Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at The Museum of London, June 2013


During June 2013, UCL’s free, public, Lunch Hour Lectures will be uprooted from their usual residence at UCL and go on tour to The Museum of London.

This summer series of four Lunch Hour Lectures will feature introductions by Museum of London curators, and discuss: the Crystal Palace dinosaurs; the British legacy of slavery; the Black Death; and the hidden community histories of London.

The lectures will be held at the Museum of London every Tuesday in June between 13:15 and 13:55

Please note that the first and third lectures will be held at the Museum of London at London Wall, with the second and fourth lectures being held at the Museum of London Docklands

The lectures will also be available to be viewed live online

To see all four Lunch Hour Lectures on tour from 2012, visit our youtube channel

The lectures:

Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park

Tuesday 4 June, Museum of London

Prof Joe Cain (UCL Science and Technology Studies) 

The famous ‘monsters’ in Crystal Palace have been on display since the park opened in 1854. These are the first life-sized three-dimensional sculptures of dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, but there is a lot more to them than meets the eye. Discover the ideas behind them with science historian Professor Cain.

Britain and the legacies of slavery

Tuesday 11 June, Museum of London Docklands

Prof Catherine Hall (UCL History)

Once abolition was secured, Britons were keen to overlook slavery and emphasise the memory of emancipation. But Britain and Britons benefitted in multiple ways from slavery. By focusing on the role of the many slave-owners who lived here, should British history be reconsidered to take slavery into full account?

Plague Bones: how London’s Black Death became a tropical disease

Tuesday 18 June, Museum of London

Dr Carole Reeves (UCL History of Medicine)

At its height the Black Death claimed the lives of 7,000 Londoners every week. The Museum of London excavated a plague cemetery in the 1980s but it was not until 2011 that technology revealed the true identity of the disease. UCL researchers are examining similar burial grounds to prove that another ‘English’ pestilence – ‘marsh fever’ – was actually malaria, now one of the great scourges of the developing world.

Hidden no longer: community history making in London

Tuesday 25 June, Museum of London Docklands

Dr Andrew Flinn (UCL Information Studies)

Over the last fifty years many independent projects have attempted to tell London’s hidden histories. This talk will examine the origins and motivations behind community history-making, some of changes and controversies that have occurred, and how mainstream history may be challenged in the digital age.