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The sun is out,
The sky is blue,
No more exams to spoil the view!…
We don’t teach poetry at LSBM…
Can you tell?
The good news though, is that apart from our unfortunate students who have to take re-sits in the middle of August, everyone else at LSBM should now have finished their exams and be feeling much lighter and free of stress as a result of having successfully polished them off.
Hopefully, this transition to not studying for a while has now freed up some much needed ”mind-space” to enjoy some of the many cultural pleasures that being fortunate enough to study at one of the best-located institutions of higher education in London brings.
So, here are a small selection of cultural possibilities for you to enjoy that are all less than a 15 minute walk from our HQ at Dilke House: (You can see a map of our exact location here)
1/ British Library - http://www.bl.uk/
(Directions: How to walk from LSBM to the British Library in 15 minutes)
The British Library is home to over 150 million items. Among these are copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible and the Lindisfarne Gospels.
The importance of documents like these cannot be underestimated. They haven’t just defined British life and culture. These are documents of global importance that have established the framework of how life is lived, how people interact with each other, and the very nature of human relationships.
You can view all of these items (and many more, including one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks) in the permanent ‘Treasures of the British Library’ exhibition that is open for free year round.
In addition, there is generally an additional specialist exhibition that celebrates an area of life or culture that you may not expect from somewhere like the British Library. At the moment for example, until the 2 Oct 2016 you can celebrate the musical phenomenon of Punk 1976-78.
If you are interested in book conservation, then the British Library Centre for Conservation, which is on the same site, runs a free one-hour ‘behind the scenes’ tour on the first Thursday of every month at 2.00 pm. (Early booking is recommended as they fill up very quickly!)
You can also book a general tour of the British Library that lasts around 75 minutes, costs £10, and runs every day at 10.30 am and 15.00 pm.
2/ St Pancras Church - http://stpancraschurch.org/ (Image credit)
(Directions: How to walk from LSBM to St. Pancras Church in 8 minutes)
St Pancras Church is directly opposite Euston Station, which is just up the road from our campus. Every Thursday there is a free lunchtime recital, which normally takes place between 13.15 and 14.00 pm.
Next week’s event is on Thursday 28 July and features Masumi Yamamoto on the harpsichord. You can read details of it here.
In addition, its Crypt Gallery plays host to a wide range of exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Until July 25, artist Ismene King is exhibiting a series of sculptures and artworks from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Details here. And after that there is an exhibition which explores the nature of colour from the perspective of 50 different artists. Details here.
3/ The Wellcome Collection - https://wellcomecollection.org/
(Directions: How to walk from LSBM to The Wellcome Collection in 6 minutes)
The Wellcome Collection is less than a ten-minute walk from our HQ in Dilke House.
At the moment, until the end of July 2016, there is an exhibition called ‘THIS IS A VOICE’, which describes itself as:
“An acoustic journey tracing the material quality of the voice to capture its complex psychological and physiological origins.”
(Now, doesn’t that sound like more fun than writing an article about law or accountancy!)
To accompany the exhibition, you can watch a series of ‘Vocal Exercises’ on their website that are designed to help to train you to project your voice.
There is also a second exhibition, until the end of October 2016, that explores the nature of human consciousness from the perspectives of a rotating group of artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists.
And the good news is that all of this cultural fun is FREE! (Though you may have to book for some events. See their website for details).
It is also worth noting that every Thursday they are open late until 10pm. So if you are busy during the day you can always pop in on any Thursday evening.
4/ UCL Art Museum - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/ucl-art-museum
(Directions: How to walk from LSBM to the UCL Art Museum in 5 minutes)
The UCL Art Museum is a gentle stroll from LSBM HQ, being based at South Cloisters, UCL, Gower Street. The collection contains more than 10,000 prints, drawings, sculptures, paintings and media works dating from the 1490s to the present day.
On the 5 August 2016 they have a rather interesting event coming up (which is free) called a ‘Public Curating Takeover’ where you can spend an afternoon exploring how museums curate and show off their collections to the public.
5/ The Grant Museum of Zoology - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/grant-museum-zoology (Image credit)
(Directions: How to walk from LSBM to The Grant Museum of Zoology in 4 minutes)
The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 68,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom and is based at the Rockefeller Building at 21 University Street.
Founded in 1828 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct including the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo.
Just like the UCL Art Museum, they also have a ‘self-guided tour’ of the ten objects that they consider to be the most valuable in the collection.
They also have a number of special events on at any one time.
In addition to the Art and Zoology Museum. UCL also has The Petrie Museum of Archaeology, and various other extensive collections.
You can read details about all of them here (which are all within walking distance from LSBM)
If you did want to walk to them, then you can find a location map here of where all of the different UCL Museums and collections are based.
6/ The British Museum - http://www.britishmuseum.org/ (Image credit)
(Directions: How to walk from LSBM to the British Museum in 10 minutes)
One of the finest museums in the world is right on the doorsteps of our headquarters, being just ten minutes’ walk away.
The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.
It has a collection size of over 8 million objects. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history. Access to the collection is free.
Most galleries are open until 8.30 pm on Friday nights. Otherwise, the museum is generally open from 10.00 am to 17.30 pm, (10.30 am on Saturdays), seven days a week.
They have a number of rotating exhibitions on at any one time, and you can always find out what is going on at - http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on.aspx
The Summer is a great time to expand your mind outside of the areas that your studies have necessarily focused in on.
Albert Einstein once said of education:
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”.
We hope you don’t forget what we teach you. But we do hope you take advantage of some of the great opportunities to further your knowledge that are right here on your doorstep at LSBM.
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