Round and About: October 2001

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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.

Naval Genealogy

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

October 17th

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. …