Celebrating Tate Britain's ground-breaking exhibition 'Queer British Art, 1861-1967' and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, King's College London invites you to join a summer weekend to appreciate Britain's rich heritage and present in queer art. This King's Summer Weekend will introduce and explore the key proponents of British queer art from the mid-19th century up to the present day, including a look at its stars like Oscar Wilde and members of the Bloomsbury Group. Featuring works relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, this summer weekend will explore how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. The weekend will extend to an optional field trip to Charleston on 15 July for a private tour of, and talks, in Berwick Church and to visit the country home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant of the Bloomsbury Group, whose creative hub of artistic and intellectual activity welcomed guests including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E.M. Forster. Speakers from King's College London and Tate Britain will join independent artists to discuss a range of genres from visual arts like painting, installations and film, to dance and literature. A number of the university speakers are part of Queer@King's, an interdisciplinary research unit comprising colleagues interested in gender and sexuality that launched in 2003. It was recognised as an Arts & Humanities research centre in 2006 and its portfolio of activities continues to grow and to flourish.
Sat 17 Jun
Sun 18 Jun
King's Summer Weekend With The National Archives: Family History: Practical Techniques And Historical Insight
Tracing your family tree and learning more about your ancestors has become a national passion, but many family historians soon find that internet research gives limited results, with simple lists of names and dates often being all that is available. This course is for everyone who wants to expand their research into their family tree. It combines instruction on practical researching techniques with academic insight into how key historic events shape stories across generations. It is designed to help participants better read the information they discover, expand their investigation beyond the internet to include historical archives and guide them in their interpretation of details such as professions and social status to make their own journeys into their family's history as rewarding and revealing as possible. Join us onsite at The National Archives in Kew and at King's College London's Strand Campus to find out how to delve deeper into your family's past and progress your investigations into your family tree. This summer weekend will build your skills with practical instruction on researching techniques and explain the social changes that influenced the historical data you are uncovering.
Sat 12 Aug
Sun 13 Aug
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