Area: Greater Manchester

Category Altrincham

'We are a friendly society of around 30 people who meet regularly to talk about and enjoy the night sky. We have several telescopes and other pieces of equipment which can be borrowed by society members for their own use. Throughout the year we meet on the first Friday of each month (except July and August) at 8pm until 10pm ... At these monthly meetings we discuss the society's business and have an event such as a lecture, video, slide show etc.'

'The Society was formed in 1908. A group of 7 men met on the 4th January in a room of the Free Library in Altrincham. The aim was to form a society to promote the knowledge, observation, recording and protection of all forms of nature ...  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with evening walks in summer and illustrated talks in winter. Additional whole day events are organised periodically.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society, also known as AERPS, was formed in 1970 to save some of the MSJ&AR 1931 Altrincham Electric multiple units. It is a focus for local railway interest. AERPS presents, monthly from October to April, a series of lectures on railway and related topics: open to both members and visitors ... From time to time visits to places of railway interest are arranged.'

'Exists to further the study of the Altrincham area and to enable such research to be communicated to the public. Members enjoy a series of talks through the year, with occasional visits, and are encouraged to become active in researching topics related to the history of the area.'

'A progressive photography society and one of the largest camera clubs in the Wigan, Leigh and surrounding area. We are part of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union. We are a group of enthusiastic amateur photographers involved in all aspects of photography – digital, film, black and white, colour, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, you name it ...  We’re a very friendly photography club and we actively welcome visitors and new members. ADAPS is fully inclusive, run by the members for the members. We hold events all year round for photographers of all skill levels, from complete beginners to competition winners. If you like taking photographs, want to learn and improve your skills, and have a lot of fun doing it, come and join us.'

'Formed in 1980, the Bolton Astronomical Society is a local group of enthusiasts, spanning a wide range of ages and experience: we have a few newcomers and others who have been involved in the hobby for decades.'

Category Bolton

Member of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society Grouping

'A friendly amateur photographic society which meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 10:00pm from September to June for a varied programme of talks, competitions and demonstrations. We welcome photographers of all abilities from early beginners to the experienced. Our members' interests range through print and projected images, mono, colour and creative.'

'Formed in 1882, Bury PS is a local camera club which has a wide range of events throughout the year with something to suit every style of photographer. We pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and supportive environment to help all our members improve their photography at whatever level.'

'Welcome to 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester.  For over 150 years, this house has been associated with its most famous resident: the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived here from 1850 to 1865 ... The House, now a Grade II* listed property, was built between 1835-1841 on the outer edge of the growing city.  It was built as part of a new suburban development planned by Richard Lane and is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in Manchester.' Offer a range of talks,  conversations, courses, etc, on subjects related to Elizabeth Gaskell.

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Sale

Member of the Family History Society of Cheshire Grouping

'Horwich Heritage was formed in 1985 following a series of public meetings aimed at re-establishing a sense of local pride in the wake of the closure of Horwich Locomotive Works the previous year ... Meetings are held at the Horwich Resource Centre ... on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm ... A guest speaker addresses each meeting talking on some aspect of heritage and attendees are invited to ask questions and express their own opinions on the topic.'

Category Manchester

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

Category Bury

Member of the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society (LFHHS) Grouping

Category Leigh

Member of the Liverpool & South West Lancashire Family History Society Grouping

'Members can attend any Branch or Society Meeting free of charge ... All of our Branches organise monthly meetings at which both in-house and invited speakers talk on topics which will be of interest to Branch members. Admission is free to members, a small charge is payable by non-members.'

Category Antiquity

'The oldest and largest Egyptology society in the UK ... MAES organises an annual lecture programme for members and non-members alike. Usually held on the second Monday of each month, most lectures are given by well-known Egyptologists from the UK and overseas.'

'The Society was founded in 1892 as the North-Western Branch of the British Astronomical Association. We became independent in 1903 and are one of the oldest astronomical societies in the country. We aim to encourage the study of astronomy for both the newcomer and the seasoned observer alike ... On the third Thursday of the month, from October to March, a FREE public lecture is held at a venue in the centre of Manchester ... commencing at 19:30. Non-members are most welcome. The prestigious Kopal Lecture is given annually by an academic from The University of Manchester in honour of an old friend, the late Emeritus Professor Zdenek Kopal, Manchester's first Professor of Astronomy.'

Category Manchester

Member of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society Grouping

'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.'

Category Christianity

Details of 'the MWRC Lecture, an annual major scholarly event in Manchester which includes a paper read by one or more of the Fellows of the Centre'. Enquire about attendance - and to other events which might be open to all.

'New Mills Local History Society is in New Mills (!), in the High Peak district of Derbyshire. The aims of the Society are:- * To promote study and research into the history of the New Mills area; * To convey the history of the New Mills area to a wider audience; * To secure the preservation and protection of items of interest relating to the history of the New Mills area.'

Category Oldham

Member of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society Grouping

'Oldham Camera Club caters for all who are interested in the productive and fascinating pastime of Photography. Within its ranks you will find members from all backgrounds and abilities with whom you can learn, improve and share your hobby. New members are always welcome without restriction regardless of Religious or Cultural backgrounds, our only aim is to unite together and enjoy the universal pleasure and creativity that photography brings. A look at our Syllabus will show you the range of attractions that we offer our members. From lecture evenings, where we are educated and entertained by the very best in the Northern Photography world, to workshop evenings when you can join in to produce exhibition quality pictures and prints.'

Category Oldham

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Founded in 1867, Oldham Photographic Society is one of the oldest photographic societies in Britain. We are ready to embrace new methods and were one of the first clubs to introduce digital photography to our members in the 1990s. Our members today are almost all amateurs with interests from natural history and landscape to people pictures and digital montage, though we are also open to professional photographers. Our membership covers a range of ages and ability, from people who just like to take photos for fun to national and international award winners ... Our programme includes talks, competitions, appraisals and tutorials.'

'The national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future ... The home of ideas worth fighting for – where our radical past can inspire and motivate people to take action – to shape a future where ideas of democracy, equality, justice and co-operation are thriving ... We welcome everyone and we connect people. We believe in the importance of conversation, discussion and debate. Our museum is full of passion and emotion – triggering memories, reminding people of ideas worth fighting for today, provoking change in people’s thinking and doing.'

'We are a small friendly club with a varied programme of guest speakers, practical evenings, competitions, and visits to places of interest. Members range from beginners to advanced photographers using a range of cameras from Smart Phones and Tablets to higher end cameras, and everything in between!'

Category Bolton

Member of the RSPB - 5 North West England Grouping

Category Wigan

Member of the RSPB - 5 North West England Grouping

'Our Club was formed in 1946 as the Sale Amateur Photographic Society with the aim of allowing members to meet and learn from like minded people. Over the years technologies, approaches and members may have changed, but allowing people to meet and learn from each other remains core to our beliefs. From novices to experienced photographers across a range of subject, our members have a wide range of experience to share. Our weekly meetings offer an combination of talks, practical sessions, folios of other peoples images and competitions. Through these members can gain information, advice, inspiration and critique. All of our meetings are open to visitors.'

'The Club was formed in June 1952 by a group of friends in Didsbury, led by Fred Veal FRPS, FRSA, the club's first President. The aim of the club was to encourage "good fellowship through photography" which is now the club's motto ... The Club offers a varied programme, with presentations, demonstrations and print or projected image shows. Regular photographic related events are also arranged.'

'We are a voluntary group established in 1979 to explore the archaeology, history, and landscape of the Trafford, South Manchester, and surrounding areas ... In normal circumstances we have regular evening meetings, field trips, excavations, day schools, courses, and other events.'

'Stockport Photographic Society is composed of (mostly amateur) photographers with different interests and levels of experience. Although the club was founded in 1890, we're most definitely grounded in the 21st century! Our meetings programme includes a mix of presentations, workshops, image surgeries, photoshoots, and competitions (between members, and against other clubs) ... New members are welcome, however (in-)experienced in photography. Ages range from teenage (under-18s accompanied by a guardian) to retirees, men and women. A fancy camera is not a requirement — we use anything that takes photos.'

Category Bolton

Member of the Theosophical Society in England (and Wales) Grouping

'The Society welcomes anyone interested in stamps, stamp collecting and postal history, from beginners to advanced. We meet twice a month from September to May on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.'

'University events take place throughout the year, from educational showpieces, such as our Star Lectures, to public lectures, national tours and one-off exhibitions.'

'West Didsbury Astronomical Society was formed to bring people together who have an interest in Astronomy. If you are interested in astronomy and you’re in the Manchester (UK) area come and meet other local astronomers. Everyone is welcome from the complete beginner to the more experienced astronomer. There are regular meetings during the year and ad hoc observing sessions.'

'The Society is located at the Whitworth Heritage Museum on North Street, Whitworth, which is in the borough of Rossendale in East Lancashire. The museum reopened to the public on Saturday 5th of June 2021 ... The society normally operates a very popular programme of monthly lectures, and these are held on the first Wednesday of each month between the months of September and June.'

Category Art Galleries

'The Whitworth is proudly part of The University of Manchester, operating as a convening space between the University and the people of the city. It was founded in 1889 as The Whitworth Institute and Park in memory of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth for '"the perpetual gratification of the people of Manchester" and continues this mission today in new contexts ... From historic exhibitions to contemporary commissions, via events outdoors and in, and for families, art lovers, and friends – visit the Whitworth and discover what we do best: stage outstanding exhibitions and events in one of the most remarkable galleries in the north.'

'Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library is a treasure trove with records of over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women ... We’re a living collection, growing all the time with fascinating donations from campaigners, activist groups and unions ... Our online talks are uploaded each week onto our YouTube channel so you can watch them at your leisure if you can’t catch them live. There are also films of work we have done with young people over the years to help bring our collection to life.'

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