Upcoming events: 7-13 February 2020
10 February, 2020
EXHIBITION George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain. The first ever retrospective of the Polish-Jewish émigré who brought European modernist aesthetics to British graphic design. The exhibition will include iconic wartime propaganda posters for the Ministries of Food and Information, corporate branding for El Al airlines and adverts for clients like Schweppes, Technicolor, the Post Office and The Times. House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1. 020 3696 2020. £8/£5, 5 to 17-year-olds £4, children under-5s free. Opening times Tues-Sat 10am-5.30pm, and Sun 11am-5.30pm. Closed Monday. Running until May 2. Visit www.houseofillustration.org.uk to book. Pictured: George Him – Australian Butter, poster for the Australian Trade Commission, 1962.
WALK Burnings, Butchery and Black Death: London’s Bloody Past. Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an 18th century ghost, and William Wallace. Meet at Barbican Underground station, 135 Aldersgate Street, EC1. £11. 10.30am-12.30pm. The walk will also take place over the weekend and next week. To book visit www.islingtonguidedwalks.com
GARDENING Volunteer Day. Help with jobs ranging from weeding to pond maintenance, woodland conservation, and construction tasks. Tools, gloves and training provided. Also refreshments. King Henry’s Walk Garden, 11c King Henry’s Walk, N1. Visit www.khwgarden.org.uk for details. 9am to noon.
MUSIC Daylight Music. Enjoy an afternoon of music, tea and cake. Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1. 020 7226 1686. Suggested donation £5. Noon-2pm. MUSIC Cellar Upstairs Folk Club. Melodeon player Tony Hall takes to the stage. Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1. 020 7281 7700. £8/£6. 8.15pm.
TALK Women at the Gateways Club. Join author Jill Gardiner, and hear the history of the Gateways Club, the world’s longest lasting lesbian club of the 20th century. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, EC1. 020 7332 3820. Free. 11am-1pm.
CONCERT Simon and Raphael Wallfisch with Edward Rushton. The trio perform a programme of music by Brahms and Schumann. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £14£10, or free for anyone aged Under-26 courtesy of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. 6.30pm-8.30pm.
TALK Witch Hunts Today. Kirsty Brimelow QC and author and campaigner Syd Moore join forces to reveal how harmful practices due to belief in witchcraft have seen a huge increase in the past six years. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £8/£5. 3pm-4.30pm.
LECTURE Making New Plants: A History. This lecture examines the work of Hugo de Vries, a Dutch botanist who was one of the first to claim that science would allow plants and animals to be designed to order. Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. 020 7831 0575. Free. 6pm-7pm. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures
LECTURE Great Mathematical Myths. This lecture looks at how various mathematical misunderstandings, or perhaps a misunderstanding of mathematical ideas and conclusions, permeate the public consciousness. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free. 1pm-2pm. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures
LECTURE Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma. Professor Christopher Whitty looks at how treatment for lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer, a lung-associated cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free. 6pm-7pm. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures
TALK Parallel Lives. Authors Francesca Wade and Rebecca Mead discuss Parallel Lives by Phyllis Rose, which examines five literary Victorian partnerships, from Charles Dickens’ disastrous marriage to Catherine Hogarth to George Eliot’s joyful and unwed union with George Henry Lewes. Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, W1. 020 7224 2295. £10. 7pm.
LECTURE A History of the Penis and the Clitoris. Professor Joanna Bourke explores what debates about these two organs tell us about scientific knowledge and gender identities. Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1. 020 7831 0575. Free. Visit www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures for more details. 6pm-7pm.
TALK Pearls and Unicorns, Myth and Magic: The Dark Side of Jewellery. Jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn swaps The Antiques Roadshow for Highgate Cemetery to talk about funerary jewellery, which played such a big part in the Victorians’ social attitude to death, funerals and mourning. Highgate Cemetery, Swain’s Lane, N6. 020 8340 1834. £12, includes a glass of wine. 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Latecomers will not be admitted.