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Culture Vultures - March 2022

Corinne has found another selection of really interesting cultural events. Have a look at sign up if you fancy some fascinating talks.

Unfortunately, we have no video this month so please have a read below

1 March. 5.00 to 6.00pm. The sound of the end Kirsty Logan A chilling, immersive audio experience, The Sound at the End, follows the crew of an Arctic research base and the newcomer who may uncover the secrets they’re each desperate to outrun, written by award-winning novelist Kirsty Logan and performed by a full cast.

March 2. 5.00 to 6.30pm. Medieval Seals

Somewhat larger than the wax seals they still cover or once held, and made of textile, parchment, or leather, medieval seal bags from western Europe offer fascinating wrappings. If only because they hide the very objects that originally were meant to be seen as they functioned – amongst others – as signs of validation and authentication of written agreements and exchanges. Art historians (especially in England) and sigillographers have certainly noticed seal bags and their remains, although research is still in its infancy. One of the reasons for this is that they fit uncomfortably within the categories that art historians, historians, and archivists consider important. Seal bags come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and quality. Some are telling examples of the repurposing of parchment and precious textiles.

3 March at 7.00pm. Hedgehogs how can we help them

Hugh Warwick In partnership with Nature Recovery Rotherham. They will also be joined by special guest Jo Wilkinson, who pioneered the national 'Hedgehog Friendly Campus' campaign. This evening is dedicated to hedgehogs, why they are so brilliant and how we can help them. Hugh Warwick is an ecologist and writer with a particular fondness for hedgehogs. He runs day-long courses on hedgehog conservation and is the spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

8 March at 9.00pm. Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of the 2019 Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other. Her numerous other works span the genres of fiction, verse fiction, short fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, and radio and theatre drama. Other fiction titles include Mr. Loverman, Blonde Roots, and Lara. Her first non-fiction book, Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, will be published in 2022 by Grove Atlantic. Her writing is celebrated for its experimentation, daring, subversion, and challenging the myths of Afro-diasporic identities and histories. A staunch and longstanding activist and advocate for the inclusion of artists and writers of colour, Evaristo has initiated several successful schemes to ensure increased representation in the creative industries. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.

9 March at 2.00pm. The Pankhursts

It is now just over a hundred and two years (1 December 1919) since a woman entered the British Parliament for the first time. American socialite Nancy Astor won a by-election for the Unionists in Plymouth Sutton, ironically replacing her husband, Waldorf Astor, who had just been ennobled.

The campaign to win women the vote and the right to enter the Commons had been raging ever since more than a dozen people were killed and hundreds injured at the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819. Henry Hunt, the main speaker at the Peterloo rally that never happened, later became the first MP to put forward a bill to allow women to vote in general elections. But that was back in the 1830s. Two generations later the Pankhurst family took over the campaign, leading one of the most bitter and brutal political battles in British history, for many years from Manchester.

March 10 at 6.30pm. A talk on Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is known for his classic and stylish thrillers from The 39 Steps to Vertigo and Psycho. Movies that defined a genre of cinema.

But there is much more to him as a director. Still only in his twenties he wrote and produced a series of innovative silent films in both Britain and Germany as he learnt the craft of filmmaking. This illustrated talk with film historian Will Bird celebrates these overlooked and entertaining dramas, comedies and romances that provide a tantalising glimpse of the genius he would become.

March 12. 4.00 to 5.00pm. Manchester Art Gallery

In the week of International Women's Day, a session in two parts with the Manchester Art Gallery guide team.

Working Women across the World. This tour by Nina will highlight the contrasts and contradictions in women’s work as determined by gender, class, ethnicity and society’s expectations.

Women at Leisure. Gallery guide, Debbie, has prepared for us an intriguing series of paired artworks that will illustrate the bearing that privilege and deprivation had on the availability and range of leisure experiences for women.

14 March 6.30 to 7.30pm. A Six week Creative Writing course

This course is about possibility, how to create new worlds through poetry, using curiosity and experimentation to develop, transform and reimagine.

Each week will herald different sources of stimulus; using film, music, and image to offer an open door to adventure and play; provoking your creative mind to dance.

We start with Week 1 - Exploring memory, myth and origin stories

15 March at 6.30pm. Whistler the artist

Painter, printmaker, teacher, critic, flamboyant dandy, acerbic wit, ebullient self-publicist, irascible litigant and a serious artist of considerable refinement, Whistler (1834-1903) was one of the most controversial figures in the London art world of the late-Victorian period. Educated in the Parisian studio of Charles Gleyre and influenced by Japanese art and design, Whistler spent many of his most productive years in Chelsea producing some of his most memorable portraits.

18 March at 6.30pm. Sarah Parker Redmond from the Black History Walks. An on line event with questions and answers

Harriet Tubman and Mary Seacole are icons but SPR's amazing story is little known. Traveller, abolitionist, lecturer, nurse, doctor and more.

Sarah Parker Remond (1826-1894) was an African American activist who became well known on her international abolitionist tours for her fiery speeches. A Nubian Jak Plaque will be unveiled in her honour, on March 25th 12pm at venue near Russell Square. In 1853 Sarah took successful legal action against a local theatre campaigning for desegregation long before the US Civil War or the Civil Rights movement. In 1858 she undertook the challenging journey, as a single black woman, to the United Kingdom and gave numerous anti -racist lectures to packed houses across England, Scotland and Ireland. She studied at what is now University College London and Royal Holloway University. She lived around the corner from where Mary Seacole, a contemporary, wrote her first book. Sarah was also involved in British women's campaign to vote.

24 March 7.00 to 8.00pm. A chat with David Oluogad

Professor David Olusoga will join Gaverne Bennet speaking at online meeting about black history.

David Olusoga is a historian, author, presenter and award winning film-maker of British-Nigerian descent. He is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, has written several books and contributed to magazines and newspaper articles.

Hope everyone ok

Love Corinne

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