Big Bang Data: Talks, Tours & Workshops

Talks & Events

Each exhibition and display will be accompanied by an exciting programme of talks, film screenings, activities and late events.

Big Bang Data: Events Programme
3 December 2015 - 20 March 2016
Data Studio, Embankment Galleries

Join us in the Data Studio events space where we'll be exploring weekly timely topics surrounding data now. Get involved in Thursday talks, Friday meet ups as well as Saturday workshops and artist talks. Free tours of the exhibition run each Wednesday and Friday throughout the show.


Photo London Presents: Pre-Fair Talks
20 January 2015 - 23 March 2016
The Screening Room, £12.00/£10.00

A series of pre-Fair talks hosted in the leading up to the 2016 edition of Photo London. Photo London 2016 (19-22 May 2016) is a unique festival of photography, centred on a major international photography fair. Running once again in the spectacular and historic grounds of Somerset House, the fair showcases the broad spectrum of photographic practice, from vintage to contemporary. This series of discussions aims to address some of the key themes affecting photography today.


Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, Talks Series
10 February - 22 March 2016
The Screening Room, £10.00/£8.00

Historic England has been assessing post-war sculpture across England to build a better picture of the best examples of late 20th century sculptural art works. The exhibition will coincide with the announcement of a number of new listings, and therefore protection, of public art.

The accompanying programme to the exhibition includes tours, study days and talks with contemporary artists, historians and commissioners of public art.


Museum of Innocence: In Istanbul - A Night Walk with Matthew Beaumont
Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 19.00 - 20.30
The Seamen's Hall, £10.00

The final event in the series inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence is drawn from the novelist’s own night time walks to discover the secret heart of the city and his characters.Starting from the grandeur of Somerset House Beaumont will explore the literary, cultural and historical stories of this extraordinary part of the city, tales of the darkness, in the darkness. 


Fashion Utopias
19 – 23 February 2016

The International Fashion Showcase is a series of specially commissioned and curated fashion installations featuring work by emerging designers from all over the world. This year it is part of Somerset House’s Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility. Join us for a variety of tours, talks and workshops in conjunction with the show.


Mobile map: An elm adventure from Somerset House to "Albertopolis"
October 2015 – March 2016

Using your smart phone hop on your cycle or set off on foot to see some of the capital’s elm heritage in central London, starting at Somerset House and finishing at “Albertopolis” – Exhibition Road. You’ll be able to uncover London’s elm trees and elm heritage, finding out more at each location and how the elm links to the capital’s wider culture and history. Approximately 2 hours by foot. Get it here:

Free Guided Tours
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Discover Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, scientific curiosity and naval power, extravagant entertainments and 'the King's Shilling', as we lead you from the airy lightwells of graceful staircases to the atmospheric Deadhouse.

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