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Drugs In Victorian Britain

Thursday 11 April 2019 £10Book now

A Talk by Mike Jay

At the beginning of Victoria’s reign, the only mind-altering drugs widely available in Britain were alcohol and opium. By its end, anyone could walk into a high street chemist and buy cocaine and cannabis in all manner of pills, lozenges and tinctures, or morphine and heroin complete with hypodermic injection kits. How did today’s illicit drugs arrive in Britain, who were the first people to use them, and how did they spread into the culture at large? 
Mike Jay curated High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture at Wellcome Collection and wrote the accompanying book. He is also the author of Emperors of Dreams: drugs in the nineteenth century. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, Wall Street Journal and Literary Review.

7.30pm, doors open 7.00pm. ticket includes a glass of wine

The Marx Memorial Lecture: ‘Marxian Political Economy, 201’

Thursday 9 May 2019 £12Book now

A Talk by Ben Fine

The two-hundredth anniversary of Marx’s birth coincided more or less with the tenth anniversary of the worst economic crisis of global capitalism in living memory. This has been followed by failure to renew sustained growth and universal pessimism over the prospects of avoiding yet another financial crisis and economic disaster. This all raises what insights Marxist political economy can offer to explain the current malaise, and to what extent Marx’s own thinking remains insightful more than 150 years since he published the first volume of Capital. These themes will be taken up in a lecture that also addresses the decisive role being played by ‘financialisation’ in the global and national economies, and in our daily lives.
Ben Fine is Professor of Economics, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is co-author of Marx’s Capital, Pluto Press, now in its sixth edition, and has previously been awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize and the Gunner Myrdal Prize for other books.

7.30pm, doors open 7.00pm. ticket includes a glass of wine

One Day Stonemasonry Course

Saturday 15 June 2019 £95Book now

Cemetery stonemason Neil Luxton leads a day's course on basic stonemasonry techniques.

Starting with a tour around some of the West Cemetery's monuments to see some notable examples of stonemasonry, Having supplied you with a stone slab and tools, Neil will help you with your design. You will then be taken through the techniques you need to be able to carve your design into the stone, and off you go... Throughout the afternoon, Neil will keep a close eye on your progress, giving advice and showing you exactly what you should be doing. You will end up with a carving you can take home.