Things to do in London in May 2021

The ianVisits guide to May'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.

Saturday 1st May

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

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Sunday 2nd May

A beautiful historic parkland designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown with Edwardian gardens in Reigate, Surrey.
12pm to 5pm
 
Reigate
Monthly open day at Gatton Park
A garden with unusual architectural features including Oriental Tea House overlooking carp pond
2pm to 6pm
 
Muswell Hill
Visit a garden - 5 St Regis Close (Muswell Hill)

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Monday 3rd May

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

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Tuesday 4th May


Online events / webinars

This lecture looks at great winners (and losers) from the past and clarifies the ideas behind the annual competition.
2pm to 3pm
 
The Turner Prize Explained
This talk will explore negotiations between planners and the public by focusing on attempts to reorganise London’s teaching hospital system in the post-war period.
4pm to 5:15pm
 
Planning, publics, and the reorganisation of London’s teaching hospital system
Lance corporal Rusty Firmin will be telling the full story of Operation Nimrod and his own involvement.
6:15pm to 7:30pm
 
Six Days in Knightsbridge – the SAS and the Iranian Embassy Siege
To coincide with the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death, this lecture will review Sir John Soane’s interest in Napoleon Bonaparte.
6:30pm to :
 
Sir John Soane’s fascination with Napoleon Bonaparte
Join Mark Solms as he explores the mechanisms behind the dreaming brain and what they really mean.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
The dreaming brain
Historian and curator Barry Bergdoll examines transformations in French architectural culture through the lens of the Vaudoyer dynasty.
7pm to 9pm
 
The Vaudoyers: a French architectural dynasty 1756-1975

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Wednesday 5th May


Online events / webinars

In this webinar, we hear from the team behind New Cooper Point, a recently completed 24-storey tower part of the wider Elephant Park masterplan to present the detailed design, specification and engineering of this building.
10am to 11:30am
 
You are how you eat: Dr Melisa Morales Garcia will show us how jaws of mammals can reveal their diets.
12:30pm to 1:15pm
 
What were Mesozoic mammals eating?
In this online lecture, curator Sue Brunning brings viewers closer than ever to the Sutton Hoo finds.
4:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Join Janet Hartley for a rich exploration of the Volga that reveals the river's vital place in Russian history.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
The Volga: A History of Russia's Greatest River
London’s garden squares are now seen as much needed green oases in the bustling modern city, but this has not always been the case
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Unforgettable Gardens - London Squares
Lance corporal Rusty Firmin will be telling the full story of Operation Nimrod and his own involvement.
6:15pm to 7:30pm
 
Six Days in Knightsbridge – the SAS and the Iranian Embassy Siege

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Thursday 6th May


Online events / webinars

This lecture will explore Napoleon‘s life through his interactions with the natural world and a series of gardens that were important to him during the rise and fall of his power.
1pm to 2pm
 
Napoleon: Shadows & Gardens
Should there be a legal duty on the state to be more transparent in sudden and unexpected death cases?
6pm to 7pm
 
Should The State Be More Candid About Sudden Death?
Join Alison Weir on Zoom for a magisterial history of the queens of Medieval England - including the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Queens of the Crusades - An Online Talk by Alison Weir
Geoffrey Hollis will talk about the 1951 Battersea Pleasure Gardens – ‘Art and Elegance in Abundance’.
6:30pm to :
 
Festival of Britain 70th Anniversary: Battersea
Join a panel of experts to discuss the recent exciting findings from the LHCb experiment at CERN.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
A new force of nature at the LHC?
A talk about the creation of Laurence Bradshaw’s Karl Marx memorial in Highgate Cemetery.
7pm to :
 
The Marx Memorial Lecture: The Plot For Karl Marx

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Friday 7th May

An unusual ship is to pass through Tower Bridge this morning - the Cable Ship Scheldemond I.
9am to 11am
 
Southwark

Online events / webinars

Join Gavin Mortimer as he considers what society today can learn from the Second World War generation.
12pm to :
 
Guidance from the Greatest
An event celebrating the festival and explore some of the most exquisite, evocative and unique collections held at The National Archives and The Southbank Centre Archive.
2pm to 3pm
 
Tonic to the nation: The Festival of Britain 70 years on
Discover the murder that shook the Middle Ages in this curators' introduction to Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint.
4:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Dr Philip Mansel, author of King of the World: the life of Louis XIV (2019) will explore how the King used the gardens he created at Versailles to attract and impress foreign visitors
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Louis XIV, King of Gardens

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Saturday 8th May

Visit the garden surrounding the centre designed by world-famous Dutch Landscape Architect Piet Oudolf.
10am to 2pm
 
Belmont
Visit a garden - Maggie's (Sutton)

Online events / webinars

Joanna Banham, freelance curator, lecturer and writer, will explore the history and production of Morris’s wallpaper.
3pm to :
 
William Morris Wallpapers

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Sunday 9th May

A hidden oasis full of surprises and built on several different levels.
10am to 6pm
 
Ealing
Visit a garden - 38 York Road (Ealing)
Over 50 hand-picked traders, bringing, 20th Century furniture, salvaged French homeware, vintage clothes, curiosities & collectables, kitschenalia, reclaimed industrial fixtures / electricals / lighting, and unexpected oddities.
11am to 6pm
 
Peckham
Peckham Salvage Yard
Get hands-on and creative and make your own flower crown from a selection of fresh-cut flowers and foliage, guided by the team from The Fresh Flower Company.
11am to 3pm
 
Chelsea
Garden Day 2021: Flower Crown Making
A garden for all seasons with many interesting plants and sculptures.
11am to 5pm
 
Mill Hill
Visit a garden - Highwood Ash (Mill Hill)
The 35 acre Beale Arboretum consists of over 800 varieties of trees and shrubs, incl National Collection of Hornbeam cultivars.
2pm to 5pm
 
Barnet
Visit a garden - West Lodge Park Hadley Wood()

Online events / webinars

Extraordinary tales of magic, spirits, strange beasts, anthropoghagi and spirits picked up by master storyteller Viktor Wynd on his travels
9pm to 10pm
 
Fairy Tales from Papua New Guinea - Zoom Bedtime Stories from Viktor Wynd

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Monday 10th May


Online events / webinars

History of female vendors as book distributors in colonial Bengal with Swati Moitra.
4:45pm to 6:15pm
 
Has the time come for some form of political appointment of Supreme Court judges? Should there be parliamentary scrutiny of judicial appointments?
6pm to 7pm
 
The Politics of Judicial Appointment
How do gender and sexuality affect what we see, and how we see it?
7pm to 8pm
 
Curators, artists and authors explore where nature and the digital world crossover during this time of radical change.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Tuesday 11th May


Online events / webinars

With a little knowledge and common sense, you can decide what definitely to avoid, and what to grow safely to enjoy their aesthetic.
10am to 11:30am
 
The Darker Side of Plants -Toxic Trees, Poisonous Perennials & Wicked Weeds
Explore the Regency assassination of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval and how the drama played out in the City.
2pm to 3pm
 
‘England’s Kennedy Moment’ – 11 May 1812
Uncovering food in British Library manuscripts.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
The talk shows how we can guard against such behaviour.
6pm to 7pm
 
How Companies Profit From Our Mistakes
A journey down through the layers of London to rediscover the lost rivers of her past.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Searching for London's lost rivers with Dr Tom Bolton
In this talk, Dr Amy Boyington will explore the real-life locations from some of the most famous dramas and films.
6:30pm to :
 
Behind the Scenes: Georgian Buildings in TV and Film
Mark Dennis explores this man of humanity, good humour, and many more things than you’d expect from a 1700s aristocrat.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
John the Planter: The first noble Grand Master
his event includes a virtual British cheese tasting session, alongside discussion of their history, culture and production.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Wednesday 12th May


Online events / webinars

In this webinar we present case studies and approaches on how to maximise light and improve indoor air quality to create healthy buildings.
10am to 11am
 
Healthy buildings – a focus on light and indoor air quality
Join Professor Ioannis Papakonstantinou as he discusses the research being carried out in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) to tackle climate change and create sustainable buildings.
12:30pm to 1pm
 
Spring into STEM
Join us to look back at the impact of the pandemic and its lessons for the future of nursing in this RCN Fellows event for Nurses Day 2021, with author Christie Watson.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: the COVID-19 Pandemic
Join oral history project officer Sarah Lowry to explore stories from the Royal College of Physicians' oral history collection.
6pm to 7pm
 
Doctors in their own words: voices from the archive
This talk is a celebration of the Common as it is today, 150 years after this landmark protection.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Unforgettable Gardens - The Wandsworth (un)Common Story
This lecture shows how healthcare and criminal justice professionals can work with young people to develop ‘reciprocal illumination’ for everyone who takes part.
6pm to 7pm
 
Tackling Knife Violence Through Simulation
Come on a roller coaster trip through the history of disaster movies with Scott Freer.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
American disaster movies with Scott  Freer
Explore the fascinating history of 19th-century hospitals in this talk by the Survey of London's Harriet Richardson.
7pm to 10pm
 
Grand Designs for Health & Wellbeing in the Victorian Hospital
In this talk we’ll reveal some of the RSN’s precious gifts and commissions for the royal family illustrated by objects from our archives, letters and accounts in newspapers of the day.
7pm to 8:15pm
 

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Thursday 13th May


Online events / webinars

This talk will give tips and tricks for identifying trees in leaf; look at leaf shape and structures, flowers, fruits and bark. The presentation will cover commonly found species in UK parks and gardens, including native and introduced species.
6pm to 7pm
 
How to Identify Trees
What do we know about rape-murdering women? Is redemption possible?
6pm to 7pm
 
Myra Hindley: Rape-Murderers
Join our panel of experts as they discuss the real events of Sutton Hoo that inspired the BAFTA nominated film, 'The Dig'.
6pm to 7pm
 
Digging deeper: The True History Behind Netflix’s ‘The Dig’
Material scientist Anna Ploszajski explores what generations of craftspeople have discovered from experimenting with various materials.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Handmade: a scientist’s search for meaning through making

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Friday 14th May

New 3-day vintage poster market, with leading specialist dealers.
2pm to 8pm
 
Peckham
Vintage Poster Market

Online events / webinars

In this webinar we hear from the City of London and other stakeholders about the City of London 2025 Vision.
10am to 11am
 
Join Professor Peter Gaunt as he analyses the experiences of those forced to travel during the English Civil Wars.
12pm to :
 
Fighting, Campaigning and Travelling in the English Civil War
Culinary legends meet contemporary chefs whose work they have inspired.
1:15pm to 2pm
 
In this talk Thomas Grant will trace how this courtroom, largely unchanged in 110 years, has witnessed the changing social and moral history of a nation.
2pm to 3pm
 
Court Number One, The Old Bailey
This lecture looks at Huguenots, their descendants, and their use of armorial bearings, (both with and without authority).
6pm to 8pm
 
Crosses and Crossings - Huguenot Heraldry

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Saturday 15th May

New 3-day vintage poster market, with leading specialist dealers.
10am to 6pm
 
Peckham
Vintage Poster Market
Andrew Jones will be talking about his new book, that tells the stories of each of these buildings and monuments.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Whitehall
ROSL Book Talk: The Buildings of Green Park by Andrew Jones

Online events / webinars

Karen Averby, a seaside-loving historian, tells us the story of how the seafront hotels in Brighton developed and what happened to them over the years.
2pm to 3pm
 
From Luxury Lodgings to the Gorgeous and the Grandiose

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Sunday 16th May

New 3-day vintage poster market, with leading specialist dealers.
11am to 5pm
 
Peckham
Vintage Poster Market

Online events / webinars

How to depict the impossible, a monster more bizarre than any medieval Apocalypse or engravings of krakens and rhinoceroses?
8pm to 11pm
 
On The Monstrous Pictures of Whales - Philip Hoare

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Monday 17th May


Online events / webinars

Get a taste of the Royal College of Physicians fascinating 500-year history and award-winning architecture in a live virtual guided tour.
1pm to 1:30pm
 
RCP live virtual guided taster tour
Hear from Africa Project Curator, Dr Helen Anderson, as she shares recent research into basketry and its practical, cultural and historical significance.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
What was the role of the Jews in the shaping of the Reformation – a huge turning point in Europe’s history?
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Lord Richard Harries has selected 30 images to convey the essential truths of the Christian faith, some ancient and some modern.
6pm to 7pm
 
Seeing God in Art: The Christian Faith in 30 Images
Professor Alice Roberts uses seven fascinating burial sites as a route to understanding more about ourselves and our history.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Tuesday 18th May


Online events / webinars

This lecture follows the journey of a plant hunter and illustrator who has painted his way around the globe, depicting the underworld of plants
10am to 11:30am
 
The Darker Side of Plants - The Underworld of Plants
In this talk we are going to explore the issue of power consumption within today’s machine learning hardware and discuss how researchers are taking inspiration from the human brain to tackle this issue.
1pm to 2pm
 
VIRTUAL EVENT: Making Siri More Like Us: The Neuromorphic Approach
Join arboriculturist, Greg Packman and discover the different kinds of trees in bloom in Hyde Park. We will explore the Rose Garden, Nannies Lawn and the Dell area with its beautiful waterfall.
Starts at 5:30pm
 
Introducing this remarkable dynasty, Emily Brand explores their adventures from Newstead Abbey to the haunted shores of Chile, and how they coloured the life of their most illustrious descendant.
6:30pm to :
 
The Fall of the House of Byron
Join a panel of experts as they discuss the risks posed by climate change and what we can do to mitigate them.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Climate change: a risky business
Learn about the common mushrooms and fungi you can find in Britain.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Fungus amongus: common mushrooms in England
Led by Lisa Markwell, food editor of the Sunday Times, with Nicholas Lander restaurant critic for FT, Jimi Famurewa restaurant critic for the Evening Standard, and Ligaya Mishan from the New York Times.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Wednesday 19th May

Price includes a copy of Gimblett's Guide to The Best British Cheeses, a tasting of cheese samples and a glass of wine/soft drink.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Soho
Gimblett's Guide To The Best of British Cheeses by Francis Gimblett

Online events / webinars

This report brings to light the key challenges the sector is facing, but also the lessons learned to return to the office.
10am to 11am
 
NLA Report Launch, WRK/LDN: Office revolution?
Join community archaeologist Alexis as he explores how the Roman development of Fulham reflects Britain’s economic situation at the time.
12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Roman, Saxons and Vikings – farms and forts in Fulham
In East London, regeneration can have negative consequences for young people – but youth-led design can address them.
1pm to 2pm
 
Inclusive Spaces: Preventing ‘ruins of regeneration’ through youth-led co-design
How can history strengthen democracy? A panel of writers, historians and academics will ask what lessons, if any, can be drawn from a wide array of global histories to help strengthen democracy in the present.
6pm to 7:15pm
 
A talk by a V&A Museum curator on the men's rings collection in the museum
6pm to :
 
Men's Jewellery
This talk will explore how The Royal Parks conserve and enhance this magnificent working cemetery for people, heritage and nature.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Unforgettable Gardens - Brompton - A Garden Cemetery reborn
The next two decades of changes in health will be as striking as any seen previously: this lecture will address some of the predictable changes public health and the NHS will need to address.
6pm to 7pm
 
Trends in Health in the UK: The Implications for the NHS
This talk celebrates the work of one of Britain’s greatest film actors.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
James Mason – The Man that Got Away
What do we really know about how our daily caffeine fix is produced, and the farming communities that may be behind it?
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Thursday 20th May

As we celebrate reopening the Museum and welcoming you back into London, we look back at a rich history of celebrations in and about our city.
6:30pm to 9pm
 
Covent Garden
Museum After Dark – Let’s celebrate

Online events / webinars

Hear from three people who have worked in essential support roles about their personal experiences of the pandemic.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Nursing a Pandemic: Nursing Support Workers
Join Rachel M Koopmans and Leonie Seliger for a conversation about the Becket Miracle Windows.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Re-interpreting the Becket Miracle Windows from Canterbury Cathedral
Join acclaimed writer Wendy Moore to learn about the story of the suffragette doctors who ran Endell Street Military Hospital in the heart of London in World War I.
6pm to 7pm
 
Suffragette Surgeons of Endell Street
A talk about how Frederic Leighton was inspired to create his richly decorated Arab Hall in his Kensington house.
6pm to 7pm
 
The creation of the Arab Hall at Leighton House
Writer and T.S. Eliot Prize winner Roger Robinson will deliver this year's Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Roger Robinson: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2021
In this talk, De Morgan Curator Sarah Hardy will introduce the artwork of William and Evelyn De Morgan and illuminate the scope of her work with this historic collection today.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
The De Morgan Collection: An Online talk with Curator, Sarah Hardy
Tree expert Russell Miller will take you on a tour of Abney Park's surviving remnants of the famous Loddiges arboretum.
7pm to 8pm
 
The Story of Abney's Arboretum Survivors
Join author and expert in gold and silver Timothy Schroder as he takes a close look at the workings of this relationship and at the individuals who operated it.
7pm to 8pm
 
Cromwell, Bowes, the Goldsmiths and the Mint
Madhur is joining us live from her home in New York, and talking to Ravinder Bhogal - one of the most exciting modern food-writers and the chef-restaurateur of London’s Jikoni.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Friday 21st May


Online events / webinars

This NLA webinar brings together experts to discuss the cultural phenomena of e-sports and the future of offline and online interaction.
10am to 11am
 
Changing the game: the impact of e-sports on real estate
Dr Simon J Moody will examine how the Cold War nuclear threat affected the British Army’s training, war doctrine and purpose.
12pm to :
 
Preparing for Nuclear War in the British Army
In this talk, Principal Medieval Records Specialist Euan Roger will explore the last decade of Henry’s life, from his deposition in 1461 through to the events of the ‘Readeption’ and the circumstances around his death in 1471.
2pm to 3pm
 
Readeption and Revenge: The final years of Henry VI
The stories of two women who refused to be defined by society’s expectations.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 

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Saturday 22nd May

Rare opportunity to visit this 42 acre jewel with many mature trees, 2 acre lake with water fowl, expansive lawns and a river walk.
10am to 4:30pm
 
Fulham
Visit a garden - The Hurlingham Club (Fulham)
Many surprises, unusual trees and shrubs are hidden behind the railings of this large London square.
10am to 4pm
 
Belgravia
Visit a garden - Cadogan Place South Garden (Chelsea)
Occasional open day at a railway cutting nature reserve in Forest Hill.
1pm to 4pm
 
Forest Hill
Monthly open day at Dacres Wood Nature Reserve

Online events / webinars

Dr Judy Hill tells the story of almshouses from the difficult times of the Reformation to vitality of the 21st century.
10:30am to 11:30am
 
Story of British Almshouses

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Sunday 23rd May

An open day at the Victorian steam pumping station in Abbey Wood that was the final point in London's sewer network.
10am to 4pm
 
Abbey Wood
Crossness steam engine open day
Hackney Record Fair provides a unique opportunity for independent labels, record vendors, and used hifi dealers to sell directly to the fans who love them.
11am to 6pm
 
Stoke Newington
Hackney Record Fair
A friendly and informal garden square with mature and rare trees, plants and shrubs laid out according to the original Victorian design of 1862
2pm to 6pm
 
Notting Hill
Visit a garden - Arundel & Elgin Gardens (Notting Hill)
This steeply sloping garden comprises woodland walks, filled with flowering shrubs and ferns.
2pm to 6pm
 
Wimbledon
Visit a garden - 61 Arthur Road (Wimbledon)
These five adjacent long gardens run for 100 yds from the back of historic houses on Kew Green down to the Thames towpath.
2pm to 5pm
 
Visit a garden - Kew Green Gardens

Online events / webinars

Often misrepresented, stereotyped and misunderstood, this talk will discuss the history of Haitian Vodou.
8pm to 9:30pm
 
The History and Mystery of Haitian Vodou, Zoom Lecture by Dr Louise Fenton

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Monday 24th May

In the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, historian Lady Antonia Fraser, discuss her new biography on Caroline Norton, once a grace and favour resident at Hampton Court Palace.
6:30pm to 8:45pm
 
East Molesey
The Case of the Married Woman

Online events / webinars

This talk will consider how ideas of privacy shaped housing design in post-war Britain, with particular reference to the evolution of courtyard/patio layouts.
6pm to 8pm
 
Privacy and post-war housing in Britain
This event explores how the public role of royal women is defined by gender.
6pm to 7pm
 
 The Objectification of Royal Women's Bodies as Symbols of the State

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Tuesday 25th May


Online events / webinars

This webinar will be hosted by CSJV’s historic buildings lead and focus on the railway heritage at Old Oak Common.
11:30am to 12:30pm
 
HS2 Archaeology - the history of Old Oak Common
This talk will follow Games’s creative process from designer’s brief to the ubiquitous, versatile and memorable ‘Britannia’ emblem which adorned buildings, posters, souvenirs and stamps.
2pm to 3pm
 
Abram Games and His Festival of Britain Symbol - 70th Anniversary
This discussion explores the meteoric canonisation of Thomas Becket, his subsequent veneration and the destruction of his reputation during the Reformation in the Tudor period.
4:30pm to 5:30pm
 
This lecture looks at the consequences of technology on privacy and security, and considers what options there are for the future.
6pm to 7pm
 
The Future of Computer Security
Join Rebecca Smethurst to find out more about these mysterious and massive astronomical objects.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
It’s not easy growing a supermassive black hole
Listen as Susan sweeps you back to 18th-century London: trendy turtle dinners, a lottery for a Michelangelo cabinet, managing royal patrons and an opera singer in prison all appear in this talk.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bartholomew Ruspini: Introducing the generous dentist

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Wednesday 26th May


Online events / webinars

What does it mean to make a dress? Join the V&A Academy as we unpack this impossible question.
4pm to 5:15pm
 
This conference will analyse Napoleon's maritime strategy against Great Britain after Trafalgar and how it was implemented.
5:15pm to 7pm
 
This lecture/recital tells the story of an instrument originally marketed at children, that subsequently made a surprising transition into the professional sphere.
6pm to 7pm
 
Performing with Toy Pianos
In conjunction with the release of the first book-length study of the film, Grave of the Fireflies in English, the author, Alex Dudok de Wit, explores his findings and the significance of this title.
6:30pm to :
 
Delving Into ' Grave of the Fireflies' with Alex Dudok de Wit
Join Amy Hare as she explores this significant element of the RSN Collection and shows you stunning examples of millinery throughout the years.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Hats, Bonnets & Veils: Embroidered Millinery
The acclaimed director Mike Leigh in conversation with Westminster library staff
7pm to 8:30pm
 
In conversation with director Mike Leigh
Join award-winning novelist and screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth for a thought-provoking event exploring new motherhood, postnatal depression and recovery.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Postnatal Depression and New Motherhood

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Thursday 27th May


Online events / webinars

From Monet to Pissarro, uncover forgotten histories of Impressionism and find new ways of experiencing this art.
1pm to 2pm
 
Consuming Impressionism
This illustrated talk by City Guide Alexandra Epps takes us on a virtual tour of the post-war stained glass of the City of London
2pm to 3:15pm
 
Modern Stained Glass in the City of London
Join acclaimed author, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes as she interviews curators Thorsten Opper and Francesca Bologna about the key themes, objects and research behind the exhibition.
5pm to 6pm
 
A talk about how horse-buses changed the perception, experience and use of metropolitan space for passengers and pedestrians between 1829 and the 1850s.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
From wayward kings courting mistresses, to assassination attempts on Queen Victoria, we will unveil the secret stories of The Green Park.
Starts at 5:30pm
 
A talk about the £50 note with the Bank of England Chief Cashier, Sarah John and Curator, Kirsty Parsons.
6pm to 7pm
 
The £50 note: old and new
This lecture will tell the intriguing story of Bomber Command’s electronic war, and how, eight decades later, the work of 100 Group remains an indispensable part of the modern air campaign.
6pm to :
 
How Bomber Command Pioneered Electronic Warfare
Join the Science Museum and a panel of experts including Sir Patrick Vallance and others closest to the race to develop and deploy a COVID-19 vaccine
6pm to 7:30pm
 
How Science Created the Fastest Vaccine in History
Join Director of the Wallace Collection, Dr Xavier Bray, for a digital evening tour of the museum as we prepare to reopen.
6pm to 7:15pm
 
 An Evening at the Wallace Collection: Reopening Tour with the Director
A discussion about the influential work of Dr Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccinations.
6pm to 7pm
 
Dr Jenner, Smallpox & Vaccines: In Conversation with Owen Gower
A talk about some of the maths used in the fight against the pandemic, and also hear some insights into life as a mathematician assisting with policy advice during this unprecedented time.
6pm to 7pm
 
Maths vs. Covid-19
A talk about the rise and fall of an extraordinary entertainment colossus, wrongly named The Royal Aquarium
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
The Royal Aquarium, Westminster
Join Giles Milton as he launches his new book, revealing how events in post-war Berlin began the Cold War and shaped the modern world.
7pm to :
 
Checkmate in Berlin
Join two archaeologists on a time travelling tour of the building sites of Britain’s first city.
7pm to :
 
Constructing Londinium

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Friday 28th May


Online events / webinars

A talk about the Vulcan raids against Port Stanley Airfield during the Falklands War.
11am to 12pm
 
Operation Black Buck 1
A lunchtime panel session which will take the story of the two cultures of art and science back 500 years.
1pm to 2pm
 
Art and science through the ages
A light-hearted virtual meander through some of the lesser known Dickensian back streets and alleys.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Alternative Kings Cross with Chris Foster
Join astronomers from the Royal Observatory Greenwich as they separate science-fact from science-fiction in the films you know and love, and a few films you might not have heard of...
7pm to 8pm
 
Science In Science Fiction Presents... Ex Machina

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Saturday 29th May

Learn how to mix clay dug from the borough with local industrial materials to create a unique clay body for brickmaking.
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Victoria Dock
Hands-on Outdoor Brickmaking and Short Performance
The heritage railway at the end of the Central line reopens with steam train services.
10am to 4:30pm
 
North Weald
Steam trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway
Presentations, exhibition, demonstrations of work by contemporary and traditional crafts created or inspired by Japanese craft techniques
10:30am to 5:30pm
 
Poplar
Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival 2021
Learn about the truly Terrible Tudors at Hampton Court Palace
Starts at 12pm
 
East Molesey
Horrible Histories - Live on Stage
Guided tours of one of London's few remaining windmills.
1pm to 4:30pm
 
Brixton
Restarting tours of the Brixton Windmill
A small walled garden behind the Priory Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Dominic, commissioned by the Dominican Friars.
1:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Kentish Town
Visit a garden - The Mysteries of Light Rosary Garden (Kentish Town)
An online live airshow from London Biggin Hill airport
2pm to :
 
Armchair Airshow from Biggin Hill airport
Twilight performances set around a live fired kiln in an industrial courtyard
8pm to 10pm
 
Victoria Dock
Theatre Performances about Brick, Heritage and Living in Newham

Online events / webinars

Showcase of unique database that shows who got money from the abolition of slavery, how much, what they spent it on and where they lived
6:30pm to 8pm
 
VIRTUAL: British slave owners, tracking the money and the stories of the enslaved

More London events on Saturday 29th May

Sunday 30th May

Learn how to mix clay dug from the borough with local industrial materials to create a unique clay body for brickmaking.
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Victoria Dock
Hands-on Outdoor Brickmaking and Short Performance
The heritage railway at the end of the Central line reopens with steam train services.
10am to 4:30pm
 
North Weald
Steam trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway
Presentations, exhibition, demonstrations of work by contemporary and traditional crafts created or inspired by Japanese craft techniques
10:30am to 5:30pm
 
Poplar
Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival 2021
Learn about the truly Terrible Tudors at Hampton Court Palace
Starts at 12pm
 
East Molesey
Horrible Histories - Live on Stage
Guided tours of one of London's few remaining windmills.
1pm to 4:30pm
 
Brixton
Restarting tours of the Brixton Windmill
Developed over 14yrs, this large garden has a formal layout, with wide mixed herbaceous borders full of colour, surrounded by mature trees, framing sunny lawns, a central box parterre and an Indian pergola.
2pm to 5:30pm
 
Lee
Visit a garden - 41 Southbrook Road (Lee)
An extensive garden with mature trees, shrubs and perennials divided into areas.
2pm to 6pm
 
Finchley
Visit a garden - 31 Hendon Avenue (Finchley)
Twilight performances set around a live fired kiln in an industrial courtyard
8pm to 10pm
 
Victoria Dock
Theatre Performances about Brick, Heritage and Living in Newham

More London events on Sunday 30th May

Monday 31st May

The heritage railway at the end of the Central line reopens with steam train services.
10am to 4:30pm
 
North Weald
Steam trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

Online events / webinars

Professor Catharine Edwards (a specialist in the culture of Nero’s Rome) will focus on Nero’s passion for myth and how that passion fed into the myth of Nero.
6pm to 7:30pm
 

More London events on Monday 31st May

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