A four-day arts festival is taking place at the end of next month in central London at UCL, with a range of free events.

Running from 27 – 30 May, this year’s special focus will be on the fascinating, unusual, and sometimes controversial objects from UCL’s hidden collections.

Over 30 free events will take place around the UCL Bloomsbury Campus, from film screenings, discussions and lectures to exhibitions, walking tours and musical performances.

Most of the events need booking in advance, so it’s worth checking them out now, before they all “sell out”

The full list of events is here.

My personal tips…

From Phantasmagoria to Science!

A magic lantern show — the precursors to the cinema.

Subtitles, Surtitles and Supertitles

On the strange appeal of watching things in a foreign language, with English subtitles.

Blimey! We’re All Cockneys Now

A talk about how the term cockney originally applied to the lower middle class residents of now fashionable Islington and Clerkenwell.

Flickering, Lost, Forgotten: London’s Silent Picture Palaces.

Not sure if it is a walk, or a talk, but the history of early London cinemas sounds appealing.

Jeremy Bentham & the Ones that Got Away

A talk about a 1791 escape by 10 convicts, and how the famous stuffed man acquired their letters.

London’s Burning: Our Habitat in Times of Crisis

The description sounds a bit “hand-wringing”, but it might be insightful.

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The full list of events is here.


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