Talks & Events
Each exhibition and display will be accompanied by an exciting programme of talks, film screenings, activities and late events.
Film fans can take a trip inside Somerset House for Behind the Screen – a diverse and entertaining programme of talks and workshops. Behind the Screen brings the world of cinema into sharper focus with special events and guests providing unique insights into a world that usually only exists on the big screen. In association with Film4 Summer Screen.
Somerset House has been used for many purposes over the years, but few people know about its extensive use as a film set. Over six decades, it’s starred in dozens of films, playing a Victorian prison, a St. Petersburg square, a World War Two bunker, Buckingham Palace – and on a few occasions, itself. This guided tour explores this little-known facet of the building’s history, pointing out various locations across the site where the cameras have rolled for the likes of Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson.
Angel Rose and Luis-Manuel Garcia, offer a brief introduction to the history of London nightlife as well as their own interpretations of the debate surrounding the utopian potential of clubs. Followed by a series of short screenings, panel discussion and audience Q&A.
Throughout 2016 Guardian Live and Somerset House will collaborate to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. More was the first to give a name and form to an idea that has captured the human imagination throughout history: that by imagining a better world is possible, we are empowered to create it. To celebrate More’s vision this series of talks will explore challenges facing contemporary culture and society, and the pivotal role that the arts and culture play in creating the space where dreams can take root.
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.
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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