Being human daily
We are nearly at the midway through Being Human 2014. But right across the country our growing legion of humanities advocates, organisers, activists and geeks are showing no sign of slowing down. From the British Museum to the National Museum of Scotland our events are taking off, and illuminating a dark and drizzly November Tuesday.
Nowhere in the UK is darker at this time of year than the Orkney Isles. Nonetheless, our friends from the University of the Highlands and the Islands shed a little light on the history and contemporary culture of the Islands by posting pictures of their fantastic Wilder Being exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre.
Slightly further south in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland hosted Visualising Voices, a screening and discussion of three documentaries exploring how the humanities help us to understand and deal with terminal illness. Simultaneously, at the Wellcome Collection researchers across the sciences, humanities and arts invited people to The Hub to explore the humanity of ‘rest’.
The medical humanities were also prominent in Durham today, with researchers taking over Durham Cathedral for From Dark Ages to Dark Matter, a day of exploration of the world of medieval science through the modern eyes of the ‘Ordered Universe’ team.
At the Nottingham Contemporary arts centre, artist Dawn Wooley and Philosopher Stephen Mumford led a discussion of sex, censorship and art. Their promo may have been banned from Youtube, but the full talk can nevertheless currently be seen there. Meanwhile, from the same city, poet Pippa Hennessey reminded us that there is a little bit of Robin Hood in all of us.
Back in London, the British Museum hosted a talk exploring the ‘humanity’ of the Sutton Hoo hoard, while Professor Brian Cathcart, in collaboration with the IF Project, probed the all too human story of delays and procrastination underlying the transmission of the news from the battle of Waterloo.
Being Human Team