UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility



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


London Design Biennale 2016 Talks Programme
7 - 27 September 2016

Join the conversation at London Design Biennale. Hear more about the installations and the ideas that made them in a series of talks by some of the world’s leading designers, curators and academics.


Restart Weekend
Friday 30 September - Sunday 2 October 2016
Utopia Treasury, Great Arch Hall Free admission, drop-in

What’s a utopian gadget? Is it simply a gadget that doesn’t break? Is it easily repairable or modular? While the media gets excited about 'planned obsolescence', The Restart Project thinks the ultimate gadget is one that doesn’t need to be manufactured or bought: it’s the one you already have and that still has plenty to offer. What’s more utopian than discovering we might not need a new product?

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Museums at Night 2016 Druids in the Deadhouse
27 & 28 October 2016

As winners of the Museums at Night 2016 ‘Connect!’ competition Somerset House will be hosting a series of events inspired and programmed by artist Bedwyr Williams. The events will reimagine an alternative reality where post-Neolithic druids live on and conduct their chants, traditions and rituals in modern day London.


Weekends in the Treasury
January - December 2016
Utopia Treasury, Great Arch Hall, Free

Join us every weekend in the Treasury to take part in Utopia 2016 a year of imagination and possibility.

Make & Do with the Treasurers: fun and creative activities that explore utopian ideas from the past, present and future. Suitable for all ages, materials provided.

Tell us about your Utopia; contribute a post it note with your thoughts and help us to disseminate lessons for how we might live, make, work and play better.

Meet the Treasurers; have a chat about the original text Utopia by Thomas More and the Utopia 2016 programme.

Or simply relax and enjoy the Treasury; browse our micro library of Utopian literature and play songs on A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World by Ruth Ewan.


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