Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 2-8 March 2020

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Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 2-8 March 2020

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Picture Britain is on display in Borough Market

SHAPE THE WORLD: All this week, LSE hosts Shape The World, a festival of free events looking at how the social sciences can make the world a better place. Highlights throughout the week include Tottenham MP David Lammy on exploring his own heritage, a preview of the American presidential race, and a look at how factors such as economic growth are shaping London. LSE (Holborn), free, book ahead, 2-7 March

I AM A WOMXN: Waterstones launches new exhibition I Am A Womxn, by Shado Magazine. The publication has brought together work by 18 photographers from around the world, all celebrating the intersectionalities of womanhood, and the different ways in which people identify as a woman. Waterstones Gower Street, free, just turn up, 2 March-30 April

OUR POVERTY: Photography exhibition Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty celebrates the strength and resilience of people swept into poverty in this country. See 20 photos by Jillian Edelstein of people from different regions, with their stories captured by Stephen Armstrong. Borough Market, free, just turn up, until 7 March

Visit the Camellia Show at Chiswick House & Gardens

FORGOTTEN VICTIMS: Last chance to see The Wiener Holocaust Library's exhibition Forgotten Victims, focusing on the genocide carried out against the Roma and Sinti communities in Europe during the Nazi era. The 'forgotten Holocaust' resulted in the persecution and murder of up to 500,000 people, and documents, photos and eyewitness accounts are used here to tell their stories. Wiener Holocaust Library (Russell Square), free, just turn up, until 11 March

CAMELLIA SHOW: Chiswick House & Gardens showcases its rare and historic plants at the annual Camellia Show. 33 different varieties are on show in the listed conservatory, and you can enter a raffle for a chance to name an as-yet-unlisted species. Chiswick House & Gardens, free entry to gardens (donations welcome), just turn up, until 22 March

Monday 2 March

One year on, Mariam Khan discusses It's Not About The Burqa

LIONEL RICH TEA: We're delighted that Drink, Shop & Do has brought back its punny craft event, Lionel Rich Tea. Give Lionel Richie his deserved place in the biscuit hall of fame by recreating his likeness on a Rich Tea biscuit. There's a prize at the end for the best Lionel likeness. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £5, book ahead, from 6pm

NOT ABOUT THE BURQA: 12 months on from the publication of the book she edited, It's Not About The Burqa, British writer and activist Mariam Khan and a panel of guest speakers discuss what's changed since then. The book is a response to David Cameron’s assumption of ‘general submissiveness of Muslim women’, and features essays about faith, love, feminism, sex and queer identity, all true accounts from Muslim women. Foyles Charing Cross Road £5 (or £9.99 with book), book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

Tuesday 3 March

Find out about the link between gender equality and climate change

GENDER AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Can gender equality help solve climate change? Environment Professor Jacqueline McGlade explains why the empowerment and education of women leads to them dedicating more resources to health and education than men. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

SMOTHERHOOD: Former clinical psychologist turned thriller author Bev Thomas discusses her debut book, A Good Enough Mother. It's the story of a director of therapy unit who discovers that a newly referred patient is the image of her son who has been missing a while. West End Lane Books (West Hampstead), free, book ahead, 7.30pm

MODERN WITCHCRAFT: London Fortean Society tackles the topic of modern witchcraft in this month's meet-up. Anthropologist Dr Helen Cornish of Goldsmiths College discusses claims made by Margaret Murray, that modern witchcraft is a direct continuation from an archaic pan-European fertility cult. The Miller (London Bridge), £5/£2, book ahead, 8pm

Wednesday 4 March

Stay late at National Army Museum

SPECTACULAR ASTROPHYSICS: Though astrophysics all sounds rather complicated, everything that happens in the night sky is the result of a whole series of simple laws coming into play together. So explains Professor of Astrophysics Katharine Blundell OBE in this Gresham College lecture. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

MARIE LLOYD: The V&A's lunchtime lecture puts the spotlight on 'Queen of the Halls', Marie Lloyd, on the 150th anniversary of the performer's birth.  Alison Young and Christine Padwick from the British Music Hall Society discuss the life and career of the first female celebrity of popular entertainment, who performed for Edward VII, George Bernard Shaw and T. S. Eliot, among others. V&A Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm

TRIBUTE INK: Stay late at National Army Museum, which has an evening opening on the theme of tattoos. Find out about the art, history and meaning of body inkings in the Armed Forces. Serving soldiers, Chelsea Pensioners and art historians are among those taking part in talks and panel discussions.  National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Thursday 5 March

Find out about the history of printing in east London

HEAR IT LIVE: Every Thursday afternoon, Horniman Museum hosts free performances and talks based on the musical instruments in its collection, including a 1772 Kirckman harpsichord. Today, harpsichord and organ player Josef Laming performs. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free, just turn up, 3.30pm-4pm

POWER OF PRINT: London College of Communication lecturer Jess Baines talks about east London's alternative printing initiatives between the early 1970s and 1990s. Learn about the wider cultural and political context of these often radical and social movements. Nunnery Gallery (Bow), £5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

CUNNING FOLK: Watch a screening of 1974 release Akenfield at this month's Cunning Folk Film Club. An adaptation of the Ronald Blythe book, it's set in the Suffolk village of the same name, and tells the story of a farming family who have lived for generations in village. Balham Bowls Club, £5, book ahead, 8pm

Friday 6 March

Women in Focus begins in Poplar

WOMEN IN FOCUS: To coincide with International Women's Day, three-day festival Women In Focus comes to Poplar. Events include a musical evening by a line-up of all female-identifying artists, and a burlesque dance class led by the reigning Queen of Burlesque Idol UK 2019. Poplar Union, free, book ahead, 6-8 March

UNKNOWN FIELD MARSHAL: Ever heard of Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd? He was Chief of Staff of the British Fourth Army from 1915 to 1918, and Chief of the Imperial General Staff between 1933-1935 — find out more about his military career and contributions at this free talk by author Rodney Atwood. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

BROCKLEY MAX FUNDRAISER: Local festival Brockley Max is fundraising to secure its future. Tonight, DJs Giles Frampton (aka mrTidy) and Dre (aka The Drezone) host a night of funk, soul, disco and house music, with all money raised going back to Brockley Max. Fox & Firkin (Lewisham), £5, book ahead, 9pm

Saturday 7 March

#Identity Festival at Museum of London Docklands

CRAFTY FOX MARKET: Another month, another round of small, local businesses to support at Crafty Fox Market. It's free entry to browse the stalls at this month's event, which include artists specialising in ceramics, embroidery and linescapes, among many other mediums. Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant & Castle), free entry, just turn up, 7-8 March

#IDENTITY FESTIVAL: Celebrate International Women’s Day by exploring the experiences of British-Bangladeshi women and children at free family event, #Identity Festival. Share recipes in a community recipe book, make your own traditional hand fan, or get some henna hand art, among other activities. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, 12pm

ROMANTICS IN SUSSEX: Professor Alexandra Harris gives the annual Keats Foundation Lecture, looking at the role which Chichester played in inspiring Romantic poets Keats, Blake and William Collins. The latter spent most of his life in the Sussex town, and the other two wrote about it in their work. Keats House (Hampstead), free, book ahead, 5pm-6.30pm

Sunday 8 March

Frock Me vintage fair is in town

VINTAGE FASHION: Rummage through rails of retro clobber at the Frock Me! Vintage Fashion Fair. Over 60 vintage fashion dealers set up stall, with items dating from the 1900s onwards. Clothing from the likes of Chanel and Biba has been on sale at past events, as well as more affordable pieces.  Kensington Town Hall, £5/£3, book ahead, 11am-5.30pm

CRAFTS DOG SHOW: No, that's not a typo — BrewDog puts its own twist on a dog show, inviting pooches and their owners to an event which raises money for abandoned hunting dogs in Spain. Four-legged attendees can compete in categories such as 'best trick' and 'goofiest grin', with BrewBucks vouchers for the winners. BrewDog Tower Hill, £3 entry, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

GIRLS CAN: For International Women's Day, a team of female artists attempts to redress the gender imbalance in graffiti culture by running free activities to get women into street art. The event results in a large-scale public mural featuring symbols or words which are considered stereotypically male. Leake Street (Waterloo), free, book ahead, 1pm-5pm

Last Updated 02 March 2020