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Summer Showcase 2019 Schools Day

Join us this June as we throw open our doors for our annual two-day Summer Showcase, a free festival of ideas for curious minds. Featuring 15 interactive exhibits alongside pop-up talks, workshops and performances, our Summer Showcase brings the best new humanities and social sciences research to life. Drop in to meet the brightest minds in archaeology, art history, politics and more, and explore eclectic exhibits designed to educate and inspire – from why our ancestors started to invent stone tools, to how 3D printing is changing lives.

We are inviting school and college groups to visit the Showcase on Friday 21 June. This is a unique opportunity for students (age 14+) to see the humanities and social sciences in action, from anthropology to art history, linguistics to politics, and to speak directly with our researchers about their work.

Schools Day curator, popular historian and broadcaster Dan Snow, will also be on hand throughout the day to engage students in a range of activities.


Teachers can make a booking to visit our Summer Showcase on Friday 21 June. To book, you will need to supply the following information:

  • Name of school and address
  • Name of lead tutor
  • Year group attending (bookings can be made for students age 14+)
  • Number of students (you are welcome to book as many places as you wish, subject to availability. Large groups will be asked to split into groups of 10-12 people on arrival)
  • The timeslot you would like (staggered entrance timeslots are available every half-hour between 10am and 2.30pm. A visit will take 1-2 hours; however, you're welcome to stay as long as you wish)   
  • Whether any attendees have access requirements
  • If you require a travel bursary to attend the Showcase (a small number of travel bursaries are available for schools based outside London and for those unable to travel via public transport. Up to £400 per school is available)


Book your place


Each researcher will be accompanied by two colleagues, ensuring that students have ample opportunities to engage with each project and to ask questions. The subjects covered by our 15 exhibitors include: anthropology, linguistics, politics, sociology, education, literature, medical humanities, philosophy, art history, business, public health, archaeology and geography. 

Talks and activities

In addition to the exhibits, a range of activities for school groups will take place throughout the day, guest curated by Dan Snow. Booking is not required for these activities.

11:00 – 11:20

How can history help us to debunk fake news?

Fake news is seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy and free debate. But what exactly is it, and how can we spot it? Drop in to hear Sarah Churchwell and Dan Snow discuss how thinking like a historian can help us to sort the truths from the lies. 

11:30 – 11:50

Life after university: law

What can you do with a degree in law? Former barrister and current Director of NHS Horizons Kathryn Perera, joins Dan Snow to reflect on her career to date.

13:00 – 13:20

Life after university: archaeology

What can you do with a degree in archaeology? Archaeologist and broadcaster Raksha Dave joins Dan Snow to reflect on her career to date. 

13:30 – 13:50

How has the history of planet earth shaped human life? 

When we talk about human history, we focus on leaders, migration and wars. But how has the geographical history of our planet shaped human life? Research scientist, presenter and author Lewis Dartnell joins Dan Snow to discuss why we need the humanities and the sciences to understand humanity’s past and future. 

14:00 – 14:20

Street crime in history

In November 1897, an article in the Illustrated Police News, alerted its readers to ‘A London Plague that must be swept away’. This referred to recent outbreaks of youth street gang activity. In this session Dan Snow talks to historian of crime Heather Shore, about the long history of concerns about youth delinquency.


Student stalls

Thinking about studying a humanities or social sciences subject at university? Want to know more about the range of jobs these subjects could lead to? Or are you just passionate about psychology, languages, history, geography or archaeology? Drop in to meet staff from Learned Societies, Associations and Institutes – The British Psychological Society, The Chartered Institute of Linguists, The Historical Association, The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and University Archaeology UK – to find out more about their work. 


Why attend?

  • 99% of visitors to the 2018 Showcase rated the event as excellent or good.
  • Students (age 14+) can explore subjects beyond the curriculum, which we hope will inform their thinking about future studies.
  • ‘Quite often you see events for science subjects, but the fact that the Showcase is about the humanities really struck me. Also the variety and unusualness of some of the exhibits was fascinating.’ Teacher feedback from 2018.
  • Our building, once home to Prime Minister William Gladstone, has a wonderful history and stunning architectural features.
  • The Showcase is free to attend. Travel bursaries are available for schools based outside London and for those unable to use public transport.
  • The British Academy is located on the Mall, close to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the National Gallery. Make the most of your visit and explore other key attractions in the area. 



Students are advised to bring as little as possible as cloakroom space is limited, ie no bulky bags. Groups are advised to either have lunch before or after the event, or to bring their own lunch to eat in our garden. A small café will be on site and water will be available.

The British Academy is fully accessible. Facilities include lift access from street level into the building, two accessible toilets on the ground floor, lift access to exhibits on level one and induction loops. 


A small number of travel bursaries are available for schools based outside London and for those unable to travel via public transport. Up to £400 per school is available.

Due to our location, there is limited parking outside the Academy. A small number of spaces for minibuses is available and can be booked through the events team. Coaches can drop off and collect but will need to find alternative parking in the area. The British Academy is easily accessible via public transport, within walking distance of Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross tube stations.

Further information

Further information about the Showcase will be sent to all booked groups in late Spring. Our events team can also be contacted should you have any questions that are not covered above by emailing or calling 020 7969 5316.

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