A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: London (East)

Established 2000: 'In general terms, Anomalistic Psychology attempts to explain paranormal and related beliefs, and ostensibly paranormal experiences in terms of known or knowable psychological and physical factors'.

'Autograph’s mission is to enable the public to explore identity, representation, human rights and social justice through work produced by artists who use photography and film. Our key aim is to connect audiences with our mission through the presentation of artistic programmes in the UK and internationally. Our events have investigated how photography can shed light on issues of inclusion, rights, disability and what it means to be part of a community.'

'Bexley Archaeological Group was first set up in 1979 by a small group of dedicated students and has grown to the group we are today. It is still run by a dedicated team that has Archaeology, History, and the wider community at its heart. We are an all-inclusive group that welcomes people from all ages and abilities. We offer you the chance to take part in excavations, geophysics, finds processing and other activities mostly during weekends. We have our own dig site in Bexley which is open to members at weekends, weather permitting. We also have monthly talks and run workshops during the year.'

'Built in 1895 by William Webster, Blackheath Halls is part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. Blackheath Halls presents a diverse programme of concerts and events throughout the year including classical, folk, comedy nights, talks, literary events, exhibitions and children’s theatre. The Halls also run a varied community engagement programme from choirs and orchestra through to community opera and children’s opera.'

'The Society exists to promote an interest in and an understanding of science in all its disciplines. Topics range widely, drawn from all aspects of science and technology.  We invite experts to speak about the current state and advances in their field.  The talks are usually illustrated, and followed by a question time. No special knowledge beyond an interest in science is needed for a worthwhile evening, although some lectures are more technical in nature than others ... Our meetings are open to the public and we welcome visitors.'

Category Booksellers

'A small but beautiful independent bookshop in busy Broadway Market, Hackney. We specialise in literary fiction and have a good range of poetry, philosophy & essays, politics, biography, city literature, travel, art, fashion, music and children’s books ... We have our own programme of events at the shop and we also welcome enquiries about events outside of that. Our capacity is about 20 seated and 40-50 standing.'

'We meet once a month on a Tuesday. Usually it is the first Tuesday of the month but occasionally this changes so always check the programme. During the winter months we have two meetings a month.'

'The Society was founded in 1951 by a handful of like minded enthusiasts and has continued uninterrupted to the present day. Consisting of some 35 members of all abilities and interests, the Society encompasses all disciplines from mono to digital imaging. Our philosophy enshrines the principle that the viewed image should stand on its own merits, however produced.'

Category Art Galleries

'Chisenhale Gallery was founded by artists. The same experimental vision and spirit of possibility that changed an empty veneer factory and brewery warehouse into an art gallery guides our work today. We commission and produce contemporary art, supporting international and UK-based artists to make their most ambitious work to date by pursuing new directions in their practices. We are committed to our audiences having access to the energy and ideas of an ever-expanding artist community.'

'The purpose of the Club is to advance Amateur Photography by means of Lectures, Demonstrations, Exhibitions etc., and to obtain for the Members wherever possible the best current advice on all matters relating to photography ... We are a very friendly club. You don’t need to be an expert to join us, just a keen interest and enthusiasm for photography. Our members are always willing to share their varied expertise and knowledge with others.'

'The Society was formed in 1978 by a group of enthusiasts who shared an interest in family history research in the historic area to the east of the City of London. Now a registered charity with over 1,800 members worldwide, the Society has no central offices, telephones or paid staff and all our services are provided by volunteer members ... Our geographic area of interest is that part of Greater London, north of the Thames and east of the old City of London gates of Aldgate & Bishopsgate. Then eastwards through the modern day London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham through Redbridge to the edge of Metropolitan Essex at Havering.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Celebrating the history of fans and the art of fan making ... Nestled in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum is home to a diverse collection of fans from around the world, dating from the 12th century to the present day. Our collections are displayed in changing exhibitions exploring the different themes which have inspired fan makers throughout history: politics, fashion, fine art and architecture to name but a few.'

'The Flamsteed is an amateur astronomy society at the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London SE10. It has around 400 members who represent the full range of interests and experience in astronomy. Many are beginners. It is named after the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed ... Our main lecture meetings are held once a month between September and June, usually on a Monday evening ... They cover the full range of astronomy and space science – from black holes to solar eclipses – with guest speakers from all the leading universities and space institutes.'

'The Freud Museum was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna Freud, a pioneering child psychoanalyst ... The Freud Museum exists to promote the intellectual and cultural legacies of Sigmund and Anna Freud for the learning and enjoyment of all. While caring for the house and collections, we aim to highlight the relevance of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and psychoanalysis in the contemporary world ... We are a place for debate and discussion of Freud and psychoanalysis in the arts, in culture, in ideas and in contemporary life.'

Monthly evening meetings during the Winter and Spring.

Category Havering

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

'Our geographical area of interest is the southern region of the London Borough of Bexley in north west Kent, comprising Sidcup, Blackfen, Foots Cray and North Cray. Our interest in local history extends beyond the boundaries of Sidcup into Kent, London and the surrounding areas. This is reflected in the variety of our meetings ... The Society now meets monthly from January to December, with the exception of August.'

'The Last Tuesday Society was founded in 1873 at Harvard by William James & brought to London as a 'pataphysical organisation in autumn 2006 by The Chancellor Viktor Wynd & The Provost David Piper. The society is aiming to become a non profit with full charitable status ...'

'The Leo Baeck Institute London, founded in 1955, was named after the last public representative of the Jewish community in Nazi Germany. Its members conduct and support research into the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry from the 17th century to the present day. The Institute aims to facilitate academic exchange among all of those engaged in understanding the history and culture of German-speaking Jews in Europe and throughout its diaspora ... The Institute organises a range of events, which are advertised on our website. All our scholarly events, such as lecture series and conferences, are free and also aimed at a broad audience.'

'Loughton Camera Club holds a meeting each Wednesday evening throughout the year, excluding July and August. The programme is varied ... Speakers from outside the club are invited to give lectures and "battles" with local clubs are also held.'

Category Booksellers

'Founded in 1978. In these days when the going is hard for many small businesses, and for independent bookshops in particular, it is a significant achievement for a bookshop to survive for such a time, and Newham Bookshop isn’t just surviving, it’s positively thriving ... We invite authors to talk about their work, sign copies of their books and meet their fans. The range of guests is very broad, as you can see from the archive of events.'

Also indexedThe Wanstead Tap

'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.'

Category Booksellers

'Opened in 2008, Pages of Hackney is a small award-winning bookshop on the Lower Clapton Road. We sell an eclectic mix of books in the areas of literary fiction, politics, feminism, essays and life writing as well as philosophy, psychology, nature writing, music and children’s books. Our priority is to be a friendly, welcoming community bookshop that feels accessible and inclusive: we want each customer to feel that the bookshop is for them, and we do our best to give our customers individually as much time and thought as we can. It’s also important to us to support the issues and authors we believe in, and to give a platform to marginalised voices in publishing.'

'There are many events, workshops and activities which take place on the Queen Mary University campuses or are hosted in our London communities, that are open to all. From getting hands-on with experiments, to finding out the most recent advances in science, humanities or medicine, our programmes have something for all ages and interests.'

Category Redbridge

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Havering

 Member of the Essex Beekeepers' Association Grouping

Category Bexley

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

ALERT  'Having welcomed thousands of people through our doors since 2011, we are sad to announce that the venue is now permanently closed. The move follows a decision by the London Borough of Newham to change the usage of the building. We are pleased to announce however that we will continue our work outside of a building, entering a period of reflection as we build on the strong links we have developed locally and in the wider cultural sector over many years to develop a full programme of activities.' (September 2021)

'We are a very welcoming and diverse photographic society based in central Walthamstow.  Members enjoy all aspects of photography through talks, practical evenings and competitions.  New members welcome!  ...  We have about 30 active members, split more or less equally between men and women.'

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