Things to do in London in May 2020

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


Friday 1st May

Join Brian Lewis, director of Mayfair tailors Meyer & Mortimer, and the National Army Museum's very own Sophie Anderton for an exclusive evening exploring military uniform.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Chelsea
 Tailoring military identities

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Saturday 2nd May

One of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands celebrating the UK’s obsession with all things Italian.
 8:30am to 5pm
 
 Weybridge
Auto Italia - Italian Car Day
Join Rose Collis to explore and discuss more than forty years of history, featuring cuttings, photos, objects and ephemera
 10:30am to 12:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
Forty Years Out (And Counting)
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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Sunday 3rd May

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
 All Day
 
 Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
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

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Tuesday 5th May

This illustrated lecture marks 150 years since Dickens’s death by reflecting on the nature of his creative genius and his legacy.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
In this lecture we will examine not only the murky world of electronic crime but also how information technology can be used to solve physical crimes.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Wednesday 6th May

This late-Spring Southwark Cathedral would like to invite all amateur and professional photographers to spend an evening taking photos of the Cathedral lit by candlelight.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
Spring Candlelit Photography Evening

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Thursday 7th May

Three Deans, The Very Revd David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, The Very Revd David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s and The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, will be in conversation to talk about life in the city that they serve.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
One City - Three Deans

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Tuesday 12th May

In this lecture, Alan Dein will share audio and documents from his research and will discuss how Bradshaw’s sculpture inspired other bronze versions of Marx’s head around the world.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Highgate
The Marx Memorial Lecture.The Plot for Karl Marx

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Wednesday 13th May

This lecture explores what comes into view if we reframe clinical treatment as hospitality, and patients as guests.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Friday 15th May

In this talk, we explore the experiences of immigrant communities in England, drawing on records held in our collections.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Richmond
Aliens and strangers: migration to England in the Early Modern period

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Saturday 16th May

A tour along the Piccadilly line looking at Charles Holden's tube stations.
 10:30am to :
 
 South Tottenham
Piccadilly Line- Turnpike Lane to Cockfosters
Annual open day with tours of the cemetery, visits to the chapel and crypt - not usually open - guidance on family history, local stalls and food.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Peckham
Nunhead Cemetery Open Day
Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
 Starts at 1:15pm
 
 Strand
Somerset House Studios Tours

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Tuesday 19th May

How can we deliver clean and affordable energy to even the poor, especially in rural settlements?
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Wednesday 20th May

This talk will consider how expectation plays a role in discovery and in scientific advance, and considers the challenges involved in assessing changes taking place on our own planet.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican

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Thursday 21st May

Free evening talks inspired by JMW Turner, the artist who appears on the new £20 note
 5:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Turner, paintings and polymer

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Friday 22nd May

Peer into the world of Tudor tournaments and the detailed preparations required to plan and stage such a spectacle.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Richmond
Power, Magnificence and Renaissance diplomacy: the field of the cloth of gold

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Friday 29th May

Discover our unique collection of railway ephemera, including maps, tickets, timetables and postcards collected over 60 years by one man - W E Hayward.
 2pm to 4pm
 
 Richmond
Railway Ephemera document display

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Saturday 30th May

Occasional open day of the eclectically designed home of artist, Stephen Wright.
 10am to 5pm
 
 East Dulwich
Open day at the House of Dreams

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Sunday 31st May

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
Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
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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