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We’re missing you here in London’s home of arts and science and can’t wait to see you again. Meanwhile, our arts and science organisations are buzzing with creative ideas and activities to tease and tempt. Here’s just a taste of what’s on offer.

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Literary Haunts & Jaunts in the Park
 
Kensington Gardens
 
With summer officially here and London gradually re-opening, why not explore the parks through the works of some famous writers - discover J M Barrie’s ultimate fancy, Peter Pan, walk in the steps of Virginia Woolf through Kensington Gardens, or visit the famous Speaker’s Corner, George Orwell’s ardent haunt.
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In conversation with Formafantasma
 
Design Museum Kensington
Saturday 13 June 2pm
 
This week, Design Museum's Director Tim Marlow is in conversation with Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, founders of Studio Formafantasma based in Amsterdam.
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Do it (Around the World)
 
Serpentine Galleries
Til 30 June 2020
 
do it is an ever-expanding set of creative instructions by leading artists – simple enough for anyone to do at home. The project first started in Paris in 1993 with Serpentine Artistic, Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Bertrand Lavier and Christian Boltanski.
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Faces in Profile by Kutuswada Chie
 
Japan House London
12 June 2pm-3pm
 
A fantastic opportunity to learn how to draw face profiles under the exceptionally talented manga artist, Kutsuwada Chie, Places are free but filling up fast!
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Day-Afterthoughts
 
Goethe-Institut
 
A virus is showing us how interlinked we are globally and yet how fragile our public life is. What does the pandemic mean for each of us and for society as a whole? Artists and intellectuals from around the world respond to our present predicament and what lies in store.
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Baby Comptines
 
Institut français
Wed 17th June 11am on Zoom Live Streaming
 
Put some sparkles in your toddler's eyes with the Institut français' French nursery rhymes. Songs to sing and stories to tell for two year olds upwards: they will be captivated!
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Spectre Expedition with Sir Chris Bonington & Leo Houlding
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
12 June 6:30pm-8:30pm
 
2000 kilometres, 200+ kilograms, 60 days, three friends, one incredible mountain. The self-shot film captures the soul and camaraderie of great endeavour in the raw beauty of Antarctica. Livestreamed, the film will be followed by a Q&A with Sir Chris Bonington & Leo Houlding.
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Sculpture Challenge from Dora House
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
1 June - 30 June
 
The RSS has brought together some wonderful activities and videos to inspire and develop your artistic talents at home. Clay modelling, table top paper sculptures and experimental drawing to get your creative juices flowing!
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Goethe Films
 
Goethe-Institut
Free until 30th June 2020
 
Browse and enjoy a superb selection of films by cinematic greats Angela Schanelec, Christoph Schlingensief, Roland Klick and many more - and free until 30 June 2020.
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Young Designers Redesign Your Own Kitchen
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
Watch curator Alex talk about the world’s first fitted kitchen, made to fit the room perfectly - and then have a go at designing your own.
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Pandemic Objects
 
V&A
 
During times of pandemic, a host of everyday, often-overlooked ‘objects’are suddenly charged with new urgency. Pandemic Objects is one of many thought-provoking articles written by V&A bloggers.
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Ear Gong
 
Science Museum
 
Do you kids like making noise? Using a kind of gong made from a coat hanger and some string, this activity investigates how sound travels, The gong makes a surprising and intriguing sound – but only when you have your fingers in your ears.
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Volcanoes - Nature Live online
 
Natural History Museum
Friday 12 June 10:30am-11:30am
 
From violent eruptions to spectacular lava flows, volcanoes can be found all around the world and there are many different types, but what causes one volcano to explode, and another to erupt gently? How do they form and why are they found in certain places? Hang out with the Nature Live Online team for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with their scientists and cutting-edge research.
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Shipwrecked Ceramics
 
V&A
 
Asian ceramics have been the subject of international and inter-Asian trade for over one thousand years. Transported by sea through dangerous waters, many of these ceramics never made their final destination, but not all have ended up on the ocean's bed.
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How does Music affect my Brain?
 
Science Museum
 
Everyone has their own favourite tunes, songs that make their mind drift off into daydreams or remind them of a particular time in their lives. But what happens when we listen to music we like? Or more accurately, how do our brains respond to music even if we claim not to like it?
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Mystery of the hairy anglerfish's huge stomach
 
Natural History Museum
 
This is a hairy anglerfish, one of only 17 discovered so far. This specimen is particularly intriguing because it has a huge expanded stomach. Scientists didn't want to cut it open and damage the specimen so instead used a CT scanner to discover what was inside.
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Arts & Culture during COVID-19
 
Royal College of Music
 
What’s your experience of engaging with arts and culture online during the COVID-19 crisis? Have you discovered new art forms? Has it helped to boost your mood? The Royal College of Music would love to hear from you in their survey.
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Developing a vaccine for COVID-19
 
Imperial College London
 
In the first of a series of seminars on COVID-19, two experts will talk about their work into mitigating the impacts of this infection through the development of a new vaccine and other therapeutic approaches.
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Virus death toll could have been 3.1 Million
 
Imperial College London
 
Lockdown and school closures in Europe may have prevented 3.1m deaths. This is the conclusion of a modelling study from Imperial College London scientists, published online in Nature today, which suggests that lockdown measures have been sufficient to control the growth of the epidemic.
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
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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Somebody Give this Heart a Pen
 
Westminster Libraries
 
In times like these, the reflective space poetry offers can give respite to breathe and recharge. Every day this week book suggestions from Westminster Libraries' staff will be highlighted. All the books are available for free on their cloud library service with your membership card.
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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
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
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
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
 
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