The City and the Sea
October 5th and 6th
Institute of Historical Research Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU Details from the NMM on 020 8312 6716
Martin Daunton, Harriet Guest and Simon Schaffer are among the contributors to this multidisciplinary conference organised jointly by Princeton University, UCL and the National Maritime Museum.
Saturday October 6th
The Open Museum at the National Maritime Museum Tel: 020 8312 6747 www.nmm.ac.uk
A one-day course with talks by members of the PRO, the Society of Genealogists and the National Maritime Museum, for those wishing to find out more about ancestors who served at sea.
The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War, 1945-70
October 25th, 30th; November 1st, 6th all at 6.30pm. Free.
Institute of Historical Research, Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1
Professor Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, will be delivering this year's four Penguin History Lectures at the Institute of Historical Research. The subjects are `Secrets and Mysteries': The Intelligence Picture, `The Importance of Being Nuclear': The Bomb and the fear of Escalation; `Breakdown': Preparing for the Worst and `To the Cotswold Station: The Last Redoubt'.
This Popular Traitor: The Execution of the Earl of Essex
October 10th to February 25th
The Tower of London London EC3N 4AB Tel: 020 7709 0765
To mark the 400th anniversary of the death, aged 33, of Elizabeth I's one-time favourite -- sent to his end at her behest -- is here commemorated. Documents, images and artefacts relating to the rise and fall of Robert Devereux will be displayed in the White Tower, also a dramatic reconstruction of the scaffold on which he died.
Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II
October 11th to January 6th
National Portrait Gallery Tel: 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk Details of conference on 020 7580 0311
To complement this major exhibition, a conference has been jointly organised on the 19th, by the NPG and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art that will explore literary, historical and cultural aspects of the Restoration Court. The conference will reassess assumptions about both the art of the period and the cultural politics of the time.
Iron & Glass: The Crystal Palace and its Influence
Institution of Civil Engineers Great George Street, London SW1P 3AE Details from the Victorian Society on 020 8994 1019 www.victorian-society.org.uk
Sir Neil Cossons will open this one-day conference organised by the Victorian Society, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. As well as its building and contents, speakers will focus on key figures associated with it, such as Owen Jones and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, its removal to Sydenham and its influence on other international exhibition buildings.
The Spanish Civil War: Dreams and Nightmares
October 20th - April 28th
The Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road London SE1 6HZ www.iwm.org.uk Tel: 020 7416 5320
Marking the 65th anniversary of the arrival in Spain of the International Brigades, this exhibition will focus on the personal experiences of soldiers and civilians, and the impact of the war on artists, writers and intellectuals. See page 58 for an exclusive fit reader evening.
Pisanello: Painter to the Renaissance Court
October 24th to January 13th
The National Gallery Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN Tel: 020 7747 2885
Pisanello (c.1394-1455) worked regularly at the courts of two of Italy's most prominent ruling houses, the Este in Ferrara and the Gonzaga in Mantua. …