Things to do in London in August 2020

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


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Sunday 9th August

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Ideas for living that aid physical and mental health, from homes for heroes and key worker housing to communal dwellings that improve wellbeing.
 4pm to 5pm
 
Build Back Better, embracing better living
Introduced by Interpretation Manager Jane Nielsen, join Curator, Mark Dennis, as he uses examples from our collection to illustrate this unique art form born out of conflict.
 7:30pm to 8:15pm
 
Art from the trenches

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Tuesday 11th August


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Join our expert-led webinar that will give you guide you through all the basics to get started with discovering your family history within half an hour.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Top Level Tips: Discovering your family history
Hear fascinating and unexpected tales of London's great West End stores, from Selfridges to John Lewis via Liberty, HMV and many others
 3pm to 4pm
 
Virtual Tour -  West End stories - untold tales of London's great shops
These talks will explore not only the mirage of safety and control presented by nurses, but also the toll this mask of resilience took upon the human being behind it.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Emblems of Resilience: Nurses, ‘Spanish Influenza’ and lessons for Covid-19 (virtual event)
Stuck at home? Get to know Rome in an hour with a professional tour guide and lover of art, Olga Cuckovic.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Panoramic Tour of Rome with Olga
Using results from the most powerful telescopes and particle colliders, Katie Mack describes how small tweaks to our incomplete understanding of reality can result in starkly different predictions of how the Universe will end.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
The end of everything
A lecture about the diplomacy and science needed to understand the origins and hazards associated with Mount Paektu, a large volcano on the border of the North Korea and China.
 7:30pm to 8pm
 

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Wednesday 12th August


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£10.00 Paupers
Simon Fowler talks on Zoom about the life that paupers lived in the 1800s.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Paupers
Professor Dany Nobus will reflect upon the enduring legacy of one of Freud’s most controversial texts, gauge its value for our contemporary living conditions, and open some new perspectives for revisiting this absolute classic of Freudian psychoanalysis.
 3pm to 5pm
 
Narcissism and the Pleasures of Extinction
Stuck at home? Come along to this virtual tour of Art Deco New York with author Anthony Robins.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
ART DECO METROPOLIS - virtual tour of NY with Anthony Robins

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Thursday 13th August


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Join historian Yasmin Khan in conversation with journalist and author Shrabani Basu as they discuss India’s role in the Second World War.
 12pm to :
 
Capturing a Story: Inspiring Photography
Florence Nightingale apparently loathed having her photograph taken. Why then did she accept to sit for these images?
 5pm to :
 
The mysteries behind Florence Nightingale’s iconic photographs
This online slideshow followed by a Zoom Q&A is a nice start on a journey through the ritual year.
 8pm to 10pm
 
An Introduction To The Pagan Calendar

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Friday 14th August

Family open weekend at the gardens of Chiswick House
clock 11am to 4pm
 
location Chiswick

Online events / webinars

A talk about the nature of erotic writing in the 16th century from book burning to the Renaissance.
 1pm to 2pm
 
Join General Lord Richards, President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, in conversation with Dr Peter Johnston as they explore the contribution of Commonwealth soldiers during the Far East campaign.
 2pm to :
 
Commonwealth Contribution in the Far East
James Sumner (Manchester University) discusses the challenges that brewers faced in promoting new innovations to an often justifiably suspicious public.
 2pm to 3pm
 
“You cannot put stinking fish into beer”: the controversies of brewing science around 1800
In 1809 a London brewery was prosecuted for the unusual offence of trying to remove cloudiness from its beer by dosing it with an extract of fish-skins.
 2pm to 3pm
 
What's Online: Stinking fish, beer and brewing controversies around 1800
Brighton is not just the sea front, pier and pavilion. Let Stephen show you the many sides of the city often called London by the Sea
 3pm to 4pm
 
Virtual Tour - Bright n Breezy - an outing to London by the Sea

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Saturday 15th August

Family open weekend at the gardens of Chiswick House
clock 11am to 4pm
 
location Chiswick

Online events / webinars

Join historian Julie Summers and Geoff Gill from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in conversation with Emma Mawdsley on the treatment and conditions of prisoners of war working on the Thai-Burma Railway.
 12pm to :
 
Memories of the Burma Railway
This talk describes the development of the aircraft and eventual need to have a “standoff missile“ capable of allowing the aircraft to stay clear of the target area.
 2pm to 3:15pm
 
A virtual lecture on the Arms of the City of London and its diverse ancient and modern Livery Companies
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
Arms of the City of London and its Livery Companies

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Sunday 16th August

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Monday 17th August

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 18th August


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Hear about Taziker Engineering’s approach, the challenges and the solutions.
 1pm to 2pm
 
Refurbishing the UK's tallest rollercoaster
Should governments be allowed to reduce consumer food choice by legislating that food producers and retailers supply exclusively healthy foods from sustainable food systems?
 7pm to 7:30pm
 

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Wednesday 19th August

See around 100 luxury cars on display in central London
clock All Day
 
location Moorgate
London Concours
A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot

Online events / webinars

The event will also cover Blue Roofs - engineering for multifunctionality and integrating SuDS into highway schemes and working with below ground constraints.
 1pm to 2pm
 
Green urbanisation and resilience from the roof to the road

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Thursday 20th August

See around 100 luxury cars on display in central London
clock All Day
 
location Moorgate
London Concours
A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot

Online events / webinars

Artist Mary Branson discusses her contemporary light sculpture 'New Dawn'. Commemorating the women's suffrage campaign, this was the first piece of abstract art commissioned for permanent display in the Palace of Westminster.
 6pm to 6:30pm
 
 'New Dawn' with artist Mary Branson
This virtual live event explores the role of theatre and performance in military life, especially in boosting troops’ morale.
 7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 From One Theatre to Another: Soldiers and the Stage

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Friday 21st August

A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot

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Saturday 22nd August

A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot

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Sunday 23rd August

Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
clock 10:30am to 4pm
 
location Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot
How did Nightingale and her friends such as Dickens and Lovelace influence each other?
clock 2pm to 3pm
 
location Southwark
Florence Nightingale and Inspiring Friendships

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Monday 24th August


Online events / webinars

Did you know that freemasons have supported schools for the children of members for over 200 years?
 7:30pm to 8:15pm
 
We're going back to school

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Tuesday 25th August


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Emily Levesque reveals the hidden world of the professional astronomer. She celebrates an era of ingenuity and curiosity, and asks us to think twice before we cast aside our sense of wonder at the universe.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
The last stargazers

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Wednesday 26th August

A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot

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Top events in London on Thu 27th Aug 2020

A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot

Online events / webinars

Experience a day in the life of a virus scientist in this livestreamed event for all the family, hosted by BBC presenter Greg Foot.
 10:30am to 11:15am
 
A Day in the Life of Testing for Coronavirus
Uncover the long-standing relationship between the Army and artists past and present in this live online discussion.
 7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Artists and the Army: A Relationship Built over Centuries

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Friday 28th August

A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot
Luke Jerram’s ceremonial art installation has been created as a memorial to those we have lost in the COVID-19 pandemic.
clock 2:30pm to 8pm
 
location Woolwich
In Memoriam

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Croydon isn't just boring 1960s office blocks and shops. Join Stephen to learn the fascinating story of a little old town with big ambition.
 3pm to 4pm
 

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Saturday 29th August

A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot
Monthly open day at a wood and nature reserve that's next to the railway at Forest Hill.
clock 1pm to 4pm
 
location Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood nature reserve
Luke Jerram’s ceremonial art installation has been created as a memorial to those we have lost in the COVID-19 pandemic.
clock 2:30pm to 8pm
 
location Woolwich
In Memoriam

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Sunday 30th August

A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
A block of 10 days where the Transport Museum's main storage depot in Acton is open to visitors.
clock 11am to 6pm
 
location Acton
Transport Museum open days at the Acton depot
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
clock 2pm to 4:30pm
 
location Hackney
Luke Jerram’s ceremonial art installation has been created as a memorial to those we have lost in the COVID-19 pandemic.
clock 2:30pm to 8pm
 
location Woolwich
In Memoriam

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