Adam Matthew Digital Attends Inaugural Launch of Being Human Festival

03 November 2014

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The UK’s first national festival of the humanities, Being Human, is to be launched on Saturday 15th November led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. The festival is providing a free programme of activities exploring what it means to be human and highlights the ways in which humanities research can provide world-class knowledge that is vibrant, vital and accessible to all.
The launch event, “Too Much Information – Being Human in a Digital Age”,on Saturday 15th November, 12pm-8pm, will take place at Senate House, home to the ‘Ministry of Information’ during WWII and inspiration for Orwell’s 1984. Sponsors Adam Matthew Digital, will be onsite in MacMillan Hall to showcase their digital humanities collections, including the landmark digital project, Mass Observation Online (developed from the pioneering social research project of the same name), providing access to one of the most unique archives available for the study of Social History in the 20th century. In addition, staff from Adam Matthew who have been working with the University of Sussex, will be presenting a visualisation based on the theme of ‘morale’ in twentieth century Britain at the free Data Visualisation Workshop from 12pm-5pm.

Some 60 universities and 120 partner organisations across the UK will stage more than 150 free-to-attend public events, from Truro to Orkney, Swansea to Belfast, Norwich to Liverpool. The festivities will celebrate the breadth and diversity of the humanities in a series of nationwide events with venues including museums, galleries and cultural and community centres.

Located within MacMillan Hall at Senate House, London on Saturday 15th November, 12pm-5pm, Adam Matthew will be on hand to demonstrate Mass Observation Online, allowing visitors to explore the collection and to answer any questions about the project or their additional humanities and social science primary source collections from archives around the world.

Register for your free place at and follow the emerging programme on Twitter @BeingHumanFest and @AdamMatthewGrp