Christmas display opens at Windsor Castle from 24th November 2022

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022.

From 24 November 2022, visitors to Windsor Castle will see the State Apartments transformed with Christmas trees, twinkling lights, festive garlands and a spectacular table display in the Waterloo Chamber, one of the largest and most impressive rooms in the Castle. The Semi-State Rooms, the private apartments originally created for George IV, open for the winter months.

Some of the highlights of Christmas celebrations at Windsor Castle include:

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022.

A 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir tree in St George’s Hall, grown in Windsor Great Park and dressed with 3,000 lights, hundreds of iridescent jewel-shaped ornaments, and purple velvet and satin ribbons.

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022.

A resplendent Christmas tree in the Crimson Drawing Room, one of the Castle’s most ornate Semi-State Rooms.

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022.

A festive table display of decorations and items from the Royal Collection in the Waterloo Chamber, one of the largest and most impressive rooms in the Castle.

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022.

Spectacular garlands on the Grand Staircase and festive wreaths adorning gates and lampposts in the Castle Precincts, featuring hand-gilded fruits and foliage inspired by the Grinling Gibbons carvings found around the Castle’s State Apartments.

Local school and community choirs performing beneath the Christmas tree in St George’s Hall on 8, 9, 12 and 15 December.

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022.

Festive family activities on weekends in December and throughout the Christmas holidays, including craft activities and workshops themed around Victorian Christmas traditions.

An online evening lecture on 6 December, which will see Royal Collection Trust Curators delving into the history of royal Christmas traditions and will include an exploration of rarely seen royal Christmas cards and journal entries from Windsor Castle’s Print Room.

A festive menu in the Castle’s Undercroft Café throughout December.

New Christmas products in Royal Collection Trust’s shops, including festive home accessories, charming tree decorations, food hall favourites and luxury hampers.

Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2022.

Christmas at Windsor Castle is from 24 November 2022 to 2 January 2023. Windsor Castle is open to the public five days a week, Thursday to Monday, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information, visit the Royal Collection website here

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night at Tate Britain from 24 November 2022 to 26 February 2023

Tate Britain presents Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s major survey exhibition Fly In League With The Night. Yiadom-Boakye is celebrated for her enigmatic oil paintings of human subjects who are entirely imagined by the artist. This exhibition brings together over 70 paintings spanning two decades, including works from her graduate exhibition, as well as three new paintings presented here for the very first time.

The most extensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date, Fly In League With The Night was originally presented at Tate Britain in 2020 but was cut short by the national lockdown. UK visitors have a special opportunity to see the exhibition at Tate Britain again, following a critically acclaimed European tour.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Cream and the Taste 2013 Private Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Yiadom-Boakye’s works are created from a composite archive of found images and her own imagination, raising questions of identity and representation. Her paintings are created in spontaneous and instinctive bursts, revealing short brushstrokes and a distinctive palette of dark, dramatic tones.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, A Passion Like No Other 2012 Collection Lonti Ebers © Courtesy of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Her figures seem to exist outside of a specific time or place, inviting viewers to project their own narratives, memories and interpretations. Surveying the development of Yiadom-Boakye’s work from 2003 to the present day, the exhibition will include early paintings such as First, created for her postgraduate exhibition at the Royal Academy Schools in 2003, alongside more recent examples of her best-known paintings including A Passion Like No Other 2012, Amaranthine 2018 and For the Sake of Angels 2018.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night at Tate Britain from 24 November 2022 to 26 February 2023

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 at Cromwell Place from 27 October to 18 December 2022

Demi, Brummana, Lebanon, 2021, August 2021 from the series Where Do I Go? (Lawen Ruh?) by
Rania Matar © Rania Matar

The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, now celebrating fifteen years under Taylor Wessing‘s sponsorship, is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world and showcases new work submitted by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers.

Orlando and Wilson, December 2021 by Chris Budgeon © Chris Budgeon

The prize-winning photographs and those selected for inclusion in the exhibition were chosen from 4,462 entries from 1,697 photographers from 62 countries. A total of 51 portraits from 36 artists have been selected for display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 exhibition.

Laundry Day #3, September 2021 From the series Laundry Day by Clémentine Schneidermann © Clémentine Schneidermann

This year’s first prize has been won by Clémentine Schneidermann for portraits from the series Laundry Day, which document the daily chores of her neighbour in South Wales, navigating life in lockdown. The winner will receive the £15,000 first prize. Clémentine Schneidermann is a French photographer, living and working between Paris and South Wales. With a focus on social documentary photography, her approach has a particular interest in communities.

Mother and Daughter, April 2021 from the series Jannah Lies at the Feet of Thy Mother; By Haneem Christian © Haneem Christian

Second prize was awarded to Haneem Christian for Mother and Daughter and Rooted, which explore queerness, transness and the importance of chosen family. The £3,000 Second Prize was awarded to Haneem Christian who is a visual poet and activist, who was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa.

Zahid’s Son, March 2022 from the series The Lost Enchiridion of the Fergana Valley by Alexander
Komenda © Alexander Komenda.

The £2,000 Third Prize was awarded to Alexander Komenda who is a Polish-Canadian documentary photographer and artist, whose work focuses on revealing the nuances of everyday life. Alexander Komenda was awarded third prize for Zahid’s Son, a portrait that examines themes of identity and the post-Soviet landscape in Kyrgyzstan.

Golgotha, January 2021 from the series Ivan: The Divided Self by Gregory John Turner © Gregory
John Turner

This year’s judging panel was chaired by National Portrait Gallery Director, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, who was joined by Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times, Christina Lamb; award-winning photographer, Siân Davey; the Director of Photoworks, Shoair Mavlian; and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 curator, Eva Eicker.

Judged anonymously, the diversity of styles in the exhibition reflects the international mix of entries as well as photographers’ individual and varied approaches to the genre of portraiture.

The annual In Focus section of the exhibition showcases new work by internationally-renowned photographers, exhibited alongside the photographs selected anonymously from the competition entries. Since its inaugural display in 2015, photographers have included Pieter Hugo, Cristina de Middel, Ethan James Green, Todd Hido, Rinko Kawauchi and Alessandra Sanguinetti. This year, Jamaican born filmmaker and photographer Jeano Edwards will show a new body of work, shot this Summer in the Dominican Republic.

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2022 at Cromwell Place 27 October – 18 December 2022

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Concessions from £4, including an Under 30s weekend ticket

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Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle Of Thread And Rope at Tate Modern from 17 November 2022 to 21 May 2023

Tate Modern offer a rare opportunity to explore an body of work by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz known as Abakans. Made of organic materials such as horsehair, sisal and hemp rope, these complex three-dimensional forms broke new ground for art in the 1960s and 70s. Bringing together 26 of these radical works for the first time in the UK, the exhibition will present a forest of sculptures, enabling visitors to explore their forms and earthy scents.

Magdalena Abakanowicz – Untitled 1965, Fondation Toms Pauli, Lausanne. Gift of Pierre and Marguerite Magnenat
All works by Magdalena Abakanowicz are © Fundacja Marty Magdaleny Abakanowicz Kosmowskiej i
Jana Kosmowskiego, Warsaw

With a career spanning over 50 years, Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017) challenged what it meant to be a sculptor and led the way for other artists working with fibre. Having grown up among the rural landscapes outside Warsaw, Poland, she took inspiration from the myth, folklore and spirits of the forest. Although she grew up during the traumatic events of World War II and later lived under the restrictions of an Communist regime, Abakanowicz was determined to engage on a global scale. Gaining international recognition by 1970 for her revolutionary installations, she went on to cross the Iron Curtain more than any other artist, participating in hundreds of exhibitions worldwide.

Magdalena Abakanowicz – Abakan Red 1969, Tate
All works by Magdalena Abakanowicz are © Fundacja Marty Magdaleny Abakanowicz Kosmowskiej i
Jana Kosmowskiego, Warsaw.

Choosing to reject the restrictive definitions of art and craft inherited from previous generations, Abakanowicz created trailblazing fibre installations that were a radical departure from the traditional tapestries produced in Western Europe. Deriving their name from the artist’s own family name, Abakans astounded critics when they were first presented in the late 1960s. Some measuring over five metres tall and displayed far from the gallery wall, these free-hanging woven forms did not appear to be either sculpture or tapestry.

Magdalena Abakanowic- Abakan Yellow 1970, National Museum, Poznan
All works by Magdalena Abakanowicz are © Fundacja Marty Magdaleny Abakanowicz Kosmowskiej i
Jana Kosmowskiego, Warsaw.

Honouring the artist’s wish for her Abakans to be seen and experienced as living works, visitors to Tate Modern will weave throughout a fibrous sculptural landscape. For the first time, Tate Modern will chart the development of these ambitious works, exploring how Abakanowicz’s painted textiles from the mid-1950s transformed into the suspended, multi-faceted shapes of Abakan étroit 1967–8 and the monumental Abakan Red 1969, before eventually becoming full scale environments as seen in Set of Black Organic Forms 1974. Works such as Abakan Yellow 1970 and Abakan – Situation Variable II 1971 incorporate rope, spilling from the sculptures onto the floor. Rope became a key component of Abakanowicz’s organic environments, leading the viewer through gallery and city spaces in her works of the early 1970s.

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Making Modernism: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter, Marianne Werefkin at the Royal Academy from 12 November 2022 to 12 February 2023

The Royal Academy of Arts will present Making Modernism, the first major UK exhibition devoted to women artists working in Germany in the early 20th century. It will include 67 paintings and works on paper primarily by Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin, with additional works by Erma Bossi, Ottilie Reylaender and Jacoba van Heemskerck. Most of these artworks have never been exhibited in this country before. Although less known than their male counterparts, these artists were central to the development and dissemination of modernism.

Gabriele Münter, Portrait of Anna Roslund, 1917.

The exhibition will be arranged thematically. The opening section, Ourselves and Others will feature self-portraits and portraits, showing the increasing participation of women artists in public life and revealing their crucial role in creating and sustaining the networks that supported various aspects of emergent modernism in Germany. These artists challenged prevailing ideals of feminine roles as confined to the home, and through their questioned how they saw themselves and others. Paintings include Erma Bossi’s Portrait of Marianne Werefkin, 1910 and Gabriele Münter, Portrait of Anna Roslund, 1917.

Marianne Werefkin, Twins, 1909.

The second section, The Century of the Child, titled after Swedish writer Ellen Key’s influential 1900 publication, will explore how each of the artists depicted children. Although domestic themes were part of an established genre, modernist treatments of such subjects depart from sentimental works in which children symbolised simplicity, joy, hope and innocence, to explore melancholy, tension, curiosity and unfulfilled desire. Paintings and drawings will include Werefkin’s Twins, 1909, Kollwitz’s Woman with Dead Child, 1903, Modersohn-Becker’s Girl with Child, 1902 and Münter’s Portrait of a Boy (Willi Blabb), 1908/09.

Käthe Kollwitz, Lovers Nestling Against Each Other, 1909/10.

The next section, Sites of Intimacy will delve into the inner lives of Modersohn-Becker and Kollwitz, further exploring maternal instinct as well as the female body, intimate relationships and eroticism. Key works in this section will include Kollwitz’s Love Scene I, c.1909/1910, Ottilie Reyaender’s Beta naked, c. 1900 and Modersohn-Becker’s Mother with Child on her Arm, Nude II, autumn 1906 and Self-portrait as a Standing Nude with Hat, summer 1906.

A section entitled City and Country: Journeys and Migrations will present paintings of urban life and explore changing roles for women in a variety of contexts; at leisure, at work, while rural subjects reveal the need to take refuge away from the metropolis to produce art that celebrated the natural beauty of the countryside. Works highlight the importance of a sense of place, for example, the artist’s colony of Worpswede for Modersohn-Becker, Murnau for Münter and Ascona for Werefkin. Key works in this section include Landscape with Windblown Trees, 1900; Still-life on the Tram (After Shopping), c.1912, and Circus – Before the Show, 1908/10.

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Still-life with Goldfish Bowl, 1906.

The final part of the exhibition will consider the important role of still life in the work of these artists. The concept of ‘still lives’ brings to mind quiet moments of reflection and meditation recorded by the artists in their letters, diaries and journals. Highlights within this section include Münter’s Apples on the Wall, 1908 and Modersohn-Becker’s Still-life with Goldfish Bowl, 1906.

Open from 12 November 2022 – 12 February 2023
10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday

Admission From £17; concessions available; under 16s go free (T&Cs apply);.

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Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt at the British Museum from 13 October 2022 to 19 February 2023

A major exhibition at the British Museum marks one of the most important moments in our understanding of ancient history: the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt explores the inscriptions and objects that helped scholars unlock one of the world’s oldest civilisations, exactly 200 years since this pivotal moment.

The exhibition’s features the Rosetta Stone, amongst the world’s most famous ancient objects. Before hieroglyphs could be deciphered, life in ancient Egypt had been a mystery for centuries. The discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799, with its decree written in hieroglyphs, demotic and the known language of ancient Greek, provided the key to decoding hieroglyphs in 1822.

This exhibition brings together over 240 objects, including loans from national and international collections, many of which are shown for the first time. It charts the race to decipherment, from initial efforts by medieval Arab travellers and Renaissance scholars to more focused progress by French scholar Jean-François Champollion (1790 – 1832) and England’s Thomas Young (1773 – 1829). The Rosetta Stone can be viewed alongside the very inscriptions that Champollion and other scholars studied in their quest to understand the ancient past.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

‘The Enchanted Basin’. Sarcophagus of Hapmen, blackgranite. al-Hawd al-Marsud, Egypt, 26th Dynasty, 600 BC. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The ‘Enchanted Basin’, a large black granite sarcophagus from about 600 BCE, covered with hieroglyphs and images of gods.The reused ritual bath was discovered near a mosque in Cairo, in an area still known as al-Hawd al-Marsud – ‘the enchanted basin’. It has since been identified as the sarcophagus of
Hapmen, a nobleman of the 26th Dynasty.

The Book of the Dead of Queen Nedjmet, papyrus, Egypt, 1070 BC, 21st Dynasty. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Rarely on public display, the richly illustrated Book of the Dead papyrus of Queen Nedjmet is over 3,000 years old and more than four metres long. The papyrus features alongside a set of four canopic vessels that preserved the organs of the deceased. These were dispersed over French and British collections after discovery, and this is the first time this set of jars have been reunited since the mid-1700s.

Mummy bandage of Aberuai, linen, Saqqara, Egypt, Ptolemaic period. Photo (C) Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Georges Ponce

Among the exceptional loans to the exhibition is the mummy bandage of Aberuait from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, that has never been shown in the UK. It was a souvenir from one of the earliest ‘mummy unwrapping events’ in the 1600s where attendees received a piece of the linen, preferably inscribed with hieroglyphs.

Royal cubit rod of Amenemope, wood, Egypt, 18th Dynasty. Torino, Museo Egizio

A 3,000-year-old measuring rod from the Museo Egizio in Turin was an essential clue for Champollion to unravel Egyptian mathematics, discovering that the Egyptians used units inspired by the human body.

The striking cartonnage and mummy of the lady Baketenhor, on loan from the Natural History Society of Northumbria, was studied by Champollion in the 1820s. Baketenhor lived to about 25–30 years of age, sometime between 945 and 715 BCE.

© The Trustees of the British Museum

From love poetry and international treaties, to shopping lists and tax returns, the exhibition reveals fascinating stories of life in ancient Egypt. As well as an unshakeable belief in the power of the pharaohs and the promise of the afterlife.

Many people in ancient Egypt could not read or write so language was enjoyed through readings, recitations and performances. The exhibition includes digital media and audio to bring the language to life alongside the objects on display.

For more information and tickets, visit the British Museum website here

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Exhibition Review: Executions at the Museum of London Docklands from 14 October 2022 to 16 April 2023

The Museum of London Docklands presents a new exhibition entitled Executions which explores the phenomenon of public execution in London’s history through the stories, objects and legacies of those that lived, died and witnessed the events first hand from 1196 to 1868.

London was the location of many high-profile public executions. From Smithfield to Southwark, from Banqueting House to Newgate Prison, executions became part of London’s social and cultural landscape.

The exhibition reveals the social, cultural and economic impact of public executions over 700 years through a range of fascinating objects, paintings and projections.

The exhibition begins by looking at some of the methods of execution like burning, boiling, beheading, hanging and the very gruesome Hanging, Drawing and Quartering.

Public executions were used in many ways, but mainly to deter crime and rebellion and demonstrate the power of the crown, church and state. The most horrific type of execution was mostly reserved for traitors of the state, common criminals were usually hanged. 

Where the execution took place was often due to the type of crime, high profile executions took place on Tower Hill and Smithfield, Tyburn gallows were mostly used by common criminals.

The exhibition features an immersive projection recreation of the Tyburn gallows. 

As the centuries passed, more and more crimes were punishable by death, at the end of the 18th century over 200 crimes led to the possibility of a death sentence. Many of the executions attracted large crowds and the exhibition explores the spectacle and rituals of execution days.

Some of the condemned like Jack Shepherd played up to the crowd, especially the ‘celebrity criminals’ using ‘gallows humour’ and many wore their best clothes to the execution.

Executions were embedded in popular culture, theatre and literature. Pamphlets and broadsheets were specially produced to be sold at the execution.

The exhibition features a section on gibbeting which was usually reserved for pirates, the bodies would be left in a metal cage along the river as a warning not to be tempted to follow that ‘profession’.

In the exhibition’s final section is a series of objects that chart the end of public executions, the emergence of Victorian ideas of civilised behaviour led to the decline of public executions. Executions behind closed doors became a more sombre affair with more emphasis on the criminal coming to terms with his actions and to seek forgiveness from God.

This fascinating exhibition provides some insights into the darker aspects of London history. The story of Executions is one with many strands with the power of ‘life and death’ often in the hands of the elites who offered gruesome spectacles to the masses. The exhibition illustrates that executions had a process and rituals which played to some of the worst aspects of human nature. Often the execution was not about justice but was carried out for revenge and malice. Although the subject of the exhibition may not appeal to everyone, it is an important reminder of London’s grim and gory history.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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PAD London in Berkeley Square from 10 to 16 October 2022

This October, after two years of online-only activity, PAD London returns to the British capital for a week-long showcase of exceptional design. Celebrating craftmanship and innovation, the fair’s 14th edition will delight art and design lovers with a world-class selection of works spanning Contemporary and 20thC Design.

This highly anticipated edition will premiere works by emerging and iconic talents,while also shedding light on rare, age-old techniques, new sustainable crafts and innovative materials that inform design today.

Founded in 2007 by Parisian antique dealer Patrick Perrin, PAD London is the only fair in the UK exclusively dedicated to 20th Century and contemporary Design. The week-long event takes place every October during Frieze, in a large marquee pitched on Berkeley square, in the heart of London’s Mayfair district. PAD London is the sister fair to PAD Paris which was launched in 1998 and takes place every April in the Jardin des Tuileries.

PAD fairs showcase the best in modern and contemporary design and decorative arts from the world’s leading galleries. With their distinct approach to collecting, PAD fairs epitomize how artistic genres across time and periods interact to reveal astonishing combinations and create the most individual and striking interiors.

PAD fairs promote eclecticism, authenticity and connoisseurship which appeal to collectors, art consultants, museum experts, interior specialists, design practitioners and the public.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the PAD website here

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Jim Threapleton: LOREM IPSUM at No 20 Arts from 7 October 2022 to 23 December 2022

No 20 Arts presents LOREM IPSUM, a solo exhibition of new works by Jim Threapleton. LOREM IPSUM is Jim Threapleton’s third major exhibition with the gallery.

Jim Threapleton – Maecenas VII 2022

This expansive new body of work continues to follow the artist’s pursuit of abstraction. It marks the development of a uniquely contemporary approach to traditional techniques.

Jim Threapleton – Pariatur I, 2022

Jim Threapleton is an artist working in London and Vancouver. He studied History of Art at Manchester University. In 2008 his BIFA nominated debut feature film, Extraordinary Rendition premiered in competition at the Edinburgh and Locarno International Film Festivals.

Jim Threapleton – Obcaecati II 2022

He completed his Fine Art MA in 2010 and was awarded his doctorate from Chelsea College of Art, London in 2016. He has exhibited internationally, including shows at the Courtauld, London, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore and Carles Taché Gallery, Barcelona. He was included in the 2021 Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting.

About No 20 Arts

Opened in January 2017, No 20 Arts is a centre for contemporary arts. A multi-functional space, the gallery hosts a programme of exhibitions, performances and events that support emerging and established artists working across all media.

No 20 Arts
20 Cross Street
London N1 2BG

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Medi-Culture Festival at London Bridge – 20 to 26 October 2022

The Medi-Culture Festival is a free six-day festival at London Bridge which celebrates one of the most important medical areas of the capital that has been a home of pioneering medical development for nearly 1,000 years. Medi-Culture will bring live events, talks, walks, workshops, stories and stand-up to a string of venues from London Bridge to Westminster. World-leading medical and scientific sites such as Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals and King’s College London will join with cultural partners such as the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret, Florence Nightingale Museum, Gordon Museum and Science Gallery to take their stories, ideas, thoughts and innovations directly to audiences.

Medi-Culture will cover a wide range of subjects from live Victorian surgery at the world’s oldest surviving operating theatre to medical stand-up and stories, delivered by comedians and health-care scientists; from talks on menopause, gene therapy, alcohol and convalescence, to anatomical drawing classes; from a Thames-side walk through medical history and modern health, to a beer-centric, yet medicinal, crawl of the area.

Medi-Culture tells the story of London Bridge’s contribution to world-class medicine, connecting institutions to a local audience of residents, workers and visitors.

Medi-Culture 2022 Highlights:

Thursday 20 October

For the Care of the Sick: A Brief History of St Thomas’ Hospital

Join Monica A. Walker, Ph.D. in Art History, for this fascinating journey into how old St Thomas’Hospital firmly established London Bridge as a centre of a medical culture that continues to develop today.

Time: 12.00 – 13.00 via Zoom.

Menopause – What would Florence do? Practicalities of Menopause

Wellness and fitness coach Karen Webb Green explores the experience of menopause throughout history and in the present. Find out how a new form of exercise, Trigger Point Pilates, is helping thousands of women reduce stress, release trauma, and balance hormones—all of which are key to reducing many of the symptoms of menopause.

Time: 13.15 – 14.00 via Zoom.

Friday 21 October

Stitch and Stem

Join scientists from the Centre for Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (CGTRM) at King’s College London to learn all about stem cells, while embroidering them!

Time: 13.00 – 14.00. Venue: London Bridge Hive, 8 Holyrood Street London SE1 2EL.

Surgery and the Victorian Operating Theatre

Join us at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret for a trip back to the Victorian era and the surgical procedures that took place high above London Bridge in the attic of the 18th century St Thomas’ Church. You will witness the most common surgical procedures that took place in this original space nearly 200 years ago, learning about the horrors of surgery before anaesthesia and antiseptics helped pave the way for our modern medical procedures. Shown live from the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe, a remarkable survivor of the old St Thomas’ Hospital.

Time: 17.30 – 18.30.

Venue: Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas Street London SE1 9RY.

Science Showoff with Dr. Steve Cross

Join us for a night of medically-themed stand-up comedy, stories, and silliness from some of London’s funniest people. Our MC, Dr Steve Cross has carefully collected an incredible line-up of comedians, historians, and medics to entertain you in the historic surroundings of Guy’s Medical School Chapel.

Line-up includes writer, comedian, podcaster and history presenter Iszi Lawrence; Kate Devlin, Reader in Artificial Intelligence & Society at King’s College London; award-winning comedian, writer, and researcher, Cerys Bradley; NHS healthcare scientist Kip Heath; and game maker and writer Ed Jefferson.

Time: 19.00 – 21.00.

Venue: The Guy’s Chapel, King’s College London (entrance via St Thomas Street) London SE1 1UL.

Saturday 22 October

Medieval to Modern Medicine – Health and Wellbeing Walk Along the Thames

Take a walk through medical history and modern wellbeing along the banks of the Thames, as we explore the area’s medicinal connections, from the Florence Nightingale Museum to the Old Operating Theatre. With guide Julie Chandler, you will discover a monastic herb garden, 1950s exercise regimes, Victorian workplace risks, the founding of a children’s hospital, and the health benefits of boxing, chocolate, and beer!

Times: 11.00 – 13.00.

Venue: Meet at the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue, gardens of St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1.

How to be Funny – with Dr. Steve Cross

A guide to making things fascinating through stories and comedy. Join coach and comedian Dr Steve Cross for a chance to find out how to bring your work, interests, and ideas to life for other people. He’ll steal tricks from the world’s best storytellers and joke-makers, and work together on how to perform them.

Time: 14.00 – 17.00.

Venue: London Bridge Hive, 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL.

Sunday 23 October

Hops, Herbs & Hospitals

Join Blue Badge Guide, Dafydd Wyn Phillips, on this beer-centric tour of London Bridge. Learn about some of the most famous local watering holes and the significance of the hop trade to the borough, as well as the medicinal value of hops and herbs utilised by the historical hospitals.

Time: 11.00 – 13.00. Venue: Meet at Southwark Needle London Bridge, south side, London SE1.

Monday 24 October

‘It’ll never happen to me’ – Alcohol Change

From the organisers of ‘Sober January’, London-based charity Alcohol Change UK presents an interactive talk for those who want to learn more about alcohol and re-evaluate their relationship with it. This will be a non-judgemental exploration of our relationship with alcohol and the reality of the progression of alcohol dependence.

Time: 13.00 – 13.45 via Zoom.

Tuesday 25 October

What would Florence do? Practicalities of Menopause
In this session, wellness and fitness coach Karen Webb Green explores the experience of menopause throughout history and in the present. Find out how a new form of exercise, Trigger Point Pilates, is helping thousands of women reduce stress, release trauma, and balance hormones—all of which are key to reducing many of the symptoms of menopause.

Time: 12.15 – 13.00. Venue: London Bridge Hive, 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL.

Anatomical Art

Join anatomical modeller and sculptor Eleanor Crook and curator William Edwards as they guide you around the Gordon Museum and Museum of Life Sciences, followed by a drawing class looking closely at exquisite and accurate wonders of medical history. Hosted by Performing Medicine, a Clod Ensemble initiative that provides creative training programmes for healthcare professionals and students.

Time: 14.00 – 17.00.

Venue: Gordon Museum of Life Sciences, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus, London SE1 1UL.

Wednesday 26 October

Recovery – The Lost Art of Convalescence with Dr Gavin Francis

Dr Gavin Francis, author of the Sunday Times bestseller Recovery – The Lost Art of Convalescence, an uplifting account of hope and healing, speaks about the book and explores the role that compassion plays in recovering from illness.

Introduced by Dave Green, Director of Florence Nightingale Museum. Time: 17.30 – 18.30 via Zoom.

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