Being Human Festival of the Humanities: 17-25 November


‘Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

In 2015, the festival featured over 300 events organised by over 70 universities and research organisations in 36 towns and cities across the country. In 2016, it is proud to return between 17-25 November for 8 days of big questions, big debates and engaging activities for all ages.  The theme for the 2016 festival is ‘Hope & Fear’.’

The full programme of events around the country can be seen at

Events of interest to blog readers

Against prejudice: Ira Aldridge in Coventry 1828

Coventry: Thursday 17 November. 7-9pm

Contested countryside. Space and power in rural England

Reading: Thursday 17 November.  Noon

Memories of partition (India/Pakistan 1947)

Edinburgh: Thursday 17 November– Friday 25 November. 11am-8.30pm

US slavery and Yorkshire anti-slavery: forgotten narratives (exhibition)

Leeds: Thursday 17 November– Friday 25 November

The power of print in 18th-century Newcastle

Newcastle: Friday 18 November. 10am–noon; 1-3pm

Perspectives on freedom: everyday printed ephemera

Reading: Saturday 19 November. 11am–2pm

The rights and justice city II: Nottingham’s black history

Nottingham: Saturday 19 November. 3-5.30pm

The Hungarian revolution and the refugee experience

Leeds: Monday 21 November. 6-8pm

Whose land is it anyway? Commons, smallholdings and gardens

Reading: Monday 21 November. Noon-1pm

US slavery and Yorkshire anti-slavery: guided walk

Leeds: Wednesday 23 November. 1.15-3.15pm

US slavery and Yorkshire anti-slavery: forgotten narratives from the Leeds archive

Leeds: Wednesday 23 November. 4-5.30pm

Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine

Exeter: Wednesday 23 November. 6.30-9.30pm


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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