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Being Human festival 2019

Press releases

July 2019: Being Human festival 2019: Discoveries & Secrets. UK’s national festival of the humanities returns with funding announcement!

The Being Human festival will be back in 2019 between the 14 and 23 November. If you would like to find out more about the only national festival of the humanities please contact our media and public relations officer, Maureen McTaggart on 0207 862 8859 /

Being Human festival media coverage


THE: Engagement: not just nice to have, but the next step in research?
C-Span: Q&A with Sarah Churchwell
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Death rituals
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Lost Words and Language
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Buses, beer and VR – a taste of university research
The Conversation: Menstrual art: why everyone should go and see it
THE: Interview with Vanessa Toulmin
BBC News Midlands: Researchers hunt for Black Country smells
Vada Magazine: Being Human – a festival of humanities


ITV News: Exhibition charts lost connections between Tyneside and the Caribbean
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Being Human: lost and found in the archives
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Being Human: The lost luggage office, ghosts and warrior poets
BBC History Extra: Demons and Shipwrecks
THE: Interview with Simon Armitage
The Conversation: Onions, embroidery and other historical lessons could help you sleep
The Voice Newspaper: Steel Pulse’s Mykaell Riley to front festival talk
British Theatre Guide: Women and war: the West End and the western front
The Londonist: Things to do today in London

BBC News Online: ‘Forgotten’ Lancashire dialects revealed in poetry research
BBC Online Scotland: ‘Martian’ to be autopsied at Dundee University arts festival
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Being Human debate at Fact, Liverpool: man and animals
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Being Human: Vernon Lee, lying, coma
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Being Human: what the archives reveal
ITV News: Meet Harvey Matusow – ‘America’s most notorious liar’
The Guardian: Revived: the 1930s London gay members’ club raided by police
The Independent: The racist human zoos that time forgot

New York Times: Chicken’s weren’t always dinner for humans
The Guardian: Humanities are vital, science is vital. Stop treating them as opposites
The Guardian: Being Human festival offers a nightmare and walk on water
BBC News: Museum website says ‘homo-erotic’ is top 10 search
BBC Radio 3 – Free Thinking: Medical Surgery Past and Present
THE: Students perform in a cemetery to ‘give the dead a voice
THE: Tweeting philosopher launches book of short-form musings
THE: Pub crawl and ‘zombie walk’ win funding to promote humanities
The Times: Academics turn to flash mobs and zombies to bring humanities alive
The Guardian: The sweet smell of Amsterdam … and it’s not just cannabis, say odour mappers
The Debrief: Cheap things to do this weekend November 14 + 15