Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick: Talks & Tours

Talks & Events

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

Behind the Screen
28 July – 14 August 2016

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.


Shot on Site: Film Tours
Sunday 7 August & Sunday 14 August 2016, 13.00 & 15.00
Meet in Seamen's Hall, £6.00

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.


FUN CITY: Utopia on the Dancefloor
Tuesday 2 August 2016, 19.00-21.00
Screening Room, £10.00 / £8.00 concessions

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. 


Kuntinuum: Are we still aching for dyke-focused spaces?
Monday 15 August 2016, 19.00-20.30
New Wing, £5.00
Held in association with Rosie Hastings' and Hannah Quinlan’s UKGBD, this salon will encourage reflection from both panel guest speakers and the audience on the past, present and future of lesbian spaces in London and the UK – their paucity, potential transformation and what we desire – a group ‘dreaming-up’ of future spaces.  
A screening of clips from films that document the herstory of lesbian spaces will be followed by a panel and group discussion. 
Guardian Live UTOPIA 2016
August - November 2016

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.

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.


Weekends in the Treasury
January - December 2016
Utopia Treasury, New Wing, 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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