The fabulous collections housed in the world’s most famous museums are trophies from an imperial age. Now the countries from which these treasures came would like them back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is the tip of an iceberg that includes claims for the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, sculpture from Turkey, scrolls and porcelain taken from the Chinese Summer Palace, textiles from Peru, the bust of Nefertiti, Native American sacred objects and Aboriginal human remains. Jenkins investigates why repatriation claims have soared in recent decades and shows that sending artefacts back will not achieve the desired social change nor repair the wounds of history. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
The author was terrified of beetles until she started to write Beetle Boy, when she discovered that they support the eco-system of the whole planet. As a result, she created Baxter the rhinoceros beetle, side-kick to Darkus, who needs all the help he can get to find his missing father, in this funny and heart-warming story. Dr Sarah Beynon is an expert entomologist and head of Beynon's Bug Farm, with some very cool beetles.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Beer sets the Alice books in a number of different contexts in the Victorian period – what was going on in Punch, in maths, in language theory, in evolutionary theory, in child development – and asks how the books both thrive on these presences and wriggle free of them. Beer is also the editor of Carroll’s poems Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense.
The writer, traveller and television programme-maker runs through the pleasures and pitfalls of travel writing.
The language of genes has become common parlance. We know they make your eyes blue, your hair curly or your nose straight. The media tells us that our genes control the risk of cancer, heart disease, alcoholism or Alzheimer’s. The cost of DNA sequencing has plummeted from billions of pounds to a few hundred, and gene-based advances in medicine hold huge promise. So we’ve all heard of genes, but how do they actually work? Arney is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster who specialises in genetics and biomedical science.
PS The story goes that an old sea captain once gave Ernest Hemingway a six-toed cat whose distinctive descendants still roam the writer’s Florida estate…
With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants.
There are estimated to be 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Garabedian is a musician and a researcher within the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. She discusses ways in which the creative arts can help unlock memories and encourage communication.
Pip and Posy are the best of friends – most of the time. And they are always having adventures. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, introduces his delightful new series about the dramas of toddler life. Join him for stories, drawing and the opportunity to meet two very special surprise guests.
Mungo, a cheeky monkey, and Claude, a rather stylish dog, are brought to life alongside a host of colourful characters in this live drawing session with two of our favourite illustrators. Paper and pencils provided so everyone can join in.
Dan Abnett, who has written some of the most famous superhero comics in the world, introduces a fantasy adventure series set in the wild west – with added dragons!
Discover more about Max and Olivia and their pet dragon Adolphus as they help protect King Arthur from dastardly plots. Find out how to create a spell using ‘magical’ words.
Duration 45 mins.
Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. The co-author talks to Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.
Which tree is often used in the treatment of cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle (which give us milk for our cappuccinos), to the rubber tree that produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. The Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria identifies the plants that have been key to the development of the western world.