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See South Kensington in a new way with behind-the-scenes stories from the Natural History Museum on Channel 5, Science Museum on BBC2 Bitesize and the Institut français' annual programme of films Night of Ideas.

Bitesize Science
Science Museum
From January 2021 Online Times vary
The Science Museum has pooled together an expansive field of resources including experiments, games and videos to bring the thrills and fun of science into living rooms across the country. Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics - and don't miss the Museum's Explainers Bitesize at 1pm daily this week on BBC2, and iPlayer, to help with homework, revision and learning.
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Natural History Museum World of Wonder
Natural History Museum
Slip behind the doors of the Natural History Museum for a unique experience. Hidden from the public, a staggering 80 million specimens, some too rare and valuable to exhibit, will be filmed on Channel 5 over the next four weeks and catch-up on MY5.
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Night of Ideas
Institut français
Fr0m 22 - 29 January 2021 5:30pm-11pm
Staged simultaneously in Paris and multiple cities across the world, the evening will engage audiences in free debates with the theme TOGETHER as the common thread to tackle the latest ideas behind issues central to our times.
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Kensington & Chelsea Creative Conversation
Discover South Kensington
Monday 25 January 2021 10am - 12pm
What does cultural recovery from the pandemic in Kensington & Chelsea look like? How can we work together to ensure our creative practioners and organisations get through this? How can culture help our local communities and economy recover? Together with our partners RBKC, KCAW and Goldfinger, we're bringing together creative practioners, cultural organisations, local residents and businesses to connect with each other and take part in a lively discussion about what next for culture Kensington & Chelsea. To book for this free online event, please click here.
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WW2's Unsung Heroes: The Glamour Boys
Science Museum
Thursday 21 January Online 6:30-7:30pm
Discover the unsung bravery of a group of young queer British MPs during the Second World War in a free online event with Chris Bryant MP to discuss his latest book, The Glamour Boys, with the Science Museum's CEO, Sir Ian Blatchford.
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The road to independence - Olie Hunter-Smart
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Thurday 14 January Online 7:30-9pm
Olie Hunter-Smart takes on an immense challenge to walk the length of India - a 4,500km journey over seven months seeking out untold stories of Independence and Partition. Following in Gandhi’s footsteps, Immersing himself in the culture and the people he records poignant first-hand accounts of India’s struggle for freedom gained 70 years earlier.
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Reintroducing Pioneering Women: Dora Gordine
The Royal Society of Sculptors
16 February 2021 6:30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptor's popular series about Pioneering Women returns with Dora Gordine, the Modernist figurative and portraitist sculptor. Lauded by her peers and critics as one of the leading artists in her field, it promises to be a stimulating evening.
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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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Are you ready for a home-grown steak?
Design Museum Kensington
Thursday 28 January Online 6:30-7:30pm
In the first of the Design Museum's digital series, Design for a Changing World, join designer Orkan Telhan and curator Michelle Millar Fisher as they discuss the controversial Ouroboros Steak, a DIY meal kit for growing gourmet steaks from human cells.
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A day in the life of .... a Royal Parks wildlife manager
The Royal Parks
Friday 29 January Online 12:00-12:45
Our dwindling UK wildlife populations bring the role and value of our beloved parks and urban green spaces into sharper focus. Once the hunting grounds of royalty, London’s eight royal parks today have an important role in supporting the recovery of biodiversity in our city centre. Join Hugh Smith, Senior Wildlife Officer, to discuss the modern and future role of our city centre’s parks,
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Re-imagining our environment through sound
The Great Exhibition Road Festival
Thursday 21 January Online 12.30–1:30pm
How can music help us forge new relationships with our environment and the places we inhabit? Join Royal College of Music composers Andrew Zhou, Ben Munro and Jack Gionis as they talk about the making of their new website Treephonia, with soundscapes composed for 190 trees in Kensington Gardens.
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Discover South Kensington
From great exhibitions to debates with experts, and fun activities to try at home, there’s so much more to discover here.
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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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