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All That Glitters: De Morgan's Pursuit Of Perfection In Lustre

William De Morgan is best remembered for his designs featuring mystical and fantastical beasts and his Arts and Crafts tiles, but this lecture focuses on his work in lustreware which was revered during his own time.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Fri 6 Dec

Lecture Theatre

£8 (£7) / 01865 278000

All Things Florida

Find out how to buy property in America's Sunshine State.

The George Wraysbury

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 01784 606996

  • 13:30 – 17:00

American Landscape From The Hudson River To Yellowstone: 1820 - 1880

Trace the evolution of American landscape painting and photography from the Hudson River School of the North-East to California, and learn how American artists wrestled with the tension between the exploitation and preservation of the land they depicted.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Wed 1 Jul 2020

Lecture Theatre

£8 (£7) / 01865 278000

Amy Annette: What Women Want

Show & Tell Join Amy and a panel of her more famous comedian friends at the recording of a live comedy conversation show. Previous guests such as Aisling Bea, Lolly Adefope, Sara Pascoe, James Acaster, Nish Kumar and more have sought to understand this great, unknowable, mystery of our time: women. As heard on…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Sat 10 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 11 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 17 Aug

Cabaret Bar

£9 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 25 Aug

Anatomy Lab Live: Contagion

Enjoy a two-course meal before handling real organ specimens to learn about infectious diseases in a working decontamination lab.

The Village Hotel, Aberdeen

Sat 21 Mar 2020

£81.99 (£72.99; Students £72.99; group ticket £879–£919) / +44 (0) 3333 447143

Ancient Avebury walk and talk with an Archaeologist

You will explore a Neolithic tomb, encounter Europe's largest prehistoric mound and learn how the latest discoveries are transforming our ideas of ancient Avebury. End the walk by joining Nick for lunch on your return to Avebury. Lunch and parking included.

National Trust: Avebury, Marlborough

Thu 4 Jul

£30 Booking essential / 01672 539250

Ancient Egypt Gallery

The Egyptian gallery is really special – not only because of the large number of perfectly preserved artefacts it contains, but for the huge variety of objects on display. Here you can marvel at enormous stone statues, tiny lucky charms, precious burial goods and entire coffins.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

…and 57 more dates until 23 Aug

Ancient Greeks Gallery

This gallery takes you deep into the world of Ancient Greece. Created by Professor Brian Shefton, it contains everything from small, intricately carved figurines to a pot that was once big enough to hide inside! This is one of the best Greek and Etruscan (ancient Italian) collections in the country, thanks to the…

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

…and 57 more dates until 23 Aug

Ancient Land – Earth & Sea Poems

Debbie presents a large collection of interconnected paintings, drawings, sculpture and assemblages. These current works are based on observations, memory, notes, on the spot drawings and natural objects collected inland and by the coast. Inspired by Cumbrian standing stone circles shorelines of Allonby and…

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 3 Aug

01539 725 133

  • 20:00

Andrew Carnegie And The Written Word

Our very own Carnegie specialist, Sharron McColl examines Andrew Carnegie as an author and man of letters and how our perception of his writing has evolved over the years.

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Thu 8 Aug

£3 / 01383 312603

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Nov

£22–£27.50 (Children £19.80–£24.75) / 0131 220 4348

Anime's Human Machines: Tesuo, The Iron Man (18) + panel

A man known to us only as ‘the Metal Fetishist’, who we’ve observed at home ecstatically sticking a piece of metal into his leg, is run over by ‘the Salaryman’, a businessman out in his car. The next morning, as he shaves, Salaryman discovers a metal spike growing out of his cheek: it’s the start of a shocking mutation…

Barbican Cinemas 2 & 3, London EC2Y

Thu 12 Sep

Cinema 3

£12 (Members £9.60) / 020 7638 8891

Ann Widdecombe

Strictly Ann – An Evening with Ann Widdecombe Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time embarks on her first ever national tour. Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann…

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Thu 13 Feb 2020

£24 / 01785 619080

Annual Beauforest Lecture, David Jones: Artist And Poet In The Shadow Of The Great War

Contrasting his role with that of Paul Nash, this lecture will explain the unexpected ways in which Jones responded in word and image to the new world of technics ushered in by modern warfare.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Sun 10 Nov

Lecture Theatre

Free booking advised / 01865 278000

Annual Toller Lecture: Professor Susan Irvine (UCL), Title TBC

Annual Toller Lecture: Professor Susan Irvine (UCL), Title TBC Time tbc

The University Of Manchester

Sat 16 Nov

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Free

Antiques Special: An Audience With Paul Martin

Paul Martin presented the BBC's hugely popular antiques programme Flog It! for over 15 years; notching up more than 1000 episodes. His new programme Make Me a Dealer is now on air.Now the Aboyne and Deeside Festival audience can join Paul as he talks about his love of antiques and the items in his own collection. Audience…

Aboyne Academy

Wed 17 Jul

£15 / 01339 887722

Antiques Valuation Open Day

Find out if the junk in your attic is actually a priceless artefact at this valuation day, hosted by Terry Dean of Unique Auctions.

Grove Care Home, Grimsby

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 01472 821127

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Talk

Dr Nigel Bannister, Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester, gives insight into the Apollo 11 moon landings 50 years ago.

National Trust: Woolsthorpe Manor, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Grantham

Fri 19 Jul

£8 Booking essential / 01476 860338

Apollo 11 Space Lates and Sleepover

In celebration of five decades since the moon landing, spend some time in the National Space Centre after hours and take part in a series of activities, workshops, talks and more.

National Space Centre, Leicester

Sat 20 Jul

Space Late only £15; adult space late with sleepover £40; child space late with sleepover £30 / 0116 258 2111

Booking is essential.

Apollo and Saturn: America’s Race to the Moon:

In the 1960’s East and West were embroiled in the Cold War and the various ways both sides competed without outright warfare. One of the most dramatic and significant for humanity was the Space Race, a series of daring attempts to one-up the other side in the challenge of manned spaceflight. The Soviets claimed an early…

National Museum Cardiff

Sat 20 Jul

Free / 029 2039 7951

Archaeology Month

Lyme contains a trove of archaeological finds discovered by volunteers working across the estate over decades. This July, meet our conservation experts as they sort, preserve and catalogue some of the hidden treasures of this collection.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Mon 1 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01663 762023

Tue 2 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01663 762023

Thu 4 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01663 762023

…and 17 more dates until 23 Jul

Architecture on Stage: Bruther

Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot founded Bruther in 2007, and the Paris-based practice has since worked in the fields of architecture, research, education, urbanism and landscape. Their built work to date has focused on housing, cultural buildings and university projects, with a strong consideration for the future of…

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Thu 27 Jun

£15 (Members £12) / 020 7638 8891

Architecture tours

Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a free 30 min tour of the exterior of the mansion and learn about the architectural changes made to this magnificent 17th century property.

National Trust: Ham House & Garden, Richmond

Tue 25 Jun

Free Admission applies / 020 8940 1950

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 020 8940 1950

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 020 8940 1950

…and 15 more dates until 12 Jul

Archives Sources for Family History

A friendly introduction to the unique sources in the Archives for genealogical research by one of the City Archivists. Suitable for family history beginners. Event takes place in Blythswood Room on level 5 in The Mitchell Library Please book a space at 0141 287 2999

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Wed 17 Jul

Free / 0141 287 2999

Thu 15 Aug

Free / 0141 287 2999

Are the Kids Alright? Generation Z’s Mental Health Crisis

Lena Carter, Graham Goulden, Kate Jones and Sir Anthony Seldon Much has been written about the psychology of millennials, but what about their successors, Generation Z? Mental health issues are a constant of public debate and there is a perceived epidemic among young people. Is this a case of increasing stress in…

Riddle's Court, Edinburgh

Sun 18 Aug

Q1

£11.50 (£8.50) / 0131 510 8789

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.