Big Bang Data Talks, Tours & Twilights



Explore Somerset House’s exhibitions and displays through our busy and diverse programme of workshops, tours, talks, seminars and film screenings.




Free Drop In Family Workshop: Tintin Frame by Frame
Saturday, 12 December 2015, 12.00-15.00
South Wing, Free For families with accompanied children aged 6-12 years

Spot the difference between Somerset House and Captain Haddocks Mansion Marlinspike Hall! We tour the tales of Tintin, peer through the windows and knock on the doors, in a day of art and design discovery. In association with the exhibition of Tintin: Hergé Masterpiece. Free for families with accompanied children, aged 6-12 years.



Big Bang Data: Tutor's Twilight
Thursday, 3 December 2015,
Introduction & refreshments from 18.00
Gallery visit from 18.30
Screening Room, Free, Pre-Booking Required

Lecturers and Tutors are given the chance to discover our Big Bang Data exhibition during this late night opening. Meet our Learning Team, explore the exhibition and hear about the educational tours available for your students. 

If you would like to be invited to the Big Bang Data Tutors Twilight evening please send an email to Learning Bookings with Big Bang in the subject box, along with the name of with your institution, course & department. 

As we are expecting a high volume of requests please note that priority will be given to Digital Art & Media pathways in the first instance.



Ulmus Londinium: Talks
Saturday, 28 November, 14.00-15.00
New Wing, Free Drop In, Spaces Limited

Thomas Pakenham, the indefatigable champion of trees, will tell the importance the elm and all our trees hold. His new book, The Company of Trees, recounts his forays with trees, often hazardous plant hunting expeditions, and his efforts to preserve magnificent old trees and historic woodlands.

As a quintessential icon of the British landscape, John Constable and many other artists have used the elm to depict and evoke emotions of our countryside. Artist and researcher Dr Anne Anderson, who is a member of the Arborealists and whose exhibition and publication “Under the Greenwood” is a celebration of the British Tree in the work of our major artists, will speak about how the elm has been used in art.

One & All Spotlight Tour: Owen Sheers
Sunday 29 November, 13.30-13.50
New Wing, entrance via River Terrace, South Wing, Free

Join poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers for an insight into his commission for One and All, inspired by his residency on the Gower coast. This summer Owen spent two weeks walking and researching the Gower’s southern coastline between the Upper Paleolithic archaeological site of Paviland Cave and the striking causeway peninsula of Worms Head. Take a tour to glimpse into the landscape, local history, anecdotes and dialect that inspired his new poem On The Sea’s Land (Ar-for-dir).  Please note spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis 30 minutes before the talk.

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