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Culture and the arts help us to communicate our research, deliver innovative teaching, promote employment and economic prosperity, and foster inclusion. In this section, we celebrate the transformative cultural experiences that students, staff and members of the public enjoy at QMUL – and invite you to join our community of makers and researchers. Or simply, come to an event!

    • Events at QMUL
      There are plenty of ways to get involved in arts and culture at Queen Mary University of London.

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    • Experience Box 2 - QM Music
      Music at QMUL
      is an active and vibrant part of Queen Mary’s artistic and cultural life.

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    • Experience Box 1 - QM Spaces
      Spaces at QMUL
      Queen Mary is a campus-based university with five campuses in central and east London

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    • Experience Box 6 - QM Archives
      Archives
      The Queen Mary Archives hold a wealth of fascinating institutional and personal archives

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    • Experience Box 5 - Museums
      Museums at QMUL
      Queen Mary can boast with running three museums on various campuses

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    • Experience Box 6 - Art at QMUL
      Artwork at Queen Mary
      Our five campuses boast an array of important artworks

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      Would you like to donate art work?

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    • Get Involved
      in Queen Mary's vibrant arts and cultural community

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Events at QMUL

Events at QMUL

There are plenty of ways to get involved in arts and culture at Queen Mary University of London.

Visit the Events page for an overview and calendar of public events going on at Queen Mary. There you will also find a link to subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter which highlights forthcoming events and gives advanced notice of our most high-profile lectures.

Follow @QMUL on Twitter and @qmularts on Instagram for updates on our events . 

If you would like to join the arts & culture mailing list to find out about cultural news and events from Queen Mary, please email: qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk 

Music at QMUL

Music at QMUL

Music at QMUL is an active and vibrant part of Queen Mary’s artistic and cultural life.  QMUL is home to orchestras, two choirs, a cappella groups, a big band and ensembles of various kinds, embracing classical, jazz, fusion, improvisation and world music.  We regularly host concerts, workshops and other special events, many in our historic performance spaces [link to QM Spaces page].  Queen Mary also offers music scholarships and hosts world-renowned composers in residence.

To keep up with the latest news on musical events, please go to the Concert and events page.

Follow @QMUL_Music on Twitter for latest music updates.

QM Spaces

Spaces at Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London is a campus-based university with five campuses in central and east London – Lincoln’s Inn Fields, West Smithfield, Charterhouse Square, Whitechapel and Mile End.  These campuses have numerous unusual and historic venues, as well as state of the art facilities and spaces and for developing, performing and exhibiting artistic work.

 

Historic venues that can be rented and used for cultural events include:

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The People’s Palace (Mile End)

The People's Palace at Mile End was originally built in 1886 and was one of the last great Victorian People's Palaces. Designed by E. R. Robson and funded by a legacy of Barbara Beaumont, it was created to bring new and dynamic cultural opportunities to the people of East London. Following a huge fire in 1931, the People's Palace was rebuilt and reopened in 1936. It boasts one of the largest stages in London: the magnificent 770-seat Great Hall.

To get in touch with The People’s Palace management team, please visit our Great Hall website.

 

The Octagon (Mile End)

The Octagon in the Queen’s Building on the Mile End campus, part of the original People's Palace and undamaged by the 1931 fire, was designed to serve as a library and based on the design of the Reading Room in the British Museum. It is over 23 metres in diameter, with two cast-iron galleries that encircle the entire building. It rises to a height of over three storeys with an elegant central dome and fine central window.  Busts of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dryden, Milton, Johnson, Wordsworth, Scott and Byron are complimented by plaques to Pindar, Homer, Virgil and others. The Octagon has a rich and beautiful acoustic, and is now used for a variety of events, as well as a rehearsal and concert space. BBC TV is a frequent visitor and several editions of Question Time have been broadcast from The Octagon.

For general events booking, please contact our Events & Hospitality team HERE.

 

The Great Hall, Barts (West Smithfield)

The Great Hall, situated at the West Smithfield campus, is part of the historic St Bartholomew Hospital (the oldest working hospital in the UK, founded in 1123).  This gracious double-height room in the Baroque style is adorned with many large, painted plaques which list benefactions to the hospital. The Great Hall is owned independently by a trust, but a close relationship with Queen Mary allows students regular opportunities to perform in this unique environment.

To follow events or get in touch with The Friends of The Great Hall & Archive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, visit their website HERE or follow on Twitter @BartsFriends, or join their Facebook page HERE.

 

Barts Pathology Museum (West Smithfield)

Named one of CNN's Ten Weirdest Medical Museums in the World, the Pathology Museum is an inspiring Grade II listed space, situated in the West Smithfield campus and part of the ancient St Bartholomew Hospital. Purpose-built in 1879, it spans three mezzanine levels with a dramatic glass roof and includes pathological pots relating to all areas of anatomy and physiology, including the skull of John Bellingham – the only person to assassinate a British Prime Minister. The museum presents many stimulating events each year and has been described as a modern, dynamic venue for risk-taking cultural connoisseurs and London insiders.

To find out more, please visit the museum’s website HERE.

 

Old Library (Whitechapel)

The Old Library is situated in the Garrod Building on the Queen Mary Whitechapel campus. Formerly the library of The Royal London Hospital, it is now an exquisite space for studying with an extensive collection of medical school research material.  It is also ideal for music-making activities including rehearsals and concerts. Its ceiling is a fine example of Georgian plasterwork, and beautiful stained glass windows by artist … have medical themes. 

 

St Benet’s Chapel (Mile End)

St Benet’s Chapel was rebuilt on the site of a former large church that was destroyed by bombing in 1940. The interior walls of the circular, domed chapel were decorated with a series of unique murals designed and executed by the renowned Polish ceramicist, Adam Kossowski. In June 2014 the chapel and murals received Grade II listing from English Heritage.  St Benet’s is a Christian chapel and meeting place open to all students and staff at QMUL, and is regularly used by student societies and other groups for events. 

To find out more, please visit Faith at QMUL.

 

Queen Mary of London's state of the art facilities and art & performance-related spaces include:

 

Drama

  • The Harold Pinter Studio
  • Three rehearsal studios
  • Postgraduate Film and Drama Studio

Film

  • Two film studios with professional lighting grids and large-scale green screen facilities
  • 41-seat Hitchcock cinema
  • Edit suites
  • Postgraduate Film and Drama Studio

Music

  • Music Centre with music rehearsal room, bandroom and practice facilities
  • Two full-sized concert grand pianos including Steinway Model D

Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)

Media Arts & Technology Studios (Facilities)

  • Performance space, which can be used for a variety of performance research and recording applications, including motion capture, audio recording of large ensembles, interactive arts installations, and used as a film/video sound stage and much more.
  • Listening Room and Studio Control Room
  • MAT Workshop, MAT Lab, Mac Lab and Materials Lab
  • MAT VR and AR Equipment
  • Antenna Measurement Lab
  • Robotics Lab (ARQspace)

Engineering and Material Science (SEMS)

QM Archives

Image source: Royal London Hospital Archive, SBHX8/2115.

Queen Mary Archives

The Queen Mary Archives, at the Library on the Mile End campus, hold a wealth of fascinating institutional and personal archives as well as rare prints dating from the 17th century. The collections document the rich history of Queen Mary, and provide vital material for research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The archives include:

  • The College archives: the institutional records of Queen Mary and Westfield College 1882 to present
  • Private papers of individuals, and the records of several organisations: dating from the 18th century to the 1990s
  • Rare prints: dating from 17th century to the 1960s

The archives are available for consultation in the Archives Reading Rooms, on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. To make enquiries about the collections or to arrange a visit please contact: archives@qmul.ac.uk or telephone 020 7882 3873.

Quick links:

For more information about the archives, please visit the Library Services website and its Archives page

St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Museum and) Archives

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, or Barts as it is popularly known, is one of the oldest and most distinguished hospitals in the world.  It was founded in 1123 by the monk Rahere and granted by Henry VIII to the City of London in 1546. Barts has been caring for the sick and injured on its present site for almost nine centuries.  Today the hospital forms part of Barts and the London NHS Trust, and the archives and museum display many of the treasures of the hospital within the setting of the Grade I listed North Wing.

Barts possesses one of the finest collections of hospital records in Britain – the oldest record of the hospital dates from 1137. The archives also hold the records of other related hospitals, institutions, organisations and individuals.

The Archives can be accessed at the North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE.  They are open to researchers by appointment only: Monday–Friday, 9.30am–4.30pm. Please telephone to make an appointment: 020 3465 5798 or contact: barts.archives@bartshealth.nhs.uk.

To read more about the museum, please go to our Museums [link to section below] section.

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The Royal London Hospital Archives

The records of The Royal London Hospital date back to 1740, and those of the Medical College to 1785. Records of numerous other hospitals, charities, institutions and individuals are also held here.

The Archives can be accessed at 9 Prescot Street, London E1 8PR (nearest tube stations: Aldgate and Aldgate East), and are open to researchers by appointment only: Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Please telephone to make an appointment: 020 7480 4823 or 020 7377 7608 or contact: rlharchives@bartshealth.nhs.uk

Museums

Barts Pathology Museum(West Smithfield)

Named one of CNN's Ten Weirdest Medical Museums in the World, the Pathology Museum is an inspiring Grade II listed space, situated in the West Smithfield campus and part of the ancient St Bartholomew Hospital. Purpose-built in 1879, it spans three mezzanine levels with a dramatic glass roof and includes pathological pots relating to all areas of anatomy and physiology, including the skull of John Bellingham – the only person to assassinate a British Prime Minister. The museum is leased by QMUL and presents many stimulating events each year.  It has been described as a modern, dynamic venue for risk-taking cultural connoisseurs and London insiders. 

To find out more, please visit the museum’s website

Reproduced with permission from the RLH and SBH Archives. 

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum (and Archives) (West Smithfield)

The museum has a permanent exhibition of archives and objects, including facsimile copies of the oldest document in the hospital archives, Rahere’s grant of 1137, and the 1546 agreement between Henry VIII and the City of London which refounded the hospital. Other displays include works of art and surgical and medical equipment used in the hospital. Two spectacular paintings by William Hogarth can also be viewed in the museum.

The museum is located in the North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE.  It is open Tuesday–Friday, 10am–4pm. Admission is free. For inquiries and group bookings, please telephone 020 3465 5798.

For more information about the Museum, please visit St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum page.

The Rotal London Hospital Museum (Whitechapel)

The Royal London Hospital was founded in 1740 by a group of philanthropists led by a 22 year old surgeon, John Harrison.  It was once Britain’s largest general hospital and has been located at its present site at Whitechapel since 1757. The hospital has been a teaching hospital since 1785 and was granted a Royal title by Her Majesty the Queen in 1990.

The museum has a permanent exhibition of artefacts and archives relating to the hospital and the history of health care in the East End. Works of art, surgical instruments, medical and nursing equipment, uniforms, medals, written archives and printed books are included.

The museum can be found at St Augustine with St Philip’s Church on Newark Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AA.  It is open Tuesday–Friday, 10am–4.30pm. Admission is free. For inquiries and group bookings, please telephone 020 7377 7608.

Art at QMUL

Art at QMUL

Queen Mary’s five campuses boast an array of important artworks.

In the Arts Two Building on the Mile End campus, commissioned artworks reflect research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science on migration and identity.  These include:

  • a ceramic work by London-based artist Nick Arroyave-Portela, part of a series of works entitled 'Todo Sobre Mi Padre' ('All About My Father'). Arroyave-Portela describes the series of large-framed ceramic wall pieces as ‘a rhythmic and contemplative series of wall pieces looking at all aspects of my identity.’  These works draw on his father’s migration routes, and their impact on Arroyave-Portela's sense of belonging as a boy growing up in Oxford.  Arroyave-Portela says: ‘This body of work is more than a tribute to my father and his memory. It is really about my re-connection and understanding of what a sense of place means to me.’ Arroyave-Portela's work is on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and the Leeds City Gallery. nicholasarroyaveportela.com
  • a pair of large wall tapestries, which are the first UK commissions for internationally-acclaimed Dutch artist Claudy Jongstra. Jongstra’s tapestries and textile wall-pieces simulate natural and cultural heritage, making innovative use of traditional craft techniques. She uses traditional yarn-making techniques of felting, carding and spinning and traditional plant dyes including St John’s wort and onion. The lively, expressive landscape is woven from wool from two old sheep breeds, the long haired Drenthe Heath and the Gotlands pels, felted together with silk and linen fibres. Jongstra harvests many of her materials from her own garden of traditional European dyeing plants and her own herd of rare-breed Drenthe Heath sheep. The preservation of old techniques of carding and spinning to make yarn is important to Jongstra, who has won several prizes for the use of sustainable and innovative materials. - claudyjongstra.com
  • 'Mayo Landscape' by Hackney-based artist Zoe Benbow was commissioned for ArtsTwo, and is based on drawings made of the clifftops of County Mayo, Ireland. Playing with colour and process, this celebratory painting aims to communicate a sense of awe and enjoyment in our visual world.  ‘Reference is made to European landscape genre, as a construct to examine established perceptions of our place in the world. Traditional perspective is subverted to create a taut and finely balanced image that plays across the picture surface,’ says Benbow.  Benbow, whose studio is close to Broadway Market in east London, graduated with an MA from The Royal College of Art in 1989. She had a solo show at Hay Hill Gallery, Cork Street, W1 in February 2012 and is represented in many public and private collections including Manchester City Art Gallery, The British Council and The Royal Palace of Jordan. Her work is also on display in the Lock-Keeper's Cottage in the Mile End campus. 

Our recently opened Graduate Centre also hosts a variety of works that illustrate QMUL’s commitment to contemporary art, including:

  • Molten Staircase (2014; oil, oil pastel, iron oxide and cigarettes on canvas) hangs in the top floor common room; and Ruined Banquet (2014; oil and mixed media on canvas) hangs in the ground floor café. Both works are by Lee Maelzer, a London-based artist with a BA from Central St Martins College of Art and Design and an MA from the Royal College of Art. Maelzer exhibits widely in London and abroad.
  • Advance to Go (2016) by Jan Levy is based on the Monopoly Board. She describes it as ‘as artistic study of economic turmoil experienced globally since 2007.’ Detailed drawing and a bold use of colour encourage the viewer to reflect on how property and finance have changed in London since the first London version of the Monopoly board was designed in the 1930s. The artwork depicts Whitechapel Road, the Bank of England, Ladbrokes, the Battersea Power Station, and the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall.
  • BeatWoven (2017), a piece based on Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ made from woven silk and metallic yarn by Nadia-Anne Rickett. Her avant-garde textiles, which she calls BeatWoven®, use skilfully coded audio technology and traditional weaving techniques to translate musical beats and sounds into geometric patterns. In 2013 to 2015, Nadia-Anne was supported by Creativeworks London, a Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy led by QMUL and funded by the AHRC, to collaborate with researchers at Queen Mary whose expertise in intellectual property and in music technology complemented her creative process. You can read about the project here.
  • Art for Tomorrow (2017). This portfolio of ten original prints was commissioned from artists who have participated in exhibitions at Jesus College, Cambridge in recent years. The prints, which are displayed throughout the building, were hand-printed by the Print Studio, Cambridge, and each copy is signed by the artist. Works include Stephen Chambers R.A, State of the Union; Jake and Dinos Chapman, The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth but not the mineral rights; Richard Long R.A., Mud Hand; John McLean, Nebuchadnezzar; David Mach R.A., Better Red than Dead; Humphrey Ocean R.A., Car; Cornelia Parker R.A., Tumbling Ice; Lucy Skaer, Lapiz Lazuli 100% natural top quality marble tile for sale 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm 50 pieces; Agnès Thornauer, Land and Language; and Alison Wilding R.A., Collider.
  • Mentis (2017) is a sculpture displayed by the entrance to the building, which was created by Hannah Stewart in steel and stone resin. This sculpture was created as a result of a design competition run by QMSU on the theme of mental health. This winning design is by Sophia Álvarez Barnes, a student at QMUL.

 

The art collection at St Bartholomew’s Hospital includes works by Hogarth, Millais and Reynolds.  The museum displays many of the treasures of the hospital within the Grade I listed North Wing.  From the museum, visitors can see the staircase adorned with William Hogarth’s Christ at the Pool of Bethesda, which is still used to teach medical students about the illnesses depicted in the picture. 

You can browse all the oil paintings from the hospital’s collections at BBC Your Paintings.

Arts Donation

Arts donation

If you would like to donate any artwork to Queen Mary University of London, please contact for initial enquiries:

Arts and Culture Manager

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road

London E1 4NS

qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk 

t. 020 7882 8542

 

For archival donations and bequests, please contact QMUL Archives:

Archives

Mile End Library

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road

London E1 4NS

archives@qmul.ac.uk

t. 020 7882 3873

Get Involved

Get Involved

QMUL is always looking for new partners whose values and interest in creative experimentation match our own.  We have extensive experience in working with artists, arts and community organisations, and policy makers to deliver high-impact projects that really make a difference.  To find out more, please visit our website or contact the Arts and Culture Manager:

 

Arts and Culture Manager

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road

London E1 4NS

qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk 

t. 020 7882 8542

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