Jeremy Paxman gives us an image of what life was actually like for the British during the First World War
There are no dates/times listed for this event
Imagine what life was like for people living in Britain during the First World War, everyone from politicians and generals to factory workers, wives and children. Renowned broadcaster Jeremy Paxman uses a wealth of first-hand source material to really paint a picture of what life was like living at this time. Paxman manages to capture the mood and morale of the nation and explains how life and identity in Britain were utterly transformed not always for the worse.
The Old Truman Brewery is home to Dressed By Angels, the new exhibition exploring the world of costumes through Angels Costumiers. Angels has a long history that traces the world of costume and hire in London as far back as the days of Dickens. From Alfred Hitchcock’s’ The Lodger to Titanic, Beyoncé and Only Fools and Horses, this exhibition not only offers a fun and interesting insight in to the showbiz world, but also shows the important part costume plays in bringing your most favourite productions to life. London Calling chatted to co-curator Carol Stenberg to find out more…
London has a rich literary history, from Dickens to Dr Johnson, Wollstonecraft to Keats. For those of you who are wondering where to start, we have put together a list of the places to visit - so read on!
Culture has several meanings, especially in London. It is cultural to listen to experimental radio art, it is cultural to go to the theatre to see new writing. Culture can reflect different sexual identities and it can be an evolution from ritual, tribal practice. Sometimes culture is just a really good art exhibition. Here are five cultural ideas for this week.
The Victoria and Albert Museum has been collecting Japanese art since it opened its doors over 160 years ago. After two years of hard work by curators, restorers and technicians, its Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art reopens to the public this week.
Housing over 5,000 anatomical specimens, Barts Pathology Museum has been called one of the ten weirdest medical museums in the world. From corseted livers to foetuses in wombs and severed hands affected by gout, Barts has unique anatomical specimens on display. London Calling sat down with Carla Valentine, the museum’s technical curator, in the very office at Barts that Arthur Conan Doyle is thought to have written A Study in Scarlett.
Thornhill and Rubens gave London two of its most extraordinary ceilings, both open to the public. Though either ceiling may lay claim to the title of London’s Sistine Chapel, another Italian predecessor is well worth a look, no airline ticket required.
Figures from the past meet ideas for the future this week. Edith Piaf, Ada Lovelace, Sigmund Freud and John Keats are remembered in various cultural ways and there are two debates asking questions that impact our future in London and beyond. First, an event that bridges the past and future in classical music.
In 1773, literary sensation Phillis Wheatley visited London. An enslaved West African, her collection of poems secured her place in history. Two exhibitions offer different perspectives on her legacy. The British Library takes on the huge subject of a thousand years of West African culture, while Black Cultural Archives looks at the impact of Black people in Britain during the Georgian Era.