Breathing is so much more than simply biology. From babies’ first cries to our final dying gasps, breath is our constant companion on the journey through life.
This new exhibition draws on art, philosophy, anthropology, medicine, history and literature to demonstrate the unique role of respiration in human life and culture.
Combining research from the ‘Life of Breath’ project led by the universities of Durham and Bristol with contemporary artworks, and alongside objects from the Royal College of Physicians’ amazing 500-year old collections, these new displays vividly convey how breathing is not simply a bodily function, but a force that allows us to speak, laugh and sing.
In the UK today one in five people has breathing difficulties or respiratory illness. In fact, respiratory disease is the third biggest cause of death in the country. Yet, despite this startling reality, to many people breathlessness as a condition is – like the air - invisible.
Seeking to break through this silence and stigma, the exhibition brings together the voices of patients and clinicians through time, speaking to the vital importance of breath itself and the atmosphere we all share.
From an Italian Renaissance Bible to a Victorian edition of Charles Dickens’ classic novel ‘Bleak House’. An 18th century medicine jar that once contained ‘dried fox lungs’ to a 21st century cyclist’s breathing masks. From one of the earliest ever stethoscopes to the moving and graphic account of a young man caring for his father in the final stages of illness. A pipe of peace to an advertisement for ‘asthma cigarettes’. The incredibly diverse objects on show relate how breath can contain profound social and spiritual meaning, as well as being a marker of both health and illness.
Occasionally harrowing, often hopeful, never less than intriguing and frequently inspiring ‘Catch your breath’ reflects on the ways in which we experience breathing and breathlessness, how doctors have diagnosed and treated the diseases which cause distress, and how artists and writers have sought to capture this most fundamental of human actions.
The exhibition seeks to raise our consciousness of breath and breathlessness, to tackle the stigma that surrounds breathing problems and place this universal act - that defines human life and yet so often goes unnoticed by so many – in the forefront of our minds.
The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events and late openings for more details visit the website at https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/event/catch-your-breath
Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at The Natural Kitchen, 55 Baker Street, W1. Two sessions, starting around 5 pm and 6.30 pm - but come and go/play as you please. Scrabble sets and dictionaries provided. New members please contact Rosemary Forgan, tel 07887 891977, email: firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance so she has an idea of numbers.
Over the course of this year’s festival, Marylebone’s food and drink establishments—ranging from neighbourhood cafes and wine bars to Michelin-starred restaurants—will put on special menus and host exclusive masterclasses, one-off collaborations, food tours and talks, throwing the spotlight on the gastronomic wealth and diversity of the area.
A headline event will launch the festival on Wednesday 24 April when some of London’s best Marylebone based chefs and food experts will come together for an exclusive dinner held in St Mary’s Church on York Street, a striking, grade II listed Georgian building in the centre of Marylebone.
At the inaugural Marylebone Food Festival last year, celebrated chefs and restaurants including The Providores’ Peter Gordon, Michelin star restaurant Trishna, Roux at the Landau, La Fromagerie and many more were among those who brought The World on a Plate to life with an exclusive tasting menu all paired with a specially curated wine flight, in the dramatic setting of a Gothic Revival church. The festival raised over £2,000 for its 2018 charity partner, FoodCycle Marylebone.
WellFound invites you to Gill Shaw’s latest exciting exhibition in the Crypt at St Marylebone Parish Church.
An exhibition of uplifting photographs showing the difference water can make to villages in Guinea Bissau. WellFound is a small charity doing big things in Africa.
Private view on 30th April in the Crypt from 2-4.30pm with afternoon tea.
Savills invite you to a briefing on the Marylebone and Fitzrovia property market. The evening will include presentations from Savills' leading researchers Lucian Cook and Gaby Foord.
Drinks reception from 6pm Speakers will start at 6:45pm, followed by drinks and canapés.
RSVP by 2nd May to Ellen Auletta on 0203 5270400 or email email@example.com
Arranged with Open City, London's leading architecture education organisation. Join us for this journey on the River Thames. We hope this will be of interest to our business members as well as residents as it is on a Saturday afternoon. Departing from and returning to Crown Pier, Victoria Embankment EC4Y. Duration 2.45 hours approx. Lovely to sit out on deck on a Spring afternoon but lots of space inside in case of inclement weather. This Open House tour will first take us upstream to Nine Elms, taking in Battersea Power Station, and Foster's Studio. Then cruising downstream, past Michael Hopkins' imposing Portcullis House, iconic Somerset House, and Renzo Piano's hulking Shard. The new vertical towers of the City soar above the lower riverbank architecture creating a dramatic skyline from our unique river perspective. Led by specialist guide, architect Benedict O'Looney, whose in-depth knowledge guarantees deep insight, thoughtful commentary and humour. This was such a popular trip when we did it a couple of years ago, this is a second chance to enjoy the amazing river on which we all depend. Open House Tours are offering a reduced ticket price of £28.40 (20% off normal price of £35.50) per person for our group. To book a place please send your cheque, payable to “The Marylebone Association”, together with your email address (preferred) or postal address, to Rosemary Forgan, 1/99 Crawford Street, London W1H 2HN. You will receive a reply confirming your booking. For any queries email firstname.lastname@example.org
An incredible venue in the heart of Marylebone will be transformed into North Shore High School, giving you the chance to step into the world made famous by Cady and The Plastics! It’s going to be SO FETCH!
Film starts at 8pm
TICKET PRICE: £25
(+ £2.50 booking fee)
Always a sell-out, Marylebone’s biggest garden party will take place on 19 June with just 400 tickets available!
Taking place in the beautiful, and usually private, Portman Square Garden, guests will experience a fine evening of fanciful food and revelry. Unlimited five star food and drink will be served by the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Home House in the garden filled with live music, games and fun for a night to remember. During the evening there will be a grand charity raffle with lavish prizes donated by Marylebone businesses, plus, all guests will also receive an exclusive goodie bag. Every year all profits are donated to a local charity and we’re delighted that this year’s chosen charity is Greenhouse Sports, which helps nearby disadvantaged young people.
The party’s sponsors Home House, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, Invesco Perpetual, The Portman Estate, Marsh & Parsons and Seddons. While, Barclays, Eliska Design, Sanders and Anne-Marie Sanderson Photography have all provided invaluable backing for the event.
Tickets at £45.00 per person – with all profits going to Greenhouse Sports.
Be quick, tickets for this year’s Portman Square Garden Party are now on sale!
Find out more and book tickets https://www.portmansquaregardenparty.com/
A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Paddington Street Gardens on 28 June.
Ticket on sale end of April
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