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Arts and Culture

Welcome to the latest news about what’s happening in Arts and Culture Now.

We are delighted to offer a wide variety of exciting events to our local community, including film, public lectures, exhibitions, theatre and music performances.

Our cultural programme takes place at venues around Worcestershire and Herefordshire as well as at the University. Take a look at our latest issue of Arts and Culture Now.

Childhood interrupted: Worcestershire's Youth in WW1

Date: 2–29 Nov During Hive opening hours

Admission: FREE

Location: The Hive

An exhibition on how the lives of children were changed and disrupted by the First World War. Additional information is available from:

Suffrage Tea


Date: 19 Nov 1–4pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Croome Park, High Green, Worcester, WR8 9DW

100 years ago Edwardian suffragette campaigners spread their message by holding ‘suffragette teas’, this is your opportunity to join in all the fun they had. Play suffragette board games, view an exhibition, design badges and banners, buy a little jam or sample suffragette themed cakes and chat to those studying and writing about women’s suffrage. All will take place at Croome Park, a National Trust Property so can you can also learn about the house’s own Hidden Suffragette Heroine – Sophia Duleep Sing who was a keen member of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Her brother married the daughter of the ninth Earl of Coventry and the owner of Croome Park.

Suffrage Talk and Taste


Date: 20 Nov 2–4pm

Admission: FREE

Location: St. Swithun’s Church, Church Street, Worcester, WR1 2RH

A talk exploring the significance of food, cooking and recipes for many suffrage campaigners and tasting recipes that suffrage campaigners included in their fund raising cookery books. There will also be the opportunity to see inside St. Swithun’s Church, an impressive Grade I listed Georgian building located in the heart of Worcester. It has an outstanding interior, retaining all the furnishings of its time, including box pews, early English organ and rare three decker pulpit. This is a Being Human: Festival of Humanities Event: For further information contact

World War 1 Armistice Day Talks

Date: 11 Nov 1–3.30pm

Admission: FREE

Location: The Hive

Worcestershire played its role during the First World War. At The Hive this Armistice Day you can hear about three medical areas that impacted the county. Suitable for all ages and interests, the speakers are experts in their topic and will engage you with their enthusiasm for the content:

  • Stretcher Bearers and the Casualty Evacuation Chain – by Emily Mayhew
  • Dr Martha Stewart the First Female Resident Medical Officer, Worcester Infirmary – by Rebecca Wynter
  • Research into Medical Developments in Worcestershire in WW1 – by Alice Brumby

Please visit: for more information, or email:

Study Happy Fair

Date: 15 Nov 11am–5pm

Admission: FREE

Location: The Hive

Join us to find out more about how you can study healthier, happier, smarter. Come along to meet local wellbeing practitioners, learn techniques to help you combat study stress and even try your hand at energy-boosting activity sessions. This event is open to all but is aimed particularly at sixth form, further education and University students. Organised visits are welcome. If you wish to bring a group along, please contact

Helping a leopard to change its spots: how to rehabilitate offenders


Date: 21 Nov 4pm for 4.15pm start, close at 5.30pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Hereford campus, Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LS

The issue of whether offenders can be successfully rehabilitated as part of criminal justice sentencing policy is controversial. The tension between punishment and rehabilitation as aims and outcomes of penal policy are ongoing, and the balance between these two aspects shifts depending on the political climate. This public lecture will provide an overview of how penal policy concerning the rehabilitation of offenders has fluctuated over time, the factors that have influenced it, and how scientific evidence has, or has not, contributed to this debate. We will take a closer look at current perspectives on working with offenders to prevent future reoffending, and what is known about the effectiveness of these approaches. RSVP by 14 November via or 01432 365 431.

Client Earth

Speakers James Thornton and Martin Goodman

Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide? The UN? Governments? Activists? Corporations? Engineers? Scientists? Lawyers may not immediately come to mind but they provide new rules to legislatures, see that they are enforced, tackle big business to ensure money flows into cultural change, and keep us informed. Lawyers who take the Earth as their client are exceptional and inspirational and our speaker James Thornton is one of them.

James Thornton is an environmental lawyer, the founding CEO of ClientEarth, best known in Britain for forcing the government to act on illegal levels of air pollution. He was named by the New Statesman as one of 10 people who could change the world.

Martin Goodman is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction. He holds the chair of Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he is director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing.

Talk starts at 6.30pm

Tickets £6.00, students/concessions £5.00

Book tickets

Medical Book Group at the Infirmary


Date: 23 Nov 7–8pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Infirmary Museum, City Campus

“My brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths in the thick air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia. Bound by birth, we were driven apart by bitter betrayal. No surgeon can heal the wound that divides two brothers. Where silk and steel fail, story must succeed. To begin at the beginning...”

To book please either visit: or email: or call: 01905 542373. Please be sure to book so we know how many people to expect.

The Annual Worcester Lecture 2017


Date: 21 Nov 6pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Worcester Cathedral

Presented by Worcester Cathedral and the University of Worcester, this year’s Annual Worcester Lecture will address the ways in which politics, the media and academic life have to change in order to contest “post-truth” politics and to put facts and proper analysis at the centre of public discourse. After a distinguished political career, in which he served as Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke is now a Visiting Professor in Politics at the University of East Anglia, and Visiting Professor in Politics and Faith at the University of Lancaster. He writes and lectures on matters concerned with ethics in public life.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via

The University of Worcester Carol Service

Date: 12 Dec 7.30pm

Admission: FREE

Location: Worcester Cathedral

Everyone is welcome: students, staff, alumni, families and friends of the University.