Swansea University’s Cultural Institute has been chosen as one of six hubs for Being Human 2019, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Now in its sixth year, Being Human is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.

With a theme of Discoveries and Secrets, this year's celebration of the humanities is taking place nationally between 14 - 23 November 2019, with a series of free events taking place across Swansea. 

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Under a hub theme of Rediscovering Swansea: from land to sea, audiences can participate in creative activities, performances, discussions and an exhibition that will take you from a family-fun day discovering the workings of the historical Tudor warship Mary Rose to an evening examining the brilliance of Sherlock Holmes. Watch Pinocchio reimagined in a modern western society, an interactive talk on the sinister world of assassination throughout the ages, and gain insight into Swansea’s influential industrialist Vivian family along with much more!

These events will be delivered by the Cultural Institute at Swansea University in collaboration with a range of partners from the Swansea Bay area.

Dr Elaine Canning, the Cultural Institute's Head of Cultural Engagement and Development, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a festival hub as part of Being Human 2019 and wish to thank the festival organisers for giving us this exciting opportunity to bring our research into the community once more."

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Thursday 14th November

Friday 15th November

Saturday 16th November

Monday 18th November

Tuesday 19th November

Wednesday 20th November

Saturday 23rd November

‘Swansea’s Big Book Find’

Book Find

Join us for our family-friendly book hunt across the city of Swansea from Saturday 16th November! In the run up to our University’s 100th birthday, we’ll be hiding one hundred books where you’ll least expect to find them. Finders, keepers! Each book will also contain a special message! And when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Rediscovering Swansea - a new exhibition

Singleton Abbey 1940

join us for a new family-friendly exhibition where you will have an opportunity to rediscover your city!

  • Learn about the Vivian family, who came from Cornwall, and their life at in Singleton Abbey
  • Find out about the copperworks at the heart of Swansea life
  • Celebrate Swansea University’s forthcoming centenary in 2020 with a glimpse at its history

14 - 23 November
Venue: Swansea University Singleton Campus Library, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP
Time: Open 24hrs

No booking required - drop in!

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