Say hello in Cambridge this autumn...

Here's the official art website for our University of Cambridge Archaeology residency we are doing presently - it's just gone live!

As part of the wondrous Cambridge Festival of Ideas we are doing a few free events:

Friday 25th Oct, 6.30-8.00pm

Artists-in-res talk with Hannah Rickards and Tania Kovats Institute of Astronomy. Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA
Details and booking here

Saturday 26th Oct, 10.30am-4pm

Recycling archaeological soil samples into mud architecture as part of Prehistory Day
Cambridge Archaeological Unit, 34A & B Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DT
Details here (no booking needed)

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Us with Hannah Rickards and Tania Kovats, on the North West Cambridge site

Somewhere there's a Cob wall!

The reasoning behind Karen attending a cob building course all to hopefully be revealed soon!

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It was very muddy and very inspiring, taught by the wonderful Kate, who makes you feel like even you can build a mud palace! - see

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What Will This Year's Harvest Be?

Celebrate the flavours of the harvest at Abbey Gardens Food Glorious Food Harvest Festival on Saturday 28 September, 1pm-4pm
A free event for all ages

  • Food-focused garden tour with garden club leader Hamish Liddle
  • Cake and chutney competitions
  • Food by Vegan Peasant made from Abbey Gardens’ produce
  • Test your food knowledge in our quiz
  • The Abbey Gardens Tea Ceremony (a London Metropolitan University project)
  • Bring a recipe for our recipe wall
  • ‘Get rid of your glut’ table
  • Folk music from Robin Grey
  • Cupcake decorating for kids
  • Innovation in outdoor cooking with Charlie Seber
  • …and our ever popular tea and cake stall

All activities are free. Tea, cake, lunch and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

Cake and chutney competition entries are to be prepared in advance and brought to the garden on the day.

And if you can’t wait that long, come and see us on Saturday 7 September when we’ll be taking part in NGS Gardens Open for Charity, from 10am – 5pm. Entry £2 (free for children) in aid of this year’s NGS charities; tea and cake for donations.

Harvest Festival poster design kindly donated by Catherine French

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Aboard the Floating Cinema today

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Top Tickets

Get booking today for the last few Floating Cinema Troubled Waters tickets tomorrow ... who can resist a tour of London's watery crimes with added rare archive footage!?

This year's Floating Cinema micro-comedy season also begins this week - we're delighted to welcome back onboard bonkers (in a good way) Holly Burn ... the first of three celebrity comics we've invited to interview an extra-ordinary local celebrity of their choice. Holly is kicking off with Doreen Golding - Bow Bell's very own Pearly Queen - Thursday night at our Mile End Mooring - you'd be mad to miss it ... as the Pearlies would say "One Never Knows" what might happen on a night out with Holly.

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Floating entertainment

I don't get out that much these days (!) but the joy of programming for the floating cinema is that when I do I can just go to our own events and know I'm going to enjoy them!!

This weekend was even better than usual as Karen and Steven Sheil put together the content for the horror weekender - all I had to do was go along, do the introductions, kick back and enjoy two great nights by the canal.

Today I had the pleasure of being the audience for Brendan Walker's 'test tour' - I say book now for those last few tickets for Thursday ... who can resist a boat tour with personal anecdotes, Lea Valley history, special effects, audience participation and a bubble machine ... ?

... and if you can't make the actual tour you could always take the 'rewind' version ...

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Professor Brendan Walker takes on the tour

Pop Up Press

We've been getting some nice press about the new floating cinema ... here from this weekend's Observer.

And for those who missed the launch, here is the film of it created by the lovely O Production:

click here

What a great evening it was!

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Photo: Jack Hobhouse

What a night

We spent a very cheerful night at the White Building last Thursday launching the all-new 2013 Floating Cinema - check out the ever-brilliant Dorian Moore's webcam online.

After not a few hiccups, the boat looked splendid and the premiere of Oonagh Kearney's short film commissioned for us was a special delight, as was Sarah Weir splashing a half pint of beer on the the deck to 'christen' the boat!

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Photo by Hydar Dewachi

Floating Cinema ... excitement mounts

At last the new floating cinema has been towed from Chatham into Limehouse and then skippered up to our lovely mooring at QMW Mile End. Tonight I was onboard meeting some of the volunteers who will help to deliver this years programme. Still onboard were most of the project team (!) working hard into the night to get everything ship shape for tomorrow nights launch. Here you see Dorian testing the projector and Adam from Duggan Morris applying some sort of non-slip magic! No doubt Laura from UP, who for once wasn't there in person, is also still at the office. Our immense gratitude goes to both her and Emma Underhill the Director of UP projects for the opportunity to work together on the project again this year and their incredible tenacity at seeing the boat build through to launch - it's been a tricky journey but one they have handled with such grace and energy it's a great privilege to work with them.

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what a great launch evening - thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate!

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Win a Free Daytrip on the Floating Cinema - Enter our My East London competition

My East London is a chance to show-off a little and hone your presentation skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere aboard the FC on Sat, 24th August. So if you are an extra-ordinary East Londoner with a story to tell about his part of the world, upload a one-minute clip of yourself (for details follow link below) and you might be one of 12 people selected for this unique daytrip.

All the details on how to apply are here - deadline extended!

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