A black and white photograph of Dean Street in London

Future of our towns and cities

Events looking at the past and futures of where we live. 

The future of our towns and cities

As well as exploring the past, many humanities researchers are using their insights to both understand our present and imagine our future. This year's festival sees a whole range of events inviting people to share their ideas about what a brighter future might look like to them. 

“As the world tries to open up again after the pandemic, its effects continue to create ongoing threats to people’s economic security, as well as restricting our ability to meet socially in the forms that are so central to being human. As many struggle with ongoing anxiety and grief, our society continues to reimagine how cities can be safe and flexible spaces, and humanities research helps show us the way.” said Professor Sarah Churchwell, the festival’s director.