Things to do in London in October 2020

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The ianVisits guide to October's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Thursday 1st October

Visitors will see the work in progress on the studio’s British and Scandinavian rug looms, and there will be live weaving demonstrations throughout the day
clock 2pm to 8pm
 
location Bethnal Green
Christabel Balfour Open Studios

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This lecture will focus on human rights and the wrongs of unexpected and/or sudden deaths in which the state is implicated.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Does The State Really Care When It Kills You?

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Friday 2nd October

Visitors will see the work in progress on the studio’s British and Scandinavian rug looms, and there will be live weaving demonstrations throughout the day
clock 2pm to 8pm
 
location Bethnal Green
Christabel Balfour Open Studios

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Saturday 3rd October

Visitors will see the work in progress on the studio’s British and Scandinavian rug looms, and there will be live weaving demonstrations throughout the day
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Bethnal Green
Christabel Balfour Open Studios
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
clock 2pm to 5pm
 
location Tooting

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Sunday 4th October

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
clock All Day
 
location Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Visitors will see the work in progress on the studio’s British and Scandinavian rug looms, and there will be live weaving demonstrations throughout the day
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Bethnal Green
Christabel Balfour Open Studios
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Southwark
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
clock 1pm to 5pm
 
location Reigate
Gatton Park's monthly open day

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Monday 5th October


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A talk about Darwin's four enormous books on barnacles, used to earn credit in scientific circles
 6pm to 7pm
 
Darwin, Breeding and Barnacles

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Tuesday 6th October


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On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Engels, his biographer Tristram Hunt looks at how both Engels and Karl Marx were deeply affected by their time in London in the second half of the 19th century.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Engels and Marx: Revolutionaries in London

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Wednesday 7th October


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This lecture will consider how stargazing with imperfect, non-linear human eyes can accomplish important contributions to elucidating the phenomena of nova detonations in our galaxy.
 1pm to 2pm
 
Cosmic Vision: Attentive Eyes
This lecture draws on a ten-year collaboration with a Savile Row tailor to explore ‘bespoke’ as a metaphor for clinical practice.
 6pm to 7pm
 
What Medicine Can Learn from Savile Row

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Thursday 8th October


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Join Professor Gareth Collins for Science Breaks: The dinosaur-dooming asteroid and how we stop the next one.
 12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Science Breaks: The dinosaur-dooming asteroid and how we stop the next one

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Friday 9th October

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Saturday 10th October

Go to the top of a restored Grade II listed water tower that was formerly located close to St Pancras mainline station.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Kings Cross
Open Days at St Pancras Waterpoint

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Sunday 11th October

Monthly opening of the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey.
clock 2pm to 5pm
 
location Cobham
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill

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Monday 12th October

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 13th October


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This lecture will explore the mathematics of musical symmetries, such as the “translational symmetry” of the transposition of keys, and the “rotational symmetry” of the duet “Der Spiegel”, attributed to Mozart.
 1pm to 2pm
 
The Mathematics of Musical Composition
Was Covid-19 the ultimate wake-up call about how we live on planet earth?
 6pm to 7pm
 
Connected Humans

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Wednesday 14th October


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This lecture will explore the areas government is widely perceived to be responsible for, ones where government should have no role, and the areas where medical professionals provide a third dimension to a triangle of responsibility.
 6pm to 7pm
 
The Role of the State in Public Health, and its Limits

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Thursday 15th October

Join British astronaut Tim Peake has he relives his six-month mission to the International Space Station, and the surprising journey that took him there.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Wood Green

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Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, the new Director of V&A East, tells the story of how that resistance came to inspire the creation of some of the most dynamic artistic practice of the modern age.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Silence, and the Dynamising of African Creative Resistance

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Friday 16th October

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Saturday 17th October

Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
clock Starts at 1:15pm
 
location Strand
Somerset House Studios Tours

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Sunday 18th October

The annual Transportfest which this year, includes a special emphasis on commercial vehicles as well as the extensive bus displays.
clock 10am to 5pm
 
location Weybridge
London Bus Museum Transportfest

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Monday 19th October


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This lecture will examine – and celebrate – the work of lawyers who have crossed the usual lines and worked for political change.
 6pm to 7pm
 
The Political Lawyer

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Tuesday 20th October


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There are also general theories of algorithms, and those ideas are not messy at all; they are very beautiful, powerful and should be required reading for the internet age.
 6pm to 7pm
 
An Introduction to Algorithms

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Wednesday 21st October


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This event, jointly hosted with the British Society for the History of Mathematics, will focus upon the relationship between mathematics and money, from coinage through to cryptocurrencies.
 4pm to 7pm
 
Maths and Money: From Gold to Bitcoin

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Thursday 22nd October

Architecture and travel writer Christopher Beanland, author of Lido, takes us on a tour around the very best outdoor swimming pools, from London and beyond in this illustrated talk.
clock 6pm to 7pm
 
location Clerkenwell
Lido: A Dip Into Outdoor Swimming Pools

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This lecture examines the centuries long presence of the African diaspora as an integral part of Britain’s history since Roman times.
 6pm to 7pm
 
The African Diaspora in Britain

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Friday 23rd October

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Saturday 24th October

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Sunday 25th October

A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
clock 10:30am to 4pm
 
location Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
Join Alistair Hall, art director and author of London Street Signs, for an illustrated talk exploring some of the capital’s most beautiful and curious nameplates.
clock 1:30pm to 2:30pm
 
location Clerkenwell
 London Street Signs
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
clock 2pm to 4:30pm
 
location Hackney

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Monday 26th October


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A lecture on the Caribbean migrants who came to the UK not to work in the buses and hospitals, but as artists and writers.
 6pm to 7pm
 
The Windrush Thinkers and Artists

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Tuesday 27th October


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Let Ben Aaronovitch tell you about his new book in the "Rivers of London" series.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 

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Wednesday 28th October


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A talk about the so-called Great Eruption of Eta Carinae which was for a time in the mid 19th century the third brightest object in the night sky.
 1pm to 2pm
 
Cosmic Vision: Witnessing Fireworks
Professor John Mullan will explore the tradition of factuality in the English novel, ending with the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro and examples of recent auto-fiction.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Convincing Fiction

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Thursday 29th October


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Evelyn’s preoccupation with apparently contemporary environmental problems, and his suggested solutions, are a remarkable legacy and one to be celebrated in 2020.
 6pm to 7pm
 
John Evelyn: Britain’s First Environmentalist

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Friday 30th October

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Saturday 31st October

Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
clock 1pm to 4pm
 
location Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood nature reserve

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