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Category Local Heritage

'Aims to increase knowledge of the Abbey of Cwmhir in Radnorshire, Powys, Wales where Llywelyn our Last Prince is believed to be buried ... Talks, leaflets, booklets, field trips and other activities, which are open to the public as well as members, to explore the history of Central Wales ... All public lectures will also be recorded and made available on the Web Site.'

Museum from Home 'We care for Aberdeen's Nationally-Recognised collections of art and history on behalf of the people of Aberdeen. Every object tells a story, and we want to share some of them with you - through music, personal insights, strange connections, conversations and more. With contributions from experts, enthusiasts, musicians, school children and other Aberdonians. Why not discover a new way to enjoy our collections and venues today?  ... We are part of Aberdeen City Council’s Place: City Growth Team and through our collections, buildings, exhibitions and events we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of everyone who lives, works, studies and visits our city. Our colletions are recognised by UNESCO and the Scottish Government as nationally and internationally important. The historical records of Aberdeenshire Council are also preserved and managed by the Team.'

'The Society meets monthly (second Tuesday of the month) from September to May ... where a talk/presentation is normally given by either a guest speaker or a society member.

'Our members are a lively mix of professionals and amateurs, with a shared enthusiasm for all things geological. We aim to attract members of all ages and disciplines. Our aim is to enjoy geology, sharing knowledge and experience, whatever your starting point. We run a winter lecture programme.'

Category Europe

'Established in its current form in 1980 for people with a love and interest in Greece or Cyprus: whether this be in Ancient, Byzantine or Modern Greece, in literature, life or the people, the Society exists to support and develop that interest ... It runs an annual programme of events from October to June ... Meetings, in the form of illustrated talks,normally take place on a monthly basis.'

Category Rail Transport

Incorporating The Breconshire Railway Society: 'The Society was established in November 1970 by, among others, Huw Phillips, John Beardsmore and Harry Rawlins, with some of the original founder members still active in the Society today. About half the members worked in the railways or heavy industry in South Wales, with the others from a wide variety of backgrounds. In the early days there were around 40-50 members and today membership stands at around 70, all united in an enthusiasm for steam railway traction ... The Society provides members with a forum for monthly meetings and the quarterly Society magazine The Coal Tank, both of which are of a high standard and worth trying for yourself'.

'AAS holds monthly meetings, often with guest speakers ... All guests are welcome! No knowledge necessary, just a curious mind.'

Category Conwy

Member of the Photographic Societies - North Wales Grouping

Category Conwy

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - North Wales Grouping

Category Dundee

Member of the Local History Societies - North East Scotland Grouping

'The Society organises a varied programme of meetings and observing evenings throughout most of the year and tries to cater for all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to experienced astronomers. Our closeness to both the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Oxfordshire’s “Space Centre”) and to the University of Oxford ensures a steady stream of high-quality lectures.'

'The Abingdon Museum Friends ... work with Abingdon County Hall Museum as a focal point for Abingdon’s residents and interested parties. Abingdon County Hall, completed in 1682, dominates the centre of this ancient town, once the county town of Berkshire. Its principal creator, Christopher Kempster, was one of Sir Christopher Wren’s masons ... The Abingdon Museum Friends raise funds mainly through membership subscriptions, as well as historical talks, quizzes, and events.'

'We are the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society ... We run a programme of events for a variety of audiences including Fellows, researchers, policymakers, students and members of the public.'

'We are the national academy of academics, practitioners and learned societies in social science. The sector’s leading independent voice in the UK, we champion the vital role social sciences play in education, government and business ... Our work to "promote social science in the UK for public benefit" is guided by our strategy. We inform and advocate to enhance and safeguard social science; we showcase its importance and use; we facilitate knowledge exchange to policy on issues of national importance; we foster multi-disciplinary approaches and innovation.'

Category Antiquity

'Founded in 1988 to promote research into all aspects of early Italy. It is now in its twenty-third year. Its name embodies the concept of agreement (Italian accordo). The name Accordia is a construct, and was conceived as an acronym - Academic Co-ordination Centre [for the] Organisation [of] Research [into the] Development [of] Italy [from] Antiquity ... The annual series of The Italy Lectures have become an established fixture in the diaries of all those interested in ancient Italy. They are widely appreciated for the diverse range of topics covered, the high standard of the lectures and the convivial post-lecture receptions.'

Building gender balance in computer science  'Together with our partners and supporters, we’re inspiring, educating, rewarding and awarding to ensure the future of Computing Science in Scotland is gender balanced.'  Festival normally held October.

Category Leeds

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Yorkshire (West) Grouping

'The Adlerian Society UK Institute for Individual Psychology promotes the understanding, application and development of Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling in the UK; Through public lectures, workshops, conferences and professional training.'

'There are a broad range of professional and amateur speakers that visit our meetings and give informative and thought provoking talks for amateur astronomers of every experience and interest.'

Category Africa

'We plan to champion the African thought leadership through talks, debates, conferences and broadcasts from a wide range of sectors including health, environment, technology, culture, politics and business. We want to be a hub for exchanging and developing ideas, and providing a distinctly African perspective on the world.'

Category Africa

'Apart from hosting and working with regional study groups and running frequent workshops and conferences to disseminate research findings and publicise topical issues, the Centre runs a weekly seminar on Thursdays where scholars and postdoctoral researchers in Oxford and from different parts of the world present their work. The Centre also regularly hosts prominent African statesmen, leaders, entrepreneurs, social activists, intellectuals, thinkers, scholars, writers, artistes, and others who are interested in Africa and African affairs.'

'Agile Rabbit puts on events about issues that matter: ideas, culture, global affairs, and the natural and scientific world. They are an opportunity to be in the room with some of the greatest minds in the world—and have a conversation. Agile Rabbit’s key theme is that cutting edge thinking can be at the centre of everyday life. There is an informal atmosphere at events, with discussion between the audience and the people who speak. Whether you agree with them or not, your opinion is heard ... We are pleased to be in partnership with the University of Exeter.

'Since 1948, Air-Britain has been bringing together spotters, historians, aviation writers, pilots and photographers - all having a passion for aircraft and aviation ... There are many active groups.'

 

ALERT I have included as Members of this Grouping a number of Local Aviation Societies not listed as 'Branches' of Air-Britain at Review.

'Our weekly Friday night meetings are a great opportunity to meet like minded people with an interest in astronomy and spaceflight. Enjoy the weekly space news and a range of guest speakers who are experts in their subjects.'

Category Aylsham

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Norfolk Grouping

Category Aldeburgh

'The Aldeburgh Literary Festival was started in 2002 by John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop. It has featured an extraordinary variety of talks, from the local to the global, the serious to the hilarious, the scientific to the philosophical. The Festival is proud to be located in Aldeburgh at the Jubilee Hall and we are delighted that our audience fills the streets of Aldeburgh with visitors and conversation in a winter weekend. The intimate atmosphere makes it very special. We are also proud that this is a completely independent Literary Festival receiving no grants or sponsorship.' Normally held September.

'Started life as The Aldeburgh Festival Club. It was founded in 1948 , the year of the first Aldeburgh Festival and provided somewhere for Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears - together with the performers and guests, to meet in convivial surroundings ... With the passage of time, the close association with the Aldeburgh Festival diminished and after a number of years of falling membership and lower attendances at events - probably reflecting the changing demographic influences in the town, the Club members in 2014 decided to regenerate the Club and it was formally renamed The Aldeburgh Phoenix Club. Events are now held fortnightly in three different venues ... New members and guests are always made very welcome.'

'The Alister Hardy Trust (AHT) provides a focal point for people interested in the study of spiritual, religious and psychic experiences ... It’s about an aspect of natural human experience. It can come to us, or arise in us, suddenly, at any time, in any place, and can affect and even change our lives. It can happen to anyone, whether religiously inclined or atheist, spiritually inclined or materialist, and regardless of age, sex, nationality or culture. It is called "spiritual" and "religious" because it is seen as either or both ...'

'The College hosts many lectures and seminars, including those by lecturers appointed by the University and associated with All Souls ... These lectures are open to the public and information about the lectures is posted as soon as it is available.'

Category Derby

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Derbyshire Grouping

Category Europe

'French Clubs affiliated to and with talks supported by Alliance Française de Londres. Please note that admission to events organised by French Circles are entirely a matter for them and the Alliance Francaise de Londres is not responsible for or involved in admission policies to events.' (Note I have added a small number of Localities hosting 'French Clubs' but which were not referenced in the AFL List at the time of Review.)

'The umbrella organisation for literary societies and groups in the UK. We were formed in 1973 and currently have around 125 members ... We provide support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies. Each year we have a weekend event hosted by a different member society ... If you are an individual looking for a literary society/group to join, then take a look through our Member Societies ... Visit the Events page for information about upcoming happenings.'

Category Rail Transport

'The principal objective of the Aln Valley Railway Trust is the restoration and operation of the railway between Alnmouth and Alnwick, providing an additional tourist attraction for the area and to enlarge the district's tourism offering. This project also aims to develop the railway corridor as a sustainable transport link as well as a recreational and educational resource for the local community and visitors to the area.'

'The world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers ... The Alpine Club welcomes applications from all those with an interest in the high mountains. We are predominantly a climbing club, but we also have a strong contingent of members whose interest in the greater ranges is historical, artistic or scientific.'

'Local groups usually meet once a month, slowing down in the alpine off-season at the height of summer. So if you’re a gardener of a different stripe, alpines are a fun way to extend your gardening season! Group meetings often involve a talk from a plant expert, a raffle and a plant sale. Groups also arrange trips out to gardens and places of interest throughout the year.'

'The Society was formed in 1966 to bring together members of the local community and encourage interest in the History, Literature and Archaeology of Alresford and the surrounding areas. It has been instrumental in recording the area’s history and events ... Many of our members have played a pivotal role in the ongoing social and commercial life of our attractive town.'  The Society holds monthly meetings 'where a balanced programme of talks and presentations takes place in a friendly atmosphere'.

‘Our Also Festival serves up brilliant speakers and their ideas to you in a stylish, relaxed and natural setting.’ Held Early July.

'The UK’s longest running weekly mind body spirit events company and is internationally known as UK's landmark speaking platform for spiritual teachers, alternative thinkers, conscious business leaders and visionary thought provokers.'

Category Altrincham

'We are a friendly society of around 30 people who meet regularly to talk about and enjoy the night sky. We have several telescopes and other pieces of equipment which can be borrowed by society members for their own use. Throughout the year we meet on the first Friday of each month (except July and August) at 8pm until 10pm ... At these monthly meetings we discuss the society's business and have an event such as a lecture, video, slide show etc.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society, also known as AERPS, was formed in 1970 to save some of the MSJ&AR 1931 Altrincham Electric multiple units. It is a focus for local railway interest. AERPS presents, monthly from October to April, a series of lectures on railway and related topics: open to both members and visitors ... From time to time visits to places of railway interest are arranged.'

'It is known that a literary society was formed in Alyth in 1875 and that it replaced a previous society which had ceased to function ... The meetings which are held throughout the winter months are open to all and new members are always welcome ... There has always been a wide range of topics at the meetings with a more literary content in earlier times but the format of the syllabus has remained remarkably similar over the years with talks on popular subjects such as history and travel.'

'We are the leading dementia and Alzheimer’s disease research charity ... Lab Notes is our series of online engagement events, where you can find out more about life-changing dementia research taking place across the UK. Each event features researchers from a different Centre in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Network. These regular events will give you the chance to delve deeper into our work. You’ll hear about a different topic at each event, with the chance to put your questions to the scientists in our live Q&A.'

'We are a friendly society based in North London and celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2015. Our membership includes professionally qualified as well as amateur geologists, young and old alike. We meet once a month ... on the second Tuesday of every month ... A guest speaker is invited to give an illustrated talk on a topical geological subject ... All talks are by eminent and informed speakers, many from the Natural History Museum and various Universities etc.'

'Amersham Museum reopened in summer 2017 after a major refurbishment and expansion. The museum’s medieval hall house is now more clearly visible for visitors to see and enjoy. The new museum displays explore life in the town in 1580, 1775, 1892, 1939 and 1964. Complete your visit with a wander through our wonderful herb garden, which is packed with plants used for medicinal purposes ... We are an independent museum and registered charity, run almost entirely by volunteers. We do not receive funding from local or central government ... The Friends of Amersham Museum  (FOAM) promote, support and assist the museum by raising money through subscriptions, donations and fund raising events. Members benefit from free entry to the museum, preferential rates to talks & lectures, early and private viewings to exhibitions and a calendar of social events.'

'We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. As a global movement of over ten million people, Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.'

'The Analytical Psychotherapy Training at the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy was founded in 1990. It aims to provide an experience of learning from which its graduates will qualify as competent and responsible practitioners of Analytical Psychotherapy ... The APT-Birmingham Public Lecture Series ... is a series of 5 lectures per year by practitioners of Analytical Psychology/Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. The topics are wide-ranging and reflect the most recent work and concerns of individuals in the wider analytic community.'

Category Antiquity

'AMES was born in 1987 and expanded from the small band of class attendees and local interested people into a national society of around 100 members. The aim of the Society, as stated in its Constitution, was, and still is, to promote and encourage interest in the History, Archaeology and Cultures of the ancient civilisations of the Near East. The new society was unique in the UK in embracing all countries of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt. We believe it is currently unique in this respect ... Benefits of Membership include ... talks by speakers who are acknowledged experts in their fields – at reduced members’ rates.'

Category Antiquity

'We hold regular public lectures at 5pm on Friday evenings during University term in addition to special events, conferences, workshops and occasional exhibitions. We also have an active Friends group. As part of the “family”, Friends are invited to special events, our traditional Summer Garden Party and other social functions, and are always welcome to visit the Trust.'

'Based in the heart of the Scottish Borders we aim to provide a friendly point of contact for anyone interested in astronomy. So, if you live in the Borders, and are fascinated by the stars and planets, please feel free to browse through our site. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced observer or a complete beginner anyone is welcome to drop us a line or come along to one of our meetings.'

'We are a small society that caters for anyone with an interest in astronomy. We have members of all ages with a range of experience levels from complete beginners to experienced observers. The society has regular meetings that run from September to April each year. We have a varied program to try and cater for everyone and have something for all levels of experience. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.'

Category Local Heritage

'Steel tycoon, stockbroker, writer, lecturer, entrepreneur, philanthropist - Andrew Carnegie was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. His life has left a huge legacy, but as his birthplace cottage testifies he came from humble beginnings ... Discover how Carnegie set up his businesses in Pittsburgh, USA and how he became the richest man in the world.'

Category America - North

'The Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies is Scotland’s only centre for American Studies. The Centre sponsors the most extensive American Studies lecture and seminar series in Scotland, which is open to academics, students and the general public.'

'Aims at facilitating international communication by exploring the dynamics of culture and identity, language and identity, group mentalities and communication patterns, but also individual and social factors of speaking a second language, within the context of globalisation.'

'We're keen to promote and support education, exchange knowledge, provide resources for the wider community and be good neighbours. Come along to talks and debates during awareness raising campaigns such as Black History Month. Participate in events during "ARU Discover" – where academics share research, "Be Inspired" – where graduates share their achievements, Inaugural lectures and much more ...'

Category Christianity

'Founded 1864 ... the Association has the following aim: To advance the Christian religion, particularly by teaching members of the Anglican and Orthodox Churches about each other ... The Association organises an annual Pilgrimage, an annual Constantinople Lecture, a summer Festival, as well as other events, which are open to members and their friends.'

Category Christianity

'The Society is open to all. It is not a devotional or "party" grouping; its concern is the history of Anglo-Catholicism broadly defined. The subject matter includes biography, architecture and artistic development, music and literature, as well as general history from the international to the local ... We meet three times a year at St Clement Danes in the Strand for a lecture—these are usually held in late January, June and early October.'

Category Europe

'Established to further relations between Britain and Denmark and today organises a lively programme of cultural and social events in the UK - mostly with privileged access - for Brits and Danes to enjoy each other's culture and company ... Membership is open to anybody who has an interest in and wishes to support the historical, cultural and – through our scholarship programme – educational relations between the UK and Denmark.'

Category Across the UK

Formed 1948: 'Its object is to advance public education and knowledge about Ethiopia, including its history, culture, art and architecture, natural history and economy. This is achieved through ... the provision of regular lectures covering a wide range of topics related to Ethiopia that are open to anyone wishing to attend and usually free of charge'. Other activities include publication of a Newsletter, maintenance of a Library, hosting Social Events.

Category Europe

'Founded in the aftermath of the 1912-13 Balkan Wars in order to counter anti-Greek propaganda in the United Kingdom. Dedicated to promoting Anglo-Greek understanding and friendship, the League has a long history of charitable and cultural work.'

Founded 1961: 'The aims of the Society are to:  * Make recent developments in the archaeology of Israel and neighbouring countries more widely known in the UK; * Provide a series of illustrated public presentations explaining and informing on recent archaeological findings and new theories; * Regularly publish Strata, an internationally respected journal consisting of original research papers; * Provide grants for students of Middle Eastern Archaeology.'

Category Middle East

'The AIA was established in 1949 by Brigadier General Sir Wyndham Deedes, the first Chief Secretary to the British High Commissioner to Mandate Palestine, who thought that it should not be for Jews alone to support the State of Israel. The AIA today, is an independent charity that enjoys the active support of people from different faiths and none, across the entire political spectrum. The Association’s primary purpose is to promote wider and better understanding of Israel in the UK; to encourage exchanges between both countries at every level and generally to support activities which foster good will between British and Israeli citizens.'

Category Angus

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

‘Using education to create a society safe from prejudice and discrimination.’ Occasional lectures, talks and related events.

Established 2000: 'In general terms, Anomalistic Psychology attempts to explain paranormal and related beliefs, and ostensibly paranormal experiences in terms of known or knowable psychological and physical factors'.

Our Aim ‘To increase widespread interest in the works of Anthony Powell in a way which balances the needs of all enthusiasts, including academics and professional literarists.’

Category Arts and Crafts

'Are you interested in the story of time? The AHS is for you. We’re a lively, welcoming society open to all. We run a diverse programme of talks, meetings and visits ... We publish a quarterly learned journal as well as a wide range of books, and we support education, conservation and research through bursaries, prizes and awards ... The AHS houses three highly active specialist groups for members with a particular interest in wristwatches, turret (tower) clocks or electrical timekeeping. It also holds meetings in many regions of the UK and overseas with wide-ranging programmes of local or national interest, including lectures and visits.'

'Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science, in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library. His campaign brought our community together and saved the library, which is still at the heart of our village. Today, the Appledore Book Festival continues to thrive and has become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and artistes. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, our Festival is a unique experience.'  Normally held September.

Category Middle East

'A cultural organisation which works to further understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom. We organise and promote cultural and artistic events, and host a community of like-minded resident organisations at our central London premises.'

'Dedicated to the protection, preservation, study and appreciation of Scotland’s historic buildings ... We have around 1000 members throughout Scotland and beyond, with six regional groups organising local activities and carrying out casework. We are supported by a fantastic network of volunteers without whom we could not operate.'

'Supported by leading museums, galleries, cultural organisations, architecture schools and independent event organisers, The Architecture Diary provides comprehensive listings of the latest exhibitions and installations, talks and conferences, film screenings and tours, and much more. Discover all the events taking place in your own city, as well as the unique digital offerings from across from our expanding network of world cities ...'

'The Architecture Foundation leads the conversation on the development of London and contributes to a global discourse about the architect’s changing role and responsibilities.  We pursue this mission through the delivery of an accessible public programme that makes space for emerging architects, groups historically underrepresented in the profession, and representatives of a wide range of related disciplines.  Exploring the architect’s capacity to combat climate change and systemic social inequalities represent central concerns of the programme ... We host debates, make films, commission critical writing, curate exhibitions, publish books and engage industry figures with the aim of improving the quality of the discourse around London’s built environment.'

'The independent voice for archives in our capital city. Archives for London (AfL) brings together everyone interested in archives in or about London – users, practitioners and enthusiasts. Through the passion, experience and expertise of our members and guests we help people get more out of the documents, photographs and films that make up our capital’s rich archival heritage ... We welcome everyone who is passionate about London’s archives. AfL members include family and local historians, professional and amateur researchers, academics and students and anyone working with archives such as archivists, conservators, local history librarians and records managers ... Archives for London helps members get more out of London’s archives through an exclusive programme of seminars, our annual conference and other events.'

'Archives and Records Council Wales (ARCW) was established in May 1995 as a representative body for institutions and organisations all over Wales involved with caring for archives.’ The Website provides listings of the ‘latest events being arranged by archive services in Wales.

‘On April 19th 1880 at 17 Bloomsbury Square a group of five men met to discuss the establishment of a new student organisation for the serious discussion of philosophy. Far from a gathering of professional academic philosophers, the group included a British Socialist activist, a Shakespeare scholar and importantly a young chemist – Dr. Alfred Senier – whose original idea it had been, along with some of his students, to set up a philosophical society ... Since its foundation, The Society has provided, and continues to provide, a welcoming forum for philosophers and non-philosophers alike to listen to high quality talks and to engage in philosophical discussion.'

'The Armitstead Trustees seek to continue the aims of Baron Armitstead, who wished to improve the breadth and depth of knowledge of the people who live in, what is now termed, Tayside. He devised his series of Armitstead Illustrated Lectures to meet this end and to entertain those who attended the series also. The Trustees offer a programme of lectures each autumn in Dundee to carry on the tradition initiated by Baron Armitstead.'

Category Christianity

'Seeks to foster and explore the dialogue between art, Christianity and other religious faith ... through events, publications, and consultation.'

Art Fund has helped museums and galleries buy great works of art since 1903. Through sales of the National Art Pass, corporate members and the support of trusts and foundations, Art Fund has ensured museums across the UK are able to display great art for everyone to enjoy ... Search for must-see art exhibitions, events and over 700 museums, galleries and historic places to visit across the UK.'

Category Bournemouth

'We're a leading arts university for the creative industries. We relentlessly innovate, collaborate and connect in ways that turn creative talent into careers ... The AUB Open Lectures are a series of events sharing specialist knowledge on topics of design thinking and creative practice. The lectures support the university's commitment to its civic agenda.'

Arthur Ransome was the celebrated author of the 12 “Swallows and Amazons” stories – written for young people of all ages. But he was much more: bohemian, media correspondent during the Russian Revolution, spy, sailor, fisherman, pipe smoker ... The Society exists to celebrate his life and to promote his interests in exploring, camping, sailing, navigation, leadership, literature and much more ...'

’The Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) exists to help people discover, explore and enjoy Arthur Ransome’s fascinating life and works. We’re working to create a Ransome Centre in the Lake District via exhibitions, events, educational materials and publishing.‘

Category Christianity

'In our fast, shifting & global modern culture, relationships with the church community can be difficult to sustain. Add this to the life styles of creative artists which are often unstructured, solitary and transient and you discover a huge need for a community, one which understands the rigours of being on tour and away from home for extended periods, working when others are out "playing" and dealing with inconsistent work opportunities ... We are here to support, encourage, inspire and mentor each other as we seek to integrate our lives, Christian faith and artistic endeavours. Throughout the years ACG has run a great variety of events and created multiple opportunities which enabled our members to engage with each other and be encouraged in the pursuit of their careers.'

'Arundel Museum’s collection include clothing, photographs, documents, artworks and objects found locally and donated from businesses in and around the town. Our treasures date from the first inhabitants of the surrounding area, through Roman occupation, Medieval religious buildings, a "Piece of Eight" and Tudor coins, railway and Port of Arundel artefacts ... Arundel Museum is run by a board of trustees. Their work is supported by over 100 dedicated volunteers, without whom the Museum could not operate.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Entertaining local residents and visitors to the town. We attract big names from the world or art, science, literature, music, drama and comedy.'  Normally held June.

Our meetings are open to everyone and are free to attend for members ... We start meetings with an update on what is new. This is a section where we talk about the latest  happenings, be it space missions, new discoveries or fascinating facts, or upcoming club events and news ... We always have a Talk and it could be about anything at all. We cover everything from hands on workshops, talks about stars and planets, radio astronomy, the history of astronomy, looking for life on other worlds or the end of the world as we know it as we get hit by fiery asteroids! We aim for an hour or so, to allow time for questions.'

Category Asia

'Non-profit organisation which exists to promote a greater understanding of Asia through the sharing of knowledge. We run regular events with global leaders from across Asia, with the aim of stimulating curiosity and fostering an environment to promote the exchange of knowledge.'

Category Asia

'An independent think tank and advisory service. We work with companies and governments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, facilitating high-level dialogue, providing business and market intelligence, and driving commercial outcomes ... As part of our efforts to drive political, economic and commercial engagement between Asia and Europe, Asia House routinely welcomes world leaders and senior decision makers from governments and businesses to brief our network and participate in public events.'

'Showcasing superb writing talent from all over the island of Ireland ... Bring people together to enjoy lively discussion, new perspectives and to soak up the intimate atmosphere the Festival is renowned for.' Normally held September.

‘Since 1974 the Association for Art History has championed art history, visual culture and supported those engaged with it ... Find out about art history events happening near you. We are happy to list relevant events, free of charge, on our site. We promote both our own and external events taking place across the UK and internationally. Association for Art History events are always open to members and non-members.’

‘An international membership organisation, open to all. Its concern is learning in later life. Its aims are to advance knowledge, to improve practice and to contribute to the development of policy. Through AEA, professionals, volunteers, academics, researchers, tutors, policy-makers and older people work together ... AEA holds events on later-life learning that should not be missed!‘

Category Across the UK

'Brings together groups and individuals with an interest and expertise in identifying, recording, preserving and presenting the remains of our industrial past ... The AIA organises a number of events each year, including the Annual Rolt Memorial Lecture, established in 1975 to honour the first President of the AIA, L T C Rolt.'

'Psychosocial Studies is characterised by (a) its explicit inter or trans-disciplinarity, (b) its development of non-positivistic theory, method and praxis and (c) its orientation towards progressive social and personal change ... Psychological issues and subjective experiences cannot be abstracted from societal, cultural, and historical contexts; nor can they be deterministically reduced to the social. Similarly, social and cultural worlds are shaped by psychological processes and intersubjective relations.'

'The Association was founded formally in 1995 and now has a membership of over 1500 in the UK and worldwide. Many members are professional archaeologists, others amateurs or individuals who are simply interested in our Roman heritage ...  Joining the A.R.A. is a great way to get involved ... You can visit sites, join in digs, attend enthralling lectures on all aspects of Roman culture, attend our dinners, and visit numerous sites with our tours programmes.'

'We are a forum for all professionals working in the field of architectural conservation. Our current membership of more than 350 includes architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, scientists, archaeologists, building performance experts, historians, government advisors, property and estate managers, and many other professionals ... We do this by regular meetings, lectures and discussions, site visits, and once a year a conference covering a topic of special interest. Most lectures and meetings are held in London, but local meetings of the Association may be organised by convenors in other parts of the country ... Non Members are welcome.'

Occasional lectures, usually held at LSE. Most events advertised: 'The event is free and open to all with no ticket required'.

Access to details of philatelic Federations, National & Specialist Societies, Local Societies: 'As not all societies are members of the ABPS it may be that their details will not be available as the records of contact, telephone and email addresses may not be recorded.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Supports and promotes the study and professional practice of the history of dress, textiles, and accessories of all cultures and regions of the world, from before classical antiquity to the present day ... ADH membership is open to anyone who has an interest in dress and textile histories ... Conferences are open to all, but discounted to ADH members ... From 2022 we are actively working on new networking opportunities for our Members, developing partnerships, and online events. We value bringing our Members together to support scholarship and the advancement of dress and textile histories.'

Category Wales (EXPLORE)

'The Association was formed in 1981 as a grouping of the Family History Societies which then existed within Wales ... All the properly constituted Family History Societies in Wales are members of the Association.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Founded in 1955 with the aim of helping bring together the community of craft Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Rather than set up another organisation for individual craft people we chose the path of becoming an Association of Guilds - an umbrella body to which regional or local Guilds are affiliated. The aim is to support those regional Guilds by operating at a larger scale with National Conferences, National Exhibitions, Competitions, publications and recognised qualifications certifying individuals' high level of achievement and competence in their chosen craft. We now have over 100 member Guilds representing over 5000 crafts-people.'

'A collection of local societies from throughout Scotland whose aim is to further the study of Stamps, Postcards and Postal History. ASPS is formed by each society nominating a delegate who attends up to 3 meetings per year on their society's behalf.'

'Highlights what is going on with stamps, postal history and postcard collecting in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Our 24 affiliated societies offer a wide range of speakers and events covering all aspects of these hobbies and all levels of collecting. Whether you are a beginner, traditional or specialist collector, there is a club near you where you will find a warm welcome from fellow enthusiasts.'

'Hosts wide and varied events, intending to build upon a history of collaboration between academic researchers, professionals and society. Events range from weekly "topic-specific seminars", through to an annual conference, with the key aim to improve the delivery of justice through the analysis of language. Our events are free and open to the public unless specified otherwise.'

Category Road Transport

‘In 1998 the Aston Martin Owners Club founded the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT) to provide a permanent home for its extensive archive and collection of vehicles and memorabilia. The Trust now operates independently as a charity under its own auspices with the aim to inspire and educate people in every aspect of the marque’s heritage.'

'Public engagement is a vital part of effective Knowledge Exchange, and we make sure to involve the public at every possible stage. We approach individuals and communities to encourage participation in planning new research, inviting them to contribute to science and even co-produce projects where possible. Sharing the impact that our research has on the everyday lives of people is a vital part of what makes research at Aston stand out from the crowd, and we do this through digital events, case studies, face-to-face talks, seminars, roadshows and much more.'

'There are many local astrology groups throughout the UK and Ireland, run by enthusiastic organisers who work hard to promote astrology. Most local groups host events and talks at very low cost in their local area, and some run classes – local groups are the lifeblood of astrology, and in many cases are the main means by which astrology enthusiasts in an area get to know each other, and hone their astrology skills ... The Astrological Association encourages and supports local groups, by offering free listings in its Events Calendar.'

'The Astronomical Society of Edinburgh (ASE) has been holding meetings in Edinburgh to inform members and the general public about astronomy since 1924 ... Anyone interested in astronomy is eligible for membership. There are no entry requirements and we try to have some of our meetings suitable for beginners to astronomy. Our meetings are normally open to non-members so please feel free to come to a meeting or two before deciding if you want to join us as a member. While we are predominantly a local Edinburgh society, we do have members from all over the UK and the world.'

'The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is the largest Astronomical Society in Scotland, and is dedicated to promoting an interest in Astronomy. The Society has been promoting Astronomy in Glasgow for over 100 years.  Membership of the Society is open to all; and anyone, even with the vaguest interests in Astronomy, is welcome to find out what the Society is about ... The Society holds nine regular monthly lecture meetings from September through to May each year ... The Society is also involved in a number of outreach events, bringing Astronomy to the people of Glasgow and further afield. At these events we provide a number of telescopes and the knowledge of the members to assist the public to look through them to see the craters on the moon, planets and distant stars. If the skies aren't clear on a particular evening, then we will share our knowledge with presentations and talks on various astronomy topics.'

Category Haringey

'With a wide range of interests including not only astronomy, but astronautics and space travel, science fiction and associated technology - reflecting the writings of our late Patron, Sir Arthur C. Clarke.'

Category Bury St Edmunds

'Formed in November 2015, and based in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, The AAA meets on a fortnightly basis to discuss the solar system and the stars beyond. We are open to amateur observers of all ages and abilities for the enjoyment of the wonders of the universe. One of the many aims of the AAA is to restore and use the observatory and its telescope, originally installed in 1859-60, on the roof of the Athenaeum.'

'Every year ATOM puts on diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events to allow our community to discover world-class science and technology taking place right here, as well as learning about the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen. ATOM helps build science capital, partnering with schools to engage young people, and encouraging everyone to develop a passion for science and its potential to change the world ... ATOM is managed by a team of volunteers drawn from the science, education and business community in and around Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.'  Normally held Early June.

Category Europe

'Promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria by organising events and supporting artists and projects in the fields of music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, film and science. We provide a venue in central London for recitals, lectures, readings, film screenings, conferences and exhibitions, while also cooperating with various partners throughout the UK.'

'The Austrian Philatelic Society is a truly international organization of almost 200 members, one third of whom live outside the UK. Our object is to cater for every aspect of Austrian philately, from the beginnings of the postal system to the latest issues and from the Postal History of all the territories within the Habsburg Empire before 1918 to studies of interest to Thematic (Topical) collectors. The Austrian Philatelic Society has Local Groups, which hold regular meetings in such places as York and London; it also holds an annual philatelic and social weekend in different parts of the country.'

Category Arts Festivals

A renowned series of artistic events & exhibitions held annually in the surroundings of the glorious Malvern Hills. Some of the most prestigious musicians, poets, writers, film makers and other artists perform during Autumn every year.‘

'Here at ABKA we work hard to raise the profile of beekeeping and support local beekeepers. Our objective is to promote the craft of beekeeping and promote the importance of bees. We are affiliated with the BBKA (British Beekeeping Association) and are an umbrella organisation for our network of five local beekeeping branches.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'The Trust holds regular visits and meetings to inform our members. Guests are always welcome to attend and join us in visits to some parks and gardens not normally open to the public.' The Avon Gardens Trust Directory/Register 'provides information on the 317 known Parks and Gardens in the former County of Avon, now four Unitary authorities, Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire'.

Category Avon

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'Aye Write is Glasgow's Book Festival, and Scotland’s second biggest book festival. It was founded in 2005 and since 2007 has been an annual fixture on Glasgow's culture calendar. Celebrating the best in national, international and local writing, Aye Write annually brings authors from all over the world to Glasgow. Events usually take place in the festival’s main home, the beautiful Mitchell Library, one of Europe's largest public libraries and along with other key cultural venues across the city. ' Normally held May.

Category Hitchin

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Hertfordshire Grouping

Category Coventry

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Warwickshire Grouping

Category Across the UK

'The first Baptists wanted religious liberty to be free to worship God as they saw fit, not as prescribed by the Establishment of Church and State. To their credit, they argued that this freedom must apply to all, including those of other faiths (they knew and specified Judaism and Islam). Soon they extended their advocacy to other freedoms. At their best, Baptists are strong advocates for human rights. Baptists maintain their early principles: the Bible as primary guide to faith and action; the priesthood of all believers, not needing intermediaries to approach God (setting some apart as ministers but not as priests); the need to share the gospel; the competence of the local church to take decisions and act independently, while glad to work with other churches; the advocacy of religious liberty and other human rights.'

'London’s largest dedicated children’s literature event ... Barnes is put on by families for families so we’re 100% committed to making sure your tribe has an amazing time. As well as bringing you all your favourite authors and illustrators, we’re always pushing the boundaries of traditional literature festivals to create loads more space for the family-friendliest fun.  At Barnes we programme books as theatre, music, maths, science, art, craft, cookery, film, football, whatever it takes really to bring the magic of reading and writing to the kids.' Normally held Late June.

'Founded in 2004 by a group of Barnes friends to provide a literary focus for members in the local area and beyond. The Society offers stimulating monthly evening events in a friendly atmosphere in the centre of Barnes, when there is an opportunity to hear published authors and other speakers give talks on a wide variety of literary topics. These range from novels to historical writing, drama, crime and contemporary issues. We also enjoy visits to places of interest once or twice a year.'

'Supported by The Royal Institute of Philosophy and based in Barnes, London SW13, UK. Any subject is open for discussion: aesthetics, ethics, ancient Greek philosophy, modern continental philosophy, political and social philosophy, philosophy of music, or even in asking "what is philosophy?" or indeed "what is the point of philosophy?".'

 

Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

Category Rail Transport

'Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable. Built in 1870, it was threatened with demolition in 1991 when the site was closed by British Rail.  It was saved by a group of dedicated volunteers who have transformed it into a unique railway museum and events venue ... The Roundhouse has an exciting calendar of events throughout the year including regular favourites such as the Rail Ale Beer & Music Festival and a series of weekend themed activities for all the family.'

Category Booksellers

One of the perks I value most about having a bookshop is that our talks series, such as it is (roughly a speaker a month between September – June) enables me to meet professionals in every field (the arts, sciences, even sports) who I would otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. Some few are well-known to the public - hey! It’s a long way up here, the fee is risible, and the Old Waiting Room wherein the talks take place only holds 50 people tops (60 if they’re skinny). Still, some serious names (serious names with big hearts) have been willing to make the perilous journey above Watford. Anyway, all the talks begin at 7.30 and cost £5 (and that includes a glass of plonk no less.)'

'UCL’s global faculty of the built environment ...  Events from across The Bartlett's twelve departments, including conferences and seminars, public lectures, exhibitions, talks, tours and open days.'

'The Bath Astronomers are a group of local Somerset amateur astronomers sharing a passion for observing the night and daytime sky ... We hold regular monthly meet-ups for informal talks about astronomy (and occasionally other things!) on the last Wednesday of the month. We also enjoy the monthly Herschel Society Lectures which are focused towards the science of astronomy and the history of those involved. All with an interest in astronomy are welcome from beginners to old hands.'

'Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.' Normally held September

Category Arts Festivals

'Bath Festivals is a charity that brings some of the finest international musicians, speakers and writers to entertain audiences, in the beautiful venues and spaces of our world heritage city. By creating innovative and diverse programmes, our festivals inspire and provide unique experiences for residents and visitors to Bath. We are responsible for The Bath Festival in the summer and Bath Children’s Literature Festival in the autumn, which bring the city alive with a celebration of the arts.'

'An active and flourishing organisation with about 50 enthusiastic members whose ages range from 17 to 90. Our membership includes every type of geologist from recreational fossil-hunters to academic and professional geologists ... Most of our meetings takes the form of a lecture which is always very professional, up-to-date and invariably entertaining. The lectures are varied and given by geologists from University Departments or from industry. We hold regular field meetings and sometimes there is an annual field-weekend in an agreeable locality.'

'Travel back to 1265 with re-enactments groups from all over the country who will entertain you with various demonstrations of medieval living. Visitors are invited to step back in time to the 13th Century when the Battle of Evesham is re-enacted.' Normally held Early August.

'The Society's chief aim is to educated people about the Battle of Worcester 1651 and its ramifications regionally, nationally and internationally. We achieve this through a number of different ways. Re-enactment, lectures, theatrical plays, school visits, talks and publications all form part of strategy to educate as many people as possible about this incredible part of the UK's history ...The Society is open to any member of the public who wishes to join and support our aims. We have a wide range of members ranging from professional historians and re-enactors through to families and members of the public simply wishing to support the society and find out more.'

'Nearly everyone in the UK lives within half an hour’s drive of a battlefield. Some, like Hastings, Bosworth and Culloden, are familiar to most of us. Others are relatively unknown. Yet the battles fought on them all played their part in shaping the way that we live today ... Joining the Trust is a great way of learning more about battles and battlefields. Many of our members are experts in their field and are happy to share their knowledge. We stage regular talks and study days and there’s a full programme of battlefield walks, sometimes in areas not normally accessible to the public.'

Category Kent

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping