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Join us this June as we throw open our virtual doors for the annual British Academy Summer Showcase, a free festival of ideas for curious minds. Featuring live and recorded talks, performances and demonstrations, our Summer Showcase brings the best new humanities and social sciences research to life for audiences at home. Whether you want to learn about the psychology behind hoarding or watch a food historian make a pie fit for a king, we’ve got something for everyone. Tune in to meet the brightest minds in history, psychology, music and more, and enjoy eclectic content designed to educate and inspire.
Friday 19 June
Starting at 11:00, our live events will take place throughout the day on the British Academy YouTube channel or Zoom Webinar. From talks to cook-alongs and performances, we’ve got something for everyone:
- 11:00-11:10, 10-Minute Talk: Westminster Abbey – A Church in History
- 15:00-16:00, Culture in crisis?
- 18:00-18:10, Doing culture at home
- 18:30-19:30, The digital dinner party
- 20:00-20:20, Fitzrovia Cinema Noir presents ‘Undead Queen of Evil!’
From 11:10, tune into the British Academy YouTube channel to access our ready-to-watch programme. Whether you want to learn about the psychology behind hoarding or watch a food historian make a pie fit for a king, we’ve got something for everyone:
- My research in three minutes: what is the link between hoarding and ADHD?
- Did you know… that children commonly experience psychotic symptoms?
- How to… make a pie fit for a king
- Did you know… you can’t see your own eyes move?
- My research in three minutes: was Latin music performed differently in the past?
- My research in three minutes: what makes teachers stay in challenging schools?
- How can poetry help us understand the troubled world? Poetry reading by Yasmine Shamma
Ready-to-watch schools programme
Considering a career in the museum sector? Keen to study drama at university? From 11:10, secondary school students are invited to tune into the British Academy YouTube channel to find out where a degree in the humanities and social sciences can lead.
- What can you do with a degree in drama?
- What will you learn doing a degree in sociology?
- What's it like to be a video games researcher?
- How do you get to be a museum curator?
Saturday 20 June
- 11:00–11:10, 10-Minute Talk: America first and American fascism
From 11:10, tune in to the British Academy YouTube channel to access our ready-to-watch programme. Whether you want to listen to a poetry reading or learn how to make Scottish macaroons, we’ve got something for everyone:
- Take a tour of my collection: vintage typewriters
- My research in three minutes: what can we learn from the histories of charities in Britain?
- Did you know… a seventh-century Northumbrian king was a popular saint in medieval Germany?
- How to… make Arabic coffee
- My research in three minutes: how can music move you?
- How can poetry bring communities together? Poetry readings by Duduzile Ndlovu
- Did you know… that the words we use can reveal a lot about our world view?
- Did you know… that some everyday Irish words have their origins outside Ireland?
- How to… make Scottish macaroons