Digital press room

Welcome to the Being Human festival’s digital press room!

Being Human, it’s complicated — so we’ve made it simpler and more direct to help you find the information you need for our exciting celebration of the humanities.

Being Human festival 2020 will take place 12-22 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 /

Press releases 2020

Being Human 2020 – Urban Decay – October 2020

Being Human 2020 – Museums & Collections – October 2020

Being Human 2020 – Culture & Politics – October 2020

Being Human 2020 – Social inclusivity and equality – October 2020

Fancy a cultured cuppa? Being Human expands online to lift academia above Covid-19 pandemic – October 2020

Being Human returns to champion the humanities – August 2020

Being Human festival media coverage


The Guardian: Can universities decolonise the curriculum?
BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking: Why we need new news: Being Human festival research
BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking: Love Stories
BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking: Are the arts saving Margate?
BBC Radio 3: Words and Music: Secrets and Discoveries
Times Higher Education: Humanities education is central to democracy
WonkHE: Want to save the humanities? Try getting off your pedestal
The Conversation: Meet the raunchy dance teachers who helped shape the modern world
The Londonist: 6 Hidden gems to check out as part of this free festival
BBC Ideas: A short (and deadly) history of assassinations
BBC Ideas: Scandal and the rise of ‘anti-shame’
Manchester Evening News: How a great grandmother’s memories unearthed an incredible family history
The Courier: Poet’s meeting place in 1800s Dundee set to be re-created in festival showpiece
The Scotsman: Theatre review: The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton
The Scotsman: Search on for rare Orkney Tweed


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
BBC Ideas: The curious world of blood
BBC Ideas: How do doctors and nurses cope when a patient dies?


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