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Wide range of daytime and evening lectures, talks and other events.

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Category Maritime History
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'The Society for lovers of ships that carry people around their world ... Most months, usually on the third Tuesday of the month, we host a talk or other presentation.'

Category Art Galleries
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'The Gallery promotes the Transvangarde, the very best in contemporary art from around the planet, as well as maintaining a cultural hub in central London for poets, writers, intellectuals and artists, and hosts talks, performances and seminars.'

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'Various meeting are held each year which include lectures covering topics of local and general interest.'

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Annual Lecture: Enquire about attendance - and to Lunchtime Seminars and other events.

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'We are a small friendly club. We welcome visitors ... Every other Monday evening at 7.30 pm ... Between September and May.'

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'Each year The Old Edinburgh Club organises a programme of activities for members. Lectures are given by guest speakers each month from October to March (the Winter Programme). They cover a wide variety of topics relating to Edinburgh's history and development ... Lectures are free to members and open to non-members paying a small fee (currently £2.00).'

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Range of talks, lectures, demonstrations: 'All events are included in Museum admission and are presented by Museum curatorial staff, unless otherwise stated'.

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'A small, friendly amateur photographic club. Whether you are new to photography or an old hand, we will give you a warm welcome. The words fun, friends & photos fit us perfectly. We meet every Thursday night at 7.30 pm.'

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'Meetings are held on most Thursdays throughout the year ... All meetings are at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start unless otherwise stated.'

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'Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month.'

Category Arts & Crafts
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Range of lectures and related events: 'All events are free of charge unless otherwise stated, pre-booking for all events is advised' (and need to buy tickets for the Fair itself). Usually held each year in June.

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‘Whether your prime interest lies in past or present operations, company or route history and development, fleet changes or any other aspects, the Omnibus Society will keep you informed. Meetings of the Society are regularly addressed by leading figures from within the industry and we run visits to operators and manufacturers and longer study tours.’

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'EXPLORE named paths, trails, walks, ways etc all over the UK: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. Also walks described by organizations concerned with UK Local Government, Protected Areas and Tourism. Link to Websites of a wide range of other bodies concerned with Walkers and Walking in the UK.'

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‘OUGS is the largest Open University Society, with around sixteen hundred members. Membership is open to everyone interested in geology and other earth sciences, not just Open University students and staff. Our members include amateur fossil hunters, professional oil engineers, oceanographers and satellite imagery experts studying planetary geology.’

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'Open-City’s activities and events programme gives the opportunity for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the buildings and places where we live and work. At its core is the simple but powerful concept: for people to learn about and advocate for the value of good design in every London neighbourhood through first-hand experience.'

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Category Arts & Crafts
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'Monthly lectures from October to June are held at the Society of Antiquaries in Piccadilly, London.'

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'The Oriental Museum has a busy programme of events for adults and families relating to our collections and temporary exhibitions ... Information on the Friends of the Oriental Museum Lecture Series and other Friends events can be found on the Friends page.'

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Category Arts & Crafts
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'Members receive three Programmes and three Newsletters a year, with details of eleven events of lectures, visits and trips for each year. We aim to cater for the wide range of interest of all our members, including social gatherings.'

Category Publishers
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'Find out when your favourite authors are going to be in town ... events for all authors in all regions.'

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'We have monthly Members Evenings with a guest speaker.'

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'Winter programme: between September and April, we run our monthly "Club Night" programme of talks and lectures.'

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'We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month (excluding December when there is no meeting) ... at 8.00 pm.'

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'Our Annual Programme of meetings runs from January to December. Each year, in Autumn, our tireless Committee Members burn the midnight oil in industrial quantities, working on the Programme for the coming year. The results of their labours can be seen here.'

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'Meetings are usually held on a Thursday at 8.00 pm, with the doors opening at 7.40 pm. Please note, that once a month we meet on a Wednesday instead of Thursday.'

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'Members meet at 8 pm usually on the first Wednesday of each month (except January and August).'

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'We meet every month, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month (the December meeting will generally be on the third Thursday). Meetings start no earlier than 7.30 pm and end before 10.00 pm.'

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Winter programme, usually 2nd Saturday afternoon in the month.

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'The Society meets on the last Tuesday in each of the winter months. Occasional outings are organised for the summer months.'

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‘This is the pre-eminent society devoted to Orwell – and is open to all worldwide. The Society is a registered charity in the UK and aims to keep the study of Orwell alive through its educational activities.’

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'Most meetings are held ... at 7.30 pm on a Wednesday evening ... The Oswestrian doesn't open its doors until 7.30 pm so if you arrive early you probably won't be able to get in!'

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'We run 10 meetings a year where specialists address members on topics of varied interest.'

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'Normally hold nine meetings and two shows each year. Meetings take place each month between January and November each year ... the two shows in July and August replace the normal meetings. Admission to the meetings is one pound, non-members are welcome. The meetings often include an outside speaker talking about gardening related subjects.'

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'The Festival of Literature holds many one-off events throughout the year. They continue to be planned and hosted to a very high standard, but are no longer confined to one week in March.'

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'Founded as the Oundle and District Sweet Pea Society, in the early twentieth century. A group of local sweet pea growers got together with the idea of putting on a show and introducing a little friendly competition into their hobby. Since then, shows have been put on in the town every year, except for a break during the war years ... In the 1980s, the Society began arranging evening meetings at which speakers were invited to give talks on a wide range of mainly horticultural subjects. With just a short break in the 1990s, these talks have continued to give our patrons and visitors a pleasant evening out, through the darker months, from September to May.'

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ODI is an independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. Our vision is a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. We harness the power of evidence and ideas through research and partnership to confront challenges, develop solutions and create change.’

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Category Arts & Crafts
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'Annual programme includes a number of talks on a wide variety of textile related topics. Some lecturers are from the UK and some are specialists from overseas who are visiting England and enjoying some time in Oxford. Unless otherwise stated the talks take place ... starting at 5.45 pm with refreshments from 5.15 pm. Visitors welcome (£2). No booking necessary.'

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Programme of early Monday evening meetings. Various venues in central Oxford can be used.

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'The BRC hosts a series of public lectures showcasing the research within our themes ... All are welcome and there is no need to register.'

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'Here at Oxford Brookes University we have a history of hosting lectures that are free and open to the general public, alumni, students and the academic community alike ... Lectures are free of charge and open to the public, but booking is essential.'

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'Meetings are usually held in Pusey House on Tuesday evenings of Full Term. The Society continues the tradition of the Inklings by retiring after most meetings to the "Eagle and Child" for general discussion. As well as speakers, there are informal meetings, poetry and prose readings, and occasional outings to country pubs. Membership is not restricted to members of the University.'

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''A Recognised Independent Centre of Oxford University. The principal aim of the Centre is the study of Hindu culture, religion, languages, literature, philosophy, history, arts and society, in all periods and in all parts of the world ... Lectures are a key part of the OCHS programme. One of our goals is to make lectures delivered at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies accessible to all ... As well as our general lectures and Shivdasani lectures and seminars we currently host three named lectures ...' Enquire about attendance. Note also: Friends of the OCHS  'Friends of the OCHS have formed groups across the UK holding events that raise funds and awareness for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.'

Category Christianity
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Weekly Tuesday Lectures 'These public lectures are intended to contribute to addressing the needs of what Professor Walls calls, "Post-Western Christianity", focusing particularly on expounding the theological, biblical and missiological contribution the church in the global "South" is making. The dissemination of these lectures through print and audio is expected to be a resource for "a new age of Christian scholarship" in the growing church.'

Category Philosophy
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Wide range of lectures, some explicity annotated 'public lecture', others 'open to all'. Enquire about attendance.

Category Christianity
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'Each Tuesday during the University term the Centre runs programmes of Public Lectures with distinguished speakers for the world of academia, church and faith communities, politics, and public life, on matters of interest to the university community, the churches and faith communities and wider society. They are open to all members of the public free of charge. They are normally held at 5.00 pm in the College’s Collier Room and are followed by discussion with the lecturer until about 6.15 pm.'

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'Our talks (free to members) are given by leading speakers and are held in interesting locations across Oxford. A wide variety of subjects are covered – eg Oxford history, buildings, current developments, arts and science.'

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Range of seminars and related events listed, several organized by cognate bodies: enquire about attendance.

Category Arts Festivals
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‘The Festival offers a broad programme of performances, workshops and talks across the fields of music, theatre, art, film and literature. We aim to celebrate Oxford’s diverse communities and offer something for everyone, whatever their age, background or artistic experience.’ Held Late June - Early July.

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'Our programme has something for anyone interested in geology, the Earth and planetary sciences. OGG’s lecture programme is one of the best for any geological society in the country, with monthly talks by eminent speakers ... Lectures are held usually on the 3rd Thursday of the month ... Our programme is simply, second to none.'

Category Arts & Crafts
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'Nine of the eleven monthly meetings (there is a summer break) feature a speaker of some distinction on a printing- or book-related topic or take the form of a visit to a noted library, Press or museum. There is generally time for a stimulating interchange of news and ideas between members before the talk - and afterwards an opportunity to meet the speaker.'

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Category Schools of Law
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Roger Hood Annual Public Lecture - plus other events which members of the public might attend.

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'The 21st Century School runs seminars, workshops and one-off events in different departments throughout the academic year. It also features a distinguished public lecture series and a termly seminar series to present cutting-edge research on the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.' Typically: 'Seminars are free and open to everyone, with no registration required' - but should check first.

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'Oxford University has a diverse portfolio of research relating to the environment. The Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE) use their websites to pool together expertise across Oxford University relating to the fields of: Biodiversity, climate, energy, food and water. Lectures, seminars and events from all disciplines relating to people and the environment within Oxford can be found on this website.' Enquire about attendance.

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Indoor Meetings 'are held monthly except during the summer holiday period ... Before a talk from an invited speaker, there is news of any interesting local birds and members are brought up to date with local conservation issues. Afterwards there are opportunities to meet and chat to other members, and often an informal bird identification quiz'.

Category Philosophy
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''The Philosophical Society exists to advise and encourage anyone who has an interest in philosophy, and to help students who attend classes in philosophy organised by OUDCE (Oxford University Department for Continuing Education) ... Seven philosophy weekends are held each year, at which two or more invited speakers of distinction give lectures on a selected topic. During the weekend ample opportunity is given for questions and discussion. Mealtimes and coffee breaks provide further opportunities to discuss topics and to get to know other members of the Society. In addition, a member's day is held once a year, at which the speakers are society members ... Although weekend meetings are open to everyone, most of those attending are members and they provide an enthusiastic core who guarantee the success of the weekends.'

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'We meet Tuesday evenings September to May ... Meetings start at 7.30 pm - 7.45 pm - finishing around 10.00 pm - with a break for tea and coffee, and a chat.'

Category Heraldry
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'This Society is nearly one and three-quarter centuries old, but like King Arthur it has been dormant. Now it is ready once again to help us all to delight in and to study the many colourful ways in which kings and yeomen, nations and colleges, regiments and churchmen, have chosen to symbolise themselves and their pretensions over the centuries. Come and join us for lectures - both learned and frivolous - for visits and excursions, and for whatever else you think a Heraldry Society should do. ... You do not need to be a member of the University, but if you are, please make this clear.'

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Category Natural History
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Occasional lectures and talks.

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'Meetings are held at 5pm on Thursdays of even weeks of term ... Contact should be made to Publicity Officer shown on the Website ... Although most of our members are affiliated to the University, we welcome everyone with an interest in the subject to our meetings. Membership is free to all current students.'

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'Members meet monthly, either at one of our summer Apiary Meetings, or at a lecture or social event during the winter months, to which speakers are invited. It is at these meetings that our members gain valuable insight to the craft of beekeeping and also have the opportunity to benefit from the friendly support of our membership, who have a wealth of experience and knowledge. Non members are welcome to attend a meeting, but will be expected to become members if they wish to attend further sessions. If you are considering keeping bees, then your first action should be to join us.'

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''Formed in June 2010 and provides an informal monthly social meeting in central Oxford for those with an interest in buses & coaches from around the world, past or present ... Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and normally take the form of a picture show with local or guest speakers. Members get free entry to our meetings and access to our member’s only forum. Non-members are also welcome to attend our meetings for a fee of £2 per meeting.'

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'General meetings fourth Monday of most months.'

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'The Oxfordshire Flora Group - formerly the Rare Plants Group - is a part of The Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire. Based in Oxford, it works with local and national organisations ... The Group runs an annual series of lectures on the conservation of plants in Britain and abroad.'

Category Gardens Trusts
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'Our activities include: A program of visits to parks and gardens, the majority of which are not normally open to the public; A series of evening lectures by speakers who are expert in their fields ...'

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'The Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) is for everyone interested in the history of our county. We foster and promote the study and publication of local history and act as an umbrella organisation for local history groups, of which there are more than 80 in Oxfordshire.'

Category Railway History
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''Formed in 1975 by a group who felt that there was a need in the Oxford district for a railway society to cater for the general railway enthusiast ... ORS meetings, where a friendly atmosphere prevails, are held on the second Wednesday of each month, excepting June, July and August. ORS hold a varied selected of talks, often from distinguished speakers ... They are illustrated by film or slides and range from steam trains to diesel engines, from broad to narrow gauge, and from foreign to local interest.'

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