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Series: Lost Skills

 

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November 2017

Talking Orwell

November 17 - November 25
Senate House, Malet Street
London, Greater London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Talking Orwell takes its cue from Senate House, the inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Explore the venue to discover 3d-printed busts of Orwell himself which you can converse with using your smartphone, this playful digital installation offers a new way of engaging with the questions of how Orwell's work - and Nineteen Eighty-Four in particular - has continuing resonances today. Talking Orwell uses a new technology from Google - the ‘Physical Web’ - to…

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Lost skills: wills

November 21, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place
London, London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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How do you write a will? How do you make it legally binding? Be inspired by a 3,000-year old example preserved on papyrus from Ancient Egypt. Discover how philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s will had an impact on modern ideas about death. In this lunchtime workshop, find out more about these historic examples and get advice on will writing. No booking required. This event is part of the series Lost skills. For event information please contact Debbie Challis at d.challis@ucl.ac.uk  

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Fake news: the heads of Jeremy Bentham and Flinders Petrie

November 22, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Octgaon Gallery, UCL, Wilkins Building
London, London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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The head of philosopher Jeremy Bentham is being exhibited for the first time in decades at UCL this autumn, alongside cutting-edge scientific techniques to extract and sequence his DNA. We also consider why the archaeologist Flinders Petrie left his head to science, and explore how the actions and work of both men have influenced our modern attitudes to death and what it means to be human. Everyone knows that Bentham’s head was used as a football. We all know that…

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Finding lost science in early modern poetry

November 22, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BE United Kingdom
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Come to the Wellcome Library and rediscover how people in the early modern era understood science! You will be able to look at facsimiles and genuine early printed books describing scientific phenomena through poetry and containing remarkable images. In small groups you will be able to get close to the ‘real thing’! We will discuss questions such as why science was conveyed through poetry, what this tells us about the intended audiences, and how these books were produced. As a…

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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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Free 21 spots left

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 71 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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Lost skills: letter writing

November 23, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place
London, London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Inspired by letters from ancient Egyptians, discover the art and etiquette of letter writing in an age of social media. In this workshop, explore letters the ancient Egyptians sent to each other, from the formal letter full of etiquette but no content to the gossipy about the behaviour of a wife and the rude full of insults. Then write your own using the Egyptian formulas. No booking required. This event is part of the series Lost skills. For event information…

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Lost skills: list writing

November 25, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place
London, London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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In this workshop, find out how Ancient Egyptian papyrus can help you recover lost skills in list writing in the early 21st century. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from world-class scholars about the new and exciting research that is being carried out in the field of ancient studies. Our event will take place at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, home to a renowned collection of Egyptian antiquities. No booking required This event is part of the series…

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