to the 2009 play The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven in Brazil and the UK. Speaking at this event will be Jo Clifford, the first openly trans playwright to have a play running in London’s West End; Nicola Dahrendorf…

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Dodging the Black Death

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Great Hall, Harlaxton Manor, The Great Hall, Harlaxton Manor
Harlaxton, Grantham, NG32 1AG United Kingdom
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This talk by University of Lincoln's Professor Carenza Lewis, well-known from Channel 4’s long running archaeological series Time Team, will show how our understanding of the origins and impact of the Black Death is being transformed by recent new research. Looking at data from Russian prairies, French graveyards and London railways alongside her own work in English villages including Lincolnshire, this talk will show what we can now say about the causes and scale of the Black Death’s catastrophic impact…

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Assassinations Past & Present

November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cinema & Co, West Glamorgan House, 17 Castle St
Swansea, Wales SA1 1JF United Kingdom
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This interactive talk, quiz and readings will investigate secrecy and the use of assassination from Medieval to modern times. Together consider the methods deployed by assassins past and present, including red hot pokers and poisoned toothpaste! Suitable for ages 16+ (some strong language). This event is part of the 'Rediscovering Swansea: From Land to Sea' hub series, by Swansea University.

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Romancing the Gibbet – The Ballad of Johny Walford

November 14, 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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Making Theatre in Exile

November 14, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hampstead Jazz Club, The Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, Hampstead
London, NW3 1JD‬ United Kingdom
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Delving into a suitcase full of sketches, songs and letters, the theatre group brings to life the little-known story of the Laterndl Theatre in Hampstead, established by a group of exiled actors and writers from Nazi-occupied Austria during the Second World War. Rekindling the Viennese tradition of political cabaret, they reflect on their new surroundings and hopes for the future and bring a beacon of light to the 30,000-strong traumatised refugee community. The Laterndl received wide critical acclaim and soon…

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Layers of London ‘Pop-up’

November 15 - November 18
Feltham Library, The Centre, High Street, Feltham TW13 4GU United Kingdom + Google Map

Layers of London is an online history mapping tool where Londoners can explore crowd-sourced histories and historical maps of their local area. Users can also contribute their own histories to the website. Layers of London staff will be on hand at the library to discuss the project and help you add your stories to the online map. Bring your stories, histories, memories, research, ephemera and photographs! Please note the following opening dates and times: Friday 15 November, 10:00-16:00 Saturday 16…

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Reading the Archive

November 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
BT Archives, Holborn Telephone Exchange, 268-270 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7EE United Kingdom
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Explore the heritage of telecoms alongside specially-created films and displays by Central St Martin’s design students. Visit BT Archives - housed in a 1927 telephone exchange building in central London. Graphic Communication Design students have responded to the heritage collections and created works inspired by their reading of the documents, photographs, art and objects. Alongside the students’ displays, the heritage team will bring out their favourite original material to be viewed side-by-side with the students’ work. You will also have…

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Antonia’s Story: A Secret History

November 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Brain Charity, Norton Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8LR United Kingdom
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Archives contain many secrets, waiting to be discovered. Yet accessing archives can be difficult. In this workshop, co-led by researchers with learning disabilities, you will find out how the story of Antonia Grandoni was discovered, a lady who lived with a learning disability 150 years ago. You will be able to see and try out the methods used to explore and analyse findings from a digital archive of very old medical books, and what this can tell us about living…

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Walking Free

November 15, 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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Discover the Harp

November 15, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mansions of the Future, 15–16 St Mary's Street
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 7EQ United Kingdom
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Get behind-the-scenes insight into the fascinating world of composing and performing music for the harp. With no specialist knowledge needed, this event gets you up close and personal with award-winning harpist Oliver Wass and composer Martin Scheuregger as they lead you through a hands-on workshop, performance and discussion where you get the chance to hear, learn about and even compose for the harp. 10:30 – arrival and free refreshments 10:45 – interactive workshop 12:15 – break for lunch (not provided)…

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Uncomfortable Oxford Tours

November 15, 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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Baroque Science: Early Modern Discoveries

November 15, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UCL Special Collections, South Junction Reading Room. University College London, Gower Street
London, London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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‘Baroque Science: Early Modern Discoveries’ is an informal, drop-in exhibition of early modern scientific books from UCL’s Special Collections that are seldom on display. The exhibition will give the public the chance to view famous scientific books in English and Latin which cover topics from physics, astronomy, and medicine. Experts will be on hand to discuss the contents and appearance of the books and their role in the development of science. Many of the discoveries detailed in these books are…

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Tracking Sounds and Soundtracks

November 15, 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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Coffee and Sedition

November 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cole Cafe and Deli, Side Cottage, St George's Terrace
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR6 9LX United Kingdom
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When coffee was introduced in early modern England, it was accompanied by the rise of a social place dedicated to its consumption: the coffeehouse. Coffeehouses grew in importance in the 17th century as places of exchange and discussion amongst people of all ranks. These discussions were often seen as dangerous and seditious to the normal order in a century of repeated political crisis. In London, they flourished. In Sunderland, we know of one coffee house being licensed in the 1680’s…

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Portchester’s Prisoners of War

November 15, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Portchester Castle, Church Lane
Portchester, Fareham, PO16 9QW United Kingdom
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This discussion uncovers how new research on the remarkable stories of the prisoners of war at Portchester Castle inspired internationally renowned artist Elaine Mitchener to create a sound installation in the keep. You’ll find out how the experiences of 2000 black revolutionaries from the Caribbean intertwined with those from mainland France held there during the Napoleonic wars.

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