TIHR Festival - What, Where, When

TIHR Festival - What, Where, When

Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time - A festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute. What you might need to know.


1 August 2017

Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time –
A festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute

17th – 20th October 2017

Festival Programme

There is a dedicated festival website with an online booking system and easy to view programme where you can curate your own festival experience. All events are free, but most of them need to be booked in advance.


The festival will take place across multiple venues in central London, including the Swiss Church, Garden Museum, Wellcome Library and Conway Hall.
Details about each location can be found here.


The overriding theme for the festival is ‘Reimaging Human Relations in our Time’ with each day taking on an exploratory sub-theme. You can find out more about each of the sub-themes by visiting the links:

TuesdayLetters from the new social ecology or NOW

WednesdayEvolving practice in our informed society or HERE

ThursdayIn the Shadow and Light of the Archive or THERE

FridayTransacting with the Future or THEN

You can keep up to date with news and reflections on the archive project blog.


To help plan your attendance, we have selected some frequently asked questions:

1. How will I know what’s on during the festival?

Please see the festival programme. We will also use the archive blog to post reflections, news from the festival and event write ups.

2. Where is the festival taking place?

The festival will take place across multiple venues in central London.

Swiss Church
Located near Covent Garden station, this will be the main hub of activities throughout the four days.

The Conway Hall
Located near Holborn, this will be the venue for the Thursday symposium.

Wellcome Library
Located near Euston, this is the location of our archive, open to all who wish to access the material.

Garden Museum
Located in Lambeth and on the river, this will be the venue for Group Relations over 70s event and others.

We recommend downloading Citymapper a free travel app which will help you find your way around. All of our venues are in central London and can be easily accessed via public transport. The Swiss Church and Conway Hall are within a 10 minute walk of each other.

You can find a map of venue locations here.

3. I want to attend an event, how do I do this?

All events will be open to the public, some you will be able to turn up on the day, but most you will need to book tickets for in advance using the festival website.

4. Is there a cost for any of the events?

All events are free. We ask you to be responsible with your tickets, if you are unable to attend an event please cancel your booking on Eventbrite or email us so that people on the waiting list can get a ticket.

5. What ways I can help with the festival?

We will need stewards every day and conveners for some of the workshops. Please get in touch using the contact form if you’d like to help in this way. We’d be particularly interested in anyone who is able to offer technical skills in recording, editing events, social media.

6. I’d like to facilitate a social dreaming, can I do that?

If you are interested in facilitating a Social Dreaming Matrix please use the contact form. You will need to have experience of facilitating before.

7. I’d like to convene a networking group, can I do that?

Yes, of course. Whilst the festival programme is looking like it will be very busy, the spirit of the festival is you curate your unique path through and that can include your own activities. There is a meeting a reception area at Swiss Church, Cafés at the Garden Museum and Wellcome Collection and rooms at the Tavistock Institute. Please contact us if you need to arrange a space and we will do our best to help you.

8. Can I attend the festival remotely?

During the festival, we will be blogging and posting content of the activities as they happen. We are currently looking into live streaming certain events, more information to follow. Each event will be documented in the ArchLive. Recordings and other material will be posted onto the event page after the festival. We will be using the Twitter hashtag #TIHR70 where you can connect with other festival goers, contribute to festival conversations.

9. I need to arrange/clarify access arrangements for the events I am attending at the festival?

In the first instance please contact us directly if you plan to attend the festival and have any access needs/requirements that have not been addressed on the website. All venues are wheelchair accessible. Where venue details are available see links below:

Wellcome Library
Conway Hall

10. Where can I stay during the festival?

Hotels near Covent Garden (near Swiss Church):

Hub – Covent Garden
Travelodge – Covent Garden
Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden

Hotels near Holborn (near Conway Hall)

Premier Inn – Holborn

Hotels near the Garden Museum
Staybridge – Vauxhall
Park Plaza

A list of recommended hotels in Bloomsbury (between Swiss Church and Wellcome)

Want to know more about the archive?
The catalogue is available for research at Wellcome Library.

The festival will take place from Tuesday 17th October to Friday 20th October 2017.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our partners in this work: Canterbury Christ Church University Business School and Wellcome Library. We are also grateful for the generous sponsorship of SAGE and Wedlake Bell, and a contribution to the festival from the legacy of Group Relations in the Netherlands.

Find out more about our partners here.


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