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August 2018

Pavane

August 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

St Martin in the Fields lunchtime concert featuring Paul Higgs This performance is based on Pavane, Paul’s critically acclaimed album of original compositions, an exquisite, atmospheric, melody-rich fusion of jazz and classical music. Paul has never felt restricted by musical boundaries and in Pavane he combines the freedom of jazz with the rich sonorities of classical music. The pieces are in song form in a classical style with an emphasis on melody and counterpoint, but with the unmistakable beat of…

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Great Escapes

August 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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The story of MI9’s secret maps A National Archives lecture How did prisoners of war make their escape through occupied territory? In 1939, MI9, a newly-established intelligence branch of the War Office, was charged with organising the escape and evasion of British military personnel. Maps were identified as the basic need for any successful escaper and so began a huge map production programme. Dr Barbara Bond draws on The National Archives’ collection of WWII escape and evasion maps previously held by…

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September 2018

Angel Canal Festival 2018

September 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
City Road Lock, Graham Street
London, N1 8JX United Kingdom
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The Angel Canal Festival has been taking place for over thirty years on the Regent’s Canal in Islington. Based around the City Road Lock, basin and towpath, it features boat trips, craft stalls, refreshments, live music and street theatre. Free of charge - No need to book, just turn up on the day! City Road Lock, Graham Street, London N1 8JX Further information

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge 2018

September 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The traditional rowing challenge for Doggett’s Coat and Badge takes place this year on Tuesday, 4th September, starting at 4.00pm. It has been taking place on the River Thames every year since 1715, between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea) – the sites of the Old Swan Tavern and the Swan Inn Chelsea. Up to six young watermen row under 11 bridges on the 7,400 metre course. The event was founded by the famous actor Thomas Doggett, in honour of the accession to…

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Why Public Spaces Matter

September 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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A British Library lecture by Amanda Levete CBE What makes good public space? And how can architects design public spaces that allow these exchanges to happen? Part of the lecture series between between UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and the British Library on Rethinking Public Value and Public Purpose in 21st Century Capitalism, this lecture explores the role of our institutions in the creation of public space. Can they be risk takers in a risk-averse world? And how can we persuade them…

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Rise Festival 2018

September 5 - September 15
Rise Gallery, 7-9 St George's Walk
Croydon, CR0 1YH United Kingdom
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Celebrating the rise of urban art in Croydon The Rise Festival, London’s newest and largest international urban art event, is a celebration of the globally recognised movement that is urban art. In a short time, this increasingly popular art form has not only caught the imagination of people around the world but has grown its identity with visual diversity at an incredible rate. It is becoming harder to find a town or city in any part of the world that…

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La Strada

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PD United Kingdom
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Screening of Federico Fellini’s classic road movie Fellini's Oscar-winning masterpiece, La Strada (1954), tells the story of the enchanting Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), who is sold by her mother to the brutal strongman Zampano (Anthony Quinn) in order to take part in his circus act. She learns to play the trumpet and perform a clown act, but she is simultaneously beaten and abused by Zampano. Upon their travels through impoverished Italy, Gelsomina encounters 'Il Matto' – ' The Fool' (Richard Basehart), a gentle,…

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Imperial Roman Women and Power

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£8.14

Much of the research on the Roman Empire focuses on the Emperors themselves, but less on the powerful women of the Imperial court. It was such women who it is argued often wielded the power behind the throne. Examples include Livia Drusilla, third wife of the first Emperor Augustus, Julia Agrippina, sister of Caligula, fourth wife of Claudius and mother of Nero, Julia Mammaea, mother of Severus Alexander, and Galla Placidia, daughter of Theodosius the Great, half sister of Honorius…

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Tour of Lambeth Palace Library

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road
London, SE1 7JU United Kingdom
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This is rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Lambeth Palace Library. The tour, lasting approximately 90 minutes, includes a visit to the conservation studio and talks from archives and printed books staff about the history of its collections, and its work today. Items from the archives will be on display. The tour also visits the Great Hall and parts of the Palace. Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7JU Cost: Free of charge Further information

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Mary Wollstonecraft Open Day

September 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, Camden Town
London, NW1 1UL United Kingdom
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St Pancras Old Church is organising an open day to celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797) who lived in Somers Town and is buried in its churchyard. This English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but that they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines…

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The Great River Race 2018

September 8 @ 10:20 am - 5:00 pm
Free

London’s Great River Race is a spectacular rowing challenge up the River Thames. It attracts over 330 traditional boats from all over the world, including gigs, skiffs, cutters, currachs, jolly boats, naval whalers, Chinese dragon boats, Hawaiian war canoes, Viking longships, shallops, skerries, wherries and many, many more. Starting from Millwall Slipway at 10.20am, the race covers a 22 mile course. The leading boat is expected to cross the finish line, below Ham House in Richmond, at around 1.00pm. All Thames bridges,…

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September 2018 Pub Night

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Free

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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Thames Tradesmen

September 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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A Guildhall Library lecture by Pete Smith What was a bumboat? Why is a lighterman called a lighterman? Where could you buy anything from a parrot to a tiger? Which workers on the river were notorious for their bad language? In this illustrated talk, Pete Smith introduces some of the many trades to thrive along the Thames, some long defunct and some still thriving. Free Further information Organised by the Guildhall Library. The Guildhall Library is a public reference library…

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Chinatown – Past, Present and Future

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
China Exchange, 32A Gerrard Street
London, W1D 6JA United Kingdom
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Migration from China to Britain started in the 1800s, but why? And what was life like for those people? How were they welcomed and how did popular culture affect the lives and perception of those early Chinese migrants? Twenthieth century Chinatown became home to some of the first multi-racial families in Britain, but what was life like as a British-born Chinese? And why did the Chinese community move from Limehouse to Soho in the 50s and 60s? Join Hi Ching…

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I Object

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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Free

Ian Hislop and Janina Ramirez in conversation Broadcaster and art historian Janina Ramirez joins Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye and co-curator of the Citi exhibition I object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent. They discuss the themes of the exhibition and how subversion has been common throughout human history. At the BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG  Tickets £5.00 / concessions £3.00 Book at the ticket desk in the Great Court or online

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It’s All Academic

September 15
University College London, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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A University College London Festival This year’s It’s All Academic Festival at UCL brings together a range of talks, tours, workshops, pop-up events and interactive experiences. Explore what life will look like for the future human with a panel of UCL experts, tour the hidden history of UCL’s campus, join the Constitution Unit to debate the will of the people, test how clean your phone really is (if you dare), go behind the scenes in the museums to discover mystery…

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Costermongers’ Harvest Festival

September 16 @ 12:00 pm
Guildhall, Gresham Street
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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Street traders, or 'costermongers' as they became known, have been an important feature of London life since the 11th century – and for the best part of 900 of those years they were unlicensed and itinerant – at times hounded by the authorities and bureaucracy. They cried their wares to attract customers with vigour and panache – much to the annoyance of London's 'well-to-do' society – yet they provided an essential service to London's poor, mainly selling their wares in…

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The Bishops who built Fulham Palace

September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Fulham Palace, Bishop's Avenue, Fulham
London, SW6 6EA United Kingdom
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Join the curator of Fulham Palace, Miranda Poliakoff, as she examines the fascinating mixture of architectural styles showcased in the building. Evolved over seven centuries, today’s ‘patchwork palace’ reflects the many different bishops who have lived here. During the talk, Miranda discusses their tastes, their vision, the architects they employed and the (often expensive) alterations that resulted. From around 700, when the site was acquired by Bishop Waldhere, it served as a bishop’s residence for over 12 centuries. It was…

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The Origins of Romanticism

September 18 @ 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 Sir Jonathan Bate CBE FBA The historian Isaiah Berlin described the Romanticism of the late 18th and early 19th centuries as 'the greatest single shift in the consciousness of the West that has occurred'. What is the justification for this claim, what do we mean by 'Romanticism' and when did it begin? In the first of a series of lectures on English Romanticism, Jonathan Bate will go on a journey from the Scottish Highlands to…

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Painting, Patronage and Politics

September 19 @ 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 Simon Thurley CBE Tudor England was a dangerous place for the wealthy and powerful. A love of art and architecture was not only a sign of connoisseurship but also of political ambition. The cultural ambitions of the Tudor elite open a window into contemporary attitudes to religion, international relations and politics, and illuminate the rise and fall of the century's great patrons. Professor Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular broadcaster and was, for…

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Celebrate St Pancras

September 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Camden Local Studies Centre, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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£1

The people, the place, the journey A Camden History Society lecture by Josie Murray St Pancras Station is 150 years old in 2018. HS1, as owner of St Pancras, celebrates the station’s rich history by connecting and engaging with its visitors over the course of the year to reveal and share stories about the place, the people who worked or used it, and the journey that the station has been through over the course of the 150 years. This talk…

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The Music Scholars of Eton College

September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St John’s Smith Square, Westminster
London, SW1P 3HA United Kingdom
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£5

This concert showcases thirteen senior music scholars in their final year at Eton College, and is a rare opportunity to hear these advanced musicians, from one of the most famous schools in the world, giving a public recital outside Eton. Conductor – Tim Johnson Tickets: £5.00 + transaction fee Further information Eton College St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HA. The magnificent church of St John’s Smith Square is one of the finest examples of English Baroque architecture and…

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Open House London 2018

September 22 - September 23
Free

Open House London, the capital’s greatest festival of architecture and design, takes place again on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018. This annual event is a truly city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where Londoners live and work. Everyone is invited to experience, explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. It is a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of the capital’s amazing architecture with hundreds of buildings of all kinds opening their…

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Chocolate at the Royal Court

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU United Kingdom + Google Map
£15

A Hampton Court Palace talk with curator Polly Putnam Discover more about the fascinating relationship between chocolate and royalty! Polly Putnam is the collections curator responsible for Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace. She helps uncover the stories of the people who lived and worked in those palaces and finds ways of displaying objects to help tell their stories. Polly specialises in post-1700s works of art and is particularly fond of silver, glamorous textiles and chocolate. This event takes place…

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October 2018

Exit through the Gift Shop

October 12 @ 6:30 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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£3

Screening of Banksy's groundbreaking film Capturing the exhilarating behind-the-scenes world of graffiti art, an eccentric Frenchman tries to film and befriend Banksy, only for the artist to turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Featuring exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many more of the world's most renowned graffiti artists at work, the film is a hilarious true story of low-level criminality, companionship and incompetence. The story of how one man set out to film…

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