The British Academy Summer Showcase 2024

Fri 12 - Sat 13 Jul 2024

Wheelchair accessible venue
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Discover a World of Ideas

Join us for the Summer Showcase, the British Academy’s free annual festival of ideas, which returns from 12-13 July 2024. Throughout our relaxed Friday Late and Saturday’s family-friendly Showcase, engage with the social sciences and humanities research that is shaping our world through interactive exhibits, workshops, screenings, performances and talks.

Eight exhibiting teams of researchers funded by the British Academy will bring their work to life – with subjects ranging from archaeology to international relations.

In our 'In Conversation’ programme, Professor Gary Younge Hon FBA will share “the books that made me”, while journalist Ritula Shah and previous British Academy President’s Medal awardee Professor David Olusoga Hon FBA will explore the UK’s history of migration. Experts including Genelle Aldred, Dr Shani Dhanda, Professor Des Freedman and Kieran Yates will tackle urgent topics from the UK housing crisis to the state of our media. These talks offer a preview of what’s to come with the British Academy’s brand-new public events programme, which commences from Autumn 2024.

Throughout the programme, speak directly with the researchers whose work is shaping our world. Join in, learn something unexpected and be inspired to think differently about the world around you.


Friday 12 July Late, 5-8pm

Saturday 13 July, 11am-5pm

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Schools' Day

Our Schools’ Day will take place on Friday 12 July, 9am-1pm. In addition to the Showcase exhibits, our exclusive preview programme for 14-18 year old students will explore subjects beyond the curriculum and options for onward study from journalism to economics, and provide opportunities to speak with our inspiring funded researchers about their work. If you are a teacher and are interested in bringing your students along, visit our Eventbrite to register for your free places.

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