Tours and Talks

Enjoy a talk, join a debate, take yourself on a tour,  or book into one of the guided tours in South Kensington.

V&A - Professional Development

Jan - June 2018
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Develop the professional skills you need to work in today's museum sector. Led by expert staff, these intensive part-time courses use V&A case studies to provide unique insights into their collections, work and best practice.

Suffragettes at the Hall Tour

8th Mar - 26th April
1pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Hear the undiscovered stories of the suffrage campaign, as part of our Women and the Hall season celebrating a centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. The Hall played an important role in the women’s struggle to gain this right to vote as the venue for women’s suffrage rallies.

May '68 and its Legacies

1st Apr - 23rd May
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Institut français
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the May 68 protest is the occasion for the Institut français to turn back on 50 years of creation and ideas stimulated by the uprising of a cultural and political revolution. A series for films, discussions, book launches and photo exhibition.

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Behind the Scenes Tours of the Conservation Studios

Every 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of the month
11-12pm
V&A
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Discover how the Museum examines, conserves, preserves and prepares collections for display in the public galleries and exhibitions. This volunteer-led tour of the paper, books, sculpture and textiles conservation studios is an opportunity to see the fascinating work which goes on behind the scenes.

Festival of Performance

20th - 29th April
V&A
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This year's Performance Festival responds to the dual themes of Censorship and Circus – disparate subject areas that are explored through live performance, film screenings, talks, tours and workshops.

Systemic Crises in European Theatre

27th & 28th April
09:30
Goethe-Institut
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This international conference examines the crisis of theatre in Europe. Across the continent significant institutional challenges and transformations can be observed such as funding cuts, media and technological innovations, political interventions, and shifts in aesthetic tastes and moods. Each alone is seldom enough to cause a crisis, but in combination they do.

Collections Events

9th & 30th Apr, 14th & 21st May
2.30-4pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A series of afternoon talks given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places.

Festival of Science: Space

2nd May - 28th June 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks. screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old.

Albert Memorial

Daily
2pm, 3pm
Kensington Gardens
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Located in Kensington Gardens, it is one of London's most ornate ornaments. Public tours are available between March and December.

Kensington Palace Talks and debates

Various
11-12.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Come along to a unique programme of talks and debates to learn more about the intriguing Kensington Palace.

Free

Serpentine Mobile Tour

Serpentine Galleries
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Serpentine Mobile Tours offer visitors an interactive gallery experience providing access to additional content, including artist interviews and curator tours, from the Serpentine’s internationally acclaimed Exhibition and Architecture Programmes.

Volcano Descent

25th April
17:30
Imperial College London
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Volcanoes are hot, loud and scary. As a result little is known about their internal structure or underlying 'plumbing systems' and it is still a struggle to predict accurately when they might erupt. Join geology Professor and BBC documentary maker, Chris Jackson, for an insight into the world of volcanoes, at his inaugural lecture.

Living Dangerously - Sir Ranulph Fiennes

23rd May
7-9.30m
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join Himalayan Trust UK to listen to Sir Ranulph Fiennes, The World Greatest Living Explorer as well as learning about the Trust’s valuable work in Nepal.

Discovering Places - Taiwan

23rd May
7-9pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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With a dazzling display of spring cherry blossoms, some of the best food in Asia and its lush mountainous island setting, Taiwan is Asia’s best-kept secret. An informative evening for first-time travellers to Taiwan. Meet exhibitors and ask questions of the expert panel.

Goethe-Kino Une Jeuness Allemande/Eine Deutsche Jugend

25th April
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Compiled from archive footage, including material from the political opposition and the mainstream media, the film traces the development of the Red Army Fraction from the student protests of the 1960s to the 1970s.

Anita Rani in Conversation

17th May
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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From fronting global documentaries such as My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, to jumping into a pair of muddy wellies on Countryfile, it’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing her.

London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.

Discovering Britain: Albertopolis Walk

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Take a self-guided tour and explore how London’s quarter for the arts and sciences was created. Discover more about it's great institutions and magnificent buildings.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Guided tours offer the inside story of the Royal Albert Hall, taking you on a fascinating journey through its unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances.

V&A Free tours & talks

Daily
V&A
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Get closer to the Museum and its incredible collections with our wide range of free or paid-for bespoke tours.

Princess Diana Memorial walk

Daily
Hyde Park
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The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk takes visitors through four of the most beautiful parks in the world, including Hyde Park and Kensington Palace.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

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Dinosaur Trail

Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

Self-Led
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Explorer Trail

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

V&A Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families.

Drawing (for) Europe

On til 11th May
Institut français
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Leading figures of children’s illustration, such as Axel Scheffler, Stephanie Blake, Claude K. Dubois and Patrick George give us their vision of Europe in this exhibition. Join Axel Scheffler on Europe Day, on 9 May for a special tour of the exhibition, followed by a talk on European citizenship.

A contemporary approach to traditional French savoir faire

11th-12th May
Institut français
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A French Craft Exhibition & Showcase. During the London Craft Week, the Institut français welcomes three of the finest French masters of craftsmanship, Fanny Boucher, Lison de Caunes and Hervé Obligi.

Third Thursday Event - Freestyle Embroidery Event

24th May
7-9.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Taking inspiration from sculpture and photographs held at the Society’s fascinating archive Francesca and Brooke from London Loom have selected images and printed them onto cloth ready for you to embroider with colour in your own creative flourish. A fun, relaxed evening and enjoy a glass of wine.

Third Thursday Event - Making Books

21st June
6.30-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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This event will be a fun and social evening involving crafting your very own hand-made book with the help of the London Centre for Book Arts. Participants will then be taught how to fold and manipulate paper using specialist bookbinding tools and learn to make by hand a case bound notebook.

Beyond Words Festival

14th - 21st May
Institut français
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Institut français will go Beyond Words with a festival packed with bilingual live literature events, writers’ talks, musical performances, shared reading experiences, book launches, screenings of recent literary adaptations, staged readings...

Monet & Architecture

27th - 28th April
6pm, 9am - 5.30pm
Institut français
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The National Gallery, in association with the Institut français, presents an international academic conference to coincide with the The Credit Suisse Exhibition, Monet & Architecture at The National Gallery.

Atelier Weftfaced at the Royal Society of Sculptors: Weaving the Martin Creed Commission

10th May
7-8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The weavers Katharine Swailes and Caron Penney of Ateliers Weftfaced will discuss the process of creating hand woven tapestries for the artist and musician Martin Creed

Terminator 2: Judgement Day + Panel Discussion

27th April
7.30 - 10.35pm
Science Museum
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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein with a panel discussion of Promethean tales through the ages and a screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

The Curse of Frankenstein + Q&A

28th April
6-8.30pm
Science Museum
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Museum are joined by Sir Christopher Frayling and Kathryn Harkup for a special film screening and Q&A session.

"It's Alive!" - The First Two Hundred Years of Frankenstein

1st June
7-8.45pm
V&A
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In conjunction with his new publication, 'Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years', join award-winning broadcaster and authority on gothic fiction Christopher Frayling for a look at the history of this character as seen through visual culture.

Systematic Crisis in European Theatre

27th & 28th April
From 9.30am
Goethe-Institut
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This international conference examines the crisis of theatre in Europe - including funding cuts, technological innovations, political interventions,shifts in tastes and moods. The conference brings together scholars from different disciplines & countries to examine factors that are common across Europe.

Third Thursday Event - Pyrography

19th July
6.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Pyrography literally means fire-writing! You will be using the best Pyrography irons with a range of different hot branding tips for you to use. Have a practise on some wood offcuts before you start burning on to chopping boards, kitchen utensils, keyrings and more that you can take home with you.