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School of Advanced Study, University of London

The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled resources, facilities and academic opportunities across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. Last year SAS welcomed 892 research fellows and associates, held 1,903 events highlighting the latest research in the humanities, received 25.9 million online visits to its research resources and platforms, and hosted 173,493 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads Being Human, the UK’s only
nationwide festival of the humanities. Find out more at sas.ac.uk.

 

November 2019

Eating Under Fire: Food in WWII Britain and Italy

November 14, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Italian Institute of Culture, 82, Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9EW United Kingdom
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Have you got an Italian relative or a person you know who was living in Italy during WWII? How could they survive? What were they eating? Do you want to know what the situation was like here in Britain and make a comparison? Join us for this evening event where you will be able to see the types of bread, coffee, tea and other food available in Italy and Britain during WWII. Experts will introduce you to the food situation…

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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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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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Windrush Voices

November 16, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Main Hall, Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin St
Deptford, London SE8 4RJ United Kingdom
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In collaboration with Guyana SPEAKS, this event brings together performers, intellectuals and memoirists from across the generations of the UK's Caribbean community. The afternoon will include Guyanese elder Joyce Trotman in conversation with BBC journalist Lainy Malkani, a spoken-word performance by the acclaimed Mr Gee, and a meditation on the contributions of the Windrush to British society by Prof William ‘Lez’ Henry (formerly Lezlee Lyrics). Bringing these individuals together will create an afternoon of entertainment and vibrant discussion on the…

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Making Medusa

November 17, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Little Angel Studio, 132 Sebbon Street
London, N1 2EH
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Try your hand at puppet-making in this free craft workshop, where you’ll learn more about ancient stories as you create your own snake to add to the head of the larger-than-life moving Medusa puppet. Discover the secrets of the mythical Medusa who turned to stone all who saw her. Is the snake-haired monster really as terrifying as you might think? This is a family-friendly drop-in event in which all those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. You can…

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At Home I Speak

November 17, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London, E1 6LA United Kingdom
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Over 300 languages are spoken by London’s children, yet language learning in schools is in decline, and the new Prime Minister is concerned that ‘English is not spoken by some people as their first language’. Following an arts residency at Gearies Primary School in Redbridge, where the students speak over 45 languages, playwright Neela Doležalová and composer Richard Melkonian have created a new play that explores multilingualism in contemporary Britain. Based on recordings with students, teachers and families, At Home…

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Feltham Heritage 1917-1947 Photo Exhibition

November 20 - November 22
Feltham Library, The Centre, High Street, Feltham TW13 4GU United Kingdom + Google Map

Marking the centenary of the opening of Hanworth Air Park in 1917, this photographic exhibition explores the history of the people, communities and events connected with the West Area of Hounslow between 1917 and 1947. Covering a rich and valuable heritage, particularly around the war and inter-war periods, which unfortunately is not well-recognised. Feltham Arts have worked closely with Hounslow Library Service Local Collection, the Feltham History Group, local volunteers including students from Rivers Academy, Tale Be Told Theatre and…

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Home Truths

November 20, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell
London, London EC1R 0HB United Kingdom
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There are secrets and discoveries to be made in every family's history and thanks to the growth in digital resources, it's now easier than ever to uncover these hidden pasts. 'Home Truths' is an opportunity for people researching their past to meet and discuss family history with academics and archivists working in this field. At the event you can explore how the digital revolution is reshaping family research and how we write family history. Combining a panel discussion and workshop,…

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England’s Histories Unboxed!

November 20, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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The Victoria County History is an ongoing project to write the history of every county in England and is famous for its iconic Red Books. This year the Victoria County History is celebrating its 120th anniversary with Red Boxes, in which counties across England have filled special Red Boxes with objects that represent their history in quirky or surprising ways. Come along to this 'unboxing party' with an exhibition, object handling and live 3D printing (16:30–17:30), followed by a panel…

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Our Mutual Friend the Machine

November 20, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road, 19-20 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 1BJ United Kingdom
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Want to become the modern day Dickens, but need a little help? Come along to this event exploring how story-generating computer programmes could be the answer. Through flash talks and poetry performances discover how the computer has learnt to say more than ‘no’. Then turn your hand (or typing fingers) to writing stories. Enter a handful of words and phrases into the programme and see what masterpiece the machine helps you create. Flash talks will cover the digital possibilities, from…

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Sea Change

November 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prospect of Whitby, 57 Wapping Wall
London, London E1W 3SH United Kingdom
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At this storytelling night come and discover tales of selkies and the sea which originate in Scotland and Scandinavia, but surface in many different cultures, from the Odyssey’s sirens to Disney’s Little Mermaid. Join folklorist Elizabeth Dearnley, harpist Tamsin Dearnley and Classicist Emma Bridges as they perform some of these traditional tales to the accompaniment of the harp. The performances will be followed by a discussion about different versions of the stories in other cultures and time periods. The night…

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Cartoneras in London

November 23, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Migration Museum at the Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street
London, SE1 7AG United Kingdom
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Cartoneras (Cardboard Publishing) is a unique grassroots Latin American publishing phenomenon, which offers alternative forms of community engagement, activism, and social change. Join in this workshop at the wonderful Migration Museum to learn about this empowering cultural phenomenon and see how the model is used to engage young Latin Americans in South London. A presentation by researchers Lucy Bell (University of Surrey) and María Soledad Montañez (School of Advanced Study) will be followed by a hands-on workshop where you can…

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