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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Exhibition on the latest in scientific research from around the world, alongside a programme of talks, demonstrations and family-friendly performances.

The Royal Society, London SW1Y

Mon 1 Jul

Free / 020 7451 2500

Tue 2 Jul

Free / 020 7451 2500

Wed 3 Jul

Free / 020 7451 2500

…and 4 more dates until 7 Jul

Mounting Japanese prints

A gallery talk by David Green, British Museum.

British Museum, London WC1B

Tue 25 Jun

Room 94

Free / 020 7323 8181

Rubble Theatre

German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni’s sculpture Rubble Theatre is a highlight of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. It recreates a scene of destruction in Syria, featuring the rubble of a bombsite and an abandoned car. Halbouni was born in Syria, the son of a Syrian father and a German mother. He studied at art school…

St Enoch Square, Glasgow

Tue 25 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00

Wed 26 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00

BBC: Susan Calman's Fringe Benefits

BBC Scotland Susan Calman takes a fast-paced whistle-stop tour of Edinburgh’s comic delights. Join us for a show jam-packed with comedy, irreverent banter, gossip and outrageous chat, all with a sprinkling of glamour. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit…

George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

Sat 3 Aug

Blue Tent

Free / 0131 229 7263

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

Blue Tent

Free / 0131 229 7263

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 17 Aug

Blue Tent

Free / 0131 229 7263

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Meet Dippy the Diplodocus, a 21.3 metre long skeleton of a dinosaur, which is currently on tour around the UK.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Tue 25 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Wed 26 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Thu 27 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

…and 101 more dates until 6 Oct

Egyptian gods and goddesses

A gallery talk by independent speaker Carol Andrews. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

British Museum, London WC1B

Sat 17 Aug

Room 4

Free / 020 7323 8181

Gods and goddesses

Stories of gods and goddesses have entertained and enthralled us from the dawn of civilisation. Handed down to us through Western art and culture, we are reminded of our humanity and connection with one another.As part of our Pride and Joy festival weekend, join Deaf lecturer John Wilson to explore and learn about the…

The National Gallery, London WC2N

Sat 29 Jun

Sainsbury Wing Foyer

Free / 020 7747 2885

Lunchtime Lecture: China’s Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-cities

When author, Austin Williams began researching China’s urban development in 2011, the country claimed to have 11 Eco-cities: environmentally-friendly, sustainable, smart, low-carbon, urban centres. Within 5 years, it had documented 285. China has regularly been portrayed as an environmental pariah, so are we witnessing…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Wed 26 Jun

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7942 2000

The Old King's Highway Tour: The Road to The Green

A walking tour that reveals the history of Aberdeen's Old King's Highway.

Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen

Sun 7 Jul

Sun 14 Jul

Sun 21 Jul

Sun 28 Jul

20th Century Glasgow on Film

See what life in Glasgow looked like in the 20th century at this guided tour of vintage videos, led by curator Liam Paterson.

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Wed 26 Jun

Free but ticketed / 0141 276 1450

Aberdulais Landscapes

For centuries, Aberdulais has been utilising natural resources for energy to drive industrial wonders. Today, National Trust Aberdulais shares and celebrates people’s historical footprint. As once industry shaped the valley and dramatic waterfall of the tinworks, now nature reclaims this fascinating site. Discover more…

Aberdulais Tin Works And Waterfall, Neath

Mon 15 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01639 636674

Tue 16 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01639 636674

Wed 17 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01639 636674

…and 17 more dates until 3 Aug

Anglo-Saxons Display

After the Romans left Britain in 410 AD, the island was invaded by Germanic tribes, including the Angles and Saxons. Britain split into lots of small, warring kingdoms. One of the most successful was Northumbria, which soon became a powerful Christian kingdom and a famous centre of learning. Here you can see a great…

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

The art of Islamic pattern: the Arabesque

A gallery talk by independent speaker Diana Driscoll. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

British Museum, London WC1B

Sat 31 Aug

Room 43

Free / 020 7323 8181

BBC: Just a Minute

BBC Radio 4 Come along to Just a Minute’s special recordings in Edinburgh. Witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Expertly chaired by Nicholas Parsons. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit…

George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

Tue 6 Aug

Blue Tent

Free / 0131 229 7263

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BCSS July Meeting Southampton Branch

Derek Tribble leads this talk about crassulas.

St James Church, Southampton

Tue 2 Jul

Free

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Beatrix Potter - The Melford Hall Connection

Beatrix Potter would regularly take extended holidays at Melford Hall between 1899 and 1916 and her name and doodles can be found in a number of visitor books in the house. Beatrix would always carry a camera or sketchbook with her, and would sketch, paint or photograph. This exhibition will show some of these sketches…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Fri 28 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

…and 15 more dates until 19 Jul

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections. Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a…

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Sat 6 Jul

Free / 01223 332900

Buttercups Isleworth Open Day

Open day at nursery for children under 5.

Buttercups Nursery Isleworth, Middlesex

Sun 14 Jul

Free

  • 11:00 – 13:00

Cecilia's Story: A Life in Letters

Uncover the story of Sizergh’s 18th century lady of the house, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life inspired by her surviving letters.

National Trust: Sizergh Castle, Kendal

Tue 25 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

…and 15 more dates until 14 Jul

Collecting histories: highlights of the display and trail

A gallery talk by Ben Burt and Stuart Frost, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

British Museum, London WC1B

Tue 30 Jul

Room 3

Free / 020 7323 8181

CreateInsights: Design Thinking

What does it take to create world first innovations and design experiences that people love? This month Chloe Coulson from award winning design and innovation agency Seymourpowell will talk about the combination of tools and teams required to unlock challenges creatively. Seymourpowell believe great design makes things…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 20 Sep

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Free / 020 7942 2000

Curator's introduction to Edvard Munch: love and angst

Curator Giulia Bartrum, British Museum, gives a 60-minute introduction to the exhibition.

British Museum, London WC1B

Thu 27 Jun

BP Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7323 8181

Thu 18 Jul

BP Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7323 8181

DETech: Systematic Literature Review – A Practical Approach

Dr Sara Bragança and Dr Eric Costa leads this session on different methods for conducting a systematic literature review.

Solent University, Southampton

Wed 26 Jun

Economic Justice for the North West

A talk about rising inequality in the UK, with the chance to discuss your experiences and ask questions of policymakers and community leaders in the North West. Speakers confirmed to attend include the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham; Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steven Rotheram; the Regional Secretary of the…

Friend's Meeting House, Manchester

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0207 470 6138

Economic Justice for the West Midlands

A talk on the growing economic inequality in the UK and how it will impact the West Midlands, with the chance for people in the audience to chime in with their own ideas on what it'll take to bring about economic equality for all. Speakers include Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, and Carys Roberts, the Chief…

Fazeley Studios, Birmingham

Thu 4 Jul

Free / 0207 470 6138