Being Human Festival 2021 | Renewal

What is Being Human?

Being Human is a national festival of the humanities. A celebration of humanities research through public engagement, it is led by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

Each year in November, Being Human events are hosted in more than 50 towns and cities across the UK, engaging, entertaining and delighting audiences in an exploration of what it means to be human.

Lincoln awarded funding to run Being Human Hub for 2021 festival!

The PEARL team is delighted to announce that Lincoln will be joining Swansea, Coventry and Glasgow in running one of Being Human’s four regional Hubs for the 2021 festival.

Our 2021 programme of events for Lincoln ill aim to reconnect and refresh the ways in which local people think about culture and heritage across Lincolnshire, through the lens of humanities research.

Residents will be invited to discover some of the voices, stories and histories of the region through events such as tile making workshops inspired by medieval archaeological excavations, print-making workshops that explore local architecture and public spaces, and pop-up performances and food tasting celebrating and commemorating British-Caribbean history, co-produced with Museumand, the National Caribbean Heritage Museum. 


The Being Human Festival 2021 will be run from 11th-20th November 2021.

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Being Human 2020: New Worlds

For the 2020 Being Human festival, Lincoln held its first, fully online festival, with 5 exciting, interactive events all of which ran LIVE over Zoom. 

Across all events, we were joined by 185 attendees from across Lincolnshire, the UK and even as far afield as the USA! 

Engineering Reality with Clare Rose
  • Tackling ideas of ‘what makes us human’; how we as humans design our reality and how the realities we design might impact our planetary economy.
Old Sheep, New World with Nicole Gosling, Beth Clark & Abigail Woods
  • A celebration of the beautiful Lincolnshire Longwool sheep. Exploring the changing landscape of the British wool industry over the years to the Lincolnshire Longwool’s place in modern British farming.
Cook vs. Kirk with Alex Lewczuk
  • An interactive, digital adventure that weighs up the evidence for and against these icons of history and fiction before your chance to deliver your verdict on James C vs James K.
Pandemic Survival: Ancient & Modern with Carenza Lewis
  • Shedding light and busting myths about the ‘mother of all pandemics’, the medieval Black Death, and comparing its impacts to those of the current COVID19 pandemic.
No Place Like Home? with Stephanie Hemelryk-Donald, Hollie Morgan & Erin Bell
  • An exploration of ideas of home, freedom and belonging, from the medieval and early modern period, the voyages of the Boston Pilgrims from England to the ‘New World’, and of the present day, against the backdrop of the global pandemic. 

If you have any questions regarding Lincoln’s Being Human Festival events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

Listen to the BBC Radio Lincolnshire interviews below with our researchers about their events for the Being Human Lincoln 2020 programme

Some feedback comments from our 2021 attendees: