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Georgian Papers Programme
In partnership with the Royal Archives, King’s is undertaking a major project to digitise and interpret the archives of the Georgian papers held at Windsor Castle.

The five year programme will digitise some 350,000 pages of original archives, including official and private papers of Britain's Hanoverian monarchs, as well as other members of the Royal Family, politicians, courtiers and the Privy Purse.

With academic leadership provided by King's College London as well as the Omohundro Institute and the College of William and Mary, the Programme also supports research and interpretation of this material to advance both academic and public understanding.

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Modern Classicisms and The Classical Now

What is it about ancient Graeco-Roman art that still captivates and provokes the modern imagination? How can contemporary art help us to see the classical tradition with new eyes? And what can modern-day responses – set against the backdrop of others over the last two millennia – tell us about our own cultural preoccupations?

Modern Classicisms, based in the Department of Classics at King's, sets out to explore these and other questions by bringing together classicists, art historians, critics and artists. The project commenced in August 2017, and runs until July 2018 in its first phase. Activities include a  workshop on 10 November 2017, and The Classical Now exhibition in spring 2018

This project comes about thanks to the generous support of Christian Levett and with Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM). King’s is proud to be working with other external collaborative partners, including the Courtauld Institute of Art and Minerva (The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology).

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The English Fix - Brexit and Englishness
Professor Patrick Wright's documentary, The English Fix, has run for two seasons on BBC Radio 4.

The programmes, written and presented by Professor Wright, offer a critical exploration of the background to Brexit through the lens of leading British writers of the 20th century including George Orwell, John Betjeman and Barbara Carter, as well as considering the EU and 'Englishness' with contemporary commentators.

Over seven episodes Wright asks whether Brexit offers a liberation for Englishness, or the loss of a way to define itself - at least until another apparent threat encroaches?

For more information and to listen back, please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ffw8r/episodes/guide

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Shakespeare400
Shakespeare400 was a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London that created a season of events during 2016 to celebrate four hundred years of Shakespeare.

The season included theatre, music, opera, dance, ballet, exhibitions and educational events that demonstrated the ongoing vibrancy of Shakespeare’s creative influence in national and global culture. 

The season was coordinated by the London Shakespeare Centre.

Visit the Shakespeare400 legacy website for highlights, videos, reviews and blogs from the season.

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Preserving memories of the Holocaust
In March 2015, after four years of work, Dr Tobias Blanke  and representatives from 23 university partners in 13 countries launched the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) portal in Berlin in the presence of senior ministers from Germany, the Netherlands and Poland.

The project brings together more than 1,800 Holocaust-related archives in 51 countries, including the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, NIOD in Amsterdam and London's Wiener Library, acting as a sustainable, world-class tool that gives people across the world access to dispersed Holocaust material such as documents, objects, photos, film and art. Its scale and complexity makes it the largest European research project about the Holocaust to date.

Dr Tobias Blanke, Dr Mike Bryant and Dr Reto Speck made up the core King’s team and were involved in focus groups with research users, formulating effective functional and data requirements for a portal of this scale, and conceptualising and building the EHRI portal.

The success of the first phase of the project has resulted in €8 million more EU funding being granted to the team.

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Language Acts & Worldmaking
A team of academics led by King’s College London’s Professor Catherine Boyle was awarded almost £3 million by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to lead research that seeks to inform the future of the study and teaching of Modern Languages .

The Language Acts and Worldmaking project explores how learning a language affords greater cultural understanding of the world through the multilingual and multicultural lens of Iberian languages, empires and contact zones.

The researchers seek to inform new thinking about Modern Languages teaching and will carry out extensive public engagement through artistic performances, policy White Papers, workshops, lectures and summer schools.

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