Things to do in London in February 2021

The ianVisits guide to February'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.

Monday 1st February

The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor William Russell, President of Gresham College, will be convening a panel on a subject of topical interest.
6pm to 7pm
City of London
The Lord Mayor's Annual Gresham Event

Online events / webinars

This lecture will chart the fascinating history and science of neutrinos, from their discovery in 1956 to the role they played in understanding solar physics.
1pm to 2pm
Neutrino: The Particle that Shouldn’t Exist
Museum curator Henrietta Lockhart explores the lives of ten women living at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
7pm to 10pm
Ten Birmingham Women

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Tuesday 2nd February

Online events / webinars

This talk concentrates on the great empress’s funeral and the role played by London as her body passed through on its way to lie beside Prince Albert in the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore.
2pm to 3pm
Queen Victoria's Death - 120th Anniversary
This talk explores how the gay underground came into contact with the typically establishmentarian field of classics.
5:15pm to 6:30pm
Classical Antiquity and Modern Gay Counterculture
This talk will illustrate the extraordinary international networks resulting from the diaspora of more than 200,000 refugees who left France in the late seventeenth century.
6:30pm to :
Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture

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Wednesday 3rd February

Online events / webinars

Dr. Anna Henschel shares how while there are still miles to go before robots become a regular feature within our social spaces, rapid progress in social robotics research, aided by the social sciences, is helping to move us closer to this reality.
1pm to :
Professor Jim Crawley presents his research journey that has uncovered the intricate ways in which blood clotting is regulated.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Blood clotting unravelled
Ethan Pollock, professor of History and Slavic studies at Brown, reveals the 1000-year story of the Russian bathhouse.
6pm to 7:30pm
Without the Banya We Would Perish
This lecture asks how a religious dispute came to rewrite the English constitution and traces that upheaval’s legacies – some plain, some hidden – for England and its neighbours down to the present.
6pm to 7pm
England’s Tudor Reformation
This talk will explore the origins of movement, and how the landscape we see at Chiswick today came to be.
7pm to 8pm
Chiswick House, William Kent, and the birth of the English Landscape Movement

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Thursday 4th February

Online events / webinars

Join ICE Hereford and Worcester for a historical talk, focusing on the life and works of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, the father of Isambard Kingdom.
1pm to 2pm
Marc Isambard - The other Brunel
This talks hopes to explore how the speed of the railways affected passengers' eating habits and how they felt about it.
5:30pm to 7pm
Dyspepsia on the Railways: Eating practices, complaints and rebelling bodies in 19th-century Britain
Is there is a level playing field between participants at inquests? What does ‘equality of arms’ mean? Is such a concept appropriate when looking at inquests? Are inquiries better?
6pm to 7pm
Is There a Level Playing Field at Inquests? From Death on the Rock to the Birmingham Pub Bombings

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Friday 5th February

Online events / webinars

Join Professor Kim A Wagner online as he uses the story of a grisly war-trophy to explore the history of British rule in India and the Uprising of 1857.
12pm to :
 The Skull of Alum Bheg and the 1857 Uprising
Explore the 18th Century Garden through this lecture to find the ‘gaiety in nature’ that Walpole describes at Strawberry Hill and that is still present today.
7pm to 8pm
Horace Walpole’s ‘enchanted little landscape’ at Strawberry Hill

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Saturday 6th February

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

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Sunday 7th February

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
All Day
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
10am to 5pm
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
A beautiful historic parkland designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown with Edwardian gardens in Reigate, Surrey.
1pm to 5pm
Monthly open day at Gatton Park
Carpets of bulbs and cyclamen, witch hazels, cornus kousa Satomi of special interest in February.
2pm to 5pm
Visit a garden - Hornbeams (Stanmore)

Online events / webinars

Dr.Graham guaranteed both ecstasy and fertility to the users of his infamous 18th Century Celestial Bed, Zoom lecture with Lydia Syson
8pm to 10pm
The Celestial Bed of Dr.James Graham - Sex Therapist - Lydia Syson by Zoom

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Monday 8th February

Online events / webinars

This illustrated talk will consider some of the amazing sites already protected and others that might merit our consideration.
6pm to 7pm
Too Young to be Loved? Post-war designed landscapes of London and environs
As Darwin “exalted” his favourite flowers, the orchids, he also narrowed the once-unimaginably wide gap between plants and animals, thus making it easier for his readers to imaginatively bridge the much smaller distance between humans and apes.
6pm to 7pm
The Secrets of Darwin’s Greenhouse

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Tuesday 9th February

Online events / webinars

Sanjeev Gupta and Mark Sephton discuss the aims and approaches taken by the Mars Perseverance Rover and what they expect it to discover.
12:30pm to 1:30pm
This lecture explores how mathematical ideas have been interpreted in fiction, and discusses the unlikelihood, mathematically, of realms such as Brobdingnag and Lilliput, or the room-sized spiders of Hogwarts.
1pm to 2pm
Mathematical Journeys into Fictional Worlds
A talk about how the increased visibility of an ageing Queen changed society's views of ageing itself.
5:30pm to 7pm
Prof.Hutton Will examine our Magnificent Pre-Christian Heritage and examine how much of this it is possible to recover
8pm to 10pm
Britain's Pagan Heritage - Professor Ronald Hutton - Zoom Lecture

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Wednesday 10th February

Online events / webinars

The link between art and literature is crucial to an understanding of much of the art of the past.
2pm to 3pm
Art and Literature
A new project which aims to record the state and development of highways as the network developed from one serving primarily local agricultural markets to one fit for an emerging industrial economy.
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Mapping the Transport Network of England & Wales, 1540-1660
This lecture will consider several aspects of the science and public debate about vaccines.
6pm to 7pm
A talk about the grand, and sometimes despised funerals of French Kings.
6:30pm to :
Between Triumph and Disaster: French Royal Funerals from Louis XIV to Louis XVIII
This talk will focus on the planned Lottery-funded renovation of the Park and the challenges of preserving and adapting its historic landscape.
7pm to 8pm
Fishponds, great cedars and Jayne Mansfield - Boston Manor Park
Victorian Society Chair Hilary Grainger discusses Ernest George's major houses.
7pm to 8:30pm
The Architecture of Sir Ernest George: The Larger Country Houses

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Thursday 11th February

Online events / webinars

This webinar will present lessons learned from the last 15 years of culture-led development in the capital.
10am to 11am
Cultural regeneration: the role of sport facilities
What can picture postcards tell us about the history of nursing, and images and stereotypes of nursing over the years? Join historian Julia Hallam to find out more.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Pictures of nursing: Nurses and nursing on postcards 1890-1910 (online event)
A look at the trust behind the legend of Mata Hari
6pm to 7pm
Mata Hari: Femme Fatales

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Friday 12th February

Online events / webinars

Discover the role played by King George V during and after the First World War in this online talk with Alexandra Churchill.
12pm to :
George V and the Great War
This illustrated talk will consider how the garden has evolved to offer the contemporary visitor beauty and relevance while still retaining the original ideas and intentions of its creators.
7pm to 8pm
17th to 21st century - is Ham House Garden still a garden of contemporary ideas?

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Saturday 13th February

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

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Sunday 14th February

Online events / webinars

This Valentine's Day Join Historian Julie Peakman on Zoom for an illustrated lecture on the history of Perverse Sex
6pm to 8pm
The History of Perverse Sex - Illustrated -  Julie Peakman - Zoom Lecture

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Monday 15th February

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This talk will look at one of Gillray’s most effective satirical tools: music.
6:30pm to :
James Gillray: The Best Jokes in Georgian Britain

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Tuesday 16th February

A notice that the Thames Barrier and the Barking Barrier will have their monthly test closures today.
9:30am to 12pm
Thames and Barking barrier monthly closures

Online events / webinars

Discover how food was produced, prepared and consumed by the Bishops, their families and guests from the Tudor period to the 20th century.
10:30am to 11:15am
Beasts, bread and beer: Fulham Palace’s productive estate
The heritage of Rome and the influence of earlier traditions on artists like Cimabue, Duccio, Simone Martini and Giotto will be examined in the context of the ‘rebirth’ of the arts in Renaissance Italy.
1pm to 2pm
Giotto and the Early Italian Renaissance
This talk will explore the fights and feuds and domestic disharmonies that beset life at the Georgian court.
6:30pm to :
Happy Families? The domestic discord of the Hanoverians

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Wednesday 17th February

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This talk by City Guide Jill Finch takes a look at the streets where the word was once mightier than the hedge fund.
2pm to 3pm
The City by The Book
This lecture discusses evidence and interpretation with a leading Professor of Crime and Forensic Sciences from UCL, Ruth Morgan.
6pm to 7pm
What Clinicians Can Learn From Forensic Scientists
The life and works of W.H. Crossland explored by the author of the first monograph on the architect.
7pm to 9pm
W.H. Crossland

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Thursday 18th February

Online events / webinars

Follow in the footsteps of this pioneering painter and printmaker with Curatorial Fellow Imogen Tedbury, as she discusses his art and life.
4pm to 5pm
The art, life and times of Dürer

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Friday 19th February

Online events / webinars

Discover the links between the sporting and military worlds in the British imagination from the colonial campaigns of the Victorian age to the War on Terror.
12pm to :
 ‘Playing the Greater Game’: Britain, War and the Sporting Metaphor
This talk will dive into the government’s response to the pandemic, at a time when the cause of influenza was unknown and there was no consensus on treatment
2pm to 3pm
Public Health and the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

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Saturday 20th February

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

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Sunday 21st February

A one acre garden restored to its original 1920s design.
2pm to 4pm
Visit a garden - Shieling (Kingswood)

Online events / webinars

In his book “Crow Country” – widely considered the best of the recent boom of nature writers - Cocker goes in search of crows, journeying from the cavernous, deadened heartland of South England to the hills of Dumfriesshire
8pm to 10pm
Mark Cocker on Crows

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Monday 22nd February

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This illustrated talk that will uncover some of the colourful and varied folklore of London.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Folklore of London with Antony Clayton

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Tuesday 23rd February

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This presentation explores the medieval commentary tradition regarding the raising of Samuel by the so-called Witch of Endor.
10am to 11:30am
Ghosts and the Imagination: Talking to the Dead in Medieval Commentaries on the Raising of Samuel
This lecture explores attempts to create jokes from rules, and programs that create not-quite-relevant responses that hearers can make meaningful and comic. Will computers ever tell good jokes?
1pm to 2pm
Artificial Intelligence and Humour
One of the most tenacious mediaeval building myths is that many timber-framed buildings were constructed from salvaged ship timbers. And not just any old ships!
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Medieval Buildings Myths with James Wright
Tall-ship Tales from the Great British Pub with buildings archaeologist James Wright.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Medieval buildings myths - This inn is made from shipwreck timbers!
Former Chair of the Victorian Society Geoff Brandwood analyses the architecture of an innovatory Gothic architect.
7pm to 10pm
Refashioning Gothic: the Architecture of Temple Moore

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Wednesday 24th February

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This paper will examine the ways British railways have and continue to be celebrated by communities with regional connections to this industry’s history.
5:30pm to 7:30pm
How does the recent genre fiction of novelists like Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell return us to the transgressive pleasures of Defoe’s criminal autobiographies?
6pm to 7pm
Crime in Fiction

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Thursday 25th February

Online events / webinars

Take a virtual tour around the Roman domestic house and bathhouse that is under 101 Lower Thames Street in the City of London.
2pm to 3pm
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths – A 2nd-5th Century House
This lecture explains the development and role of the Office of Rail and Road from its history right through to the challenges and changes which the future may bring.
5pm to 6:30pm
The rail regulator and the civil engineer
Explore Russia’s long history of mysticism and apocalyptic thought with author Gary Lachman
6:30pm to 7:30pm

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Friday 26th February

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Join Dr Peter Johnston in conversation with Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick as they mark 30 years since the ground phase of the Gulf War.
12pm to :
Desert Storm: 30 Years On
Principal Records Specialist Mark Dunton examines how the government wrestled with the limits of frankness in a national public education campaign to address the AIDS epidemic.
2pm to 3pm
AIDS: Prejudice, Prevention and Publicity
The life and times of hundreds of women who made their way across the sea and changed history.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
British Women in India with Katie Hickman

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Saturday 27th February

A monthly opening of the House of Dreams in East Dulwich - a house given over entirely to a unique form of art.
10am to 5pm
East Dulwich
Monthly open day at the House of Dreams

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Sunday 28th February

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

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