Area: Dorset

Category Dorset

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

Category Arts Festivals

Mission is 'to celebrate the diversity of the arts in our beautiful community where we come together to shine a spotlight on established and emerging talent, create memories and inspire future generations to enjoy music and the arts'. Normally held Late June/Early July.

'Meetings are held regularly 3 weeks in every month throughout the year. Boscombe Camera Club welcomes new members and membership is open to anyone over 18.'

'The Bournemouth & Dorset South Beekeepers’ Association has existed since 2008 and its members form a group of friendly people who have an interest in bees ... The aim of the Association is to promote beekeeping, encourage new beekeepers and raise the awareness of the importance of bees in the natural world.'

'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'.

'BU’s busy calendar of events sees us engage with thousands of people in the local community and further afield. Coupled with our successful partnerships, this helps connect society with our research as well as local and international organisations, businesses and employers. It’s also integral to our commitment to stimulating economic growth in our region as part of our knowledge exchange strategy.'

'We are an enthusiastic and inclusive club for everyone who loves photography, whatever their ability, experience or area of interest. Most members come from Bridport and the towns and villages around, from Lyme Regis to Dorchester. We like to explore new ideas and creativity. Meetings are relaxed and open, with plenty of opportunity to share thoughts and knowledge. What brings us all together is our passion for photography.'

'BRIDLIT has expanded significantly over the years and we hope that our programme of events ... is more intriguing, illuminating and entertaining than ever before. An eclectic mix of writers on a variety of subjects promises to engage audiences of all tastes and interests.' Normally held Early November.

Category Dorset

Member of the Butterfly Conservation Grouping

Category Law and Society

'Established in 2000 and has rapidly achieved an international reputation for its innovative policy research and its consultancy projects, in particular in the fields of creative industries and emerging technologies ... Our public lectures series on topical issues of intellectual property law and policy is open to anyone to attend, but registration is required.'

'The Society was formed in 1988 following the Abbey Millennium celebrations in 1987 ... The Society always has a lively and varied programme of interesting talks and visits which are selected to appeal to a wide local audience.'

'Formed in 1989 and is dedicated to the study of the past of the Borough of Christchurch and its environs and the preservation of all aspects of the past and surviving heritage. The Society is unusual in that it has an archive collection to manage, preserve and expand ... One of the objectives of the Society as a non-profit making organisation is to promote and encourage the study of history, heritage and archaeology in Christchurch and its environs in Hampshire and Dorset, by means of lectures and visits as well as attending community events. The evening lectures run from September through to June.'

'Established in 1982 to promote and encourage the study of Dorchester’s history and archaeology and to engage local people with the conservation of their heritage. We hold a series of eight lectures on Thursday evenings between September and May ...  Visitors are welcome to attend the talks.'

Founded 1936: 'Club meetings are held on Monday evenings ... Club nights feature a range of external speakers, competitions, members' evenings and social events. The club also hosts special events and workshops, with some outdoor meetings in the summer ... Guest Tickets for visitors and prospective members are available for all our meetings'.

'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 Dorset

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

Category Dorset

Member of the British Dowsers Grouping

'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.'

'We are here to help you, wherever your ancestors lived and wherever you live. We will do our best to assist you, whatever your level of experience. Obviously, as the Dorset Family History Society, we are specialists in Dorset ancestry, but we also have access to worldwide resources.'  Activities 'include a variety of Talks ... on the third Tuesday in each month, except August, featuring expert speakers'.

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.'

Category Dorset

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

Category Dorset

Member of the Local Nature Partnerships: England Grouping

'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.'

'An amateur society which is actively engaged in all aspects of archaeology and historical research ... EDAS activities include monthly lectures from September to May each year.'

'East Dorset Heritage Trust is a small educational charity established over 30 years ago. Our home is Allendale House, centered in the wonderful market town of Wimborne Minster and we offer the opportunity to learn no matter what your age or ability ... We offer heritage events throughout the year with guided walks, talks or visits to interesting and unusual places.'

'The Club meets twice a month, usually one evening of Members' displays plus an auction, and one evening with a visitor. Visits are made to other Clubs.'

Category Dorset

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

'Exploring how narrative interacts with and impacts on cultures and communities ... Our research seminars are open to all.'

'Stanpit Marsh is situated on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt marsh with creeks and salt pans, reed beds, freshwater marsh, gravel estuarine banks and sandy scrub. It was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1964 and in 1986 as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.' Occasional talks organized by the Friends.

Category Poole

Member of The Arts Society - 7 South West England Grouping

'The town of Wareham - generally regarded as the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, an area outstanding natural beauty - was founded by the Saxons over 1000 years ago. Wareham Camera Club, however, is a rather more recent creation! It can trace its origins to a meeting convened 1965 by a group including the local optician and the town’s professional photographer ... Club activities include lectures, demonstrations, competitions and visits. These are augmented by field-trips when members can practice their skills and learn from one-another. Highlight of the club year is the exhibition held at Wareham Town Hall each Summer, when members’ work is on show to both local people and visitors to the town.'

'Exists to promote and advance public education and interest in the science of astronomy and related sciences and to provide facilites for the encouragement and pursuit of observational astronomy.'

Category Bournemouth

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

'New members are always welcome at Weymouth Astronomy Club regardless of experience. The only pre-requisite required is a keen interest in the night sky.'

'We are a friendly club with a varied annual programme and an emphasis on encouraging our members to improve their knowledge and practice of photography. You don't have to take part in our competitions but a great number of our members do so. We have informative and interesting speakers throughout our season, often a great opportunity to learn from their knowledge and experience ... or, maybe, just an encouragement to look at things a different way.'

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