Talks & Events
Each exhibition and display will be accompanied by an exciting programme of talks, film screenings, activities and late events.
Join us for our next recording of BBC Radio 4's Four Thought at Somerset House, a series of talks that combine two of the trademark elements of Radio 4 - big ideas and evocative storytelling. Subjects under discussion include children's books, the future of shopping, and making medicines today.
Somerset House and resident ‘factory-on-Thames’ Makerversity are proud to host At the Coalface, a regular series of discussions centered around their makers’ stories. In the inaugural Process, discussion will involve a diverse set of makers whose practice spans a range of production and manufacturing methods. This will be a lively evening of no-nonsense discussion complimented with a beer.
Art historian Matt Lodder will delve into the birth of English tattooing as an artistic profession in the 1880s, and discuss the life and work of Victorian tattooist Sutherland MacDonald. This illustrated talk, complementing the Time: Tattoo Art Today exhibition in the Embankment Galleries, will feature never-before-seen images of MacDonald's remarkable work.
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.
Lunch time talks are delivered by Courtauld staff and research students on works in the Gallery's world-famous collection.
The RSL hosts regular talks, discussions and readings. A limited number of tickets for each event are available for members of the public; these are sold on the door on a first-come-first-served basis from 18.00.