British Academy opens doors for first Summer Showcase

26 Jun 2018

Last week the British Academy opened the doors to members of the public for its first Summer Showcase.

British Acadmemy Summer Showcase 2018
Running from 22-23 June, the free festival of ideas brought to life fascinating research in the humanities and social sciences - from how our ancestors used to sleep to what our appearance says about our lifestyle habits.  

A young visitor to the 2018 Summer Showcase




Visitors to the 2018 Summer Showcase


The academics behind the 15 projects on display were on hand throughout the Showcase to talk to the public about their research, lead hands-on activities and give short pop-up talks.


Professor David Perrett talks about his research on

 Professor David Perrett FBA explains his research on facial perception and health


Dr Asma Mustafa talks about her research on British Muslims and the armed forces

Dr Asma Mustafa's exhibit on British Muslims and the armed forces included a uniform for visitors to try on


A special programme for schools allowed students to find out more about studying the humanities and social sciences at a higher level.

School groups attended the Summer Showcase

 Students contribute to a memory wall as part of Dr Helen McCarthy and Leonora Saunders' exhibit on women working from home


Hundreds of people also attended a Friday Night Late  View of the Showcase with special activities including themed stand-up comedy, edible perfume inspired by the research on display, and live musical performances.

Jazz pianist Ndudzo Makhathini

 A performance by South African jazz pianist Ndudzo Makhathini as part of an exhibit on South African Jazz and the Archive by Dr Jonathan Eato and Dr Stephanus Muller



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