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September 2019

How to avert a Climate Catastrophe

September 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Free

A Gresham discussion forum chaired by Professor Jacqueline McGlade Taking part are: Professor Geoffrey Beattie, Vicky Pope and Dr Damien Short. After the UN Climate Action Summit in September, our Environment Professor will be talking to three experts about whether we still have a meaningful chance of averting a climate catastrophe, and how we can get there. The Extinction Rebellion protests pushed climate up the news agenda early in 2019, but what has happened since then, and what is happening…

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October 2019

The Age of Great Cities

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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Exploring the architectural, intellectual and political history of the Victorian town hall A Victoria and Albert Museum lunchtime lecture by Director Dr Tristram Hunt The Victoria era was known as The Age of Great Cities, as the booming industrial conurbations of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham sought to translate their wealth into civic pride and confident urban architecture. At the aesthetic and cultural core of the 19th century city was the Town Hall: designed as a testament to a city’s history,…

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Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

October 3 @ 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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£8

Part of the Orchestral Masterworks series Experience one of the most enduring symphonies in the orchestral repertoire as the RCM Philharmonic presents Beethoven’s Symphony no 5. This work’s popularity has not diminished its appeal, with powerful melodies and distinctive motifs uniting to create four dramatic and exciting movements. RCM Concerto Competition winner Dmitrii Kalashnikov performs Hummel’s Piano Concerto no 2. Kalashnikov has performed in Paris, Salzburg, Venice and Russia, and appears for the first time with the RCM Philharmonic with…

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A Field Guide to the English Clergy

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£3

A Southwark Cathedral talk by the Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie Join the Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie for a showcase of his Field Guide to the English Clergy, a compendium of diverse eccentrics, pirates, prelates and adventurers, all Anglican, some even practising. Fergus will also be talking about his new book, Priests de la Resistance! a biography of extraordinary priests famously willing to give their lives to fight the war against fascism. The Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie is a young curate in the Church of England…

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October 2019 Pub Night

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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You are cordially invited to our monthly pub night, which is due to take place at the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. 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. To find us, look out for the Luxembourg national flag on our table! Tuesday is Steak Night at the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a steak and chips,…

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Sir Joseph Bazalgette

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Cleansing the Victorian Metropolis A Gresham College lecture by Dr Stephen Halliday 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891), and will see the building of the first major addition to the system he created to prevent sewage entering the Thames. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is now finally making its way 16 miles beneath the course of the river from Acton to the Thames Estuary, to intercept storm water which would otherwise enter the Thames.…

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Lilia Salsano at St Martin’s

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields Lilia Salsano - piano One of Argentina’s most outstanding international pianists, Lilia Salsano is a prize-winner at national and international competitions. She frequently performs at prestigious festivals in her country as well as abroad, including the USA, the UK, Europe and South America, a particular highlight being her recital for the Festival Martha Argerich of Buenos Aires. Salsano is the first Argentine pianist to record the complete piano works of Argentine composer…

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Bernard Haitink conducting masterclass

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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£5

A Royal College of Music event The Royal College of Music is thrilled to welcome back venerable conductor Bernard Haitink to lead current and past RCM conductors in two masterclasses with the RCM Symphony Orchestra. PERFORMERS Bernard Haitink  Avi Taler, Nicolo Foron, Mark Biggins and Matthew Hardy conductors RCM Symphony Orchestra  PROGRAMME Mahler First and second movements from Symphony no 1 in D major ‘Titan’ At the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7…

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Bishopsgate Institute Archives Tour

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate
London, EC2M 4QH United Kingdom
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£7

Tour of the London Collections This event is a must for anyone interested in the history of the metropolis. For over 120 years, the Institute has collected books, maps, photographs and a wealth of other materials from London’s history. Join Special Collections & Archives Manager Stefan Dickers to hear about London's celebrity detectives and gangsters, and find out what happened to a rowdy group of builders drinking on a rooftop in 1806. Ticket £ 7.00 / concessions Further information at…

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The Mathematical World of C.L. Dodgson

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn
London, EC1N 2HH United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Robin Williams Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is best known for his ‘Alice’ books. But his ‘day job’ was as a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church in Oxford. What mathematics was he interested in? – and how good a mathematician was he? This illustrated lecture and book launch attempts to answer these questions by outlining his mathematical life, labours and legacy in the context of Victorian Oxford. Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Gresham Professor of…

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Biometrics: How unique are you?

October 22 @ 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 If people cannot identity themselves digitally then the digital society does not work. How do biometrics help reduce crime, and is it possible to have a biometric system yet not broadcast even more personal information than we do now? There are hosts of biometric systems but which ones work and which are little more than guesswork? Professor Richard Harvey is IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College and Professor…

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Piano Masterclass with John Lill

October 22 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2B United Kingdom
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A Royal College of Music event John Lill’s extensive repertoire includes more than eighty concertos, and he is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, USA and Japan. In Britain he has given over 25 London Promenade concerts and regularly appears with all the major symphony orchestras. He has toured overseas with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Hallé, Royal Scottish…

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Where Light Falls

October 24 - October 27
St Paul’s Cathedral London, EC4M 8AD United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Spectacular free light shows at St Paul’s Cathedral Using St Paul's iconic façade as a canvas, leading creatives Double Take Projections are projecting powerful poetry, visuals and photography to tell the fascinating story of the St Paul's Watch, volunteers who risked their lives to protect the cathedral during the Blitz. As most people took refuge in tube stations and air raid shelters across London, bombs rained down over the St Paul’s, the volunteers patrolled the cathedral. Armed with sandbags and…

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Elgar’s Enigma Variations

October 25 @ 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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Part of the Royal College of Music Orchestral Masterworks series RCM alumnus and clarinet professor Timothy Lines enjoys a wide-ranging career performing with major orchestras all over the world. Here he picks up the baton to conduct Elgar’s bold tone poem In the South, followed by one of his most celebrated pieces of music, 'Enigma'. This ambitious orchestral work features 14 variations on an original theme. Some suggest that the 'enigma' is a hidden melody within the piece. PERFORMERS Timothy…

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The Voice of 5,000 Movies

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£13

Dubbing illegal films in Communist Romania Irina Margareta Nistor in conversation with Andrew Collins A British Library event In the last years of Communist Romania, Irina Margareta Nistor secretly dubbed all the voices on countless banned movies on VHS tapes, smuggled in from the west. These tapes quickly spread and her voice became one of the best known in the entire country. She talks to broadcaster and film writer Andrew Collins about her remarkable story. Irina is featured in the documentary Chuck…

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Museums at Night 2019

October 31 - November 2

Museums at Night is a UK-wide festival of late openings of museums, galleries, libraries and archives, produced by not-for-profit cultural publisher Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling culture and heritage. The 2019 autumn edition of the Museums at Night festival is taking place from Thursday 31st October to Saturday 2nd November. Many London venues are taking part. Some of the events are free, others are ticketed. Check the events page for further information. More information can…

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November 2019

ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair

November 1 - November 2
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road
London, SW3 5EE United Kingdom
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Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, this 29th edition of the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in rare books, first editions, maps, prints, manuscripts and ephemera from all over the world. There's something for every interest – poetry, children's classics, modern fiction, gardening, cookery, sport, military, crime, art, architecture, travel. Prices start at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this a friendly and inspiring venue…

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Fear of the Resurrection Men

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Old Operating Museum and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas Street
London, SE1 9RY United Kingdom
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Talk at the Old Operating Theatre by Kirsty Chilton For London’s poor living in Georgian and Victorian times, the experience of the death of a loved one could be tragic, and the funeral that followed could be a bleak affair, with the remains often laid in an overcrowded grave. But at at least the body - and the soul - was now at rest. Or were they? In eighteenth and early nineteenth century London, the sanctity of the grave was…

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Regent Street Motor Show 2019

November 2 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Regent Street London, W1B 2EL United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

The Regent Street Motor Show is the largest free-to-view motor show in the UK, showcasing an impressive 126 years of motoring history. Celebrating the earliest days of motoring with the pre-1905 veteran cars on display as part of the EFG International Concours d’Elegance. On the day of the Show, Regent Street is closed to through traffic from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus. Opening hours of the Regent Street Motor Show are from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Free of Charge – No…

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London to Brighton Car Run 2019

November 3
Free

The traditional London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place on Sunday 3rd November 2019. It is the world’s longest-running motoring event – the first run took place as far back as 1896, to celebrate an Act of Parliament on the Locomotives on the Highway, increasing the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ to 14 mph, from 2 mph in towns and 4 mph in the country, and removing the stipulation that an escort had to walk 20 yards in front of…

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150 Years of the Periodic Table

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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The Origins of the Elements A Gresham College lecture by Dr Stephen Wilkins In this talk, which coincides with the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table, Dr Wilkins discusses the astrophysical origins of the chemical elements, almost all of which have an origin ranging from the big bang, to exploding white dwarfs, the collapse of massive stars, and the merger of ultra-compact objects, neutron stars. This final mechanism is responsible for many of the heaviest and rarest elements including…

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Maxim Vengerov Mozart Masterclass

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2B United Kingdom
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£5

A Royal College of Music event Maxim Vengerov, the RCM's Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin, has appeared with the world's finest orchestras and conductors and given solo recitals around the globe. He works with the RCM String Band and talented RCM violinists in this orchestral masterclass. PERFORMERS RCM String Band  Karolina Sutt - violin Elif Cansever - violin Katherine Yoon - violin PROGRAMME Mozart - Violin Concerto no 5 in A flat major K219 At the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall,…

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Lord Mayor’s Show 2019

November 9
Free

The annual Lord Mayor’s Show, which this year takes place on Saturday 9th November, is one of London’s grandest spectacles. A crowd of around half a million spectators cheer the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London along the way, and millions more people watch the live BBC coverage. The office of Lord Mayor dates from 1189, and the event in its current form dates back to the 16th century. The world-famous Lord Mayor’s Procession sets off from…

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November 2019 Pub Night

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Free

Join us at our monthly pub night, which takes place at the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. 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. To find us, look out for the Luxembourg national flag on our table! Tuesday is Steak Night at the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a steak and chips, including a drink, for around…

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The Language Show 2019

November 15 - November 17
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road
London, W14 8UX United Kingdom
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Free

The exhibition for language learners, teachers and everyone who loves languages. Now in its 31st year, Europe’s largest language event returns to Olympia. Featured are the latest products and resources, ways to learn and ways to teach, as well as fun and entertainment: • eighty free seminars • one hundred exhibitors • taster classes in twenty languages • dedicated programme for teachers • resources, tools and technology • classes, schools and distance learning • book publishers and online providers •…

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