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Cultural Highlights – September

This month welcomes International Charity Day on the 5th September, where you don’t have to give a donation but you can share your time, knowledge, experience or offer a helping hand! It’s a day that serves as a reminder that a small act of kindness can go a long way.

For all you that love a good book you’ll be pleased to know International Read a Book Day will be encouraging us to turn a new page on the 6th September. Taking inspiration PSS Wellbeing Centres will be looking at organising a reading group in the future, so watch this space!

Here our lovely Corinne Jones presents other dates for your diary with a line-up of the latest cultural offerings from the online realm.

1st September at 2pm. Great fire of London.

Just over 350 years ago, the City of London burned. The flames consumed houses, churches, livery halls, city gates, the Royal Exchange and the jewel in the City’s crown – St Paul’s Cathedral. City Guide Jill Finch’s illustrated talk takes us through those momentous days in September 1666 when the Great Fire of London destroyed not just the City but a way of life.

6th September at 5.30pm. Art Unlocked.

The fine art collection at the Cooper Gallery includes British and European artists from the 17th to 21st centuries. Vibrant oil paintings by Prunella Clough and Eugène Isabey are accompanied by the watercolours of JMW Turner and Henry Moore.

7th and 28th September 4pm. Virtual drawn to figures.

Discover your inner artist in this live virtual drawing workshop. Facilitated by artist Jill Galloway, each program will highlight a Portrait Gallery exhibition or portrait from the collection. This month focuses on Drawing Hair. Participants should have paper, pencils, and an eraser with them.

12th September at 1pm. Norwich’s Eighteenth century books.

Join Dr Michael Nix, author of 'Norwich Textiles, a Global Story 1750-1840', as he explores how pattern books and cards, containing thousands of small samples of fabric, provide us with a means of understanding an industry whose creativity and enterprise made Norwich one of the most prosperous cities in England.

Thursday 14th September at 7pm. Vikings/Norse.

Often refered to as the Vikings, the Norse had a fascinating way of seeing the universe and the world around them. In this series of talks, Dr Lillian Cespedes Gonzalez, medievalist scholar with a PhD specialising in the Viking Age, introduces us to the northmen.

I n this lecture you will learn about Norse cosmology, the Norse pantheon of gods and you will hear some retales of traditional stories that would have been shared around the hearths of the early middle ages in the Viking world.

15th September at 6pm. Uncovering African Art.

The Argyll Collection is an educational art initiative aimed at bringing modern art to rural schools in the Scottish Highlands and primarily consists of Scottish art. Yet within it, there is also a small group of African artworks that were acquired in the 1960s/70s. The significance of these works has been long overlooked, but new research collaborations are bringing their stories to light.

16th September at 9pm. Museum Madrid.

Let’s travel to Madrid, Spain, to see one of the world’s greatest art museums, the Prado. Our online/virtual adventure will feature a very brief overview of the museum followed by a full screening of the documentary film “The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders” hosted by Jeremy Irons.

21st September at 7pm. Honey Bees.

Plastic has brought great convenience since its development in the 1950s but discarded plastic has become a serious global concern. Mismanaged plastic residues tend to end up in rivers and oceans, and eventually break down into smaller particles. Fragmented plastic particles of less than 5mm in size are now termed microplastics (MP) and have been reported in the air, water, sediments, soils. However, little is known of the effects of microplastics on insects and very few studies have investigated the effects of these microplastics on honey bees.

27th September at 7.15pm. Anglo Saxon treasures.

Discovered by a metal detectorist near Lichfield (north of Birmingham), in July 2009, it contains a unique combination of objects ― mostly military but with some of the emerging church. Made mainly between c. 570 and c. 650 AD, almost all the objects are of gold or silver, many with inlaid garnets, and they display exquisite craftwork and artistry.

27th September at 7.30pm. Islamic Architecture.

Islamic Architecture was originated in a nomadic culture which very quickly got in contact with the architecture of Late Antiquity. Muslim Architects adopted initially the Principles of Classicism for the design and construction of Mosques, Minarets, Madrasas, Villas, Palaces and Fortresses. As it expanded, it would adopt and adapt the principles Persian, Indian, Byzantine and Chinese architecture for its needs, creating an architecture that both continues a tradition but also creates something new for the community.

This 1-hour lecture will do an introductory overview on the origins and history of Islamic Architecture and its main architectural features, as well as the basic sources to expand your knowledge on this field.

Thanks for listening!

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