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What's on in London during February 2017

The IanVisits guide to unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Wednesday, 1st February

Join curator Hazel Forsyth as she explores the impact of the Great Fire on the daily lives of everyday Londoners. ( )
2017-02-01

Mapping and maps have an important role in archaeological excavations, but during the First World War in Egypt, maps had a more clandestine role to play. ( )
2017-02-01
This event marks the opening of a three day exhibition hosted by the Horse Hospital, featuring John Coulthart's psychedelia-themed 'Alice' artwork, printed for the first time as (drug-free) blotter art.
2017-02-01
Samira Ahmed will host a panel of experts to discuss this fascinating, contradictory figure and his influence ( )
2017-02-01

Thursday, 2nd February

An evening debate with a range of architects and policy makers discussing how we can start to change the current dysfunctional model of housing production for the better. ( )
2017-02-02

Six speakers will unpack the identity of six styles that have dominated the period and clear away some of the fog. This week Modernism in the 1930's with Alan Powers. ( )
2017-02-02

Screening of the silent movie with live performance with composer Matt Harding ( )
2017-02-02

A unique opportunity to hear award winning journalists Jeremy Bowen, Christina Lamb OBE and Matthew Price share their experiences. Followed by a Q&A with Stephen Sackur.  ( )
2017-02-02

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Friday, 3rd February

An evening of activities from talks to performances, as we explore the future of romantic relationships.  ( )
2017-02-03

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Saturday, 4th February

There will be a chance to go down into the bottom of a drained canal lock over the weekend.
2017-02-04

Visit one of the Geffrye's 18th-century almshouses which has been fully restored to its original condition. ( )
2017-02-04

Our Library is full of family, local and social history treasures and records, directories and databases. We have more than 140,000 items spread over three floors. Library tours are free to all, last approximately 1½ hours long and must be pre-booked. Advice can be given about how to start your family history research.  ( )
2017-02-04

A four hour workshop at Barts Pathology Museum to learn the exact techniques used to preserve human specimens in pathology collections today. ( )
2017-02-04

Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine. ( )
2017-02-04

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Sunday, 5th February

Mosques up and down the country open their doors to the general public, all on the same day.
2017-02-05

There will be a chance to go down into the bottom of a drained canal lock over the weekend.
2017-02-05

This two hour walk looks at the exteriors of very different buildings, all built during the 20th Century.  ( )
2017-02-05

Step back in history and visit the terminus building of London's original international airport - in Croydon. ( )
2017-02-05

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Tuesday, 7th February

Professor Kate Bowers will discuss how crime rates have dropped over the past few decades, and what we need to do to keep them down.
2017-02-07
An evening in the Sir John Soane's Museum with the rooms lit by candles. ( )
2017-02-07

Hear speakers discussing transgender and gender-fluid lives and experiences in the armed forces. ( )
2017-02-07

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Wednesday, 8th February

This presentation by Paul Jagger will explore the City of London’s and those of some of the ancient and modern Livery Companies in a heraldic tapestry that weaves in many stories of City lore and law.  ( )
2017-02-08

A 90 minute creative documentary with a personal tone, looks at contemporary terrorism and antisemitism.  ( )
2017-02-08

Join critically acclaimed author Lesley Downer for insight into love and romance in 19th century Japan. ( )
2017-02-08

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Thursday, 9th February

Historian and Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces Tracy Borman talks about the lack of privacy, even in the bedroom of the Tudor royal family. ( )
2017-02-09

Six speakers will unpack the identity of six styles that have dominated the period and clear away some of the fog. This week Brutalism with Barnabas Calder. ( )
2017-02-09

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Saturday, 11th February

This afternoon event will explore varied aspects of LGBTQ+ history, from a queer view of the suffrage movement to reflections on the current recording of trans history. ( )
2017-02-11

A fundraising evening of comedy dedicated to Charles Darwin to celebrate his Birthday. ( )
2017-02-11

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Monday, 13th February

John Julius Norwich's latest book discusses Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.  ( )
2017-02-13
Dr Adriano Aymonino from the University of Buckingham, examines the history of Northumberland House and Adam’s unique work within. ( )
2017-02-13

A talk about public sculptures erected between 1945 and 1985 to bring our public spaces back to life after the Second World War. ( )
2017-02-13
Writers of the hit TV series Humans discuss their writing partnership, artificial intelligence and what they hope fans take away from the most recent season.  ( )
2017-02-13

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Tuesday, 14th February

Take a look at two different perceived versions of the heart: the physical and the emotional. ( )
2017-02-14

Discover the Museum after-dark, enjoy a drink and uncover how seduction is done in the animal world. ( )
2017-02-14

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Wednesday, 15th February

A talk about the development of travel medicine from the 1980s onwards. ( )
2017-02-15

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Thursday, 16th February

This talk by John Scott takes a look at the images and the words chosen to express eternal love in the nineteenth century. ( )
2017-02-16

Six speakers will unpack the identity of six styles that have dominated the period and clear away some of the fog. This week Elain Harwood on Modernism after 1945. ( )
2017-02-16

The London Gin Club will be recreating a range of "lost" cocktails, including two from Charles Dickens books.
2017-02-16

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Friday, 17th February

In this lecture, using evidence from Pompeii, Professor Mario Torelli will show how the funding of public works secured advancement in the ancient world.  ( )
2017-02-17

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Saturday, 18th February

Get in touch with your ‘inner child’ and enjoy a morning around the fire, cooking and sharing stories. ( )
2017-02-18

Master wood carver Hugh Wedderburn examines the point of modern day craftsmanship in today's age of outsourcing and digital printing. ( )
2017-02-18

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Sunday, 19th February

The writing may just be on the wall not only for liberalism but also the associated blend of democracy. ( )
2017-02-19

A tour of one of Europe’s finest neo-classical interiors including areas not usually accessible to the public. ( )
2017-02-19

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Monday, 20th February

Video games: a series of talks exploring the relationship between video games, history, politics and art. ( )
2017-02-20

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Tuesday, 21st February

Free  
This talk will focus on First World War shipwrecks, detailing the record sources available for shipwrecks and those who were lost on board. ( )
2017-02-21

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Thursday, 23rd February

A screening of The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks (1917) introduced by Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator at the Imperial War Museum. ( )
2017-02-23

Hear about the construction of one of the wonders of the modern world. Leanne has lectured on the Panama Canal for the cruise industry and has been through the locks 17 times. ( )
2017-02-23

A panel of speakers debate their historical, social, political and personal views of self-harm. ( )
2017-02-23
Six speakers will unpack the identity of six styles that have dominated the period and clear away some of the fog. This week Neo-Georgian with Julian Holder and Elizabeth McKellar. ( )
2017-02-23

Scott Wood, host of the London Fortean Society attempts to dissect these clowns and unravel how it came about. ( )
2017-02-23

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Sunday, 26th February

The Seething Festival has held an essential role for hundreds of years in bringing the whole community together. ( )
2017-02-26

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Monday, 27th February

This talk will focus on the transmission of scientific and practical knowledge among small-scale oral cultures across the world, drawing on Australian Aboriginal, Native American, African and Pacific cultures.  ( )
2017-02-27

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Tuesday, 28th February

This lecture will examine how the legal process for consenting ‘nationally significant’ wind farms shapes our knowledge of landscape.
2017-02-28
Tate Archive curator, Darragh O’Donoghue, and First World War Diverse Histories Researcher, Louise Bell, will deliver a talk on Paul Nash and other war artists. ( )
2017-02-28

This talk will delve into previously closed secret police and government files to explore how queer spaces were targeted and spied on in the 1920s and 1930s, enabling you to discover the resilience of the community in response. ( )
2017-02-28