Sep
5
Mon
By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London @ Royal College of Physicians | London | England | United Kingdom

Join the Royal College of Physicians for a fascinating evening of Great Fire history with leading historian Adrian Tinniswood, OBE.

Explore the new exhibition ‘To Fetch out the fire’ telling the story of London’s 17th century physicians as they were divided by war, battled with plague and almost ruined by flames, only to emerge with hope for the future in a magnificent new home by Robert Hooke. A symbol of London’s resilience and revival after the Great Fire.

See 17th century collections which escaped destruction: medical remedies and potions, fascinating archives, precious silver, rare books and a stunning assembly of portraits, including some touched by the fire itself that have the scars to prove it.

Adrian Tinniswood, the evening’s main speaker, has written fourteen books on architectural and social history, many with a 17th-century theme. They include By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London ; His Invention So Fertile, a biography of Sir Christopher Wren; and The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in 17th-century England, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

Human tragedy, cultural catastrophe, medical emergency. This event reveals how the Great Fire of London was a final calamity visited on a city weakened by more than three decades of destruction.
An unmissable evening for fans of the capital’s tumultuous history.

5.30pm: event opens – registration, refreshments and exhibition browsing
6.30–6.55pm: introduction to the RCP’s Great Fire exhibition
6.55–7.35pm: Adrian Tinniswood: By permission of heaven
7.35–7.50pm: Q&A
7.50–8.30pm: exhibition browsing
8.30pm: event closes.

Plato on Ideas
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm
Plato on Ideas @ Cecil Sharp House | London | England | United Kingdom

Plato is perhaps best known for his “theory of forms” – the view that there are eternal ideas which are the ultimate causes of material things. These eternal ideas, he says, have the status of real being – they always are just what they are; in contrast, the objects which are their reproductions in the material world are forever in a state of becoming – rising into existence and falling away into non-existence. Are ideas real? And in what way do they differ from human concepts? Parmenides says (in the dialogue named after him), if we dismiss immaterial ideas from reality, what is left for the mind to hold onto? This is the second of three evenings on the subject (the first was on Aug 8th, and the third will be on Oct 3rd – although each of the sessions are relatively self-contained). In this session we will continue looking at the Timaeus, and consider one of the strangest passages of the dialogue in which Plato explores the nature of matter: what is it that is literally “informed” by ideas? Can we even think about pure matter before it is given quality by forms?
Entrance is free, but donations at the door of £3-5 are welcomed.

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust’s activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the “London Monday Evenings” page.)

Sep
6
Tue
A Surprising Letter from Turkey: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu fights back against smallpox
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A Surprising Letter from Turkey: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu fights back against smallpox @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | England | United Kingdom

Gareth Williams tells the colourful story of how variolation against smallpox was brought to England, seized the medical and public imagination and spread throughout Europe during the century before Edward Jenner’s birth. The key players included Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, who both delighted and scandalised high society; Caroline of Ansbach, Princess of Wales and an assortment of top doctors.

Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568).

Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People
Sep 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People @ St Paul's Cathedral | London | England | United Kingdom

‘Never once did Jesus scan the room for the best example of holy living and send that person out to tell others about him. He always sent stumblers and sinners. I find that comforting.’ Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints

We all know that saints are dead and respectable. But St Paul called all the people of God saints whether they were behaving like saints, sinners or something much more ordinary. What if God is showing us the glory, the grace and the transformative love of his presence in the people who happen to be there, whether we like it – and them – or not? And could it possibly be that God is calling us to be saints as well, however unlikely that seems?

Nadia Bolz-Weber and Richard Coles are two of the freshest voices in contemporary Christianity and will reflect on what a life of sanctity might be in the 21st century.
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a Lutheran Pastor and the founder of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. A former stand-up comedian, she is the author of the best selling books Cranky Beautiful Faith and Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People (both Canterbury Press).
Richard Coles is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and the only priest in the Church of England to have had a No 1 hit single. Formerly a member of The Communards, he is now Vicar of Finedon, Northamptonshire and the author of the bestselling memoir Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit (W&N) and Lives of the Improbable Saints (DLT).

Sep
7
Wed
Talk ∙ Rana Begum in-conversation with Oliver Basciano and Hammad Nasar
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm

Talk ∙ Rana Begum in-conversation with Oliver Basciano and Hammad Nasar

Wednesday, 7 September, 7 pm

£8/6 (conc.) ∙ Booking essentialTalk Rana Begum at Parasol unit

This talk will be an opportunity to further understand the works of Rana Begum, its relationship with architecture and the urban environment. Rana will be in discussion with Oliver Basciano, Editor (International) for ArtReview Magazine and a freelance curator. Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes at the Asia Art Archive, will contextualise the work in relation to the Asian contemporary arts world.

Creating paranormal drama for film and TV w/@SteveVolk
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm
Creating paranormal drama for film and TV w/@SteveVolk @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom

How does a childhood interest in ghost stories and horror grow into a fascination with the scientific study of the paranormal? And how does that in turn feed back into creating dramas about the supernatural?

Stephen Volk is an avowed sceptic, yet repeatedly drawn to telling tales of the spooky and other-worldly, in books, on stage, on film and for the small screen, working both in Britain and in Hollywood.

He will be talking about his reasons for writing in the genre and his attitude to his subject matter, beginning with the dubious success of the controversial (some say legendary) 1992 BBC Halloween “hoax” Ghostwatch – which jammed the switchboard at the BBC and caused questions to be raised in Parliament – continuing with his experience as creator and lead writer of the 2005-6 peak-time drama series Afterlife, about a troubled medium (Lesley Sharp) and an even more troubled psychologist (Andrew Lincoln), which ran for two award-winning seasons on ITV.

He will also describe how his 1920s-set screenplay for The Awakening (2011), starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West was influenced directly by the history of psychical research.

His latest TV show also straddles the areas of fear, psychology and belief: a three-part adaptation of Phil Rickman’s novel Midwinter of the Spirit, premiering on ITV in Autumn 2015, and starring two-time BAFTA-winner Anna Maxwell Martin as C of E “Deliverance Minister” (exorcist to you and me) Merrily Watkins.

Stephen Volk’s many screenplays include The Guardian, co-written with the director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin, and Ken Russell’s Gothic starring Natasha Richardson and Gabriel Byrne. His ghostly stage play The Chapel of Unrest was presented in 2013 at London’s Bush Theatre starring Jim Broadbent and Reece Shearsmith, and his play about the Fox sisters, Answering Spirits, appeared at the Edinburgh Festival.

His short stories have been chosen for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Best British Mysteries, and Best British Horror, he has been a Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award finalist, and his second collection, Monsters in the Heart, won the British Fantasy Award in 2014. His highly-acclaimed novella Whitstable, featuring revered Hammer horror star Peter Cushing, has just been accompanied by a follow-up, Leytonstone, about the boyhood of Alfred Hitchcock.

Sep
8
Thu
From base change to better care in diabetes
Sep 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
From base change to better care in diabetes @ The Royal Society | London | England | United Kingdom

Diabetes affects over 4 million people in the UK but there are still many uncertainties about the causes and best treatment approaches for this common condition.

Join Professor Andrew Hattersley as he discusses how, for patients with pure genetic diabetes, defining the specific causes of a patient’s diabetes has resulted in dramatic improvements in their treatment.

Discover how these findings have changed the management of patients born with diabetes throughout the world and have led to molecular genetic testing becoming a first line clinical investigation.

Sep
13
Tue
Bug World: Sex, Violence and a Cast of Billions
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Note: event is hosted at Museum of London, not Gresham College.

Insects are the most abundant and enduring multi-cellular life form ever to have evolved. They are fast breeding, highly evolvable and, thanks to their body-plan, are future-proofed like no other animal. There are 40 tonnes of insects for every human being alive and they account for well over half of all known species. They are an essential component of global food chains and without them as pollinators, predators and recyclers, the world would be a very different place. As model organisms in research, insects have greatly helped our understanding of genetics, physiology and behaviour. But they have a dark side – they have changed the short course of human history by killing hundreds of millions of people and destroying their crops.

No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Professor George McGavin
Professor McGavin is a British entomologist, explorer and author. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Department of Zoology. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Geographical Society.

Sep
14
Wed
Barbican: Oscar® Winning Scores: Gravity 3D (12A) + ScreenTalk w Steven Price
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm

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“We’re excited to welcome Steven Price to talk about his work on a recent hit at the 2013 Academy Awards, Gravity, as well as his work on a diverse portfolio of films, including Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, David Ayer’s Fury and the latest instalment in the DC universe, Suicide Squad.

Alfonso Cuarón’s visually spectacular space-set drama stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as an engineer and an astronaut who find themselves stranded in space. To make it back to Earth, they must use all the strength and ingenuity they have.”

UK/US 2013 Dir Alfonso Cuarón 91 min

This event is part of:
Oscar® Winning Scores

Produced in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor @ Conway Hall | London | England | United Kingdom

Nicholas Hawksmoor (1662–1736) is considered one of Britain’s greatest architects. He was involved in the grandest architectural projects of his age and today is best known for his London churches – six idiosyncratic edifices of white Portland stone that remain standing today, proud and tall in the otherwise radically changed cityscape.

After centuries of neglect Hawksmoor began to return to prominence during the 1960s and 1970s. At the same time, a mythology began to develop around him and his work. Iain Sinclair posited a magical “system of energies, or unit of connection, within the city,” in Hawksmoor’s churches in Lud Heat (1975), while Peter Ackroyd popularised the association of Hawksmoor’s work with the occult in his novel Hawksmoor (1985). Latterly, psycho-geographers, Alan Moore and others have continued the myth of Hawksmoor as an undercover Pagan architect. In this talk, Owen Hopkins explores how and why this mythology has grown up around Hawksmoor and his work and how it relates to the real historical figure.

Owen Hopkins is a writer, historian and curator of architecture. He is Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts and is author of four books on architecture, including From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor.

Islam and the West: a personal perspective
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm
Islam and the West: a personal perspective @ Conway Hall | London | England | United Kingdom

Sir Michael Atiyah will discuss aspects of the relationship between Islam and the West from a historical perspective, building on his personal involvement. He will emphasise the cultural, scientific and commercial interactions over the centuries which brought benefits to both sides. But he will also trace the hostility initiated by the crusades, inherited by the colonial era, culminating in the present time in the demonisation of Islam and the rise of extremism on all sides. He will look at the ethical issues involved as well as the political and security aspects.

Michael Atiyah’s father was Lebanese and his mother Scottish. Michael grew up in Sudan and Egypt and spent most of his adult life in England, the USA and Scotland. He is a distinguished mathematician and has played prominent leadership roles in science and academia. He is also a noted public intellectual, speaking out with vigour and passion on matters of topical political concern. Atiyah on Islam and the West is sure to be a stimulating event.

Sep
19
Mon
Medicinal Plant Lectures: A Chinese triumph and an American awakening
Sep 19 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Medicinal Plant Lectures: A Chinese triumph and an American awakening @ Royal College of Physicians | London | England | United Kingdom

The Royal College of Physicians is home to one of London’s hidden botanical treasures: a medicinal garden of more than 50 years standing featuring over 1,300 plants.

This summer a series of afternoon lectures and garden tours reveals the rich heritage of horticulture and health. The final event takes two extraordinary stories, one of Qinghao a Chinese plant medicine in use for over 2,000 years, the other how freshly discovered botanical specimens from the ‘New World’ revolutionised 17th century European physic gardens.

In addition to the talks there’s an exploration of the garden led by Fellows of the College and tea.
Whether your pass time is gardening, your profession medicine, your passion history or a combination of any of the above, a few hours in the splendid surroundings of the Royal College of Physicians’ medicinal garden in the company of our experts makes for the perfect summer afternoon.

1.30pm Registration
2pm First lecture
3pm Tea and garden tour with Fellows of Royal College of Physicians
4pm Second lecture

Who is my neighbour? The Ethics of Global Relationships with Rowan Williams
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm
Who is my neighbour? The Ethics of Global Relationships with Rowan Williams @ St Martin-in-the-Fields | London | England | United Kingdom

With the UK voting to leave the European Union and with increasing division, xenophobia, and confusion over future national and international relationships, the St Martin-in-the-Fields Autumn Lecture Series examines the crucial question: Who is my Neighbour?

What does the Christian commandment to love one’s neighbour as oneself actually mean for us today. Lectures by renowned theologians and practitioners will reflect on this subject in relation to issues of ecology, immigration, fear and discrimination, the present political climate both in UK, Europe and the USA. We also contemplate how that the lives of our poorest neighbours may in fact be God’s gift to us as a church and as a nation.

Entry is free and open to all.

Speaker –

Rowan Williams has been Master at Magdalene College Cambridge since January 2013. World-renowned as a theologian, writer, teacher and thinker, and for his deep wisdom, spiritual leadership and grace, he became Bishop of Monmouth, and, from 2000, Archbishop of Wales. He was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002-2012. Dr Williams is a noted poet. Besides Welsh, he speaks or reads nine other languages. He has published studies of Arius, Teresa of Avila, Sergei Bulgakov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, together with writings and lectures on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes. We are deeply honoured that he has agreed to give the first lecture in this Autumn Series.

First steps in Platonic dialectic
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
First steps in Platonic dialectic @ Cecil Sharp House | London | England | United Kingdom

How can we discover truth? How can we move from mere belief to knowledge? Or are we trapped in a world of constantly shifting human concepts with no access to what Plato calls “real beings” – the eternal ideas which he suggests transcend materiality while at the same time inform it?
In several of his dialogues Plato discusses dialectic, which he says is the means for bringing into full consciousness the truths that normally lie more or less hidden from view within the depths of the human mind: this dialectic is not a way of winning arguments but rather the “path that attends upon truth” as Parmenides puts it. Dialectic is the key to unpacking the great works of the Platonic tradition: as John Petvin wrote, “Mankind are not to be made any more truly knowing than happy by another’s understanding. – There is no man can at once convey light in the higher subjects, to another man’s understanding. It must come into the mind from its own motions, within itself: and the grand art of philosophy, is to set the mind a-going; and, even when we think nothing of it, to assist it in its labour . . . the ancients never attempt to lead us into knowledge, by a continued chain of reasoning; on the contrary, they write in such a manner, as to force us to think for ourselves.”

No previous experience of formal philosophy is required.

Entrance in free, but donations between £3-5 will be welcomed.

A PDF download of the extract we will be reading is available on our website together with further details of this and other Prometheus Trust’s activities: www.prometheustrust.co.uk (the PDF is on the “London Monday Evenings” page.)

Sep
30
Fri
The Green Hour. Absinthe Tasting.
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Absinthe, or ‘the green fairy’, fuelled 19th-century French artistic creativity. Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec drank this wormwood liquor heavily, while Manet and Degas made it the subject of their paintings.

Discover the scandalous history and enduring mystique of absinthe with master distiller Ted Breaux, and explore Manet’s Corner of a Café-Concert in a talk by Jo Rhymer. For those who would like to sample this alcoholic drink, we close with an absinthe tasting, sponsored by Sip Or Mix.

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Oct
5
Wed
Never Mind The Neuro-Bollocks w/@ashokjansari
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm
Never Mind The Neuro-Bollocks w/@ashokjansari @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom

The last few decades have seen a massive mushrooming of research into the workings of the most complex system known to mankind, the human brain. Part of this wonderful expansion in knowledge has been the development of ever-more sophisticated techniques for looking at the brain both physically and functionally in vivo rather than needing to wait for a post-mortem autopsy. There is a veritable alphabet-soup of methods available: CT, MRI, EEG, fMRI, ERP, MEG, tDCS to name a few. These techniques have given us fantastic insights into brain functions both in healthy individuals and also in those with neural abnormalities; some of this work has also been enormously beneficial for helping to identify or develop new treatments. However, parallel to this wonderful contribution has been an abuse of this information. Some of this has been by the researchers conducting the studies – there is a sense of ‘believing the hype’ a bit too much. In addition to this, the ‘neuro-revolution’ has been firmly embraced by those who want to legitimise their work – neuro-psychic, neuro-coaching, etc.. It has reached the point where it has even been used by some to drive public policy by using brain scans purporting to show the impact of social deprivation on a child’s brain. In this talk, I will try to navigate you through some of the wonders of the brain but also try to show you that some of what you may hear is better classified as ‘neuro-bollocks’……

My expertise is in mental brain functions that we use on an everyday basis such as memory and face-recognition. I conduct research on healthy individuals, those with brain damage and children who are either typical or have developmental disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I am one of the UK’s experts on face-recognition including face-blindness (also known as ‘prosopagnosia’) and exceptional face memory (known as ‘super-recognition’). Some of the latter work is being done in conjunction with London’s Metropolitan Police who are the first police force in the world to strategically use serving officers with exceptional face-memory to apprehend criminal suspects. I have also developed an expertise in being able to ‘translate’ general issues in psychology and science to the lay-person to make them more accessible.

I have been working in the field for 23 years. I have a degree from arguably the best university in the world (Cambridge), a doctorate from one of the best psychology research departments in the country (Sussex) and worked with two of the most noted neuroscientists in the world (Professors Antonio Damasio and Ralph Adolphs). I have won an award from the International Neuropsychological Society for my research in memory disorders and been awarded a Media Fellowship by the British Association for the Advancement of Science for my skills in communicating science to the general public. In 2011 I was awarded a three-month Wellcome funded Live Science residency at London’s Science Museum to conduct one of the largest prevalence studies of super-recognition in the world. I have contributed widely to public engagement with science through TV (both national TV such as the BBC and Channel 4 as well as internationally), radio and print media as well as annual public lectures as part of International Brain Awareness Week. In addition I have lectured extensively throughout Europe, North America, South America, India, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. For this work, I have been nominated for a British Academy Charles Darwin Award for communicating science to non-specialist audiences. In 2014, I won Best Research Supervisor prize at my university for my ability to teach and inspire students to high levels of research. I teach cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology which are my two specialist areas.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Vice-Chair of the Neuropsychology International Fellowship. My expertise means that I currently collaborate with scientists in 14 other countries spanning 4 continents.

Away from my research, I love travelling (52 countries visited and counting), speak my mother tongue (Gujarati) as well as Italian (I’ve visited Venice over 45 times!) and have an identical twin – I show three-dimensional scans of our brains in lectures to amuse students and then to demonstrate certain issues to do with the brain. I actually have a bit of a ‘wonky’ brain that I love telling students about…..

Webclips of Dr Jansari speaking about his field:

Speaking about the general field of cognitive neuropsychology:

Speaking on BBC1’s The One Show:

Speaking about his ‘super-recognizer’ study at London’s Science Museum:

Speaking about face-recognition for Universities Week:

Oct
7
Fri
Dramatic encounters: Caravaggio’s ‘Salome’
Oct 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Discover the disturbing story of Salome and examine Caravaggio’s Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist in a drawing workshop that has its own dramatic twist.

Draw poses inspired by the life of Salome, modelled by performer Chiara Stampone on a theatrically lit stage; and be guided by artist Sophie Charalambous, who will introduce a range of artistic techniques used to capture the drama of Salome’s story.

There will be opportunities to draw long and quick poses from the costumed model, and to experiment with light and tone.

All materials provided. Suitable for all abilities.

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Oct
10
Mon
Relax with Paintings
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Suspend your expectations and knowledge of art and immerse yourself in a single painting from the collection.

This is a special opportunity to join a small group in a closed-off room, and be guided towards deeper engagement.

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Oct
18
Tue
Picture of the month club
Oct 18 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Join a National Gallery educator to discuss great paintings.

Discuss our ‘picture of the month’ over a packed lunch and share your thoughts about the work.

This month it is, Hals’s ‘Young Man Holding a Skull (Vanitas)’

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Healing Through Kindness: Commemorating the centenary of the Royal Masonic Hospital
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Healing Through Kindness: Commemorating the centenary of the Royal Masonic Hospital @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | England | United Kingdom

Conceived as a nursing home for Freemasons before World War I, in its time the Royal Masonic Hospital was the largest private medical facility in England. The Hospital treated thousands of servicemen during both world wars and its surgeons developed techniques that influenced NHS treatments. Located at Ravenscourt Park from 1931, the Hospital’s striking architecture won awards and its nurse training was highly-regarded. This presentation by exhibition curator Susan Snell will reveal the Hospital’s fascinating history using images from archives, photographs and films.

Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568).

Oct
20
Thu
Women artists: Rachel Ruysch
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Study a single painting in-depth with a talk, discussion and close-looking in the Gallery.

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Oct
27
Thu
Beyond Caravaggio Lecture
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Enhance your knowledge of the influence of Caravaggio with an hour-long introductory lecture given by a Gallery expert.

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Nov
2
Wed
Homeopathy in the UK: The NHS and Beyond w/@MrMMarsh
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm
Homeopathy in the UK: The NHS and Beyond w/@MrMMarsh @ The Star and Garter | London | United Kingdom

Homeopathy is one of the most widely debunked forms of alternative medicine – yet homeopathic remedies adorn the shelves of respected pharmacies and are funded by taxpayers on the NHS. How big a problem is this? Using information and personal experiences gathered during his last 6 years of campaigning against homeopathy, Michael Marshall will highlight how much money is spent on homeopathic remedies, how this gives undeserved credibility to homeopathy, how such remedies can lead to genuine harm and what you can do to help.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

Nov
4
Fri
One painting, many careers
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

This careers day, organised with the Association of Art Historians, provides a glimpse behind the scenes at the National Gallery and an opportunity to learn about the career paths of staff members who work here.

By exploring one painting from the collection from a variety of perspectives ,we discover more about the work of the different Gallery departments. Learn how Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait involves curators, educators, framers, conservators, development staff and employees of the National Gallery Company.

This event is intended for students and career-changers interested in working in a gallery. All welcome.

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Nov
8
Tue
An Anatomical Whodunnit? The Tiger Bronzes by Michelangelo
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
An Anatomical Whodunnit? The Tiger Bronzes by Michelangelo @ Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons | London | England | United Kingdom

Girton Life Fellow and Clinical Anatomist at Warwick Medical School, Professor Peter Abrahams was one of the key researchers behind the revelation of the attribution of two bronze statues of nude males riding ferocious panthers. Working with other international experts led by the University of Cambridge and the Fitzwilliam Museum, he gathered evidence which suggests that these two statues are the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world.

Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.
Booking is essential on 020 7869 6568 (NGT: 018001 020 7869 6568).