Things to do in London in March 2020

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


Sunday 1st March

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
 All Day
 
 Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Monthly opening of the organ collection, with many playing music through the day.
 11am to 5pm
 
Monthly opening of the Amersham Fair Organ Museum
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
Gatton Park's monthly open day
Annual festival -- music, fun, procession and charity bar.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Surbiton

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Monday 2nd March

Author and broadcaster Travis Elborough is joined by cartographer Mary Spence and writer Zoran Nikolic for an evening exploring maps of the most unusual and peculiar corners of the globe.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
Beyond Borders: Mapping the Odd, Unusual and Strange

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Tuesday 3rd March

Join artist Niki Gibbs and firefighters for an in-depth discussion on art and life behind the scenes at the fire station.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
Beyond the Fires: 'Mobilise! Mobilse!' exhibition seminar
In this lecture Environment Professor Jacqueline McGlade will explain why in relation to UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 is to 'achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls'.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
This discussion will engage with the instrumentalisation of this memory during the Yeltsin and Putin era.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bloomsbury
The Use of the Soviet Past in the Present
Anthropologist Dr Helen Cornish shows how responses to Murray’s work since the turn of the millennium help us consider what counts as history and as Witchcraft.
 7:45pm to 9:30pm
 
 Southwark
Margaret Murray and Modern Witchcraft

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Wednesday 4th March

This talk will examine why laws are simple and how the combination of simple laws can lead to rich complexity.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
For London social historians, Derek Morris tells us about life in Whitechapel from 1600 to 1800.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Clerkenwell
Life and Times of Whitechapel 1600-1800
A panel explores landmark events in the history of whistleblowing, from early trade unions to the Francis Report.
 5pm to 7pm
 
 Harley Street
A Natural History of Raising Concerns
A panel discussion with academics and journalists who will reflect on the US presidential primary results and give their predictions for the general election.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Holborn
This talk will provide rigorous evidence on the importance of mental and physical wellness for not only quality of life but also career success and productivity at work.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
Connect with the art, the history and the meaning behind tattoos through the lens of the Armed Forces.
 6:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Chelsea
Tribute Ink Late
This evening’s event will investigate the changing role of the political elite in the period of almost a century since Noel Coward produced his one act comedy Hands Across the Sea.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Holborn
A one-off evening indulging in food histories and memories.
 7pm to :
 
 City of London
Library Late: Food Glorious Food

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Thursday 5th March

In this illustrated talk, Pete Smith will introduce you to what traces of him can still be found in and around the City.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
Shakespeare in the City
Zoran Nikolic talks about his book and discover intriguing boundaries, territories and geographical curiosities.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
The Atlas of Unusual Borders by Zoran Nikolic
Revisit all that you learned about 20th-century British history in school with Cathy Newman’s fresh twist on the stories that place women front and centre, instead of in the footnotes – or even omitted altogether.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
Bloody Brilliant Women

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Friday 6th March

Join classicists Bettany Hughes, Natalie Haynes, Edith Hall as well as mythologist Seema Anand, as they uncover the great heroines of the classical world and the historical forces that shaped them.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
Rodney Atwood outlines the contributions made by Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd and challenges his reputation as a reactionary military leader.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
The Unknown Field Marshal
Leigh Hatts, author of Cicerone's Press Walking the Pilgrims' Way will in this illustrated talk look at the route of the Pilgrims' Way, the historic pilgrimage route to Canterbury Cathedral in Kent
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Southwark
Walking the Pilgrims' Way - A Talk by Leigh Hatts
Explore the orchid festival after dark in these evening events taking you into the world of Kew and Indonesia.
 Starts at 6:30pm
 
 Richmond
Orchids: After hours
Join the writer and producer of BBC’s Call the Midwife for a discussion on the media’s depiction of pregnancy.
 7pm to :
 
 Clerkenwell
Motherhood and the Media

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Saturday 7th March

Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting

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Monday 9th March

Given the press is often accused of overstepping the mark, invading people’s privacy or publishing material that is harmful to the national interest, where might the limits of press freedom lie?
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn

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Tuesday 10th March

A lecture where Bob Spence will reflect on how predictions by 12 respected engineers in 1995 turned out in 2020.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
 South Kensington
The Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture: 2020 visions for engineering design
Join Sir James Hough to discuss gravitational wave detection and how this has led to breakthroughs in astrophysics.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 St James
Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe – a bright future ahead
Panel debate on violence across Africa, Asia and Latin America, the relationship between economic demand, conflict, gender and environmental rights
 6:30pm to 7:45pm
 
 St James
Atmospheres of violence: conflict, gender and environmental rights
Celebrate the work of avant-garde Krautrock kings Kraftwerk with author Uwe Schütte and music journalist David Stubbs
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Soho
Are computers truly creative—or are they merely tools to be used by musicians, artists, and writers?
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Holborn
The World of AI-Powered Creativity

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Wednesday 11th March

This lecture will explore how this bloody crisis shaped myths of Japanese cruelty and cults of Catholic sanctity in Europe, while also precipitating the 250-year ‘closing’ of Japan and the intense piety of a small remnant of underground Japanese Christians.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
Maya Goodfellow will examine the UK’s hostility toward certain groups of immigrants and unpick anti-immigration narratives to argue for a positive understanding of immigration.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn

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Thursday 12th March

A 1 hour talk for social historians and family historians on how civil records developed during the Industrial Revolution's population explosion.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Clerkenwell
Country Poor and Town Poor
Why did they agree to make the perilous crossing to a wild and dangerous land, where six out of seven European settlers died within their first few years? And what happened to them in the end?
 6pm to 8pm
 
 City of London
The Jamestown Brides
If you’ve ever experienced the joys of the London commute, sat in traffic on the M25 or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer get away, you may have wondered what the future of transport might deliver.
 6pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
Imperial Lates: Beautiful data
A talk exploring the life of one of the greatest Victorian magicians of all time who was able to disguise his own flesh.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Disguised Flesh: The Marvellously Mysterious Magician Chung Ling Soo, A Case Study
Historian, broadcaster and author Greg Jenner discusses his new publication Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity -
Monthly architecture tour of the National Theatre, with drinks included.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Southwark
Concrete and Cocktails

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Friday 13th March

Join historian Rick Stroud as he celebrates the heroines of the Special Operations Executive who fought to free Nazi-occupied Europe.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
Lonely Courage
This talk focuses on the lives of pioneering women of the early-20th century, looking at how their experiences raise questions about equal opportunity.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Richmond
The early adventures of professional women
An in panel discussion with Sophie Aldred, Vinay Patel, Simon Guerrier and Samira Ahmed about the famous TV series.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Soho
Regenerating the Doctor: Celebrating 15 years of the Revived Doctor Who
The “anti vax” movement has been described as one of the greatest health threats facing humanity—why is this movement growing and what can be done to tackle the problem?
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 South Kensington

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Sunday 15th March

A furniture and interior design show selling objects from the 20th century.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Dulwich
The Midcentury Modern Show
£12.00 Low Tide Walk
Wade in a wild river and experience a different perspective of London history and urban wildlife.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Deptford
Low Tide Walk
The London Gaming Market is a place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise all in one place.
 Starts at 12pm
 
 Euston
 Retro games fair

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Monday 16th March

The process of defining, organising and processing the film’s research will be covered, followed by the experience of subsequently writing a book supporting and expanding on the history set out in the film.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
A talk by Zack Pinsent, who has gained recent fame for his preference for wearing Georgian clothing, all the time.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Tottenham Court Road
In conversation with Zack MacLeod Pinsent

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Tuesday 17th March

at enabled this site of seven acres in central London to become, against all the odds, the facility that children enjoy today?
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Farringdon

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Wednesday 18th March

Spend an evening exploring some of the rarely seen parts of the Old Royal Naval College.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Greenwich
Unlocked Tour
These hitherto unknown royal ‘palaces’ became the nursery of courtly fashion and etiquette where the king and his courtiers developed tastes that were to fundamentally fashion the art and architecture of Restoration England.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Thursday 19th March

 6:45am to 8:15am
 
 Barbican
Smithfield Market Early Morning Tour
A talk by Tom about his latest book on lost rivers.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
London’s lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide Volume 2 by Tom Bolton
Join Daisy Goodwin, writer of the highly popular ITV historical drama Victoria, in this talk that uses research from our archives to reveal the truth of their relationship.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
Victoria and Albert: myth and reality

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Friday 20th March

Gareth Glover outlines his contribution to the long-standing debate over which regiments defeated the Imperial Guard during the 'crisis' of Waterloo.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
The Great Waterloo Controversy
A behind-the-scenes tour of Richmond Lock and Footbridge following its major repainting programme.
 12pm to 1pm
 
 Twickenham
This talk will examine the forthright personality and style of Margaret Thatcher during her premiership, as revealed in the public records held by The National Archives.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Richmond
Margaret Thatcher: the paper trail
Amanda Harvey Purse will discuss some of the crimes the City of London Police had to deal with before Jack the Ripper took all the Victorian limelight
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
Crimes in the Victorian City (Police Museum Event)

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Saturday 21st March

Over 40 hand-picked layouts from around the globe and in excess of 120 exhibitors to browse and purchase from.
 10am to 5pm
 
 Wood Green
The London Festival of Railway Modelling
Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
 Starts at 1:15pm
 
 Strand
Somerset House Studios Tours
A discussion on queer lives and gender politics in the Votes for Women campaign
 2pm to :
 
 Barbican
Votes for Women: gender, identity and queerness
£28.00 Peculiar 2020
'Peculiar' is a celebration of offbeat, humourous, and otherwise peculiar scientific research - both totally real and purely hypothetical.
 4pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
Peculiar 2020

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Sunday 22nd March

All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site.
 9am to 5pm
 
 Weybridge
Brooklands Mini Day
Over 40 hand-picked layouts from around the globe and in excess of 120 exhibitors to browse and purchase from.
 10am to 4:30pm
 
 Wood Green
The London Festival of Railway Modelling

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Tuesday 24th March

The influence Nightingale had on getting professional nursing established, how her workhouse reforms became the first step towards health care for all, her devotion to India, and her important late writing.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Southwark
The Florence Nightingale You (Probably) Don’t Know and Should
Free Greenwich
Stuart Harvey continues his series of illustrated talks with Greenwich. An Anglo-Saxon green port with evidence of Roman and Iron Age past.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
Greenwich
Geraldine Roberts joins us to tell the true story of Catherine & William Long Wellesley, who were Britain’s first ever celebrity couple
 6:30pm to :
 
 Tottenham Court Road
Wanstead House - The Angel and the Cad

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Wednesday 25th March

The tour is a great opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of the City of London’s last surviving food market first hand.
 6:30am to 8am
 
 Barbican
You may wonder what stories you won’t hear on a guided tour of this fine Cathedral. Look no further than this entertainment of tales & songs to complete the story.
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Southwark
London Dreamtime Presents: Missing Histories of Southwark Cathedral
An illustrated lecture by Cambridge University’s Dr Amy Louise Erikson, who recently curated an outdoor exhibition entitled City Women in the 18th Century.
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Greenwich
Selling Fans in Eighteenth Century London

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Thursday 26th March

This illustrated talk will explore the religious tensions of Charles II’s reign and suggest that Patrick's contribution to the national Church has been unjustly neglected.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Southwark
Bishop Symon Patrick - unsung hero of the Restoration Church of England
Antony Clayton will give an illustrated talk about one of the greatest artists of the Victorian London scene.
 6:15pm to 7:30pm
 
 Chelsea
Whistler, Chelsea's Greatest Artist - with Antony Clayton
£10.00 First Blood
A talk about Prizefighting in the Regency and early Victorian period.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Highgate
First Blood

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Friday 27th March

Cinnamon buns, Finnish Chocolate, Reindeer Stew, Mämmi and much more springy goodies available from the Finnish Church Easter Fair.
 tba
 
 Rotherhithe
Scandinavian Easter Fair 2020
Gary Sheffield discusses the experiences of Hugo De Pree, a cousin of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, who had a distinguished military career in his own right.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
In Haig's Shadow

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Saturday 28th March

Cinnamon buns, Finnish Chocolate, Reindeer Stew, Mämmi and much more springy goodies available from the Finnish Church Easter Fair.
 tba
 
 Rotherhithe
Scandinavian Easter Fair 2020
Occasional open day of the eclectically designed home of artist, Stephen Wright.
 10am to 5pm
 
 East Dulwich
Open day at the House of Dreams
Southwark Cathedral hosts a day of talks focusing on the Tudor Queens who shaped the history of modern Britain.
 10:30am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
Tudor Queens: The Hearts and Stomachs of Kings - A Day of Talks
A wide selection of vintage goods including fashion, menswear, accessories, jewellery, homeware, lighting, collectables, salvage, posters, maps, vinyl records, ephemera and furniture.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Islington
Journey through the history of othered identities encased in London’s architectural landscape.
 4pm to :
 
 Barbican
Twilight City (15*) + Dear Babylon (15*) + Panel Discussion

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Sunday 29th March

Cinnamon buns, Finnish Chocolate, Reindeer Stew, Mämmi and much more springy goodies available from the Finnish Church Easter Fair.
 tba
 
 Rotherhithe
Scandinavian Easter Fair 2020
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney

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Monday 30th March

All aboard for an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of unseen Europe, using music and words, images and film to light up the continent in all its diversity.
 7pm to 10pm
 
 Southwark
 City Central: An Express Tour of Europe

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