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February 2019

New discoveries in Bioarchaeology

February 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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£15

Over the past decades, mummies held in the British Museum collection have been the focus of new research using the latest scientific methods. In the past, the only way to analyse these bodies would have been to unwrap them, but the emergence of sophisticated non-invasive CT imaging techniques in the 1980s virtually eliminated the need to disturb their coverings. The clarity of the images generated makes it possible to analyse their remains in unprecedented detail. In this lecture, uncover the…

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Chinese New Year Concert 2019

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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Free

Promoted by the RCM Oriental Culture Society Celebrate the Year of the Pig as the Royal College of Music welcomes in the Chinese New Year with a special concert of traditional and western repertoire curated by RCM musicians! At the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS Tickets free, but booking required Telephone 020 7591 4300 The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall is a performance space of the highest international standard, which can accommodate large orchestral…

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Shakespeare’s Portraits

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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A Guildhall Library lecture by Principal Librarian Peter Ross There are just two representations of Shakespeare that are unambiguously identified as him, both of which may be posthumous. And yet in the first 40 years of its existence the National Portrait Gallery was offered 60 portraits purporting to be of the Bard. So how can we really know what he looked like? Peter Ross, Principal Librarian at Guildhall Library, reviews the evidence in the hunt for a true likeness of…

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Gresham’s World

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Global Traffic, Trade, and the Metamorphosis of England A Gresham Lecture by Professor Nandini Das Global trade and traffic, many of Gresham’s contemporaries would say, had altered sixteenth-century England beyond recognition, from its food, fashion, and language, to the look and feel of its cities and neighbourhoods. How did its subjects respond to this transformation? Using contemporary print and theatre, this lecture will discuss how England and Englishness was defined, even as the boundaries between the home and the world became increasingly diffuse. Nandini Das is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She is an expert on Renaissance literature and cultural history, with a special emphasis on travel and…

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Improviso

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields Improviso is a dynamic young quartet who met at the Royal College of Music in London and have been exploring historically informed improvisation and 17-18th century chamber music together since March 2017. Highlights have included performances at St James’s Piccadilly, the Wigmore Hall, the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh, the Brighton Early Music Festival, and in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme. Free PROGRAMME Trad. – Improvisation on the ground Simon…

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Tim Waterstone: A Bookseller’s Memoir

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

Reflections on the life of Britain's most successful bookseller Tim Waterstone is one of Britain's most successful business people, having built the Waterstones empire that started with one bookshop in 1982. Join him in conversation as he recalls the childhood experiences that led him to become an entrepreneur and outlines the business philosophy that enabled Waterstones to dominate the bookselling business throughout the country. Tim explores his formative years in a small town in rural England at the end of…

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Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019

February 10
Chinatown, Gerrard Street
London, W1 D United Kingdom
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Free

Celebrate the Year of the Pig! London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia, attracting hundreds of thousands of people. Expect large crowds descending on Gerrard Street, Wardour Street and Lisle Street, to watch the traditional dragon dance, and sample the delicious food on offer in a multitude of restaurants! The festivities kick off with a vibrant parade in and around Chinatown, followed by spectacular free stage performances in Trafalgar Square. Explore the surrounding area to enjoy…

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February 2019 Pub Night

February 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 February 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…

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Rival Queens

February 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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£20

The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots A National Archives author talk and book signing Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots’ rivalry is one of history’s most famous family feuds. Delve into the extraordinary lives of these respective queens as told through Kate Williams’ book Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots. Kate Williams is a historian, author and broadcaster and is Professor of Modern History at Reading University. She is a specialist in modern history, royal…

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Duo Sarti at St Martin’s

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields Roberto Noferini – Baroque Violin Chiara Cattani – Harpsichord Duo Sarti is an ensemble consisting of Roberto Noferini and Chiara Cattani. They show great versatility in choosing the repertoire and the historical instruments they play. While specializing in baroque music, they also give attention to the modern and contemporary repertoire and perform compositions specifically created for them. They are both teachers of baroque and classical chamber music, often giving masterclasses. PROGRAMME Handel – Sonata for…

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Domesday in the Public Record

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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£10

A National Archives talk and document display Domesday is a truly iconic document which has held a special place in the public imagination since it was written over 900 years ago. Dr Jessica Nelson, Medieval Records Specialist at The National Archives, focuses on Domesday’s life over the past nine centuries. Accompanying the talk will be a display of related material, including the beautiful illuminated 13th-century Abbreviato of Domesday. Dr Nelson featured in the BBC mockumentary series Cunk on Britain last…

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Subterranean City

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk
London, W8 7RX United Kingdom
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Beneath the Streets of London A Kensington Library lecture by Antony Clayton Author Antony Clayton presents an illustrated talk about the buried city beneath our streets. This subterranean world includes lost rivers, utility subways, ‘ghost’ underground stations and government bunkers and tunnels. Antony Clayton is the author of Decadent London, The Folklore of London, Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore & Fact and Netherwood: Last Resort of Aleister Crowley. He also co-edited, with Phil Baker, Lord of Strange Deaths: The Fiendish…

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Living with Buildings

February 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

Living with Buildings and Walking With Ghosts A London Transport Museum lecture by Iain Sinclair London has inspired countless stories and perspectives over time. But as sweeping changes take place, what lies on the other side for the Capital and those who inhabit her? Join Iain Sinclair as he recounts his own perspective on the city he has written about for many years, changing beyond recognition, and what remains or begins for life after London. Living with Buildings and Walking…

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Adam Piotr Zukiewicz at St Martin’s

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields Part of the Pianists of the World Series Adam Piotr Żukiewicz –piano A native of Poland, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has performed to critical acclaim across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong and Macau. He has played some of the most important concert venues, including The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Residenztheater in Munich, Goldensaal at the Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala in…

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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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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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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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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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Prince Arthur

March 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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The Tudor King who never was A National Archives talk and document display During the early part of the sixteenth century, England should have been ruled by King Arthur Tudor, not Henry VIII. Had Arthur, the first-born son of Henry VII, lived into adulthood, his younger brother Henry would never have become King of England. The nation’s subsequent history would have been very different, since the massive religious, social and political changes of Henry VIII’s reign might not have been…

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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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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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People’s Vote March

March 23
Free

On the 23rd of March, just six days before the Government hopes to take Britain out of the EU, hundreds of thousands of people march on Parliament offering a solution to a crisis that threatens their living standards, businesses and jobs, by demanding a People’s Vote.  Assemble on Park Lane (southbound carriageway), north of the Hilton Hotel at 12.00 noon for a 1.00pm start. If travelling by tube, you are advised to exit at Marble Arch or Bond Street. You…

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