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King’s is working with some of the most prestigious British and international institutions to bring you King’s Summer Weekends for the intellectually curious. These stimulating and informative bite-size courses are designed to fit around your personal and professional commitments.

King’s Summer Weekend with Tate Britain
Queer British Art
Saturday 17 June, Sunday 18 June

queer weekend photoDuncan Grant Bathing 1911 © Tate

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain and Tate Britain’s ground-breaking exhibition 'Queer British Art, 1861-1967', King’s College London invites you to join a summer weekend to appreciate Britain’s rich heritage and present in queer art.

This King’s Summer Weekend will introduce and explore the key proponents of British queer art from the mid-19th century up to the present day, including a look at its stars like Oscar Wilde and members of the Bloomsbury Group. Featuring works relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, this summer weekend will explore how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.

Speakers from King's College London and Tate Britain will join independent artists to discuss a range of genres from visual arts like painting, installations and film, to dance and literature. A number of the university speakers are part of Queer@King’s, an interdisciplinary research unit comprising colleagues interested in gender and sexuality that launched in 2003. It was recognised as an Arts & Humanities research centre in 2006 and its portfolio of activities continues to grow and to flourish.

Join us onsite at Tate Britain and at King's College London's Strand Campus to find out more about queer British art, and how queer visual culture evolved after legalisation in 1967. 

A draft schedule for the weekend can be found here. Please note that this may be subject to change. 

Who is this course for?
This course is for those interested in queer history and contemporary culture and will especially appeal to enthusiasts of Oscar Wilde and the Bloomsbury Group. It will also be of interest to students working on issues such as art history, sexuality, gender, queer identity and history, and human rights.

Registration and payment
Fee: £160 for the two-day course. To book your place on the course, please register here. The registration deadline is 16 June 2017.

King’s Summer Weekend with The National Archives
Family History: Practical Techniques and Historical Insight
Saturday 12 August and Sunday 13 August 2017

Family History

Tracing your family tree and learning more about your ancestors has become a national passion, but many family historians soon find that internet research gives limited results, with simple lists of names and dates often being all that is available.  

This course is for everyone who wants to expand their research into their family tree. It combines instruction on practical researching techniques with academic insight into how key historic events shape stories across generations. It is designed to help participants better read the information they discover, expand their investigation beyond the internet to include historical archives and guide them in their interpretation of details such as professions and social status to make their own journeys into their family's history as rewarding and revealing as possible.

Join us onsite at The National Archives in Kew and at King's College London's Strand Campus to find out how to delve deeper into your family's past and progress your investigations into your family tree. This summer weekend will build your skills with practical instruction on researching techniques and explain the social changes that influenced the historical data you are uncovering.

Who is this course for?
This course is for those who have begun investigating their family history and will help them take the next step and delve further into available records. There will be some basic information covered, but the focus will be on moving beyond online searches and exploring the social history surrounding family trees.

Registration and payment
Fee: £160 for the two-day course. To book your place on the course, please register here.  The registration deadline is 30 June 2017.

Are you just starting out? 
Take a look at these free National Archives research guides


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