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Transforming Musicology and ‘Being Human’ at the Birmingham Hippodrome


Gill_Wagner_cropped (2)In this guest blog Professor Tim Crawford, Principal Investigator on the AHRC large grant project Transforming Musicology, explores how new technologies are influencing the ways in which we experience, make and study music. Research conducted by the Transforming Musicology project forms the basis the Being Human event Hearing Wagner at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Continue reading →

#PotW: National Poetry Day – 2 October



T.S. Eliot Burnt Norton

National Poetry Day is the nation’s biggest celebration of poetry.  Everyone seems to be joining in, releasing poetry into the streets, squares, supermarkets, parks, train stations, bus-stops and post-boxes. We know of poetry police, poetry funeral directors, poetry ambulances. Add yourselves to the ever-growing list by tying verse on trees, to make a poet-tree. (They do in Japan.) Or stick it in your window for the world to see. This year’s theme is Remember, so if you remember a poem, however short, pass it on with hashtag #thinkofapoem

The Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London Senate House, and Senate House Libraries will be hosting an ‘open mic’ session between 11am and 3pm in the Crush Hall at Senate House. Anyone wishing to read a poem of their choice is very welcome to do so. The event is free, and all voices and languages are cordially invited.

Find out all the details here.

Scotland’s referendum: democracy won


By Sir Ronald Sanders

The winner of Scotland’s agonising referendum on 18 September was undoubtedly and impressively, democracy.


Sir Ronald Sanders

The leaders and members of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) set an example to nationalists in Northern Ireland and the rest of the world, by the manner in which they approached the fight for Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom.

The SNP did not plant bombs in London nor arm their supporters or attack government buildings. They did not kill anyone and no campaign of terror was mounted to intimidate and paralyse the rest of the UK. Continue reading →

The hand of the king? Finding the man in the Sutton Hoo ship


In this guest post Dr. Sue Brunning, curator of Insular Early Medieval Collections at the British Museum, reflects on the human story behind the Sutton Hoo ship burial. Dr Brunning will be giving a gallery talk and tour the new Sutton Hoo gallery as part of the Being Human festival on Tuesday 18 November.

Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300-1100 The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery Room 41 British Museum  The Trustees of the British Museum

Discovery of a lifetime

In 1939, archaeologist Basil Brown made the discovery of a lifetime on a Suffolk country estate: the undisturbed burial of an Anglo-Saxon VIP. Sometime in the early AD 600s, this person had been honoured with a spectacular funeral. A 27-metre-long ship was dragged to the burial ground and a wooden chamber built in its centre. The dead man was laid inside among an array of treasures: Byzantine silver vessels, gold jewellery, sumptuous textiles and gem-encrusted war-gear. The whole thing was covered with a huge earth mound, creating a permanent memorial in the landscape. His body wasn’t found, destroyed by the acidic soil, but the nature of his burial, together with the quality and quantity of its contents, leave no doubt that he was a leading figure in the local Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia. He may even have been its king. Continue reading →

#PotW: Day for new research students at the Institute of Historical Research – 30 Sep


SAS_IHR2012The Institute of Historical Research is delighted to welcome those commencing research degrees in history and related disciplines in London, the South East and throughout the UK. Over the course of an afternoon, we shall introduce the IHR and its remit to assist and promote historical research of all sorts. Join us for lunch and then learn about our library, seminars, conferences, publications, website and training in specialised research skills and how they can help you. Hear also about the History Lab, the postgraduate support network run by and for those undertaking research degrees in history. Free to all new research students in history and in historical subjects from other disciplines.

Venue: Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7H

Date and time: Tuesday 30 September 2014, 12:30 – 16:30.

Register for free here. Continue reading →

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