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

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

'Where else can you see a world class speaker for as little as £2.00? Since 1824, the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has hosted almost nightly lectures and created wonderful exhibitions and cultural events for the people of Bath. Thanks to the power of digital technology, BRLSI’s lectures and exhibitions now reach audiences across the globe, whilst at the same time keeping its home crowd happily entertained in the Elwin Room. Whether you are interested in Shakespeare or Shamanism, meteorites or Mexican murals, there is always something on the BRLSI lecture and exhibition programme to suit all tastes.'

'The Belfast Natural History & Philosophical Society (commonly known as The Belfast Society) was founded in 1821 to promote knowledge in the arts and sciences and today provides a lecture programme.'

'The Birmingham & Midland Institute has been at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life for almost 170 years, founded by Act of Parliament in 1854 for the "Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and Midland Counties" ... The Institute has a thriving programme of cultural and educational activities, which includes a wide spectrum of arts and science lectures, exhibitions and concerts. These are open to members and non-members alike.'

'Bishopsgate Institute offers a seasonal programme of cultural events including concerts, illustrated talks, topical debates and literary evenings. These take place in our historic library and Great Hall.' Usually a charge to attend; advanced booking required.

'The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is a registered charity whose aims have little changed since its formation in 1903: to promote study, interest and enjoyment in all branches of the Natural Sciences and History.' Normally: 'A programme of events comprising some 100 or more lectures, study groups, field meetings, cultural visits and social events continues throughout each year. Talks are given on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday afternoons and Saturday afternoons'.

'Since 1854, Burlington House has been home to five learned societies and the Royal Academy of Arts. Our continuing programme of public events and activities provides access to our exciting scientific and artistic output.'

'A Lecture Forum on World Affairs held in the idyllic village of Clovelly, North Devon, where a soft backdrop of picturesque England welcomes tough discussions. The purpose of this Forum is to provide information on policy directions for making informed choices.'

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

'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.'

'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.'

'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!'

'Held its first meeting in the Victoria Hall on 6th January 1908 and apart from a few years on the 1920s this has been its regular venue to the present day. It aims to provide a programme of informative and entertaining talks on a wide range of topics including travel, art, history, literature, music, science and medicine etc.'

'Founded in 1597 and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years ... Our Gresham Professors and other visiting speakers offer over 100 free public events every year ... The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and we live stream all lectures for those unable to attend in person. There are now over 2,000 lectures freely available online on the Website and on YouTube.'

'Our mission at The Guildford Institute is to provide an educational, cultural and social community hub in the heart of Guildford offering a special place for people of all backgrounds to meet, learn and explore ... Our termly programme includes a range of activities, such as courses, talks and events.'

Offer a Tuesday evening weekly programme of Lectures throughout the autumn and winter. There is also a Let's Chat about Science Group which meets approximately monthly and is 'open to everyone with an interest in science and technology'.

'The Society ... carries on the traditions of its forefathers by means of a Winter lecture programme on sixteen Tuesday evenings. This embraces a wide variety of subjects: literature, art, philosophy and science to entertain and educate people of diverse interests, from all walks of life.'

'The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, founded in 1819, is today a registered charity dedicated to promoting the advancement of science, literature and the arts in the City of Leeds. To this end it makes grants and provides a range of lectures and other cultural activities.The Society is keenly interested in cultural developments in Leeds and the region, and is constantly looking for new ways to further its aims.'

'The Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society (the “Lit&Phil”) was founded in 1835. Every year, from October to May, our members enjoy a programme of lectures held at the magnificent Victorian Gallery of the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, New Walk. Lectures range from Shakespeare to Space Science, from Natural History to Volcanism, from Art to Astrophysics, from Banking to Bruegel. The Society also has Natural History and Geology sections. We have adopted a hybrid approach to the presentation of our lectures. They are still held in the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, but they are also streamed using Zoom and therefore available online to a wider audience. We are now attracting National and International participants.'

'The Society hosts a wide range of events including book launches, concerts, lectures, readings and workshops that cover a variety of topics and issues ... Both members and non-members are welcome to attend these events ... Please reserve your seat ... If you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list. Thank you.'

'Formed in May 2006 with the aim of providing a forum where people can discuss contemporary ideas in a wide range of topics from literature, philosophy, science, and the arts. We meet in Macclesfield Library eight times a year spread over the Autumn, Winter, and Spring months.'

'Across the calendar year, the Manchester Lit and Phil delivers an eclectic range of lectures and seminars: from Social Philosophy, through the Arts, and Science & Technology; probing current ethical debates and scientific breakthroughs. To deliver the programme, the Society invites a wide-range of specialists and polymaths: from Oxford Professors to current YouTube sensations.'

'The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542. The lectures are a central part of our enrichment programme which encourages pupils to engage with the world outside the school gates, and to think beyond their academic curriculum. Through the programme, we have welcomed a diverse array of eminent speakers to Dauntsey’s; all are warmly invited to the lectures, and over the past few years over 15,000 have attended.'

'The building was a hotbed of revolutionary thinking in the 18th century and holds stories of Richard Price, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Andrew Pritchard and most notably Mary Wollstonecraft – leading to it being described as one of the birthplaces of modern Western feminism ... We host a regular programme of events and exhibitions celebrating our history and offering a radically inclusive welcome to our local community.'

'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.'

'PSNS is one of the oldest Scientific Societies in Scotland. It has always been, and remains today, a "Society for All".  It consists of a "Parent Body" as its primary membership with currently four activity groups (or Sections): The Archaeological & Historical, Botanical, Ornithological and Photographic Sections all run active programmes of winter meetings and summer outings to allow members to focus on special interests.'

'The Plymouth Athenaeum is a charity dedicated to the study and promotion of learning in science, technology, literature and art ... The Athenaeum building, located at Derry’s Cross in Plymouth city centre, includes a 340-seat theatre, lecture hall, lounge, meeting rooms and a library.' Organize a wide range of events, including a Lecture Series.

'William Roscoe (1753-1831) was the son of a publican who indelibly transformed the cultural life of Liverpool. Described as "Liverpool’s greatest citizen", he was a man of many talents: a champion of freedom for all, a poet, writer, scholar, patron of the arts, bibliophile and botanist ... The Roscoe Lecture Series was launched in November 1997 to provide an open platform for debate on topics of public interest. Today, they are one of the UK’s largest public lecture series, regularly attracting audiences of over 800 people. The Roscoe Lectures play an important part in the intellectual life of Merseyside, helping to foster informed debate, broaden horizons and perspectives, and uphold the crucial spirit of intellectual inquiry and free speech in which Roscoe passionately believed.'

'Founded in 1835 by an outstanding group of scientists, technologists and historians who wanted to share and extend their knowledge. Among other things they founded and built what is now Swansea Museum. Today the RISW combines several roles: * We share knowledge across all fields, including history, current issues and science & technology; * We have a special focus on Swansea and its area, especially its local history; * We act as the official Friends of the Swansea Museum. We welcome anyone interested in Swansea and in promoting education and knowledge to join us.'

Founded 1802: 'Authoritative, interactive talks given by world-leading experts ... Membership brings free access to all talks as well as other benefits. After each talk you can meet the lecturer and other society members over a glass of wine'.

'Six times every year we hold stimulating lectures followed by a lively question and answer session on a variety of topics including science, art, history, politics, music and literature. You are welcome to join us either as a member for the year or as a guest for an individual talk.'

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