London Events Happening in March 2015

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.


F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.

 

Wednesday, 4th Mar

2:00 PMFrom Austerity to Freedom: Fashions of the 1940s and 1950s (Chelsea)
F Using a combination of photographs, posters, magazine adverts, dress and knitting patterns, this talk will give a complete picture of the clothes, accessories and hairstyles of the 40s and 50s
6:00 PMThe Poppy through history (Aldwych)
F B A talk about how the poppy became such a powerful symbol at the end of the First World War.
6:30 PMHousing Policy
F Britain’s population is rising, particularly in South East England
7:00 PMMaster Builders in Qajar Tehran: The Mirza Akbar Drawings (South Kensington)
F EVENING LECTURE: Learn about the Mirza Akbar Drawings in a lecture by Dr Moya Carey, Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum

 

Thursday, 5th Mar

9:00 AM 50th Anniversary of Hornsey Library (Hornsey)
F Special events and tours to mark the library's half-centenary.
10:45 AMGuildhall Tour followed by watching the City Common Council (Bishopsgate)
B Tour of the City of London's historic Guildhall, followed by attending the Common Council.
(Cost: £7)
1:15 PMLunch Hour Lecture: Vermeer’s Camera and Tim’s Vermeer
F In 2001, Philip Steadman published a book, Vermeer’s Camera, about the Dutch painter’s use of the camera obscura – the predecessor of the photographic camera
2:00 PMStained Glass in the City
F B Discover the stained glass of the City of London in this illustrated talk by Alexandra Epps.
3:00 PMNight Watch to Nightclubs: Music on Leave in First World War London (Camden)
F B An exhibiton about how music was controlled during WW1 to maintain soldierly conduct.
4:00 PMAspirations for cities of the future: visions from London and Birmingham
F In this seminar for the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, Professor Helene Joffe presents a study that examined aspirations for cities of the future among those living in London and Birmingham
6:00 PMSecurity, terrorism and human rights – making London resilient
F Fresh from the terrorist outrage in Paris there are proposals by the British government to oblige universities to monitor subversives on campus along with a raft of other measures
6:30 PMOn Civil Disobedience
F When is it permissible to resort to civil disobedience? Do we sometimes have a moral duty to do so? Should we be punished for it? Kimberley Brownlee is Associate Professor of Legal and Moral Philos
6:30 PMKnowledge of the City Lecture: The Merchant Navy War Memorials
B Bryan Jones will present on some of the stories told by the memorial's names as well as discuss the creation of the memorial itself.
(Cost: £10)
6:30 PM'That Magic Lantern': Dickens and London (Southwark)
B In this talk Tony Williams will explore some of the ways in which this greatest writer of the city found his inspiration in the metropolis.
(Cost: £8 )
6:30 PMSex and Youth in Modern China (Harley Street)
B A talk about the more intimate aspects of Chinese culture defining the next generation.
(Cost: £8)

 

Friday, 6th Mar

12:00 PMBromley CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Mad March Cider Festival (Keston)
A two day festival introducing 40 ciders and perries from local producers as well as small producers from around the country
(Cost: £1.00)
6:30 PMThe Gene Patent Controversy
F This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required
6:30 PMWalking the landscape: a conversation with Iain Sinclair
B Iain Sinclair and Christopher Riopelle will discuss how artists and writers are affected by the places in which they find themselves.
(Cost: £6)
7:00 PMSleuthing with Sherlock (Barbican)
B In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the techniques of Victorian fingerprinting versus modern day methods.
(Cost: £25)

 

Saturday, 7th Mar

tbaTropical Nursery behind-the-scenes tour (Richmond)
B Join a tour with our volunteer guides to discover fascinating and beautiful carnivorous plants, bromeliads, orchids and cacti.
(Cost: £10 (on top of admission to the main gardens))
10:30 AMKnowledge of the City Walk: The Merchant Navy War Memorials (Tower Hill)
Bryan Jones will present on some of the stories told by the memorial's names as well as discuss the creation of the memorial itself.
(Cost: £7)
11:00 AMThe Havering Branch of the East London Family History Society
F Family history genealogy event held on the first Saturday of every month
11:00 AMNorouz Bazaar at Asia House (Harley Street)
F The Bazaar offers a selection of handicrafts; beautiful painted eggs; home-made Persian food products, etc
11:00 AMRoman holiday (Islington)
B Discover evidence of work, rest and pray(er) in London’s Roman boroughs.
(Cost: £7.88)

 

Sunday, 8th Mar

11:00 AMMonthly open day at the Amersham Fair Organ Museum
F A collection of Fairground Organs on display and performing for the audience.
11:00 AMNorouz Bazaar at Asia House (Harley Street)
F The Bazaar offers a selection of handicrafts; beautiful painted eggs; home-made Persian food products, etc

 

Monday, 9th Mar

6:30 PMThe U-Boat Threat in WW1 (Rear Admiral John Lang)
B Rear Admiral John Lang will look at the U-boat threat, which was so effective against merchant ships that it came close to causing Britain's surrender
(Cost: £5)

 

Tuesday, 10th Mar

5:00 PMLondon's railway stations - benefits or unintended consequences for commuters?
F The Frank Carter Lecture is an annual lecture in UCL Geography, established in memory of a popular former colleague, Professor Frank Carter
6:30 PMSouth West Trains: 2015 and beyond (West Drayton)
F A talk to outline plans to increase the number of carriages and other means to provide capacity for increasing numbers of passengers.
6:30 PMDogs of the First World War
F Exploring the role of dogs as both companions and workers during the First World War.
6:30 PMAll change! Did the First World War transform the lives of London women? (Covent Garden)
B A talk about the lives of women in London before and during the First World War.
(Cost: £10)

 

Wednesday, 11th Mar

6:00 PMRevolutionary State? (Barbican)
F The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century
6:00 PMRevolutionary State? Royal Palaces in Cromwell (Barbican)
F The execution of Charles I brought about the sale of the century

 

Thursday, 12th Mar

10:30 AMStained Glass in the City
B A guided tour around the City of London looking at stained glass windows
(Cost: £11.25)
6:00 PMThe Skeleton in the Car Park: Richard III and the legacy of his re-discovery (St James)
F B This event will explore the wide ranging impact of the discovery and its ramifications for disciplines as diverse as archaeology, history & literature
6:30 PMJohn George Haigh of Kensington – Acid bath murderer talk (Kensington)
F B Talk by an author on the topic, about the acid bath serial killer.
7:00 PMProdigies and Monsters - Mary Toft, the Rabbit Breeder! (Southwark)
B A tale of the fraud that fooled surgeons into believing that a woman gave birth to rabbits.
(Cost: £8.85)

 

Friday, 13th Mar

6:00 PMCarry On Cleo
B A screening of this classic British comedy in the unique Egyptological surroundings of the Petrie Museum.
(Cost: £5)
6:30 PMMargaret Atwood: Fashion and Fiction (South Kensington)
Internationally acclaimed author, Margaret Atwood, talks about her lifelong interest in clothes
(Cost: £9)
6:30 PMMagna Carta: old and new (Camden)
Nicholas Vincent, author and Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, explores the long history of Magna Carta
(Cost: £8.00)
6:30 PMDeath and Eroticism
B This talk will explore this darker side of desire through the Victorian post-execution autopsies of Dr Croker King and personal research.
(Cost: £9.55)
8:00 PMThe Minories eagle and funerary rites (Richmond)
F “The Minories eagle and funerary rites” (full title to come) Angela Wardle, MoLA

 

Sunday, 15th Mar

11:00 AMTEDx Courtauld Institute of Art 2015: 'The Next Frontier'
This one-day conference will bring together speakers, performances and screenings of previous TED talks.
(Cost: £20)
11:00 AMFinsbury and the Great War: Riots, Rationing and the Rifles
B Join this expert guided walk which commemorates the local Finsbury Rifles but looks also at the anti-German riots of May 1915
(Cost: £8)
12:00 PMSt Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
F In Trafalgar Square there’ll be an Irish food market, children’s activities and lots of Irish community organisations.

 

Monday, 16th Mar

1:00 PMCultural Misfits: Gender in Early Twentieth-century Literature (Barbican)
F Early 20th-century literature and social sciences contested with one another over gender formations
1:00 PMStrange Creatures: The art of unknown animals
F When new regions are explored and the species in them discovered, how does the wider world get to experience them? From the earliest days of exploration, art has been essential in representing creatur
6:30 PMGenes, culture and connectivity in the ocean (St James)
F B Find out how culturally transmitted behaviour is shaping marine ecosystems in this Café Scientifique with Emma Carroll.
6:30 PMBattleship Potemkin (Bloomsbury)
F A free screening of this classic Russian film.

 

Tuesday, 17th Mar

6:00 PMPolitics and the First World War (Barbican)
F The First World War put unprecedented strains on the economic, social and political systems of all the combatant nations
6:30 PMInside the Nixon White House (Camden)
A trusted member of the Nixon’s staff since the President’s inauguration in 1969, in February 1971 Alexander Butterfield was instructed to oversee the install
(Cost: £8.00)

 

Wednesday, 18th Mar

6:00 PMWhat made Greeks rectangular and Romans round?
F A talk about how unconscious reactions lead to the different architectural styles of the ancient worlds.
7:30 PMA Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History
B David Rosenberg’s 'Rebel Footprints' brings to life the history of 19th to mid-20th century social movements in the capital.
(Cost: £9)

 

Friday, 20th Mar

9:30 AMPartial solar eclipse across the UK
F There will be a partial solar eclipse visible across the entire UK this morning, although it will be better the further north you go.
11:00 AMMagna Carta: Curators’ Eye View (Camden)
What does it take to mount a major exhibition? What are the challenges behind devising the storyline, choosing the objects, acquiring the loans, and writing the catalogue and labels? Join Jul
(Cost: £3.00)
8:00 PMThe Last Witch Trial (Southwark)
B A talk about the last person to be imprisoned under the 1735 Witchcraft Act.
(Cost: £3)

 

Saturday, 21st Mar

All DayLAMAS Archaeology Conference 2015 (Barbican)
B An all-day conference by the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society
(Cost: £10-£15)
All DayCarters Steam Fair (Battersea)
Travelling fairground with a twist -- many old Victorian steam engine powered rides.
(Cost: Cost per ride)
10:00 AMFinnish Church Easter Fair (Rotherhithe)
F Once a year The Finnish Church organises an atmospheric Spring Fair.
10:30 AMKnowledge of the City Walk: A Charitable City (Tower Hill)
A guided walk through the city focusing on its philanthropic history.
(Cost: £7)
1:45 PMOn Conflict (Camden)
The modern world is preoccupied with issues of conflict, but how is the subject best treated in the novel and what role does it play in the best fiction? Is it possible to dramatise global co
(Cost: £10.00)
3:30 PMOn Wit (Camden)
Wit weaves in and out of fashion, and our own age prizes it in social and broadcast media
(Cost: £10.00)
8:00 PMSci-Fi Cinema - Fantastic Planet (Deptford)
A patchwork of cutouts from Soviet tech and science magazines pinned into druggy tableaux, with a genuine sense of placid terror.
(Cost: £4 advance, £5 door)

 

Sunday, 22nd Mar

All DayCarters Steam Fair (Battersea)
Travelling fairground with a twist -- many old Victorian steam engine powered rides.
(Cost: Cost per ride)
10:00 AMFinnish Church Easter Fair (Rotherhithe)
F Once a year The Finnish Church organises an atmospheric Spring Fair.
3:00 PMTower Open Day (Erith)
F There will be access to ground floor displays about the history of the tower, and a chance to go up to the belfry.

 

Tuesday, 24th Mar

6:30 PMChristopher Frayling: The Yellow Peril (South Kensington)
F Sir Christopher Frayling, cultural historian and ex-Rector of the Royal College of Art, discusses his latest book exploring the powerful role popular culture plays in creating 19th and 20th century i

 

Wednesday, 25th Mar

7:00 PMMade in Britain? (South Kensington)
B A panel discussion on the future of manufacturing in the UK.
(Cost: £10)

 

Thursday, 26th Mar

6:30 PMKnowledge of the City Lecture: The London Stock Exchange & Other Exchanges
A talk about the history of the London stock exchange
(Cost: £10)
6:30 PMThe Spy Who Loved Me
B Watch the classic Bond movie -- set in part in Egypt -- in the surroundings of the Petrie Museum
(Cost: £5)
7:45 PMFortean London: The Sacred and Profane
A night of shrines and magic in London with three expert City explorers and magical practitioners.
(Cost: £3)

 

Friday, 27th Mar

6:00 PMSouthbank Centre - Architecture Tour (Southwark)
B A tour of Southbank Centre with a focus on 20th-century architecture.
(Cost: £10.25)
6:30 PMSmoke Mirrors and Sanctity: The Tudors and the Arts as Propaganda (Covent Garden)
B Complementing the success of BBC 2s ‘Wolf Hall’, Nicole Mezey gives her talk “Smoke Mirrors and Sanctity: The Tudors and the Arts as Propaganda”.
(Cost: £10)
6:45 PMStained Glass of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century
B Mike Hope will discuss his enthusiasm for late nineteenth and early twentieth century glass.
(Cost: £9)

 

Saturday, 28th Mar

All DayCarters Steam Fair (Battersea)
Travelling fairground with a twist -- many old Victorian steam engine powered rides.
(Cost: Cost per ride)
All DayLondon Festival of Railway Modelling (Wood Green)
B London Festival of Railway Modelling take over Ally Pally with model circuits, demonstrations and expert modellers throughout the day.
(Cost: £12)
tbaSouthbank Centre - Behind the Scenes Tour (Southwark)
B Come backstage at Royal Festival Hall, with access to restricted areas of this historic building.
(Cost: £10.25)
11:00 AMAccess all Areas at Pitzhanger Manor (Ealing)
F Explore previously unseen rooms at Pitzhanger Manor at this special closing event.
2:15 PMTour of The Charterhouse
B Monthly tour of The Charterhouse, an ancient monastery on the edge of the old City of London.
(Cost: £10)
6:00 PMPlayful is the Night (Olympic Park)
F A display of lighting effects in the former Olympic Park.

 

Sunday, 29th Mar

All DayCarters Steam Fair (Battersea)
Travelling fairground with a twist -- many old Victorian steam engine powered rides.
(Cost: Cost per ride)
All DayLondon Festival of Railway Modelling (Wood Green)
B London Festival of Railway Modelling take over Ally Pally with model circuits, demonstrations and expert modellers throughout the day.
(Cost: £12)
tbaSouthbank Centre - Behind the Scenes Tour (Southwark)
B Come backstage at Royal Festival Hall, with access to restricted areas of this historic building.
(Cost: £10.25)
2:00 PMOpen day at a private garden in Highgate (Highgate)
Half acre garden opened by the owner for the NGS on a couple of days per year -- entry fees go to charity.
(Cost: £3.50)
7:00 PMAnnual Tony Benn Memorial lecture
B Annual lecture hosted by the Stop the War coalition.
(Cost: £10-£15)