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Talks of the town: London’s best lectures

Posted at 1:15 pm, January 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
Hunterian Museum

 

Open your mind…

TALK OF THE DAY AT THE RCS HUNTERIAN MUSEUM

Drawing on the beautiful, unique and often macabre contents of the RCS collection (half of mathematician Charles Babbage’s brain not gory enough for you? How about a blue whale’s ear?) these unscheduled daily talks – often in the form of a tour of the musuem – offer a wealth of fascinating info on obscure aspects of surgery, dentistry and natural history. Find out what’s planned for the day you’re attending by calling 7869 6560. 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE. 

STARTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Always wanted to root around your family tree, but never had a clue where to start? The Society of Genealogists’ Else Churchill (no relation to Winston, she says with authority) offers a free 30-minute talk on how to get the best out of online resources and your local authority archive. 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Rd, EC1M 7BA. 

A LONG TABLE ON WHY SEX MATTERS

As part of the Wellcome Collection’s eye-opening Institute of Sexology programme of events, this unique (and free) hybrid lecture, discussion and performance piece encourages open-minded dialogue and frank discussion about the importance of the time spent in the sack. Booking required. Jan 31. 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE.

PENNY LECTURES AT MORLEY COLLEGE

Over 130 years ago a series of illustrated lectures designed to inspire new thinking – like TED talks in stovepipe hats – were held at the Old Vic, and admission was charged at one penny. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of adult education centre Morley College this year, they’re back and with the same ticket price, on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7HT.

SUNDAY ASSEMBLY

Billed as a ‘godless congregation that celebrates life’, the Sunday Assembly aims to provide all the joys of regular church – community, togetherness etc – on the first and third Sunday of the month at 11am and without the fire and brimstone. There are also guest speakers; on February 1 the theme is ‘The Amazingness of Local Assemblies’. Kids welcome. Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL. 

THE IMPROBABILITY PRINCIPLE: WHY COINCIDENCES, MIRACLES AND RARE EVENTS HAPPEN EVERY DAY

Insane value at just £3 (£2 concessions), this mind-bending two-and-ahalf- hour talk by two senior Imperial College academics on February 26 encourages us to re-examine the strange world of probability, and understand why miraculous happenings really aren’t all that miraculous – all in the deliciously dim surroundings of the vaults at Dirty Dicks in Bishopsgate. Thu Feb 26The Vaults at Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR.

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