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March 2019

Humble Pi

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£16

When Maths goes wrong A Royal Institution lecture by Matt Parker Most of the time, the maths in our everyday lives works quietly behind the scenes, until someone forgets to carry a '1' and a bridge collapses or a plane drops out of the sky. Join Matt Parker to explore the bizarre ways maths can trip us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Exploring and explaining a litany of near-misses and mishaps involving the internet,…

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Astronomy and our view of the Cosmos

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Free

A Gresham lecture by Professor Joseph Silk FRS Thomas Gresham lived from 1519 to 1579. The first telescope was designed in 1608 in the Netherlands, and first pointed at the heavens by Galileo a year later. The greatest discoveries since the pre-telescope era have been that of the existence of many other planets around distant stars, and the vastness of the universe. So much has happened since Gresham’s era, yet many of the questions about our cosmic origins still remain.…

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Lotharingia

March 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stanfords Maps, 7 Mercer Walk
London, WC2H 9FA United Kingdom
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£4

A personal history of Europe’s lost country A Stanfords event In 843 AD, the three surviving grandsons of the great emperor Charlemagne met at Verdun. After years of bitter squabbles over who would inherit the family land, they finally decided to divide the territory and go their separate ways. In a moment of staggering significance, one grandson inherited the area we now know as France, another Germany and the third received the piece in between: Lotharingia. Lotharingia is a history…

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Angels

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£7

A Visible and Invisible History A Southwark Cathedral lecture by Peter Stanford 'In a 2016 poll, one in ten Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. These are huge numbers and mean that, on some counts, angels are doing better than God.' In a thought-provoking and entertaining talk, writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford searches out the origins of angels in religious thought, history, psychology…

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Barnes Music Festival 2019

March 9 - March 24

Music and Invention Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary, the festival theme for 2019 is Music and Invention. Over thirty orchestral, choral, instrumental, jazz and film events from international artists and local groups take place at various venues throughout Barnes. In all, some 800 musicians take part this year. Ticket prices vary. Organised by the Barnes Music Festival Programme Detailed listings

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March 2019 Pub Night

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Penderel’s Oak, 283-288 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7HP United Kingdom
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Free

Please note a temporary change of venue! Our usual watering hole, the Liberty Bounds, is due to close for a short period, because of refurbishment works. You are cordially invited to our March pub night, which takes place at the Penderel’s Oak Public House, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. This event is open to everyone, and there is no need to book. Just come along on the night – we’ll be there till late. The Penderel’s Oak is a…

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Photofair 2019

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street
London, W1U 5AS United Kingdom
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The place to find fine vintage photographs The London Photograph Fair has been London's marketplace for fine vintage photographs, albums and photobooks since 1982. It continues to be a great resource for dealers, collectors and curators from around the world – a best-kept secret for those in the know. A great variety of works are on display and for sale: from original vintage fine art, press and fashion photographs, to contemporary, modern and 19th century rarities. Specialist book dealers offer a…

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The Thames Barrier

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road
London, EC1R 0HB United Kingdom
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Free

A London Metropolitan Archives lecture The Thames Barrier flood defences have served London well since 1984 and represent innovative engineering approaches to managing environmental challenges. Discover more about its construction and planning! Part of the Year of Engineering. Free – Booking essential The London Metropolitan Archives are home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, film and books about London. They run a wide selection of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more…

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The Anne Boleyn Music Book

March 20 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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Free

Hear selected works from one of the Royal College of Music’s greatest treasures – the Anne Boleyn Music Book – a manuscript that almost certainly once belonged to the Tudor queen. Intimately staged in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, this special curated concert introduced by Professor Richard Wistreich and led by professors from the Historical Performance Faculty features performances of arrangements for voices, viols, lutes, recorders and broken consort. The original manuscript will be on display along with copies of…

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Bus Fare

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cubic Theatre, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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£12

Stories of the London Bus A London Transport Museum event Instantly recognizable, endlessly imitated: London's buses are iconic. Not merely a vital component of the city's infrastructure, they are equally embedded in its culture; written about, sung about, joked about, filmed, painted (and painted on), advertised, and celebrated in myriad ways. Join social historians Travis Elborough and Joe Kerr on a journey celebrating the unique relationship that Londoners have with their most important mode of transport. What routes are best…

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April 2019

Monthly Depot Discovery Tours

April 20
LTM Acton Depot, 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane
London, W3 9BQ
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£12

London Transport Museum Acton Depot Depot Discovery tours have been developed for an adult audience, but older children with a keen interest in transport or design may also enjoy them. Under–16s must be accompanied by an adult during the tour. Tours last approximately two hours. Times: 11.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 16.00 Tickets £12.00 / concessions Further details on the London Transport Museum website The London Transport Museum Acton Depot is at 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane, London W3 9BQ. Nearest Underground station: Acton…

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Queen Victoria

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£10

A Southwark Cathedral lecture by Lucy Worsley Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed in everlasting black? Or a passionate young princess, a romantic heroine with a love of dancing? There is also a third Victoria - a woman who was also a remarkably successful queen, one who invented a new role for the monarchy. She found a way of being a respected sovereign in an age when people were deeply uncomfortable with having a…

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500 Years of Mathematics

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Free

A Gresham College lecture by Professor Chris Budd OBE Much has happened in the 500 years since the birth of Thomas Gresham, and mathematics is no exception. Most mathematicians were then in awe of the Greeks and felt little had been done since. But the start of modern mathematics soon followed, marked by the solution of the cubic equation. Mathematics has grown explosively since then and we are now in an age of great discovery. The last 500 years of…

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May 2019

Covent Garden May Fayre 2019

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Covent Garden Market London, WC2E 8RF United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival This annual fair brings together Punch and Judy professors from all over the world in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. St Paul’s Church is unofficially known as the Actors’ Church, owing to the numerous theatres in the area. The festival celebrates the first sighting of a Punch and Judy show by Samuel Pepys in the year 1662. You’ll find a commemorative inscription to this effect in the Piazza. Mr Punch takes pride…

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Photo London

May 16 - May 19
Somerset House, The Strand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Now in its fifth edition, Photo London has established itself as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. From the capital’s major museums, to its auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings together the world’s leading photographers, curators,…

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Photofair – Special Edition

May 18 - May 19
King’s College London, Strand Campus
London, WC2R 2LS United Kingdom
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A Photo London satellite event The Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair – an annual edited, boutique event – takes place at King's College London on the Strand, adjacent to Somerset House, on Saturday & Sunday  18th & 19th May 2019. This boutique event allows established international dealers specialising in vintage photographs and photo-books to present displays of their best vintage material. On view and for sale are unique and original works from the entire history of photography from the…

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