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The Revolution Will Be Photocopied

As part of Art Night, Bishopsgate Institute will be sharing the areas of its historic archives that look at London’s radical and rebellious past and inviting you to create your own call to action - to turn your personal protest into a self-published piece of angry art work.
Saturday 01 July
6:00 PM

London Talks - The East End - a brief but contentious history

Professor John Marriott's illuminating talk questions the nature of the East End as an object of historical inquiry. Challenging the prevailing mythology of the area as a site of criminality and degeneration, he seeks to explore the interconnections among the origins, geographical boundaries and cultural landscape of East London.
Wednesday 05 July
7:00 PM

Swing Den 7 July 2017

Swing Den is a social dance especially for beginners (though everyone is welcome). There’ll be a taster lesson at the start of the night and two teachers on hand throughout the evening to answer your questions and to help you develop your moves.
Friday 07 July
7:00 PM

We Are Angry - 200 Years of Protest in Britain

Join us in an atmospheric library setting for a high speed survey of large-scale protest in Britain since the early nineteenth century through original source materials from our special collections. Discover eyewitness accounts of the moment troops charged on protestors at St Peter’s Fields in Manchester in the early nineteenth century. Find out how the General Strike was managed and reported in London in the 1920s.
Thursday 13 July
6:30 PM

London Talks - From ‘Evil Men’ to ‘Disco Divas’- remapping queer London

In this talk, Matt Cook surveys queer London from the 1950s to the early 1980s, complicating the perhaps familiar story of a journey from persecution to liberation, from dank basement clubs to the hedonism of Heaven.
Wednesday 19 July
7:00 PM

Bishopsgate Ballroom 21 July 2017

Our regular monthly invitation to come and dance with friends old and new at Bishopsgate Ballroom. We welcome dancers of all levels, whether you lead, follow or both, to spend the evening together on the dance floor of our gorgeous Great Hall.
Friday 21 July
7:00 PM

Bishopsgate Swing 23 July 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and Lindy Hop away at Bishopsgate Swing, a social dance for dancers of all levels. Take the beginner taster class at the start of the night and then enjoy the sounds of the vintage DJs and guest live band.
Sunday 23 July
6:30 PM

London Talks: Ju-jitsu, Roller-Skating and Swimming Galas - the suffrage movement and popular culture 1908-1914

Ju-jitsu, Roller-Skating and Swimming Galas - the suffrage movement and popular culture 1908-1914

Suffrage groups and societies were constantly reaching out to new audiences and supporters, wanting to challenge negative media stereotypes and encourage support for Votes for Women. In this talk, Naomi Paxton explores some of the less well-known actions and events of the suffrage campaign in London, focusing on the playfulness of the performative propaganda of the movement an
Wednesday 26 July
7:00 PM

Archives Tour - LGBTQ Collections

Archives Tour - LGBTQ Collections

Why was John Gielgud told to see a doctor and how many lesbian pulp fiction novels could one library hold? Bishopsgate Institute is a treasure trove of LGBTQ history with archives, cuttings, badges and banners, even a wizard’s costume, and by the end of this tour, you’ll know all about them.
Thursday 27 July
11:00 AM

Archives Tour - LGBTQ Collections

Archives Tour - LGBTQ Collections Why was John Gielgud told to see a doctor and how many lesbian pulp fiction novels could one library hold? Bishopsgate Institute is a treasure trove of LGBTQ history with archives, cuttings, badges and banners, even a wizard’s costume, and by the end of this tour, you’ll know all about them. This tour focuses on the LGBTQ Collections
Thursday 27 July
2:00 PM