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.

The Being Human festival is back for its fourth year with a programme of activities responding to the theme of ‘lost and found’. In the run up to the festival, we’ll be adding press releases, images and other exciting content to this digital press room. If you’re a journalist interested in covering the festival, please browse through the information below or contact our media and public relations officer, Maureen McTaggart on 0207 862 8859 /

Press releases

October 2017 themed press releases: Environment | Hidden histories | Politics and protest | Science and medicine | Technology
September 2017 press release: Lost and found: the art of Being Human | Related project summaries
June 2017 press release: Being Human 2017 expands into a global ‘lost and found’Related project summaries

Download related event images.

Press breakfast 1st November 2017

Join us for an exclusive first look at the Being Human festival 2017, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. From the causes and consequences of sleep loss to black British music and sound system culture, come and hear about the highlight events of this year’s programme.

Find out more.

Being Human festival programme 2017

It’s an exciting time for the Being Human Festival. Now in our fourth year, we are delighted to return with a programme that showcases the best, most exciting and innovative humanities research around the country.

Our theme this year is Lost and Found. With over 300 free event across the country (and abroad), we have been amazed by the variety and quality of events that have come forward in response to our call for participation. From shipwrecks and lost treasures to histories uncovered in archives, our programme demonstrates how humanities research is shaping the debates and shifting our understanding of the human world.

View our online programme here.

Introducing the Being Human festival

Being Human festival media coverage

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