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The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
Walk back in time with prehistoric monsters, and discover how these Victorian sculptures were designed – a history which includes a cruel professional rivalry and a decadent dinner in a dinosaur’s stomach. [CW: suicide]
A Week with Andy Warhol, 1978
Join Andy Warhol at the Dorchester Hotel as he goes to the opening of his Athletes Series at the ICA; as he parties with Bob Dylan, Bianca Jagger and Jack Nicholson; and as the drug-fuelled lives of his entourage are spinning out of control. [CW: suicide attempt]
The Death of “Snakehips” Johnson
On March 8th, 1941, the Café de Paris – ‘the safest and gayest restaurant in town’ – was destroyed in the Blitz. Among the dead was one of the most important figures in Black British jazz: Ken “Snakehips” Johnson.
This viewpoint includes extracts from ‘Snakehips Swing’ by Ken “Snakehips” Johnson and his West Indian Dance Orchestra, available on ‘Black British Swing: The African Diaspora’s Contribution To England’s Own Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s’.
[CW: war; death]
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The Life and Legacy of Thomas Guy
From October 1739 until June 2020 there was a statue of the philanthropist after whom the hospital is named at the centre of this Georgian courtyard. So why did it become a point of controversy?