Private Spheres: Gendered Spaces in the Eighteenth Century House @ Benjamin Franklin House | London | United Kingdom
Using Benjamin Franklin House as a case-study, Front of House and Marketing Supervisor, Tara Sutin, will deliver a talk about the gendering of private spaces in the eighteenth century home. Following, take a gender-focused tour[...]
Continental loss: the quest to determine Antarctica’s contribution to sea-level change @ The Royal Society | London | United Kingdom
For over 50 years scientists have been working to understand Antarctica’s contribution to sea level. For much of this time there has been disagreement about if this massive ice sheet is even growing or shrinking.[...]
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Resurrection: A Good Easter @ St Paul's Cathedral | London | United Kingdom
This is the third event of a series of three evenings about Lent and Easter. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will talk about Lent on 19 February, and Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford will talk[...]
Cutting Edge: Improving the future of surgery through research @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | United Kingdom
Find out what the future holds for patients undergoing surgery in the next decade. Three current researchers will present the cutting edge work that they are doing to solve some of the health issues and[...]
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A night of ice and fire w/@helen_keen @ Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
Could fire-breathing dragons ever exist? What really happens when royalty inbreeds? Could real-world pyromancers create Wildfire? And can you actually crush someone’s skull with your bare hands? Comedian Helen Keen (BBC Radio 4’s It Is[...]
Do humanists need to be more outspoken on Islam & sharia? @ Conway Hall | London | United Kingdom
Charlie Klendjian is a commercial lawyer and the Secretary of the Lawyers’ Secular Society. The LSS is a group of lawyers, law students and legal professionals, both religious and non-religious, which campaigns for state neutrality[...]
Climate Change & the Common Good: The Cultural Challenge @ St Faith's Chapel, Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral | London | United Kingdom
This public event at St Paul’s Cathedral, organised in partnership with the Diocese of London, will explore the behavioural and organisational changes needed to mitigate climate change, alongside a display of cultural expressions focusing on[...]
The extreme world of ultra intense lasers w/@DrKatypoo @ Royal Institution of Great Britain | London | England | United Kingdom
When lasers were invented over half a century ago they were hailed as a “solution looking for a problem”. Since then lasers have come to revolutionise our lives through their practical applications such as data[...]
Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Matter of Life and Death @ Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) | London | United Kingdom
Thirty years after the ICA’s 1984/85 Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition, the artist’s only UK solo presentation, art historian and senior Jungian analyst Irene Cioffi Whitfield presents a lecture on the psychological life and work of this[...]
Walking Workshop + Talk: Reclaiming the City with Andrew Stuck @ Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art | London | United Kingdom
To complement Los Carpinteros’ exhibition, this participatory ‘walkshop’ will lead you from Parasol unit’s galleries into the surrounding neighbourhood and invite you to explore and ‘repatriate’ spaces. At points, we will stop to listen and[...]
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Royal Operations @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | United Kingdom
Surgeons always enjoy a good surgical story. Few beat stories of operations on Kings and Queens of the past. In this illustrated talk, Professor Harold Ellis FRCS will recount some of his favourite “Royal Operations”.
The Derbyshire Mummified Fairy @ The Vaults, Dirty Dicks | London | United Kingdom
Up there with The Fiji Mermaid, the Area 51 Alien Autopsy film and The Cottingley Fairies, the Derbyshire Mummified Fairy is considered to be one of the greatest hoaxes of modern times. Still ‘going viral’[...]
Viva! Collectives and Collaboration @ Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art | London | United Kingdom
Artists Alex Schady and David Burrows both work extensively with collectives and collaboration in their practices, in ways that address the political and the satirical. For this event these two artists will take us on[...]
A Time to Laugh? A Theology of Joy and Laughter @ St Paul's Cathedral, Crypt | London | United Kingdom
We know that laughter can help us deal with failure, build relationships and is great for our wellbeing, but does it have anything teach us about God? Christianity has had a very mixed relationship with[...]
From Womb to Tomb: Medical Images in C18th British Art @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | United Kingdom
The eighteenth century was an age of satire. Gay, Swift, Pope, Fielding and many other writers depicted society with barbed pens. Artists such as Hogarth, Rowlandson and Gillray followed suit in their graphic prints and[...]
Dr Martin Shaw on The Trickster @ Swedenborg House | London | United Kingdom
Dr Martin Shaw takes on the trickster In a night of story, commentary, and sheer speculation, Dr Martin Shaw leads us into a fast and dangerous current of trickster stories. Wolverine blazes with hunger, Hermes[...]
UFOs: The Making of a Modern Myth w/@shuclarke @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom
The talk will examine one or more aspects of contemporary UFO belief as aspects of myth. More details will be confirmed nearer the time. Dave Clarke is Course Leader and Senior lecturer in Media Law[...]
Drug Discovery in a University: Fact or Fiction? @ Royal Society of Chemistry | London | United Kingdom
Join multi award winning Professor Barry Potter FMedSci, as he discusses drug discovery, addressing a number of the challenges faced by an increasing population, longer life span and clinical trials, and touches on the need[...]
Debate: Long term psychiatric medication use is causing more harm than good @ Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | London | United Kingdom
“This House Believes that the long term use of psychiatric medications is causing more harm than good.” The Maudsley Debates take place three times a year at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in[...]
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Buying and Selling Sex - the Big Debate @ Conway Hall | London | United Kingdom
‘Sex work’ is work. Prostitution is violence against women. These two sentences encapsulate the polarised and often bitter feminist debate over the buying and selling of sex. So what can the two sides agree on?[...]
The Improbability Principle: Why Incredibly Unlikely Things Keep Happening @ Conway Hall | London | United Kingdom
Coincidences happen, incredibly unlikely things occur, and the apparently miraculous comes about. The improbability principle says that such extraordinarily improbable events are commonplace. It shows that this is not a contradiction, but that we should[...]
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
People-powered science @ The Royal Society | London | United Kingdom
Explore the humble beginnings of the citizen science movement. From classifying the cosmos to tracking British bees, citizen science has captivated the imagination of the British public; online platforms such as Zooniverse have over 1[...]
May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Gardening without Boundaries @ Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road | London | United Kingdom
Come on a journey to discover the secret world of guerrilla gardening and hear tales of the motivations, obstacles and unexpected consequences of transforming forgotten patches of land into beautiful adopted gardens. Richard Reynolds, blogger[...]
****ing Strange: The Weird & Wonderful World of Animal Sex w/@schilthuizen @ The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks | London | United Kingdom
What’s the easiest way to tell species apart? Check their genitals. Researching private parts was long considered taboo, but scientists are now beginning to understand that the wild diversity of sex organs across species can[...]
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mendel's legacy @ The Royal Society | London | United Kingdom
Celebrate 150 years since Mendel’s lectures. You may remember learning about Mendel’s pea experiments in science classes growing up, using smooth and wrinkly peas to explain dominant and recessive traits. We now know that it’s[...]
Satanic Abuse, Multiple Personalities, False Memories & Weird Beliefs @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom
Lurid tales of children being sexually abused, of animals being ritually slaughtered and babies being bred for sacrifice, in bizarre black magic ceremonies by cults of devil-worshipping Satanists first surfaced in America in the early[...]
Dorothy L Sayers and ‘The Man Born to be King’ @ St Paul's Cathedral | London | United Kingdom
Dorothy L Sayers is best known for her detective novels, but she also wrote a controversial radio play about the life of Christ, broadcast on the BBC at the height of the Second World War.[...]
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Waterloo and its legacy @ British Library | London | United Kingdom
Historians and writers discuss the Battle of Waterloo and its place in European memory Shocking contemporaries and participants alike by the scale and carnage of the battle, Waterloo ended Napoleon’s imperial ambitions and helped to[...]
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Battlefield Medicine at Waterloo @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | United Kingdom
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday 18 June 1815. Around 100,000 Allied British, German and Dutch troops were commanded by Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington. Facing him was the French Armée[...]
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Music of Faith @ St Paul's Cathedral | London | United Kingdom
Music parallels and illuminates the experience of God in its changeability and fleetingness, and is one of the best ways we have to find the stillness in which a experience the sense of God’s presence.[...]