A-Z of LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Glossary

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In this Glossary denotes a cross-reference to another Entry.

A B C D ...

Located towards the top of each display. Clicking on a character in the sequence provides an alphanumerically ordered list of Subject Categories* followed by one of Records* whose Organization Titles* start with that character.

Address

See Venue*

Advanced Search

Allows one to search for data in certain defined Fields* of each Directory Record* - either singly or in combination. Such a search can be across the whole Directory; or it can just be within a specific section of the Subject Categories*. If you restrict your search to a specific Subject Category section, you should retrieve items classified with that Category as well as those classified with any of its Sub-Categories. Thus, for instance, specifying 'Science, Technology & Medicine' will retrieve also items classified with 'Chemistry', 'Ornithology Clubs & Societies', 'The Medical Sciences', and so on and so forth. Naturally, if you just want Records of Organizations within such a more specific discipline, then enter its subject category name rather than the name of the broader category.

In the Advanced Search 'free text' Fields, your search string can be any number of characters in length, even just one.

In general, make sure that you set the Advanced Search either to return results if all of the search elements are present in a Record (this is equivalent to Boolean 'And', and is the default); or to return results if any of the search elements are present in a Record (which is equivalent to Boolean 'Or'): i.e. be careful to note the setting of the toggle at the top of the form.

All Are Welcome

Normally, Organizations will only be referenced in the Directory if all are welcome at their Events: i.e. before attending (or listening online to) a lecture or talk, you do not have to be a certain age, sex, or ethnicity; or have a particular qualification or a specific expertise; or be officially enrolled on a course of study; or be able to undertake some challenging activity or pursuit; or commit yourself to a certain belief or philosophy; and so on and so forth - though of course some such might well be an outcome of your attendance at the talk or lecture. If you are required to be a 'Member' of an Organization in order to engage with its lectures and talks, such Membership is in principle 'open to all'. See also Exclusions* and Inclusions*.

Also Indexed

Used, for instance, for parent bodies of the Organization whose Record* this is. Also for historical and alternative Organization Titles*, subsidiary or cognate bodies not given separate entries in the Directory*, etc.

Directory

This is the core of Open Lectures and Talks and consists of a collection of Records*, each single Record giving details pertaining to a single Organization*, and including within the Record information about its lectures/talks programme, and occasionally about the Organization itself.

Directory Statistics

Calculated automatically by the software; displayed at the top of the left-hand column of each screen.

Exclusions

From the Glossary entry All Are Welcome*, you should be able to infer the types of bodies which will automatically be excluded from the Directory because "all are NOT welcome" at their events. Beyond that, I have tended to exclude organizations which have the following characteristics (even though for many "all" might indeed be welcome to attend the lectures/talks they offer). These are organizations:

* Whose meetings presuppose some positive involvement by the participants, a significant degree of interactivity, practical work, positive commitment: e.g. art societies, magician groups, meditation sessions, training workshops; also many events organized by campaigning, political, religious, and similar bodies. I have tried to ask myself: Would one be able to attend the advertised 'lecture' or 'talk' and, as it were, sit at the back, unnoticed and untroubled?

* Which offer events where the spoken word cannot really be considered a 'lecture' or a 'talk': e.g. church sermons, masterclasses, (many) poetry readings, performance groups, press conferences, recorded music society meetings, storytelling sessions;

* Which organize conferences, meetings, workshops and similar events extending over several hours or days, and where one has to book for the whole, and cannot just attend individual lectures and talks;

* Who only list 'seminars' within their event programmes, especially where these are taking place in academic institutions (and note that although such seminars will frequently be annotated "Open to all" or some such, what is frequently meant is "Open to all members of the university or college which is the parent body of the Department/School/Centre/Institute etc. sponsoring the seminar");

* Where the events programme comprises field trips, guided tours, site visits, etc. where any 'talk' or 'lecture' mentioned is likely to be a very minor part of the whole;

* Whose meetings take place in "Members' Homes";

* Which offer events directed primarily at children and young people;

* When the cost of attending their events is substantial (either upfront, or at the time, or both).

Explore Lectures and Talks in the UK

Each Record is cross-referenced to the most precise geographical part of the UK relevant to its Entity’s prime field of operation. (Entities which do not have a precise field of operation are simply tagged ‘UK’’.) The geographical parts chosen are arranged in a hierarchy. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are divided into the official administrative areas currently used by the governments in each country, with the areas gathered together into self-made ‘regions’ so as to map what I do with England. For a few of these (non-English) areas I have further sub-divided into ‘Localities’ (e.g. ‘St Andrews’ within ‘Fife’); but the majority become the reference point for the Field Nearby as well as the Field Area. In contrast, for England, not only have I divided the Country into the nine ‘Regions’ still occasionally used for various purposes. I have also then allocated to each Region its ‘Counties’. Many of these Counties will indeed be current Unitary Authorities, but they also include Metropolitan Areas such as Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear. (I have also invented ‘Greater Birmingham’.) However, a few of the designations here are now only of historical relevance, but they still seem most appropriate for a venture of this kind (e.g. Avon, Berkshire). London has been sub-divided into five parts characterized in some strategic studies of the capital. These are the English Areas. Then, apart from Isles of Man and Wight, the Areas within England are divided into their own ‘Localities’, the reference points here for Nearby. Inevitably, given the complex current and historical use of local, area, and regional names for parts of the UK, there is no perfect way to divide up the Kingdom, and one just has to make compromises ...

Field

The different parts of each Record*

Gazetteer of British Place Names

"The Gazetteer provides an exhaustive Place Name Index to Great Britain [but not NORTHERN IRELAND], containing over 50,000 entries. It lists the historic county and the main administrative areas in which each place lies." An excellent facility.

SEE http://www.gazetteer.co.uk/

Inclusions

Although sometimes not strictly (accompanied by) a 'lecture' or 'talk', I have tended to include Organizations* which offer (open to the public): book launches and signings; conversations; debates; discussions; panels; readings. See also All Are Welcome*, and cf Exclusions*.

New!

The Organization Titles* of Records* newly added to the Directory* in the previous 14 days have this annotation. A list of 100 'New' Records can be retrieved by clicking IN MORE DETAIL ... at the foot of the column New Listings. The Titles appear roughly in reverse chronological order (i.e. the latest added first).

Online Lectures & Talks

Field* which when present indicates that the Organization was projecting at Review* forthcoming live lectures and talks which would be able to be viewed remotely online (using Zoom and similar computer applications). NOTE that I have indeed tried to restrict such an annotation to lectures and talks that will be accessible whilst being delivered 'live' (rather than as recordings). The arrangements for viewing such 'live' lectures/talks vary significantly. At one extreme, there will be provided a Link which - at the relevant time - will take you directly to the 'live' lecture/talk. At the other extreme, the 'live' lectures/talks will only be accessible to registered Members of the provider Organization.  In between are organizations which, for instance, require you to register your intention to view the lecture/talk of interest ahead of its transmission without becoming a Member.

 

Open Lectures & Talks

Four important points:

* First, 'Open' is not necessarily 'Free of Charge': indeed, for the majority of the Organizations listed, if you intend attending their meetings regularly, they expect you to become a Member, paying an Annual Subscription; for many others, there will be a charge for each lecture or talk - either up-front, or at the door. However, as noted under Exclusions*, I do not list Organizations whose charges are relatively large, or seem to be, given the type of events on offer.

* Second, the norm is for me to 'copy and paste' from the Organization Website* a very short piece of text indicating what is on offer. But sometimes I go a little further, reproducing something more extended that I found interesting, or well expressed, or occasionally that just amused me! Obviously, whatever is copied will not in any sense be a comprehensive description of what you might find if you decide to engage with the Organization. But I trust it will be sufficient to whet your appetite (or not, as the case might be ...).

* Third, lots of the Organizations referenced do not offer lectures/talks throughout the whole year: a substantial proportion engage in outdoors activities during the 'Summer', and only have a relevant programme of activities during the 'Winter'; or they may be academic bodies just scheduling events during term time; or the series of lectures or talks referenced may only run for a few weeks or months; and so forth. Frequently, you will only discover such by clicking through to the details on the Website, because the piece of text I have reproduced will not make that explicit.

* Fourth, especially with the larger or more complex organizations, I have often chosen to highlight just one maybe quite small facet of their overall programme of lectures/talks. The relevant Website will then reveal other offerings which might well be more pertinent to your interests than the offering I have chosen.

Open To All

See All Are Welcome*

Organization Description

Where a Description is provided - and there is frequently no description for Organizations which operate following a standard pattern - the text is always 'cut and pasted' from the Organization Website*: it appears at the foot of the 'Full' Record*, above the Map* (if there is a map). Inevitably this will only be a partial portrait. But by reproducing what the body says about itself, rather than making up my own text, I have tried to avoid making a judgement on the relative value of the Organization in the world at large. My choice of text nevertheless is bound to be subjective, reflecting what I find to be of interest and importance; and this might well not be what you would have chosen to highlight about the Organization.

Organization Title

I have tried always to use the Title as it appears on the Organization Website*. Where a Named Lecture (series) is the only Organizational offering cited in the Directory*, I will usually use the title of the Lecture (series) itself as the 'Organization Title': e.g. (The) Reith Lectures, citing the parent organization (BBC) in the Field Also Indexed*. (In other cases, the 'Name' of the Lecture (series) will appear in the Field Named Lectures & Talks*.)

Where branches or subsections of an Organization are given separate entries in the Directory, the norm is for me to reproduce the Title of Parent Organization and after a dash ( - ) give the name of the Branch.

Recently Added Listings

The system provides a list of the latest 100 Records* added to the Directory*, each such Record annotated 'New!' against its Organization Title*. The section 'Organizations recently added to the Directory', found in the left-hand column, lists the very latest 25 additions, with - for each entry - its (hyperlinked) Subject Category* underneath. You can see all 100 recent additions by clicking >>> 100 Recent Additions at the foot of the 25 entries.

Record

The collection of Fields* of data captured for each Organization* in the Directory*. After clicking a Subject Category* heading or carrying out a Search*, the system displays a set of 'Brief' Records, sorted and displayed alphanumerically by Organization Title*. Clicking the Title of a 'Brief' Record displays its 'Full' Record. In comparison with its 'Brief' Record a 'Full' Record will contain additional information in the Fields* Type of Body*, URL was last checked* as well as the custom-made Map* (unless there is no Map because events are held in Various Places*). Optionally, there might also be information in the Fields: Navigate Website*; Organization Description*; Some more information*.

Review

Checking the accuracy of some or all parts of a Record: e.g. the Link to the Website*

Search the Directory

For (the 'Brief' version of) a Record* to be retrieved in a 'Simple Search'* (as against an 'Advanced Search'*), each string of characters typed into the Search ... Box (top right of the screen), must in total be at least 3 and not more than 20 characters; and the characters must match some part of the text in the Fields matched in Simple Search*. That is, the strings of characters - each separated by a space - must be present somewhere within the text of at least one of these Fields for a Record* to be retrieved. (Thus there is an implicit Boolean 'And'.) TRY typing in 'lib' to the Search ... Box; then repeat the search with 'lib' separated by a space from 'lec'; then 'lib' separated by spaces from 'lec' and 'oxf' to get the idea. (However, you would soon find that it is easy to create exceptions to the process described. But these seem relatively unimportant - and, in any case, use instead of the Advanced Search* facility will normally produce a more optimal response.)

Simple Search

The text of ten of the Fields* in each Record* will be matched by text placed in the Simple Search ... Box. These are: Also Indexed*; Country/Region*; District/Unitary Authority*; Historic County*; Named Lectures & Talks*; Organization Title*; Postcode*; Type of Body*; Various Places*; Venue*. Such a 'Simple' search naturally does not distinguish the Fields it is matching with the search string(s) you input - which from time to time can generate some initially puzzling results, particularly where each string input has matched characters in the middle of a word ! (TRY 'sea' and 'soc' together.) Note that a 'Simple Search' will also retrieve the titles of any Subject Categories containing the search character string(s) input: the Subject Categories are listed first, followed by any 'Brief' format Records retrieved. See also Search the Directory*, Advanced Search*, and the Tab 'How to Search'.

Some more information

A Field* used occasionally to note aspects of Venue*, details on membership of the Organization, other lectures/talks offered, and so forth: pieces of information which seemed worth capturing at the time the relevant Record* was prepared.

Subject Category

The subject classification scheme used has been specially devised for this Directory* - with all the caveats that such an attempt implies. Note that Category Headings are matched in Simple Search*: TRY a search using the character string 'lit'. The first figure in brackets given after each Category Heading so retrieved is the number of any Subject Sub-Categories; the second is the total number of Records* within that subject section - including in any Sub-Categories of the parent Category.

Visit

Clicking Visit in a 'Brief' or 'Full' Record should direct you to the Organization's Website page on which or from which can be found details of the current programme of lectures/talks.

Website

The Link to the Website given in each 'Full' Record* should direct you to the Organization's Website page on which or from which can be found details of the current programme of lectures/talks. cf Visit*

Directory Statistics

There are 5622 listings and 827 categories in our website

Recently Added Listings

A-Z of Localities Used in the Directory

  1. Aberdeen City
  2. Aberdeenshire
  3. Abergavenny
  4. Aberystwyth
  5. Abingdon
  6. Accrington
  7. Alcester
  8. Aldeburgh
  9. Alfreton
  10. Alnwick
  11. Altrincham
  12. Amersham
  13. Ammanford
  14. Andover
  15. Angus
  16. Antrim Newtownabbey
  17. Ards North Down
  18. Armagh Banbridge Craigavon
  19. Arnold
  20. Arundel
  21. Ashbourne
  22. Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  23. Ashford (Kent)
  24. Ashton-Under-Lyne
  25. Aylesbury
  26. Aylsham
  27. Bakewell
  28. Banbury
  29. Bangor
  30. Banstead
  31. Barking Dagenham
  32. Barnet
  33. Barnsley
  34. Barnstaple
  35. Basildon
  36. Basingstoke
  37. Bath
  38. Beaconsfield
  39. Bebington
  40. Beccles
  41. Beckenham
  42. Bedford
  43. Berkhamsted
  44. Berwick-upon-Tweed
  45. Beverley
  46. Bexley
  47. Bicester
  48. Bideford
  49. Biggleswade
  50. Billericay
  51. Birkenhead
  52. Birmingham
  53. Bishop Auckland
  54. Bishop's Stortford
  55. Blackburn
  56. Blackpool
  57. Blaenau Gwent
  58. Blandford Forum
  59. Bodmin
  60. Bognor Regis
  61. Bolton
  62. Boston
  63. Bournemouth
  64. Brackley
  65. Bracknell
  66. Bradford
  67. Braintree
  68. Brecon
  69. Brent (London)
  70. Brentwood
  71. Bridgend
  72. Bridgwater
  73. Bridlington
  74. Bridport
  75. Brighton Hove
  76. Bristol
  77. Broadstairs
  78. Bromley
  79. Bromsgrove
  80. Buckingham
  81. Bude
  82. Burnley
  83. Burton-upon-Trent
  84. Bury (Lancashire)
  85. Bury St Edmunds
  86. Buxton
  87. Caerphilly
  88. Camborne
  89. Cambridge
  90. Camden
  91. Cannock
  92. Canterbury
  93. Cardiff
  94. Carlisle
  95. Carmarthen
  96. Causeway Coast Glens
  97. Ceredigion
  98. Chard
  99. Chelmsford
  100. Cheltenham
  101. Chepstow
  102. Chesham
  103. Cheshunt
  104. Chester (City)
  105. Chester-le-Street
  106. Chesterfield
  107. Chichester
  108. Chippenham
  109. Chipping Campden
  110. Chipping Norton
  111. Christchurch
  112. Cirencester
  113. City of Belfast
  114. City of Edinburgh
  115. City of Glasgow
  116. City of London
  117. Clackmannanshire
  118. Clacton on Sea
  119. Clevedon
  120. Clitheroe
  121. Colchester
  122. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  123. Congleton
  124. Conwy
  125. Corby
  126. Coventry
  127. Cranleigh
  128. Crawley
  129. Crediton
  130. Crewe
  131. Crieff
  132. Cromer
  133. Crosby
  134. Croydon
  135. Darlington
  136. Dartford
  137. Dartmouth
  138. Daventry
  139. Deal
  140. Derby
  141. Derry City Strabane
  142. Dewsbury
  143. Didcot
  144. Dingwall
  145. Diss
  146. Doncaster
  147. Dorchester
  148. Dorking
  149. Dudley
  150. Dulwich
  151. Dumfries
  152. Dundee City
  153. Dunfermline
  154. Dunstable
  155. Durham
  156. Ealing
  157. East Ayrshire
  158. East Dunbartonshire
  159. East Lothian
  160. East Renfrewshire
  161. Eastbourne
  162. Ellesmere Port
  163. Ely
  164. Enfield
  165. Evesham
  166. Exeter
  167. Exmouth
  168. Fakenham
  169. Falkirk
  170. Falmouth
  171. Fareham
  172. Farnborough
  173. Farnham
  174. Felixstowe
  175. Fermanagh Omagh
  176. Flintshire
  177. Folkestone
  178. Fort William
  179. Framlingham
  180. Frome
  181. Gainsborough
  182. Galashiels
  183. Gateshead
  184. Gillingham (Dorset)
  185. Gillingham (Kent)
  186. Glossop
  187. Gloucester
  188. Godalming
  189. Goole
  190. Gosport
  191. Grantham
  192. Gravesend
  193. Grays
  194. Great Malvern
  195. Greenwich
  196. Grimsby
  197. Guildford
  198. Gwynedd
  199. Hackney
  200. Halesworth
  201. Halifax
  202. Hammersmith Fulham
  203. Hampstead
  204. Haringey
  205. Harlow
  206. Harpenden
  207. Harrogate
  208. Harrow
  209. Hartlepool
  210. Haslemere
  211. Hastings
  212. Hatfield
  213. Havant
  214. Haverhill
  215. Havering
  216. Hawick
  217. Hay-on-Wye
  218. Haywards Heath
  219. Hebden Bridge
  220. Helensburgh
  221. Hemel Hempstead
  222. Henley-on-Thames
  223. Hereford
  224. Hertford
  225. Hexham
  226. High Wycombe
  227. Hillingdon
  228. Hinckley
  229. Hitchin
  230. Holborn
  231. Horncastle
  232. Horsham
  233. Hounslow
  234. Hoylake
  235. Huddersfield
  236. Huntingdon
  237. Ilkeston
  238. Ilkley
  239. Inverclyde
  240. Inverness
  241. Ipswich
  242. Isle of Anglesey
  243. Isle of Islay
  244. Isle of Man
  245. Isle of Skye
  246. Isle of Wight
  247. Islington
  248. Keighley
  249. Kelso
  250. Kendal
  251. Kensington Chelsea
  252. Keswick
  253. Kettering
  254. Kidderminster
  255. Kingston upon Hull
  256. Kingston-upon-Thames
  257. King’s Lynn
  258. Kirkcaldy
  259. Lambeth
  260. Lancaster
  261. Launceston
  262. Leatherhead
  263. Ledbury
  264. Leeds
  265. Leek
  266. Leicester
  267. Leighton Buzzard
  268. Leominster
  269. Letchworth Garden City
  270. Lewes
  271. Lewisham
  272. Lichfield
  273. Lincoln
  274. Lisburn Castlereagh
  275. Liskeard
  276. Liverpool
  277. Llandrindod Wells
  278. Llanelli
  279. Llangollen
  280. Long Eaton
  281. Loughborough
  282. Louth
  283. Lowestoft
  284. Ludlow
  285. Luton
  286. Lydney
  287. Lyme Regis
  288. Lymington
  289. Lytham St Annes
  290. Macclesfield
  291. Maidenhead
  292. Maidstone
  293. Malmesbury
  294. Malton
  295. Manchester
  296. Mansfield
  297. March
  298. Market Harborough
  299. Marlborough
  300. Marlow
  301. Marple
  302. Matlock
  303. Melbourne
  304. Melton Mowbray
  305. Merthyr Tydfil
  306. Merton
  307. Mid East Antrim
  308. Mid Ulster
  309. Middlesbrough
  310. Milton Keynes
  311. Minehead
  312. Monmouth
  313. Moray
  314. Morley
  315. Morpeth
  316. Neath Port Talbot
  317. Newark-on-Trent
  318. Newbury
  319. Newcastle upon Tyne
  320. Newham
  321. Newport (Wales)
  322. Newquay
  323. Newry Mourne Down
  324. Newton Abbot
  325. Newton Stewart
  326. Newtown (Powys)
  327. North Ayrshire
  328. North Lanarkshire
  329. Northallerton
  330. Northampton
  331. Northwich
  332. Norwich
  333. Nottingham
  334. Nuneaton
  335. Oakham
  336. Oban
  337. Okehampton
  338. Oldham
  339. Olney
  340. Orkney
  341. Ormskirk
  342. Orpington
  343. Oswestry
  344. Otley
  345. Oundle
  346. Oxford
  347. Paignton
  348. Peebles
  349. Pembrokeshire
  350. Penrith
  351. Penzance
  352. Perth
  353. Peterborough
  354. Petersfield
  355. Pitlochry
  356. Plymouth
  357. Pontefract
  358. Poole
  359. Portsmouth
  360. Preston
  361. Prestwich
  362. Rayleigh
  363. Reading
  364. Redbridge
  365. Redcar
  366. Redditch
  367. Reigate
  368. Renfrewshire (CA)
  369. Rhondda Cynon Taf
  370. Rhyl
  371. Richmond (North Yorks)
  372. Richmond-upon-Thames
  373. Rickmansworth
  374. Ripon
  375. Rochdale
  376. Romsey
  377. Ross-on-Wye
  378. Rotherham
  379. Royal Leamington Spa
  380. Royal Tunbridge Wells
  381. Rugby
  382. Ruthin
  383. Sale
  384. Salford
  385. Salisbury
  386. Saltash
  387. Sandbach
  388. Scarborough
  389. Scunthorpe
  390. Selby
  391. Selly Oak
  392. Sevenoaks
  393. Sheffield
  394. Sherborne
  395. Shetland Islands
  396. Shrewsbury
  397. Sidmouth
  398. Skipton
  399. Solihull
  400. South Ayrshire
  401. South Lanarkshire
  402. South Shields
  403. Southampton
  404. Southend-on-Sea
  405. Southport
  406. Southwark
  407. Southwell
  408. Spalding
  409. St Albans
  410. St Andrews
  411. St Austell
  412. St Helens
  413. St Ives
  414. Stafford
  415. Staines-upon-Thames
  416. Stamford
  417. Stevenage
  418. Stirling
  419. Stockport
  420. Stockton-on-Tees
  421. Stoke-on-Trent
  422. Stow-on-the-Wold
  423. Stowmarket
  424. Stratford-on-Avon
  425. Stroud
  426. Sudbury
  427. Sunderland
  428. Sutton (London)
  429. Sutton Coldfield
  430. Swaffham
  431. Swanage
  432. Swansea
  433. Swindon
  434. Tamworth
  435. Taunton
  436. Tavistock
  437. Teignmouth
  438. Telford
  439. Tenterden
  440. Tewkesbury
  441. Thame (Oxon)
  442. Thornbury
  443. Tiverton
  444. Torfaen
  445. Torquay
  446. Totnes
  447. Towcester
  448. Tower Hamlets
  449. Trowbridge
  450. Truro
  451. Ullapool
  452. Ulverston
  453. Uppingham
  454. Vale of Glamorgan
  455. Wadebridge
  456. Wakefield
  457. Wallasey
  458. Wallsend
  459. Walsall
  460. Waltham Forest
  461. Walton-on-Thames
  462. Wandsworth
  463. Warrington
  464. Warwick
  465. Watford
  466. Wellingborough
  467. Wells (City)
  468. Welwyn Garden City
  469. West Bridgford
  470. West Bromwich
  471. West Lothian
  472. Westminster
  473. Weston-Super-Mare
  474. Wetherby
  475. Weymouth
  476. Whitchurch
  477. Whitehaven
  478. Wick (Highland)
  479. Wigan
  480. Wigston
  481. Wilmslow
  482. Wimborne Minster
  483. Winchester
  484. Windermere
  485. Windsor
  486. Wisbech
  487. Witney
  488. Woking
  489. Wolverhampton
  490. Woodbridge
  491. Worcester
  492. Workington
  493. Worksop
  494. Worthing
  495. Wrexham
  496. Yate
  497. Yeovil
  498. York (City)