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We can’t wait until London’s science and arts district is able to reopen and welcome you back, but in the meantime we’ll continue to bring you exciting and amusing events to raise your spirits and pique your interest!

Leighton House Create & Make
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5:30pm; last entry at 4:30pm
Fun activities for young ones to discover more about this iconic landmark and its namesake Lord Leighton. Learn about the amazing paintings which line its walls and create a masterpiece of your own!
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French Comics Apéro
Institut français
Tuesday 2nd June 6pm
For all you comic lovers, the Institut français is hosting lively fortnightly discussion groups online. So grab an apéro and settle down for a chat with similar enthusiasts. On 2nd June, discover the wonderful world of Catherine Meurisse, renowned for her political and satirical cartoons for such irreverent magazines as Charlie Hebdo. Register bande dessinée!
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Total Darkness
Science Museum
Discover more about how science and maths affect the world around us with the Science Museum's free games, and apps. Spring your way through 30 obstacle levels on Launchball or test your own all-terrain space rover.in Rugged Rovers. For early learners through to KS4.
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Young Design Museum for Schools
Design Museum
Inspire students' creativity and passion with the Design Museum's fantastic range of ready made lessons. Make a wiggle side chair, redesign your kitchenware or design your own environmentally friendly packaging - with everyday materials and household objects.
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In search of a 'lost' house in Bangladesh
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
70 years after Partition, Shreyashi Dasgupta goes in search of her grandfather's old home. A tale that explores the idea that even the greatest moments in history are played out in small, intimate, human dramas. One of many fascinating podcasts you can watch with the Royal Geographical Society.
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Nature Live on your Doorstep
Natural History Museum
Friday 29th May 10:30am-11:15am
Whether you are going for a walk around your neighbourhood or looking out of your window, you will be amazed by the sheer variety of life forms in nature. Join scientists Victoria Burton and Tom McCarter for a chat to celebrate Biodiversity Week and find out more about the natural world around you
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Pac-Man Turns 40
Science Museum
Hard to believe that Pac-man turns 40 this month. To celebrate, Head of Commercial Experiences and gaming fan, Mark Cutmore explores the story of the much-loved character and pop-culture icon and the undisputed granddaddy of gaming mascots.
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Lucy Worsley & Eleri Lynn Talk Fashion
Kensington Palace
Thursday 28th May 7pm
Historic Royal Palaces' Joint Chief Curator Lucy Worsley is joined by Royal Dress Collection Curator Eleri Lynn for a trip inside the Royal Wardrobe to discuss some of their favourite items in the collection – from a jerkin worn by the ill-fated Charles I, right through to the beautifully tailored wardrobe of the Duke of Windsor. Register now for the event
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LetsMakeWednesdays - Accessibility
Every Wednesday, the V&A has some exciting ideas to nurture your creativity. Making our world safe and inclusive to all people is a key part of design. This week's challenge is to design something in your home or your community to be more accessible, like this tactile paving slab.
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Royal Albert Home: Classical for Kids - Enchanting Cello
Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 30th May 2pm
Albert’s Band’s cellist Samara Ginsberg and pianist Leo Nicholson will deliver an exclusive set from their home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Featuring repertoire by Schumann, Bach and Dvorak, little ones will love this enchanting introduction to the cello.
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Imperial College Online Adult Education Classes
Imperial College London
From January 2021
Imperial College's adult education classes are open to everybody. They offer a broad expanse of courses in the arts, languages, humanities and sciences. A great way to learn new skills, keep in touch and make new friends.
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How to Draw Manga
Japan House London
If you have ever wanted to learn the art of manga, Japan House London has the perfect online workshops. Every week develop a different skill from faces and expressions through to inking taught by acclaimed manga-ka Kutsuwada Chie and Elena Vitaglianos.
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Lates Online: Strength in Numbers
Natural History Museum
Friday 29th May 7:30pm-9:30pm
Join the NHM for their first ever Lates Online streamed live on Friday. Grab a drink, turn on your computer, and take part in a quiz and panel discussion.
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The Spotify of Sheet Music
Royal College of Music
The Royal College of Music is the first institution to partner with digital sheet music library nkoda, offering students access to hundreds of thousands of scores.
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Coronavirus: From R to lifting lockdown
Science Museum
Roger Highfield, Science Director, explains why the fate of the nation rests on a seemingly simple number R - the ‘reproduction number' - and the cornerstone of the Government’s lockdown policies. Another great read.
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Britain's Intelligence & Mental Health
Imperial College London
In the latest Imperial College podcast, hear about Britain’s intelligence and mental health, COVID-19’s impact on primary care, and a sustainable economic recovery after the pandemic.
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  And from our friends  
Rhyme Time & Story Time!

Westminster Libraries & Archives have some great online activities for your kids from rhyme time on Wednesday mornings to story telling on Mondays and Fridays.
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Second Sister
RBKC libraries
12 June 6pm
Reserve your spot every Friday with Kensington & Chelsea Libraries' Book of the Week. This week Chan Ho-Kei’s Second Sister is up for discussion; part-thriller, part-detective, it's a tale of sexual harassment, internet bullying, and youth suicide.
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Get Creative!
Ognisko Polskie
In celebration of 80 years in Exhibition Road, Ognisko Polskie would love to see your drawings, paintings or illustrations of their building, or something that reminds you of them. Email your creations to: office@ogniskopolskie.org.uk by 21.6.20.
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
The Design Museum
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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