At its heart, this project aims to reveal the hidden geographies, histories and heritages of Senate House to a wider audience. Its efforts to do so contribute to the nation-wide Being Human festival.
Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. From philosophy in pubs, history in coffeehouses, classics on social media and language lessons on street corners – the festival provides new ways to experience how the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives. Being Human demonstrates the strength and diversity of the humanities, and how they can help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world. In 2014, the festival featured over 160 events organised by universities across the country. In 2015, it will return between 12-22 November for 11 days of big questions, big debates and engaging activities for all ages. The general theme of this year’s festival is ‘hidden and revealed’ – none better to encourage the public exploration of the very building from which the festival is organised, a central element of the University of London’s infrastructure and one of the most iconic in Bloomsbury.
The Senate House Revealed project achieves its aim through a series of exclusive small-group tours through the building’s underbelly and a subterranean evening event in its disused northern heating chamber.
Tickets for Senate House Revealed Tours on Thursday 12th November 2015 can be booked here
Tickets for Senate House Revealed Tours on Friday 13th November 2015 can be booked here
Alongside these events, this website will host photographic, filmic and audio exposés, and individual short essays that will collectively reveal the building to a wider digital audience. At the same time, everybody is encouraged to explore and share their personal connections and memories, new or old, through the website or the Being Human social media channels under the hashtags #SenateHouseRevealed and #BeingHuman2015.
Senate House Revealed has been chiefly organised by Samuel Merrill, Carlos Galviz, Michael Eades and John Stone with the input and advice of Katia Pizzi, Matthew Davies, Henry Irving, Richard Simpson, Claire Launchbury, Brad Garrett, Paul Dobraszyzck, and Hilary Geoghegan. This website was designed, formatted and compiled by Samuel Merrill.