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Category Arts and Crafts

'The heart of pottery, clay & ceramics in Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties ... Well respected local and international potters discuss and demonstrate their work & skills at our regular monthly meetings, from October to May ... Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur, a professional potter, an art student, tutor or technician, a collector, a beginner, or just interested in studio pottery, you will find a warm welcome amongst others with similar interests.'

Category Asia

'Supporting closer links between the UK and Japan ... Daiwa Foundation Japan House, the London-based headquarters, acts as a centre for UK-Japan relations in Britain by offering a wide programme of lectures, seminars, book launches, courses and exhibitions as well as meeting rooms for Japan-related activities.'

'A week-long bilingual arts heritage and literature festival in Mold, Flintshire and surrounding area dedicated to author Daniel Owen. It is held around the end of October the anniversary of his birth and death.'

Category Europe

'The non for profit "Societa' Dante Alighieri" was founded in Rome in 1889 with the aim of promoting Italian culture ... In Loughborough the DA Society ... has always aimed to promote and develop an interest in Italian culture and language across the local community. The Society is not just for Italian speakers and it welcomes membership from every background. Culture doesn't include only the highbrow arts, in fact we have run events that reflect Italy of the past and the present.'

Category Europe

'The Southampton Branch was founded nearly 50 years ago, and has about 60 members. In 2020 the Dante Alighieri Society of Southampton and District decided to become independent but solely because it was unable to meet the requirement to conduct language courses.  New members and visitors are always welcome ... Meetings consist of talks, slide-shows and musical evenings conducted in Italian or English or a mixture according to the programme, and social events (theatre visits, garden parties, lunches). You don't need to be fluent to become a member or to participate.'

'Since 1986 in the second term of every academic year Darwin College has organised a series of eight public lectures. Each series has been built around a single theme, approached in a multi-disciplinary way, and with each lecture prepared for a general audience by a leading authority on his or her subject.

'An astronomy society based under the dark skies of the North Suffolk coast. We have been operating since Midsummer 2013 and have built up a group of likeminded members who cover various levels of competency, from absolute beginner to keen amateur, and who are all invested in the development of their astronomy knowledge and skills.'

Category Booksellers

'David's has a long history of hosting visiting authors and speakers, from the bookfairs and ideas fairs of the 1970s and 80s, the later series of public debates, to our ongoing seasonal programmes ... Most events are held in our cafe which turns into a bright, welcoming space in the evening. Larger events take place in a variety of venues around Letchworth.'

Category Dawlish

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Devon Grouping

'The events we host are aimed at a variety of audiences from students and alumni to the general public and professionals. The DMU events office ensures students enjoy truly unique and memorable experiences, from a student’s first open day right through to their graduation ceremony which marks the end of the student journey. The vast majority of our events are open to all and free to attend.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Deal Music & Arts has been bringing the best in arts and culture to East Kent for nearly 40 years, and in that time we have welcomed many of the world’s greatest artists. Over those years, we have evolved from a summer festival to a year-round organisation that maintains that vibrant festival and supports a series of education programmes. We are very proud to benefit the cultural life and local economy of East Kent.' Festival normally held Early July.

Originated as the West Kirby Literary and Debating Society in 1904. Now offers fortnightly evening Lectures from October to March.

'The Delius Society is a flourishing organisation whose aim is to bring together those interested in Frederick Delius and his music. Whilst the membership list includes leading Delius scholars and performers, the majority of members are not professional or even practising musicians and they join purely because of their curiosity in, or love for, the unique music of Delius.'

Demos is a champion of people, ideas, and democracy. We bring people together. We bridge divides. We listen and we understand. We are practical about the problems we face, but endlessly optimistic and ambitious about our capacity, together, to overcome them.‘

'The Department for Continuing Education exists to enable Oxford University to reach students beyond the full-time student body. We enhance the local, national and international impact of the University by engaging with audiences that the University would not otherwise reach, including through master’s and doctoral programmes in flexible formats, attracting high-calibre adult learners ... More than 15,000 students enrol on the Department’s programmes each year. They range in age from 18 to 98, and hail from more than 160 countries.'

'LSE Anthropology is world famous and world leading ... Our work is based on ethnographic research: detailed studies of societies and communities in which we have immersed ourselves via long term fieldwork. Placing the everyday lives and meanings of ordinary people - whoever and wherever they are - at the heart of the discipline, we take nothing for granted ... The Department runs a number of seminar series and lectures throughout the Michaelmas, Lent and Summer terms ... We hold the annual Malinowski Memorial Lecture which, unlike most named lectures, is awarded to outstanding anthropologists at an early stage of their career.'

'Our Department is one of the few in the country that combines Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Material Culture and Medical Anthropology to give you a truly broad-based anthropology degree. The breadth and depth of this interdisciplinary approach is reflected in our teaching and research ... The Department holds a range of online seminars every week during term time. These seminars are open to all ... The Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture, an annual lecture, in memory of Dame Mary Douglas (1921-2007), is sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute, the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford, and the Department of Anthropology at UCL.'

'At Leicester, we are home to a world-class, international team of scholars engaged in cutting-edge research and teaching in our twin disciplines of Ancient History and Archaeology. We have a long history of making high-impact, world-leading discoveries, of which you could be a part ... We are also proud to host an on-site, professional archaeological unit. The award-winning University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), the team that found King Richard III, forms part of the School, and supports our provision of archaeological training.'

'The Department of Archaeology runs a diverse and lively events programme that reflects the many-faceted subject. Termly Seminar Series and Discussion Groups see visiting and local scholars delivering thought-provoking lectures on a daily basis. Enhancing these, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research aims to provide a shared intellectual home for archaeologists at Cambridge with eminent, international speakers delivering the McDonald Annual Lecture as well as hosting multiple conferences and workshops throughout the year.'

'The Department of Archaeology at York is among the world’s most highly regarded departments for the subject of archaeology ... Our outlook is both local and global: we exist for the city of York, animating the city, giving something back to it, but we work internationally to deliver the same approach to our global audiences. We are developing new methods of exploring and visualising ancient landscapes, excavating sites, analysing ancient artefacts, human and animal bones, pioneering the biomolecular study of all manner of organic and inorganic compounds, and conserving our shared heritage in order to tell diverse stories and build a sustainable future.'

'One of the first computing departments established in the UK ... We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students, and a friendly, inclusive space for learning, working, and collaborating ... The Department hosts a programme of research seminars by invited speakers and departmental staff. The seminars are open to all. '

'A global leader in experimental computer science research, our degree programmes recognise the importance of computer systems in commerce, industry, government and science. Offering teaching by the brightest minds, we create innovative technologies that change lives with computers. The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutes, ranked us top in its most recent evaluation ... We are involved in a wide range of outreach activities with schools, colleges and adult learners Camden and the London area.'

'Our excellence in teaching and research, plus our strong industrial links, make us one of the UK's leading Computer Science departments ... We run a series of public lectures, to give the public a chance to find out more about Computer Science in general, as well as the work taking place at York. The lectures include speakers from both inside and outside the Department, and typically take place twice a year.'

'Our Department of Computing is proud to offer a research-led education environment that values and invests in people. We conduct world-class research and transfer this research into our teaching ... Our free public lecture series ... features guest lectures from Imperial’s top computer scientists ... We hope you can join us in finding out more about some of the amazing science and research that is currently happening in the world around us.'

'The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) was established in 1885 as the first department of electrical technology in England. It was founded by Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming, inventor of the thermionic valve and hence the founder of the discipline of electronics.That same pioneering tradition of innovation and excellence continues to underpin our work. We push in new directions across research, education and entrepreneurship, building on our long-established links with industry and benefitting from our loyal and supportive alumni community.'

'The Department of Engineering is one of the few truly integrated engineering departments in the world. It is also the largest department in the University of Cambridge. Its breadth and scale bring unique advantage ... Whether the focus is to educate current students, connect with industry or reach out to our community and the future generation of students, the Department has a full calendar of events for those looking to participate ... You can view a combined list of all forthcoming seminars, or view the individual seminar series.'

'LSE Gender pioneers intersectional, interdisciplinary and transnational teaching and research, addressing the tenacity of gendered power relations and gendered inequalities in times of global transformations. Established in 1993, LSE Gender is the largest Department of Gender Studies in Europe.'

'A world-leading centre for study and research in politics and government ... Join us for engaging and informative public events covering a wide range of topics in politics and government.'

Category Modern History

'We are world-renowned for their expertise in medieval, early modern and modern British, European, American and world history. We have a lively academic community of over 500 students and we work closely with Liverpool's famous galleries and museums, as well as with many other national and international partners. We host lectures and seminars, which are open to the public as well as to staff and students at the university.'

Category Schools of Law

'We are a community of students, staff and alumni from all over the world, who bring an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and researching law. We are committed to building a vibrant, equitable and truly inclusive environment and this is critical to our identity. Our community is one of the largest at LSE, and has played a major role in policy debates, policy-making and the education of lawyers and law teachers globally.'

'Our Philosophy Society visiting speakers series, Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy series, PG Seminar and the Work in progress seminar. In addition, we host Royal Institute of Philosophy Birmingham branch events, seminars at the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion, and various other public lectures and events throughout the year.'

 

Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

'Consistently ranked among the top philosophy departments in the country for research and teaching, the Department of Philosophy is one of the largest and most distinguished in the UK ... The Department has ongoing partnerships with a variety of cultural and educational organisations, aiming to make philosophy available and relevant beyond the walls of academia.'

'World-leading staff, an active and international student community, and an exceptionally diverse range of modules makes Sheffield one of the world’s most exciting places to study philosophy ... Our departmentally organised events and activities range from conferences to community outreach, whilst our staff and students also put on a range of social and research-based activities.'

'Our outreach projects aim to inspire the next generation of philosophers and to bring philosophy into the wider community. Doing philosophy doesn’t require any special knowledge, tools or techniques – just reason, an open mind, and a willingness to challenge assumptions. Our outreach activities are focused on facilitating and guiding philosophical debate and reflection for those who may have had no prior exposure to the subject.'

 

Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Grouping

'One of the leading international centres for philosophy in Britain ... There is a busy programme of conferences, workshops and visiting speakers from universities in the UK and from abroad. Our regular departmental visiting speaker series – the Philosophy Club – is open to everybody.'

'The Laboratory is very conscious of its role in communicating the importance and excitement of contemporary physics and its cognate disciplines to young people and the general public. One of the key roles of the Educational Outreach Office is to stimulate interest and encourage wider participation in physics amongst 11-19 year olds. These initiatives are all the more important in the light of the needs of the country for more physics teachers and for a more scientifically literate population. Solving many of the challenges facing the world will rely heavily upon public appreciation of what science can do to better the world.'

'We produce internationally excellent and world-leading research on a diverse range of contemporary issues and historic figures, movements and ideas. We have scholars working across religious studies, historical and systematic theology, biblical studies, and contextual and practical theology and theological ethics. At Chester, we are passionate about sharing our discoveries and about contributing our expertise to public debates. We ensure that the research we do informs the courses we design and deliver so that our students get to benefit from our interests.'

'The Department of War Studies is one of the only academic departments in the world focused on understanding the complex realm of conflict, security, and international politics through inter-disciplinary teaching, research and engagement ... We generate interaction and knowledge exchange between the study and practice of security and foreign policy. Our extensive range of events hosting world leading speakers and our location in central London 10 minutes from government in Whitehall, helps stimulate engagement with the public and policymakers alike.'

'The Society holds three types of meetings each month and you don't have to be a member to attend any of them, although of course we encourage people to join: * Our Main Meetings usually involve a popular level talk by an outside speaker, typically from a university, on some aspect of astronomy or space science; * Between September and June we hold monthly Introduction to Astronomy Meetings; * Weather permitting we hold Monthly Observing Sessions on the Saturday following the Saturday immediately after our Main Meetings.'

'Celebrating the joy of books and reading ... The Festival plays a key role in supporting the economic, social, cultural and educational prosperity of our city. Arts and culture in Derby is flourishing and the Festival is now well established as the East Midlands’ most successful literary festival.' Spring Festival normally held Late May - Early June. Have also held an Autumn Edition in November.

'The world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form ... The museum's inspiring programme of talks, courses and workshops includes both digital and onsite activities.'

'Founded in 1996, Design West is a centre of excellence for design & placemaking. Our mission is to inspire the public, politicians & professionals across the built environment to design, better, healthier, places to live, work & relax. We learn from our heritage to build our future.'

'An independent, impartial resource providing design support for local authorities, communities, decision makers, housebuilders, businesses and design professionals. We are a recently merged organisation of two established charities, Opun (East Midlands) and MADE (West Midlands). We believe in the importance of creating sustainable places where people want to live, work and socialise.'

'For over 200 years the Devon and Exeter Institution has been a centre for radical thinking and public education in Science, Literature and the Arts. Its collections date from the late 15th century with some items containing even earlier fragments. We need your support to help us to preserve the Institution and its remarkable collections for future generations and to continue to reach out to our membership and the wider community with our learning and engagement programmes.'

'If you are interested in becoming a Beekeeper or just interested in beekeeping generally, join a Local Branch of the Association ... DBKA is organised into 11 Branches ... Members may attend meetings of any Branch, but it is advisable (and courteous) to contact the Branch Secretary first.'

Category Devon

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'We are an independant heritage centre for the study of our county’s buildings and landscapes which first opened to the public in 2009 ... You are invited to join us at the DRA, at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month, to learn about aspects of Devon’s history, archaeology and architecture, through a series of special talks.' The Archive is based in the rural location of Shilstone, near Modbury: 'Please note that Shilstone is not on a public transport route, and vehicular access is via narrow country lanes with limited passing places.'

'Dedicated to the study and exchange of information and ideas on all matters concerning the county of Devon – in particular, the cultural identity of the county and its distinctiveness – through research, recording and publication ... The Association has six Branches that cover most of the county and offer a broad range of topics tailored to the diverse interests of their members. Each Branch has its own committee which arranges a broad-based, annual programme of Devon-related talks, excursions and social gatherings.'

'Established in London in 1999, with the aim of advancing social cohesion by connecting communities, empowering people to engage and contributing to the development of ideas on dialogue and community building. It does this by bringing people together through discussion forums, courses, capacity building publications and outreach. It operates nation-wide with regional branches across the UK ... The Dialogue Society is not a religious or ethnic organisation. It aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.'

'The Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902, is a worldwide association of people from all walks of life who share a common interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870). The Fellowship’s aims are to knit together in a common bond of friendship, lovers of that great master of humour and pathos, Charles Dickens; to promote the knowledge and appreciation of his works; to spread the love of humanity, which is the keynote of all his works; and to exercise such charitable support as would have appealed strongly to the heart of Charles Dickens.'

Category Schools of Law

'One of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world.* The School was established in 1831 and has played an integral role in the life of King's since the university was formed almost 200 years ago ... As well as being home to a diverse series of public events exploring the legal profession, its theory, and its practice, the School also launched the King's Legal Clinic in 2017, which has become a key part of our engagement with the legal community and London itself. Through the Clinic, students can work with qualified lawyers to support some of London's most vulnerable communities, engaging with pro bono work while building their own professional networks and experience.'

'The Diocese of London is the group of Church of England organisations located in North London. It comprises parishes, schools, chaplaincies, missional communities and other organisations, which are united by their common Christian faith. The Diocese is overseen by the Bishop of London, assisted by Area Bishops, Archdeacons and senior staff, and administrated by the staff of the London Diocesan Fund. Its Cathedral is St Paul’s.'

'The Diocese of Westminster is one of the smallest dioceses in England and Wales in geographical area, but the largest in terms of Catholic population and priests. The diocese comprises 212 parishes and 208 schools located in the London boroughs north of the River Thames, west of the Lea River, in the County of Hertfordshire and the Borough of Spelthorne in Surrey.'

'There's so much going on in the Diocese of York. These pages will help you find news and events that you're interested in.'

Category Local Heritage

'Discover Downham is run by the Downham Market & District Heritage Society. The Society is operating as a "social enterprise", in that it raises funds through donations, membership fees, admission fees to its talks and visits, hire of rooms, and through the sale of postcards and notelets depicting local scenes painted by one of its members.'

Category Booksellers

'Here at Diss Publishing we host a variety of book events including signings, talks and children’s activities covering a wide selection of interests.  We look forward to welcoming you to one of our forthcoming events.'

'Docomomo-uk is a group of architects, researchers, and other enthusiasts of the Modern Movement in Architecture. This phenomena came about in the 1920s and 30s fired by new discoveries in materials and techniques, and by the need for social change. It is a Movement that defines the 20th and 21st centuries as it left historicism behind and created a new identity. We live in an age of discovery and progress; Docomomo seeks to highlight and protect these achievements.'

'Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country each September.'

'For generations people have brought their gifts and skills to enhance the life of Dorchester Abbey and this tradition continues as a huge variety of groups and organisations hire and use the Abbey each year as the venue for a wide and vibrant programme of concerts, theatre, visual arts and other events.'

'Organised by writers for all those who enjoy the written word. Our aim is to give you the opportunity to hear stimulating talks and discussions by leading authors in a relaxed and beautiful setting.' Normally held Mid October.

Category Arts Festivals

'A biennial open studios event across Dorset. Featuring around 1000 artists, it is one of the largest Open Studios events in the country and contributes largely to the economy of Dorset and beyond.' Normally held Late May [2022]

Category Arts and Crafts

'The Dorset Clock Society exists to further the study on clocks and watches, either by Dorset makers, or by like-minded people residing in Dorset or neighbouring counties.'

'Formed in 1998 to promote and explore various Earth Mysteries. Once a month, speakers are invited to share their views on a variety of subjects; from UK stone circles to Ancient Egypt; from Dowsing to conventional Archaeology. All are welcome.'

'An  organisation that aims to help garden related clubs by offering advice and help. Any person responsible for organising speakers to visit their club knows how difficult it can be finding good speakers through the year. DFHS holds a register of speakers along with their talk details, fees, travelling expenses etc. which any club that joins DFHS will have access to.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'We work with garden owners and local and national bodies to highlight, protect and encourage the conservation and restoration of designed landscapes, ranging from stately homes to public parks, cottage gardens to cemeteries. Principally funded by over 500 members, we run visits, lectures and events where members can share their interest and knowledge in a sociable atmosphere.'

'From weekend fun to expert insights, there’s something for everyone, all year round. Explore our incredible collections on a tour of our four stunning galleries, or of our new Collections Discovery Centre. Maybe you’d like to get up close to historic objects in handling sessions or hear an expert talk about what fascinates them. Spark your imagination with bookable art and craft session, or a facilitated workshop with a local artist.'

'Contact details and all the latest news and information about our group of friendly beekeepers at the top of the White Cliffs of Dover.' Normally offer a winter programme of monthly afternoon talks.

'Originally set up in the 1920s, the Lecture Society is one of the longest established groups in the area ... People who enjoy attending our lectures come from all walks of life and all age-groups everyone is welcome there is no educational or professional requirement and no compulsory coursework. The only requirement is an enthusiasm to broaden one's mind!'

Category Local Heritage

'Dr Johnson’s House is a Grade 1 listed small historic town house in the City of London. We are an independent, fully accredited museum ... The house has three members of staff and a dedicated team of volunteers who together run a vibrant programme of education workshops, exhibitions and events.'

'The Druid Network aims, through connecting individuals and groups together, through coordinating efforts and initiative, and through actively interfacing with public bodies and the media, to Inform, Inspire and Facilitate Druidry as a Religion.'

Category Arts Festivals

'A host of exciting events are happening in the #DulwichFestival this year. From amazing art, illuminating talks and beautiful voices, there will be something to make everyone feel at home.' Normally held Mid May.

Category Arts Festivals

'Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival supports people in some of the region’s most rural areas to experience world class performing arts. We bring the best local and national artists to our communities; we invest in our performing artists; introduce our young people to live performance and engage people of all ages, from all walks of life, with our imaginative programme.' Normally held Mid July.

'Meets monthly ... to discuss astronomy and space topics and hosts occasional public events to promote astronomy. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm. We take a break from June to August when it isn’t dark enough to see the night sky.'

'The University of Dundee Botanic Garden has something for all the family. Located near the banks of Scotland’s longest river, the Tay, its exceptional setting, stunning southerly views and sheltered surroundings makes the Garden one of the top visitor attractions in East Central Scotland. Our extensive variety of collection of conifers, broad-leaved trees, shrubs, tropical and temperate glasshouses are showcase among the nine and a half acres of flourishing gardens and foliage.'

'An annual fun-filled series of family events online and in-person about climate, space, life sciences and human biology, engineering and technology. With everything from explosive live shows to relaxing storytime sessions with the little ones, there is something for all ages to enjoy.' Normally held Early November.

'We’re a friendly group of honey bee enthusiasts who usually meet at 6.45pm on the last Wednesday of almost every month ... We don’t meet in August or December (although there’s a quiz or a social evening at the start of December) and in June there’s a BBQ instead of a meeting, usually at a member’s home.'

'Durham Book Festival is a Durham County Council event produced by New Writing North and is part of Durham County Council’s exciting festivals programme. The Festival traditionally takes place in and around the beautiful city of Durham each October.'

'At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered online.'

'Durham University's 10 hectare Botanic Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. Open to the public, the Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover ... As well as being a beautiful natural environment in which to wander, explore and learn more about our plants, the Botanic Garden hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year.'

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