Bloomsbury Festival 2013: The Ministry of Communication

15 October 2013, 10:00 - 20 October 2013 18:00

Organised by:
School of Advanced Study
Senate House
Venue Details:
The event is taking place in several rooms in Senate House.
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Transforming itself into a ‘Ministry of Communication’, the School of Advanced Study will host an exciting programme of more than 40 events in and around Senate House during the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival, 15–20 October. Drawing on the building’s history as Ministry of Information during WWII, and inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984, the theme reflects the School’s mission as a national humanities research hub dedicated to the openness and accessibility of knowledge to all. The programme is supported by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund. All Festival events are free. Some events have limited capacity and advance booking at is advisable.

A complete list of the School's events can be found here.

Ministry of Communication Exhibition

A School of Advanced Study exhibition for the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival. 

Witness the transformation of Charles Holden’s iconic Senate House into an immersive ‘Ministry of Communication’. This exhibition uses archival sources and original artworks to explore our ever-changing understandings of 'communication'. 

Booking Information

Some events have a small allocation of tickets available to be booked in advance from the Bloomsbury Festival website. If the event is full or booking is closed you can still turn up on the day – at least 50% of tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis. If the event is not bookable then you should just turn up on the day. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Get in touch

Get in touch with us on @SASNews and on our Facebook page. You can also follow our progress via the project blog. If you would like to volunteer to staff the Ministry of Communication (as tour guides, greeters, etc (please contact

The Bloomsbury Festival 

We are delighted to be a partner of the Bloomsbury Festival. The Bloomsbury Festival is a high-profile, multidisciplinary arts and cultural event taking place from 15-20 October 2013 across the whole Bloomsbury area. The event will bring together many local businesses, communities and cultural and academic organisations to celebrate this fascinating area, through a programme packed with dance, music, performance, guided walks, art, workshops, talks, literary trails, a food programme and much, much more.


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