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Saturday 1 November The Origins of the mad minute Explaining British infantry rifle-shooting prowess at the beginning of the First World War.

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Sunday 2 November Thinking on Sunday: Scotland - what next? A round table discussion with Norman Bacrac, Chris Bratcher & Ken MacIntyre

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Tuesday 4 November SPECIAL EVENT: TALK BY PROFESSOR ALF ADAMS Join esteemed University of Surrey physicist, Professor Alf Adams, for an illustrated talk and live demonstration about the science behind today’s digital world.

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Wednesday 5 November Why we love German Postwar Artists London Art Salon reveals the grit and greatness of German postwar artists Kiefer, Polke and Richter.

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Wednesday 5 November The English Renaissance: England Under The Tudors / The Model of the Queen – Elizabethan Portraiture The Tudors have become the most glamorous and mythologised of English dynasties but they ruled England for barely 100 years. In just 3 generations, this upstart clan not only produced some of the more dramatic personalities and legends of the monarchy but took the country from the Middle Ages into the great artistic "rebirth" of the Continent, from stained glass and manuscripts for Henry VII to Renaissance portraits for his son and grandchildren, from militaristic fortresses to sumptuous architectural stage sets for the choreography of display. In an age of intense religious conflict, church commissions were followed by the destruction of monasteries and their heritage and, as successive rulers impose their allegiances on the people, the arts trumpeted their chosen Faiths. For the monarchy, paintings by Holbein, Horenbout and Hilliard and palaces to overawe European rivals transmitted the Tudor message and became prestige models which transformed the face of England.

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