Bloomsbury Festival: Ministry of Communication – Oct 2013


Photograph by Lloyd Sturdy, C/O School of Advanced Study, University of London

In 2013 I undertook a project at the School of Advanced Study funded by the AHRC’s Cultural Engagement Fund pilot scheme. The idea was  to create a programme of events for the Bloomsbury Festival in October of that year that would leave a significant legacy, and to help the School to reassess its place in relation to the cultures, histories and communities of Bloomsbury. The programme of events was eventually themed around the idea of a ‘Ministry of Communication’. This played upon the history of Senate House, where the School is based. Built as the administrative headquarters of the University of London, Senate House was also home to the Ministry of Information during World War II, and was the inspiration for George Orwell’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ in 1984. My programme intended to both subvert the building’s history and celebrate its current use.

Highlights included:

The programme also featured talks by:

  • Andrew Motion
  • Ruth Padel
  • Will Self
  • Iain Sinclair
  • D.J. Taylor.

A more detailed programme from the weekend of the 19-20 October is available here. Ministry of Communication Programme. Bloomsbury Festival Programme 2013

Artist commissions:

Podcasts from the programme:

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