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'Our members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Whether your interest is the liners of yesteryear, the cruise ships of today, or ferries, the society has something for all. Members include employees of major shipping companies, authors and ship buffs, inveterate travellers and armchair sailors.'

'Off the Shelf Festival of Words festival is one of the best known festivals in the UK ... Books, reading, ideas and conversations are at the core of what we do ... Over the years the Festival has introduced a series of commissioned poems from lead writers, and is responsible for the Text in The City initiative – mounting poems in public places.' Normally held Late October.

Category Okehampton

Member of the Devon Beekeepers' Association Grouping

Category Edinburgh

Member of the Local History Societies - Central Scotland Grouping

'Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.'

Category Oldham

Member of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society Grouping

Category Oldham

Member of the Photographic Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

Category Oldham

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Oldham

Member of the Photographic Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

Category Newport Pagnell

Member of the Photographic Societies - Buckinghamshire Grouping

Category Road Transport

Founded 1929: 'Whether your prime interest lies in past or present operations, company or route history, fleet changes or any other aspects, The Omnibus Society will keep you informed and take you behind the scenes. Meetings of the Society, in venues across the country, are regularly addressed by leading figures from within the industry and we run a series of study tours.'

'Programme of the University of St Andrews Open Association including the Friday Evening Lecture Series: 'The lectures start at 8.00 pm and last until approximately 9.00 pm, followed immediately by questions and discussions until about 9.15 pm.'

'Primarily an easily browsable inventory of over 3,000 named paths, trails and related walks and ways described by nature agencies, heritage organizations, walking groups, tourism bodies, local authorities, walking enthusiasts and so on. Each entry is allocated to the relevant UK country, English region, local government district/unitary authority.'

'Open City is a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture more open, accessible and equitable.
We engage all citizens, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, in architecture and city-making. Our programmes – from the Open House Festival and its international network, to our pioneering education projects – open up buildings, conversations and careers to those normally locked out of them.'

Category East of England

Member of The Orchid Society of Great Britain Grouping

'A Club for anyone who grows orchids, whether on a windowsill or professionally, providing a place for members to meet socially, to show their orchids, acquire new ones, and to learn about them with lectures, a journal, a library, exhibiting at shows and cultural advice. Our membership is national and international, with individual members and Affiliated Societies.'

'An autonomous society, established to promote a better understanding of orchid biology, conservation and cultivation. It does this by organizing its very own annual Welsh Orchid Festival and monthly talks. A series of field trips and visits to external sites and organisations are also part of our yearly programme.'

Category Arts and Crafts

Founded 1921: 'A small group of like-minded, passionate collectors and experts gathered together to discuss, exchange ideas and write about Asian art. The OCS is now the oldest and foremost society in the world focused on Asian art ... Each year, the Oriental Ceramic Society (OCS) curates a series of lectures that are given by distinguished scholars. These talks are scheduled once a month in the evening and are usually held in the Society of Antiquaries at The Royal Academy in Piccadilly'.

Category Arts and Crafts

'Established in 1977 to encourage enthusiasm and interest in carpets and textiles of Asia and the Middle East. The Society is now concerned with carpets and textiles of the whole world. We aim to advance understanding of the processes of making carpets and textiles, and promote knowledge of the traditional centres of weaving through specialist talks and in the pages of our journal. The Society organises visits to museums, auction houses and private collections. Curators have always been exceptionally generous with their time and expertise, showing us treasures not normally seen by the public.'

Category Publishers

'The Orion Publishing Group is one of the UK’s leading publishers. Our mission is to bring the best publishing to the greatest variety of people. Open, agile, passionate and innovative – we believe that everyone will find something they love at Orion ... The Orion Publishing Group is part of Hachette UK which is a leading UK trade publishing group.'

Founded 1991: 'One of the world’s longest-established and most original science festivals, providing a platform for fresh ideas in an island setting.' Normally held Early September.

Category Leominster

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Herefordshire Grouping

Category Ormskirk

Member of the Photographic Societies - Lancashire Grouping

Category Orpington

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

'OASI is a society for people interested in astronomy. We are based at Orwell Park Observatory and Newbourne Village Hall, both situated near Ipswich, Suffolk. Members enjoy a wide range of interests in astronomy and include armchair astronomers, casual observers, and dedicated amateurs with specialist skills in visual and photographic observing, constructing telescopes, public education in astronomy and the history of astronomy.'

Category Ipswich

Member of The Arts Society - 2 East of England Grouping

Category Cambridge

Member of the Local History Societies - Cambridgeshire Grouping

Category Exmouth

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Devon Grouping

Category Sidmouth

Member of the Local History Societies - Devon Grouping

'Established in 2002 as a successful springtime event, the Oundle Festival of Literature has evolved into an all year-round celebration of literature, a format that is popular with our performers and authors, and offers our audience a variety of events throughout the year. The Festival prides itself on featuring both fiction and non-fiction, including contemporary and genre-based fiction and an eclectic mix of non-fiction including environmental, political, historical and local interest topics.'

Category Oundle

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Northamptonshire Grouping

'ODI is an independent, global think tank. We work to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality. Through research, convening and influencing, we generate ideas that matter for people and planet ... We bring together the world’s most influential thinkers, activists and global voices to discuss the critical issues of our time.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'In 1995 Dr Ruth Barnes founded the Oxford Asian Textile Group with the aim of making the Oxford textile collections better known to specialists and the interested public.  Oxford has unusual and important collections of textiles from Asia and the Islamic world ... OATG offers an annual programme of events including lectures, study visits and seminars, covering a wide range of subjects.'

'The oldest botanic garden in the UK, founded on July 25th 1621. Established as the Oxford Physic Garden for growing medicinal plants used to teach medical students, the Garden was the birthplace of botanical sciences at Oxford. It became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden in the 1830s to reflect its role in experimental botany ... Situated in Nuneham Courtenay, Harcourt Arboretum is only 20 mins drive from Oxford Botanic Garden, with regular buses.'

'All our events are continuing to take place online. They are free and open to all. We welcome you just as warmly as ever to take part, and enjoy what’s on offer virtually. There’s a wonderful range of opportunities for you to explore some of the most pressing issues facing us today.'

''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

'OCMS exists to convene practitioners, scholars and leaders in creative and prophetic dialogue, and one way we do this is by fostering spaces where scholarship and practice interface for mutual learning.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Oxford Festival of the Arts is a fortnight of events across the city, which takes place each summer from the third week of June onwards. We attract nationally and internationally renowned performers and artists, as well as exciting newcomers and wonderful home-grown talent. Through our many cultural partnerships, we are able to make use of the buildings, open spaces, and performance venues that our beautiful city of Oxford has to offer. Our mission is to offer a broad programme of performances, events, and experiences embracing music; classical, contemporary and new, theatre, visual art, film, dance, comedy, and literature.'

'The Oxford Geology Group is a dynamic, growing and very active local geological society that has been in constant operation since 1957 ... Our varied programme of illustrated evening lectures runs throughout the year. Two lecture series run in parallel, one on the fourth Tuesday of the month and the other on the second Thursday of the month ... Lectures aim to cater for those starting out in the Earth and planetary sciences as well as those with some specialist knowledge.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Membership includes some of Britain’s leading Fine Press printers, a wide range of design, printing and publishing professionals – from students to the retired – and a growing number of Fine Press collectors and dealers ... 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.'

Category Oxford

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

'In reviving the Oxford Festival – we are determined to reinforce our longstanding commitments to: * freedom of speech, debate, and diversity; and maintaining our tradition of courteous dialogue, allowing for contentious and difficult subjects to be publicly examined; * the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching; * providing platforms for as wide a range of published topics as possible.' Normally held Late March.

'The Philosophical Society is a community of enthusiastic amateur philosophers. Although it includes amongst its members academics and professionals from various fields of activity, as well as people who do hold academic qualifications in philosophy, the Society is not an academic research organisation. Its purpose is 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).'

Category Oxford

Member of the Photographic Societies - Oxfordshire Grouping

Category Oxford

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

'Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning Museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages.'

Category Oxfordshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Our objectives are "to further and promote the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment" ... We provide an educational programme for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper, including taster sessions, meetings and practical courses for beginners.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'Oxfordshire Gardens Trust is all about exploring and celebrating the wonderful parks and gardens in the county, both large and small, public and private, historic and contemporary. Join us to learn about them, their history and the challenge of caring for them in the 21st century. We have a fascinating programme of activities throughout the year, including lectures on a wide range of topics and guided visits to parks and gardens, often private and only accessible by special arrangement. Membership is a great opportunity to find out more and of course to make new friends.'

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