Being Human Festival

A series of events as part of the Being Human festival, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see

‘Myth, Dream, Love’

Myths, dreams and past loves come to life in this series of events that will immerse you in historical, imaginative and fictional worlds. Through poetry, theatre, food and music join researchers from The University of Sheffield and discover what it was like to attend a royal Jacobean banquet, to daydream in the Renaissance period or to live your life as a selkie.

Dreaming in Renaissance Italy

Thursday 21st November | 6.30pm - 8pm

Discover the meaning of dreams in the Renaissance. Dr Erin Maglaque, Lecturer in Early Modern European History, will explore the meanings of dreams in the Renaissance: from dream literature, to daydreamers, to the importance of dreams in everyday life. Otis Mensah, Poet Laureate of Sheffield, will then perform a poem taking themes from Dr Maglaque’s research.

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The Secrets of the Selkies

Friday 22nd November | 7pm - 8.30pm

Through music, songs and fascinating visuals this show will explore the tale of the selkie-hybrid creatures that take the form of both humans and seals. Discover how they get trapped on land and have to navigate human relationships.

The performance features Dr Fay Hield from the Department of Music at The University of Sheffield and musicians Lucy Farrell and Terri Windling.

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Draw Your Dreams

Saturday 23rd November | 10am - 3pm

Drop in to get involved with this family-friendly activity inviting children, young people and families to ‘draw their dreams’ and discuss how the self is replicated in dreams.

This day of family fun is run in partnership with the arts charity Ignite Imaginations.

Free, no booking required.

Behind the Mask

Saturday 23rd November | 10am - 3pm

A family-friendly mask making workshop based on the Heaven Closet mural at Bolsover Castle.  This day of family fun is run in partnership with the arts charity Ignite Imaginations.

Free, no booking required.

Moving Heaven and Earth

Saturday 23rd November | 7pm - 8.30pm

Join the court of Charles I for an immersive experience recreating the sights, sounds and tastes of a royal banquet and theatrical entertainment at Bolsover Castle, with talks to find out more and craft activities for all the family. The festivities are led by Professor Angie Hobbs from the Department of Philosophy at The University of Sheffield and Dr Crosby Stevens, a freelance curator and conservator.

Performances will take place at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:00.

Please note:

  • There will be Jacobean sweetmeats and treats to sample (please inform welcome staff of any allergies as there may be nuts in some of the products).
  • There will be essentials oils diffusing into the air (please advise welcome staff of any allergies).
  • The venue is fully accessible. For those with mobility requirements there is some walking required as it is a promenade experience. There are chairs available. The venue and performance is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • The event is family friendly (Recommended ages 7+).

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