Sir Thomas Browne Day full programme
From Wednesday 4 October
City of Stories blog post : Read all about Thomas Browne and his place in the city, on the VisitNorwich ‘City of Stories’ blog.www.cityofstories.co.uk
Cley 18 Call to artists: Curator Dr Caroline Fisher’s call to artists for the next Cley Contemporary Art exhibition is based on a quote from Max Sebald’s writings referring to Sir Thomas Browne work The Garden of Cyrus – ‘The greater the distance, the clearer the view’. There’s a full brief and application form on www.cleycontemporaryart.org. Closing date for submissions is 20 November 2017, and Cley 18 runs from 5 July-5 August 2018.
Wednesday 18 October
The Curious Words of Sir Thomas Browne - a talk by Dr Claire Preston 7pm-8.30pm, free entry Norwich and Norwich Millennium Library in The Forum, Millennium Plain
Professor Claire Preston of Queen Mary University of London is leading a team which is editing a new complete works of Sir Thomas Browne. She is a prominent expert on his life and works, and will give us an entertaining insight into some of the stories that surround this interesting man. Perhaps his most vivid contribution to our culture is his incessant and imaginative invention of words in a period when new discoveries required new vocabulary, something that we continue to experience today. Book your free seat at www.sirthomasbrownedaytalk.eventbrite.co.uk
New sign on Hay Hill to mark public art work by Anne and Patrick Poirier : the public artwork in Hay Hill has been unmarked since its unveiling in 2007. To celebrate Sir Thomas Browne day a new information panel has been installed in the bronze stand at the bottom of Hay Hill, near to where his house used be and where Pret a Manger is now.
Thursday 19 October am
OED Word of the Day - Oxford English Dictionary have chosen one of Browne’s many new words as the OED Word of the Day – see www.oed.com
STB Podcast: Browne enthusiast Jonathan Tooke has made a podcast revealing some of his thoughts about Browne’s work, which you can listen to and download from the website www.sirthomasbrowne.org.uk
11am-2pm Tell us your Old Wives’ Tales : Hay Hill (St Peter Mancroft if wet)
Sir Thomas was a well-known de-bunker of urban myths or old wives’ tales of his day. So we are collecting your ideas for things that may or may not be true to run experiments of our own. We will be accompanied by a large puppet of Sir Thomas Browne. And you can also submit your tales online
11.30am Tour of St Peter Mancroft by local expert Barbara Miller: St Peter Mancroft was Browne’s neighbourhood church and he and his family are buried there. They have many artefacts including a replica of his skull, the original was reburied in 1922 after being lost for many years. In his grave was disturbed and the sexton removed the skull to give to a local doctor.
Thursday 19 October pm
1pm Performance on Hay Hill, 3.30pm in the Forum: Norwich-born Browne expert Kevin Faulkner has been performing in costume as Sir Thomas Browne for twenty years so this is his 21st Anniversary performance. He will be performing excerpts from Browne’s works - many people say that the only way to understand Browne’s work is to read it out loud as you get the rhythm of the words. This is a rare opportunity to hear ‘the man himself’. (In St Peter Mancroft church if weather is bad)
2-4pm Norfolk Record Office Tour : Archivist Victoria Draper will lead a tour of the Norfolk Record Office at the Archive Centre, County Hall, Martineau Lane, including Sir Thomas Browne archive material. Please go the the Archive Centre reception by 2pm
Saturday 21 October
10am-12pm and 2-3.30pm
A celebration of architecture at Norwich Castle : linked to the Norfolk & Norwich Festival of Architecture we will be at the Castle with information about Sir Thomas Browne’s work ‘Garden of Cyrus’ in which he explores the quincunx, a natural occurence of a five-pointed grid, plus examples of art in the public realm
1pm Concert with Sistema Norwich in St Peter Mancroft church. Sistema musical directors Juan Gabriel Rojas and Firdevs Eke will perform alongside tutors and children from the Sistema project. The programme will be eclectic but carefully chosen to represent elements of Browne’s life
Wednesday 25 October
10am and 3.30pm : Browne’s experiments in The Forum : As part of Norwich Science Festival, science writer and journalist and author of The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century published by Granta in 2015 explains and demonstrates some of Browne’s experiments described in his book Pseudodoxia Epidemica, where he de-bunked tmany commonly-held misbeliefs, or myths
Displays throughout the Science Festival
Bookhive Bookshop in London Street will have a window display plus books in stock
Library Ground floor & 2nd floor – display of publications and artefacts held by the Library
The Forum : Look in the Atrium for the kingfisher experiment from 16-30 October
Norwich Castle : Look in the Rotunda for information about the ‘quincunx’ and The Garden of Cyrus.
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