Being Human Summer Social

Being Human Summer Social

Being Human Summer Social

Date for your diary! We are delighted to announce the first of our Being Human Summer Socials on 10 June 5.15pm–8pm at Senate House, University of London.

This is a chance to meet some of the amazing people from around the country who made Being Human 2014 so special, and to catch up on some exciting gossip about Being Human 2015. We will also be announcing the winners of our 2015 funding competition and offering an opportunity to talk to a panel of Being Human experts in our very first Being Human question time event.

We’ll be talking to profs, curators artists and others from the Mass-Observation Archive, the Hubbub team at the Wellcome Trust, the London College of Fashion, Sheffield’s Wealthy Weekend and Manchester’s Forever Young projects and more… Our festival director Prof Barry Smith will also be fielding questions.

The event is free to attend but please RSVP via Eventbrite by Friday, 5 June, to secure a place.

The programme

We will be ready to welcome you in Macmillan Hall, Senate House, from 5:15.

5.15 – 6pm  Arrivals/workshops
Guest arrivals, drinks and cake. We’ve got Chloe Spicer creating edible mini-programmes for us in a fun-filled workshop, you can meet some of the participants from last year, as well as chat to organisers selected to take part in Being Human 2015.

6.00-6.30 Being Human launch and speeches

6.30-6.40 Break for Drinks

6.40-7.35 Being Human ‘Question Time’ panel + Q&A  

Chair: Professor Barry Smith (School of Advanced Study)


  •     Dr Felicity Callard (Durham University/ Director of Hubbub at Wellcome Collection);
  •     Fiona Courage (Special Collections Manager & Mass Observation Curator, University of  Sussex)
  •     Helen Malarky (Project Manager for Research and Impact, Manchester Metropolitan University);
  •     Amy Ryall (External Engagement Projects Officer, University of Sheffield)
  •     Professor Dilys Williams (London College of Fashion)

7.30-8pm: Networking

Final drinks/networking opportunities – Opportunity to engage with workshops and to record a ‘Being Human’ vox-pop

8pm: Finish

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!