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April 2019

The Natural Environment of Tudor London

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham lecture by Professor Carolyn Roberts Tudor London is variously reported as a squalid seething mass of humanity choking on its own filth and fumes, and as a delightful garden where babbling brooks and sweet flowers delighted the senses of people such as Elizabeth I, Shakespeare and Erasmus. Drawing on evidence from contemporary maps, paintings and writings, and modern environmental science, the lecture offers a 'virtual' walk around the City with Sir Thomas Gresham, evaluating these different perspectives on…

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The History of Kew Gardens

April 11 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Mary’s Barnes, Church Road
London, SW13 9HL United Kingdom
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£2

Lecture by Mary Done at the Barnes and Mortlake History Society Mary Done of the Kew Society retraces the history of Kew Gardens. There have been privately owned gardens on this site since the 16th century, and the Royal Botanical Gardens were opened to the public in 1840. Today they house the most diverse plant collection in the world. The Barnes and Mortlake History Society promotes interest in the local history of Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen in the London…

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The London Clown

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road
London, EC1R 0HB United Kingdom
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£20

Join Dr Eva Griffith for a day exploring the history of clowning at the London Metropolitan Archives. From Richard Tarlton to Will Kemp and Thomas Greene we know who drew the crowds in Shakespeare’s day. But how did clowns evolve in London, with Joseph Grimaldi becoming the most popular entertainer of the Regency period, so famous indeed that clowns are known as ‘Joeys’ to this day? And what has happened to clowning since? Dr Eva Griffith is a theatre historian,…

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Text Mining: A Test of Character

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Richard Harvey Text is everywhere. From tweets to the gigantic records of governments, machine processing of text is now subtle and pervasive. We can automatically identify authors of works, look for disease within tweets and even construct chatbots which can convince some people that these machines are human. In this lecture, we provide a brief history of text processing and look towards the future when the computer sonnet or love poem might become a…

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Widow’s Bun Ceremony

April 19
The Widow’s Son pub, 75 Devons Road
London, E3 3PJ United Kingdom
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The Widow's Son is a Grade II* listed public house in Bow in the East End of London, situated at 75 Devons Road, London E3 3PJ. The Victorian pub was built on the site of an old widow’s cottage. Acording to legend, the widow's only son left to go to sea, and wrote to her explaining that he was returning home at Easter and that he was looking forward to eating one of her delicious hot cross buns. Sadly, he…

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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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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

Michael Rosen’s Alphabet Soup

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

Is A for Apple? Richly illustrated and often themed, alphabet books are one of our earliest encounters with the shapes and sounds of letters. Writer and broadcaster, Michael Rosen, takes us on a celebratory romp through our ABC’s. Michael Rosen is one of Britain’s best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults. He is currently Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Michael is also a popular broadcaster and has presented BBC Radio 4’s Word of…

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Canalway Cavalcade 2019

May 4 - May 6
Little Venice, Warwick Avenue
London, W9 2JJ United Kingdom
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Free

The Canalway Cavalcade, which takes place during the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May, is organised by the Inland Waterways Association. This is London’s biggest, brightest and best waterways festival, based at Little Venice since 1983. There are activities for all the family with a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, live music, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, and a wide variety of food and drink. At Little Venice,…

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Mela Guitar Quartet at the Purcell Room

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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Part of the Classical Season 2018/19 Hear effervescent classical guitar music from the quartet's new album, plus world premieres from composers Michael Finnissy, Laura Snowden and Stephen Goss. Alongside repertoire from album Pluck, Strum and Hammer, Mela Guitar Quartet performs Carmen Fantasy by Steve Goss, as described by BBC Music Magazine: ‘This party-piece of the year achieves the impossible… flair, quick thinking and a feel for colour are everywhere… part satire, cleverly deconstructs the opera and other composers’ Spanish fantasies.’…

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Cuneiform

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£15

The oldest form of writing in the world With Irving Finkel of the British Museum From mundane record keeping to fortune telling, Cuneiform script on tablets of clay reveals ancient Mesopotamian civilisation in a very human way: its history and economics, beliefs, ideas and superstitions. A talk by Irving Finkel of the British Museum, with readings and ancient music performed live. At the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB Tickets £15 / concessions This…

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Gresham’s Exchange

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Stephen Alford ‘Go to the Exchange, crave gold as you intend.’ (William Haughton, Englishmen for My Money, 1598). Sir Thomas Gresham's first great contribution to the life of London was the Royal Exchange, the purpose-built merchants' bourse which opened in 1567. Why did Gresham finance and build it? What did Londoners (and others) do there? And what does the Exchange tell us about Gresham's ambitions both for himself and for London? Professor Stephen Alford…

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Spot the difference at Battersea!

May 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Village Hall at Battersea Power Station, 6 Arches Lane, Circus West Village
London, SW11 8AB United Kingdom
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Free

Rebuilding Battersea Power Station’s iconic chimneys For the second year in a row, and following the sell-out success of last year's event, Battersea Power Station is delighted to partner once again with London Craft Week to offer a fascinating insight into the craftsmanship behind restoring one of the world's most iconic landmarks. This year the partnership explores the careful deconstruction and restoration on the four most recognisable chimneys in the worlds, with a talk from the Structural Engineers, Heritage Experts…

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The History of Reading

May 9 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

A Short Introduction Belinda Jack explores the fascinating history of reading, from the ancient world to our own increasingly digital age. Today we tend to take reading for granted, but we nevertheless remain some way off from attaining literacy for the global population. And whilst we think we know what reading is, it remains in many ways a mysterious process, or set of processes. The effects of reading are myriad: it can be informative, distracting, moving, erotically arousing, politically motivating, spiritual,…

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Postcard from the Past

May 10 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

Are the days of sending picture postcards over? By Tom Jackson In a talk illustrated with suspiciously blue skies, enormous good-luck cats and a squadron of one-eared donkeys, Tom Jackson, curator of the Postcard From The Past twitter feed and book, draws on his alarmingly huge collection of everyday postcards to present the oddest, funniest, most touching messages. Beyond the problem with Auntie Beryl’s legs, where Dad left his sunhat or that time Kevin fell in the swimming pool, discover hidden messages,…

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Richmond May Fair 2019

May 11 - May 12
Richmond Green London, TW9 1LX United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Now in its 50th consecutive year, this fantastic community event has something for everyone. The primary purpose of the May Fair is, as always, to help local charities and community groups to raise money, but it’s also about bringing people together, having fun and showing the world what a fantastic place Richmond is. This year, the Richmond May Fair runs over two days and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 100 stalls and an action-packed schedule…

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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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Digital Listening

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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The Future of Music in the Age of Digital Fragmentation A Gresham College lecture by Professor Tom Service It’s a tough time to be a listener. Our present-day cultures of listening are radically fragmented, as our time and attention are fractalised into bits of information. What’s the future of listening? What will happen to the ways we give attention to music in the future? Our conclusion might be that an expanded definition of listening - an active, participative, engaged listening…

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May 2019 Pub Night

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Penderel’s Oak, 283-288 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7HP United Kingdom
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Please note a temporary change of venue! Our usual watering hole, the Liberty Bounds, is closed for a short period, because of refurbishment works. You are cordially invited to our May 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 large venue,…

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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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The Word on the Street

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£25

Graffiti, Typography and Art Where rebellion meets beauty and transgression meets art Explore the zone where rebellion meets beauty and transgression meets art. With a star panel including New York photojournalist Martha Cooper, graffiti bomber turned international musician Goldie, and artists eL Seed and JAKe. Includes entry to Late at the Library: Word Up. At the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB Tickets £25 / concessions This event is inspired by the British Library…

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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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Life in early modern Southwark

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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A day of talks about Edward Alleyn, Philip Henslowe and their world Southwark Cathedral celebrates some of the history associated with St Saviours, as the cathedral used to be known. Discover the lives of Philip Henslowe, manager of the Rose Theatre, and Edward Alleyn, famous actor and founder of Dulwich College which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. The school set up by parisioners of St Saviours church is also being examined.   The Southwark Grammar Schools of St. Saviour…

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Papyrology

May 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

Papyrology and the ancient world What is papyrology? What do papyrologists do? What does writing on papyri tell us about the ancient world? Join expert Jean-Luc Fournet for an insight into the world of papyri. Jean-Luc Fournet is an eminent French papyrologist. He was appointed professor at the Collège de France (Paris) in 2015. Prior to this Jean-Luc was a member of the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale in Cairo, a researcher at the CNRS in Strasbourg, and professor at the…

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