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39th Annual Barlow Lecture

Join Dr Rose Kerr in a discussion about the East Asian Ceramics of the Hallwyl Collection and the Sir Victor Sassoon Collection of Chinese carved ivories.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Thu 7 Nov

Lecture Theatre

Free booking advised / 01865 278000

A.N. Wilson on Prince Albert

Prince Albert was born 200 years ago this year. Since the nineteenth century, there has never been a biography based on all the archival material at Windsor, Coburg, and Gotha. Join A.N. Wilson, who wrote 'Victoria' some years ago, and who has been through all the documents, to discover a portrait of Albert the husband…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Mon 9 Sep

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£15–£18 / 020 7942 2000

A.s Hartrick - Rediscovering A Forgotten Artist

Why do some artists, famous in their day, become forgotten whilst others continue to be household names long after they are dead?

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Sat 25 Jul 2020

Lecture Theatre

£8 (£7) / 01865 278000

Abbey Road: The Studios That Became a Legend

Series of talks detailing the history of Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Studios, London NW8

Thu 8 Aug

£120 / 0870 242 7095

Fri 9 Aug

£120 / 0870 242 7095

Sat 10 Aug

£120 / 0870 242 7095

…and 4 more dates until 18 Aug

Absolute Beginners (15) + introduction by Adrian Wootton

With racial tension brewing in Notting Hill, nineteen-year-old photographer Colin is hopelessly in love with model Crepe Suzette (Patsy Kensit), but her relationships are strictly connected with her progress in the fashion world. So Colin gets involved with a pop promoter and tries to crack the big time Starring Eddie…

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Wed 23 Oct

£12 (Members £6) / 020 7638 8891

Abstract Art Ii

Abstract art need not be arcane. Examine a selection of works from Europe and America and place them in a social and historical context in order to reveal a richer meaning.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Sun 5 Apr 2020

Lecture Theatre

£12 (£11) / 01865 278000

Abstract Landscape Masterclass with Louise Balaam

Learn how to improve your landscape painting techniques from artist Louise. Available for all abilities.

Sladers Yard, Bridport

Mon 30 Sep

£1010–£1325 / 01308 459511

  • 09:00

Tue 1 Oct

£1010–£1325 / 01308 459511

  • 09:00

Wed 2 Oct

£1010–£1325 / 01308 459511

  • 09:00
…and 2 more dates until 4 Oct

Active Clearing Masterclass

Test out Dermalogica's new active clearing range at this masterclass, with a complementary treatment, expert advice, refreshments on offer and more.

Dermalogica @ John Lewis Southampton

Tue 25 Jun

Prices to be confirmed

Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Expo

Conference on alternative medicine.

Frankfurter Eck, Edinburgh

Mon 21 Oct

£399–£499 / 0131 629 5784

  • 09:00 – 16:30

Adaptation: Theory & Practice for the Theatre Text

Adapting a piece for the stage can be a tricky task. This workshop covers the different aspects of adaptation, in the unique setting of the historic France-Hayhurst.

Liverpool Waterfront

Sat 31 Aug

£25 (Students £20)

  • 11:00 – 16:30

Adder Adventure

Adders are shy, but we know of some places in the Park where they can be seen if we are lucky! Includes a talk about British reptiles.

National Trust: Sheringham Park, Upper Sheringham

Thu 22 Aug

£3 Booking essential, admission applies (Children £5 Booking essential, admission applies) / 01263 820550

Tue 27 Aug

£3 Booking essential, admission applies (Children £5 Booking essential, admission applies) / 01263 820550

Adrian Wootton’s Hollywood Legends: Cher

Cher (1946-) achieved initial fame as a singer in the 1960s pop double act Sonny and Cher, and then global superstardom as a solo performer before her emergence in a complimentary career as a versatile and award-winning actress. Adrian Wootton OBE, CEO of Film London, traces Cher’s glittering life and career…

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Wed 11 Dec

Members £9 / 020 7638 8891

Adrian Wootton’s Hollywood Legends: David Bowie

David Bowie (1947-2016) was one of the greatest, most influential artists of the last century, a songwriter, rock star, fashion icon performer and stage, film and TV actor. In this Hollywood Legends Talk Adrian Wootton OBE, CEO of Film London, explores the dazzling career and complex life of Bowie, featuring many…

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Wed 23 Oct

Members £9 / 020 7638 8891

Advanced Facilitation Training

Literary and education conference.

The Melting Pot, Edinburgh

Tue 15 Oct

£242–£489 / 020 7324 4775

  • 09:30 – 16:30

St Luke's Community Centre, London EC1V

Tue 2 Jul

£195–£425 / 020 7324 4775

  • 09:45 – 16:15

Afternoon tea talk - Kitty Lloyd-Jones

Join House Host Ann as she tells the story of Kitty Lloyd Jones and the creation of Lady Bearsted’s country house gardens. In the 1920s, Kitty was one of the first women to achieve a degree in Horticulture. Working closely with Lady Bearsted, she helped to lay out the gardens at Upton House in the early 1930s. Hear about…

National Trust: Upton House, Banbury

Thu 8 Aug

£10 Booking essential, admission applies / 01295 670266

Afternoon tea talk - life below Upton House stairs

Who were the men and women who kept Upton House and the estate running for 2nd Viscount Bearsted and Lady Bearsted? In an age when more girls chose shop and factory employment over a life below stairs, discover what it was like to work at Upton House in the 1930s.

National Trust: Upton House, Banbury

Thu 10 Oct

£10 Booking essential, admission applies / 01295 670266

Afternoon Tea Talk - The Bearsteds and the riviera set

Discover the highlights of the 1930s French Riviera with house guide Victor. Hear the story of Lord and Lady Bearsted’s villa ‘La Serena’ and the pleasures and pursuits of their exclusive Rivera lifestyle.

National Trust: Upton House, Banbury

Thu 11 Jul

£10 Booking essential / 01295 670266

Afternoon tea talk - Upton's painted landscapes

We are hosting ‘Faces of Change: Nature’s Champions’ this autumn. This National Portrait Gallery exhibition charts the significant influence of individuals who have shaped our understanding of the natural world and our landscapes. This talk will take you beyond figures and faces, and introduce you to some of the lesser…

National Trust: Upton House, Banbury

Thu 14 Nov

£10 Booking essential, admission applies / 01295 670266

Afternoon tea talk - Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted

Lord Bearsted made his mark as one of the major philanthropists of his age. A leading member of the Anglo-Jewish community, Lord Bearsted showed high regard for the duty of charity in accordance with his Jewish religion. Join House Host Ann, who will explore a selection of Lord Bearsted’s extensive charitable works, and…

National Trust: Upton House, Banbury

Thu 12 Sep

£10 Booking essential, admission applies / 01295 670266

AI World and Cyber Security 2019

Technology conference with a focus on artificial security and Cyber Security.

Park Inn By Radisson London Heathrow Hotel

Thu 14 Nov


  • 10:00 – 16:00

Akademi at 40 (1979 - 2019)

Join us for a special evening of performance, film and dialogue, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of leading South Asian dance company, Akademi. This evening marks the evolution of Akademi’s pioneering work and its contribution to Britain’s international reputation for innovation in South Asian Dance. Reflecting on…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 18 Oct

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£12–£15 / 020 7942 2000

Alan Caiger-Smith And The Aldermaston Pottery Book Launch And Signing

Join authors Jane White, Julian Belmont and Professor Timothy Wilson for the launch of their new book and a talk exploring why Alan Caiger-Smith and the Aldermaston Pottery occupy a unique place in the history of twentieth-century ceramics.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Sun 8 Dec

Lecture Theatre

Prices to be confirmed / 01865 278000

Alan Mckirdy: Landscapes In Stone

Join renowned geologist and writer Alan McKirdy for a dramatic journey through the geological landscape of Scotland as he makes sense of the many turbulent and varied episodes that have shaped the country as we know it today. Discover the story behind continental collisions, cataclysmic forces and the fascinating creation…

Aboyne and Dinnet Church

Wed 31 Jul


Alger Hiss: Friend and / or Spy

Join Swansea Historical Association for their annual Presidential Lecture. With Professor Tony Badger (HA President)

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Sat 14 Sep

Free / 02920 573600

All hands on deck

Discover more about Liverpool's maritime past as well as where some of our most famous phrases and sayings actually come from!

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Wed 31 Jul

Free / 0151 478 4499

Tue 6 Aug

Free / 0151 478 4499

Wed 21 Aug

Free / 0151 478 4499