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November 2017

Your first digital story

November 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Videogame Arcade, The Mac Suite, National Videogame Arcade, 24-32 Carlton St,
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1NN United Kingdom
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Free 5 spots left

Ever thought about creating and publishing your own digital story? If so, this event, hosted by the National Videogame Arcade, is for you. Participants will take part in a two-hour ‘storyfest’ workshop led by Dr Spencer Jordan, in which you’ll be introduced to the Twine digital platform and taken through the basics of interactive, digital narrative building. You’ll create your own story and then be shown how you can publish it to the web. No skills or knowledge of digital…

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You’re only as old as you feel

November 22, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rehearsal Studio Brian Friel Theatre Belfast, 20 University Square
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom
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Drama Workshop (for ages 50+) using hand-manipulated puppets at the Drama and Film Centre. Explore ageing in these inter-generational drama workshops aimed at teenagers and the over-50s. Use hand-manipulated puppets to explore individual stories of ageing, focusing on how the sense of self can be lost and may need to be re-found as we age. Experiment with the use of puppetry in applied theatre and explore what ageing means to you. This event is also taking place on Friday 24 November…

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Recovering the past: Egypt and Greece

November 22, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, Malet Place
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Few ancient cultures have been studied as intensely as ancient Greece or Egypt. But how exactly do we learn about these ancient cultures and their connections? This multimedia event looks at the many ways in which the Graeco-Egyptian past has been recovered. Experts in Classics from UCL explore the recuperation of texts on papyri, the decipherment of hieroglyphs, Freudian theories of Oedipus and Moses, and the representation of priests of Isis on film. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn…

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A refugee child in London: on W G Sebald’s novel ‘Austerlitz’

November 22, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grant Zoology Museum, Rockefeller Building, Gower St
London, London WC1E 6DE United Kingdom
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Free 23 spots left

Today images and stories of child refugees, lost and found across Europe and beyond, challenge and haunt us. Come along for a free evening of talks, discussions and a film screening about one such story. The event focuses on one of our century’s greatest novels, W G Sebald’s Austerlitz (2001), about a child who comes to London in 1939 on a Kindertransport from Nazi-occupied Prague, and what happens to him afterwards. This book, entrancing, shocking and enigmatic by turns, recounts…

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Buried treasure: the wreck of ‘The London’

November 22, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Conference Suite, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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In 1665 The London exploded and sank off Southend, concealing herself for centuries on the estuary bed. Her wreck was found in 2005, revealing a hidden history of early modern life. Join us for an immersive evening, exploring food, drink and ballads from the time of The London. Plunge beneath the waves in a virtual dive of the wreck, and see her glow in digitally mapped projection. Fill a pipe, knot rope and interact with artefacts. Meet the archaeologists bringing…

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Losing yourself in a book – the ‘Boots Booklovers Library’

November 22, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 2DH United Kingdom
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Free 29 spots left

Between 1899 and 1966 Boots the Chemist operated an extensive, national, circulating library, one which was renowned for service and the environment it created for subscribers. Come and find out why Jesse Boot went to the trouble of running such a popular service as a loss leader. This talk will remember the style and elegance of the libraries which were show pieces of contemporary interior design and most importantly the stories of the librarians who worked there. Drawing on archive…

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Being multilingual, being well

November 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
English Faculty, University of Cambridge, 9 West Road
Cambridge, East of England CB3 9DP United Kingdom
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Free 45 spots left

For many of us, life is a journey of finding and losing languages. We may gradually give up a language of our parents because it is not English, or embark on learning a new language. Good communication in families is consistently associated with positive wellbeing in young people – so what happens when more than one language is spoken? At this event, explore emerging research on the connections between multilingualism and wellbeing. There are expert talks as well as an…

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The botanic sensorium

November 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Storyhouse, Hunter Street
Chester, North West England CH1 2AR United Kingdom
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Free 16 spots left

Come and experience Dr John Hope’s botanical teaching sensorium. Find out how people learned about plants using their senses in the late eighteenth-century through the re-enactment of an Enlightenment botanic lecture. Then have a go at sketching botanical specimens, find out why herbariums are important and appreciate the beauty of botanic teaching diagrams.   This event is part of the series Sensing the past. For event information, please contact Clare Hickman at c.hickman@chester.ac.uk.

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Conceiving histories – behind the exhibition

November 22, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
London, London WC1H 0PD United Kingdom
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Free 34 spots left

This event is run in conjunction with the 'Conceiving histories' exhibition, featuring work by visual artist, Anna Burel, which has emerged from her collaboration with academic and literary historian, Isabel Davis. Come and hear about the making of the work and some of the research behind it. This event will be exploring the curious material history of un-pregnancy, that is of pregnancies feigned, imagined, hidden and difficult to diagnose, and how this history can be re-imagined and materialised to think…

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Lost and found: 20 years since Hong Kong’s return to China

November 22, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
China Exchange, 32A Gerrard Street
London, W1D 6JA United Kingdom
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2017 marks twenty years since Hong Kong’s reunification with mainland China. The 100 years of separation, with Hong Kong under British rule, has been seen as a time where Hong Kong was lost to China and ruled by a foreign power, with reunification a cause for celebration. For others, ‘finding’ China again has thrown up questions over identity and belonging. But how did a Chinese city become part of the British Empire? And what was the impact of reunification on…

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Seen and not heard: the untold history of homelessness

November 22, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cardboard Citizens, Cardboard Citizens, 77A Greenfield Rd
London, London E1 1EJ United Kingdom
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Join us to take part in a timely conversation about the unheeded history of homelessness. How can we find ways to listen to the voices of those who lack access to housing, sustenance or security? This workshop brings together researchers, activists, actors and artists to ask how the experiences of homeless men and women can shape the way we write the histories of excluded groups. Participants include Cardboard Citizens - leading pioneers of Forum theatre techniques - and the book…

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Lost and found Shakespeare

November 22, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
De Montfort University, LE1 9BH, De Montfort University
Leicester, LE1 9BH United Kingdom
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Free 79 spots left

In the past 20 years, scholars have discovered that Shakespeare wrote rather more than previously thought. Several of Shakespeare's contributions to others' plays were lost because his name did not appear on their title-pages and have only been recently rediscovered by the application of what is called computational stylistics. This talk will explain just how it is that scholars of literature and theatre are now able to detect Shakespeare's writing within larger works that were either published anonymously (as most plays…

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Positive in prison: HIV stories from a Dublin jail

November 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street
London, WC1E 7HT United Kingdom
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Free 58 spots left

The 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis may be recent history, but the experiences of those who lived through it are rapidly disappearing from the public mind. This event reintroduces one specific collection of experiences, from the HIV/AIDS separation unit in Dublin’s largest prison. Captured through oral histories, these stories are being transformed into a podcast: come and hear the story, and discuss HIV/AIDS past and present with our expert panel (historians Dr Catherine Cox and Dr Janet Weston, Tony Duffin of the…

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Lost and found through the migrant experience 

November 22, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Autograph ABP, Rivington Place
London, Greater London EC2 3BA United Kingdom
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This event will bring together different voices including former child migrants, artists, film makers and researchers to explore the significance of objects that have been lost or preserved during the migration experience. Through discussion and film screenings, the conversation will explore how objects, such as photo albums, smartphones and personal artefacts, can evoke complex stories of displacement, as well as their representation in exhibitions, film and through social media. Eithne Nightingale, researching child migration to East London from 1930 to the…

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Myths and origins: Piltdown Man’s cricket bat

November 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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In 1912, in the midst of a wet cricketing season, a surprising archaeological find was unearthed in a Sussex gravel pit. Piltdown Man seemed to be the find of the century: a Darwinian missing link. Dubbed the ‘first Englishman’, he was even found buried with an elephant bone tool that looked suspiciously like a cricket bat. In this lecture historian and keen cricketer Tom Holland explores the case of Piltdown Man. One of history’s greatest hoaxes, what can this case…

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Voices for today

November 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oystermouth Library, 15 Dunns Ln, The Mumbles
Swansea, Wales SA3 4AA United Kingdom
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Is literature the most powerful means we have for recording and exploring lived experience? Can fiction, poetry or memoir capture the tumultuous times we live in? Or is literature merely escapism? Award-winning writers Jasmine Donahaye, Anne Lauppe-Dunbar and Francesca Rhydderch, as well as alumnus Rebecca F. John, read from new work and talk about the challenges facing a writer in times of great political and cultural change. Come along and share the title of a favourite book that has made…

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React and reimagine – scrap the past for the future

November 22, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Senate House, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Where is our queer history? And how do you document yours? Did you scrapbook in your younger years? Queerseum presents a 1 hour workshop as a drive to revive the traditional art form of scrapbooking where we will explore the methods of presenting, preserving and arranging our Queer lives, see examples of existing scrapbooks and share in what we can learn from them. Shifting from our now familiar curation of a virtual space to a physical space, your shared experiences…

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The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing – LOL

November 22, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Laughterhouse Comedy Club Liverpool, The Slaughterhouse,Fenwick Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L2 7LS United Kingdom
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'The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing – LOL’ is a comedy performance drawing on people’s experiences of living with dementia. Using immersive, verbatim (a form of documented theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed) and other theatrical forms such as labyrinths, the performance explores the healing role of comedy for those living with dementia. Resembling a cerebral cortex, the labyrinth’s pathway provides profound meditative experiences. The maze provides a perfect place…

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Excavating the world’s first farmers in Iraq and Iran

November 22, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Reading, Whiteknights campus, Shinfield road
Reading, Berkshire, Southern England RG6 6UR United Kingdom
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Join expert archaeologists, Roger and Wendy Matthews, at the University of Reading in this richly-illustrated discussion presenting the latest discoveries from excavations at Bestansur and the Iranian Neolithic site of Sheikh-e Abad. Bestansur and Sheikh-e Abad were among the first farming settlements of the Middle East, and excavations there are investigating all aspects of life during the transition from hunting to farming, and from mobile to settled life-ways. A special feature of Bestansur is a large building with more than…

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Reels of history: ‘On the Bride’s Side’ screening

November 22, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cinema City Norwich, St Andrews Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AD United Kingdom
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On the Bride’s Side is a timely look at the refugee crisis. Winner of Venice International Film Festival’s Human Rights Nights Award, it is an unexpected take on the immigrant road movie. In this film, a Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who have fled the war in Syria. They help them complete their journey to Sweden by faking a wedding. With one friend dressed up as the bride, and others dressed as…

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