All@Alleyn's Series

All@Alleyn's is a free-to-attend series of lectures, workshops and performances for all the community.

As part of our anniversary year celebrations, we are delighted to invite our friends and neighbours to participate in the All@Alleyn's series; a programme of engaging performances, lectures and workshops that are free and open to all. Provided by Alleyn's staff and pupils, a range of events will cover literature, art history, science and more.

We plan to add concerts and workshops to the bill, too. All@Alleyn's events will take place throughout 2019 with dates and booking information posted to this web page on a regular basis.  

Events are free to attend but places must be booked online. Select the appropriate event below for full details and booking.

04. Shakespeare: A Potted History of the ‘Upstart Crow’ – Claire Heindl (English)

Wednesday 24 April, 5.00 pm

What do we know about the most famous of English playwrights and his place at the heart of the dynamic (and sometimes dangerous) world of Elizabethan theatre? From explosive performances, plague and posthumous publication to a still-thriving life-after-death, revisit the story of Ned Alleyn’s best known contemporary.

05. Shakespeare in Love and All That - Mark Grogan (Film Studies)

Thursday 16 May, 6.30 pm

A talk on representations of the Elizabethans in film followed by a screening of the OSCAR winning ‘Shakespeare in Love’

Britain in the late 16th century: one of cinema’s go-to periods for drama, suspense, and intrigue. From the many film versions of Shakespeare's plays, to explorations of the religious and political turmoil of the Elizabethan 'Golden Age', this short talk explores the cinematic representation of the people who lived on ‘this sceptred isle’ around the time of the founding of Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift in 1619. A screening of the OSCAR winning film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (directed John Madden, 1998) will follow this presentation. 

06. Camille Pissarro at Work in Dulwich – Alex Smith (Art History)

Monday 17 June, 7.00 pm

What drew one of the most enigmatic Impressionist painters to our corner of South London? Explore how the atmosphere and landmarks (past and present) of Dulwich and its surroundings were captured by this French master and see some familiar sights in a new light.

08. A Beginner’s Guide to Family History, a Workshop – Nicola Waddington (Archivist)

Tuesday 16 July, 1.30 - 4.30 pm

This session focuses on the main sources for researching family history and demonstrates how to access sources via Ancestry. It takes the participants on a chronological journey, starting with the present, and works backwards looking at which archive sources can be used for which periods of history. It also includes methods and approaches to family history research, including how to keep records, how to verify your information and possible traps and pitfalls along the way.

It is aimed at beginners and introduces GRO certificates, electoral registers, wills, the census, parish records, tithe maps, ancestry websites and how to use a local authority record office.

09. Family History Surgery – Nicola Waddington (Archivist)

Tuesday 23 July, 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Are you stuck at a point with your family history? This is a surgery session for people who would like to work on their family history overseen by a qualified archivist. Course participants will need a current subscription to the on-line family history sources that they wish to access in the session. Computers will be provided. You will work live on your project while having someone experienced with archive sources on hand to help with questions. It will also be possible to submit questions in advance, which will be shared as group learning at the start of the session.

10. Edith Wharton: The Short Story and the Magazines – Dr Sarah Whitehead (English)

Tuesday 17 September, 5.00 pm

Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald famously called it 'going whoring', but Edith Wharton made selling her stories to the magazines a lucrative means of further exercising her developed taste for irony. Find out how she beat the editors and advertisers at their own game and became the bestselling American writer of her age.

12. Who are the Germans? - Dr. Gary Savage (Headmaster)

Thursday 7 November, 7.00 pm

As the UK redefines its relationship with the EU, it has perhaps never been more important to try to understand our close neighbours, sometimes friends and erstwhile enemies. This Lecture will do so via a whistle-stop analysis of some of the pivotal moments and personalities in German history, from the (Holy) Roman Empire and the Reformation to Bismarck and the Berlin Wall, right up until the present day – Merkel, the refugee crisis and the future.