A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Norfolk

'The Aylsham & District Wildlife Society is open to all who have an interest in wildlife. We are a friendly club of amateur enthusiasts who meet once a month and have the occasional field excursion ... We try to arrange a range of wildlife topics related to Norfolk and its environs with the occasional talk of a worldwide flavour.'

'Began in June 1984 through the enthusiasm of a group of local people with an interest in the history of this wonderful Norfolk market town. The Society arranges a diverse programme of lectures, visits and social events.'

The Blakeney Area Historical Society (BAHS) was established in 1990 as the "Blakeney History Group" but changed its name to reflect the wider geographical membership and interest in this part of North Norfolk covering the Glaven valley and Blakeney Haven ... As an active society with over 130 active members the Society holds around regular events/lectures each year, organises visits and publishes the journal, The Glaven Historian. The Society also organises outings and walks. Our events are open to all and attendance is typically over 40 members and visitors.'

Category Booksellers

'The Book Hive is a place that celebrates the beauty of printed material – as well as the pleasures of whimsical, alternative curation ... The shop hosts regular events, including a weekly quiet reading hour called Page Against The Machine, author signings, launches and other book-related goings on. The top floor hosts private work booths, available for rent by writers and creatives.'

'Founded in 1989 and is open to all those who are interested in photography whether they are novices, amateurs or professionals.
Through practical demonstrations, competitions, lectures, (or just by talking to others about photography), the Club’s aim is to help its members learn more about the art, to encourage the development of photographic skills and the appreciation of photography. Advice is always on hand, no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are.'

'Annual Sebald Lecture on literary translation, preceded by presentations and readings from the annual Translation Prizes.' Also list of related events. Other venues than UEA can be used for Events, within and outwith London.'

'Formed when a small group of like minded people met in the village pub, then as the club numbers grew they had to rent a room with a dark room in the old school village community centre. We are now situated in new modern premises ... There are many members that have experience and advice to share with members who are struggling or would like to try tackling something new. Old and new members are always welcome to come and visit us.'

Based in the City of Norwich: 'The aim of our Club is to promote photography at all levels and we welcome photographers of all skills.  We aim to make the club a practical and pro-active one. Our tagline is  –  Belong – Learn – Advance.  We really want our members to have a wide range of experiences and a willingness to share their knowledge and keep true to our tagline. New members are always welcome. Our season starts in September and goes through to June. We also aim to have a Summer Programme with varied activities to keep you amused during our “holiday”.  You are free to choose which weeks you wish to come and only pay for the meetings you attend'.

Category Norfolk

Member of the Council of Christians and Jews Grouping

Category Local Heritage

'Discover Downham is run by the Downham Market & District Heritage Society. The Society is operating as a "social enterprise", in that it raises funds through donations, membership fees, admission fees to its talks and visits, hire of rooms, and through the sale of postcards and notelets depicting local scenes painted by one of its members.'

Category Booksellers

'Here at Diss Publishing we host a variety of book events including signings, talks and children’s activities covering a wide selection of interests.  We look forward to welcoming you to one of our forthcoming events.'

'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!'

Category Norwich

Member of The Quekett Microscopical Club Grouping

'Our aim is to promote all aspects of astronomy to all ages, beginners and experienced, and to provide a suitable location where all those interested can meet and share knowledge and experience. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month ... Talks / events and observations are scheduled for meetings ... However, this schedule may be varied in order to take advantage of good viewing conditions. If weather conditions are favourable we also meet on the other Mondays for an evening devoted to observation. These sessions are ideal for all levels of experience and members and non-members can gain a practical view of the night sky. No equipment is necessary as various pieces of equipment will be available for non-members to use.'

Category Dereham

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

Category Arts Festivals

'For 17 days each May, the Festival transforms our public spaces, city streets, performance venues, parks, forests and beaches, bringing people together to experience the same brilliant and inspirational events. The flagship arts festival for the East of England, our world-class programme spans music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free outdoor events.'

Category Norfolk

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Throughout its history, the NNAS has attracted people who are interested in the archaeology and history of Norfolk. Our membership includes amateur and professional archaeologists, but the vast majority of members are simply those who are fascinated by the history, archaeology, buildings and ancient sites in the area in which they live ... We offer a programme of monthly lectures every autumn and winter. In the warmer months, we organise excursions to sites, houses and churches in various parts of Norfolk and further afield.'

Category Norfolk

Member of the Badger Trust Grouping

'The Norfolk Family History Society headquarters is based in Norwich and also has an out of county branch in London which holds regular meetings and has invited speakers. Members and non-members are welcome at most meetings and a small charge may apply at some events.'

Category Norfolk

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

Category Gardens Trusts

'Membership of the Norfolk Gardens Trust offers many benefits. Each year we have at least three gardens to visit, an AGM, a series of talks during the winter months and a magazine published twice yearly.'

Category Norfolk

Member of The Quilters' Guild Grouping

'Our roots can be traced back to the middle of the nineteenth century, indeed Norwich & District Photographic Society (NDPS) is one of the oldest photographic societies in the country. NDPS members are normally able to meet every Tuesday night throughout year ... from the first week in September each year during Autumn, Winter and Spring we meet ... From the end of June we organise a Summer programme that consists mainly of outdoor events.'

'NAS has a membership averaging 150 and regularly meet on Fridays for club night with members staying to the small hours of the morning. We are a friendly, welcoming bunch. On good nights you will find members spending their time looking through telescopes or imaging and when it is cloudy you will find us in the clubhouse where we shared images, play pool or sit in groups chatting. We don’t spend all our time talking about astronomy but you are quite welcome to if you wish. We have a great club atmosphere and you would be most welcome to visit us on a club night and chat over a cuppa ... We hold a number of special public events with talks, tour, and look through our telescopes!'

'Norwich Cathedral is the home of a vibrant Christian community, cherishing its Benedictine foundation and seeking to express the principles laid down by St Benedict ... The Friends of Norwich Cathedral is an independent charity, founded in 1930, to be a network of supporters of Norwich Cathedral and to help maintain its fabric ... The Friends organise regular events for members to attend, including talks and social occasions. These are primarily for Friends but non-members are always welcome if there are places available.'

Category Norwich

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

'We are a forum where we exchange ideas and experiences for anyone, be they engineers or not, having an interest in engineering. Under "normal" circumstances our aim would be to promote widespread discussion and debate through a programme of talks and visits related to advances and achievements in engineering in the world today.
If you are at all interested in Engineering, then the Norwich Engineering Society is for you!'

'Norwich Science Festival is your chance to explore the wonders of the universe, meet the scientists whose research has changed our world and debate some big questions with some big-thinkers. The Festival offers inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.' Normally held Mid October.

Category East of England

Member of The Orchid Society of Great Britain Grouping

Founded 1989: 'We are a small friendly club with members at all levels who work together to improve their skills through, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, excursions, tutorials and other methods'.

Category Norwich

Member of the RSPB - 2 East of England Grouping

Category Art Galleries

'The Sainsbury Centre is one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art. We house the extraordinary art collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, as well as the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the University’s Abstract and Constructivist Collection. Alongside these permanent collections, we host a range of temporary exhibitions, with our new galleries providing the largest climate-controlled exhibition space in Eastern England. We also offer an award-winning learning programme of gallery talks, lectures and art workshops.'

Category Asia

Mission is 'to promote world class research and be a leader in the study of Japanese arts and cultures from the past to the present ...  It maintains its programme of fellowships, public lectures and international workshops as well as its commitment to the web and web publications'.

'Sea Fever is North Norfolk’s festival of poetry and prose. It aims to celebrate all forms of the written word inspired by this exceptional coast-line; and to bring to the coast writers with national reputations.' Normally held Late June.

Category Norwich

Member of the Embroidery Groups Grouping

Category Diss

Member of The Arts Society - 2 East of England Grouping

'We are a non-profit making club and our aim is to further our enjoyment of photography. Our members have varying skills from novice to professional, but all are keen to share their photographic knowledge and skills with each other. We are a friendly club with members from all over Norfolk. Through our regular programme of club meetings that include competitions, training workshops, guest speakers, and monthly events, we are all striving to improve our art.'

Founded in 2003 when 'a committee was formed and a programme of indoor meetings with guest speakers and outdoor field trips was drawn up. The club has largely stuck to that successful formula ever since. Our membership (including some loyal members from that first meeting) now number around 140, and we now meet regularly'.

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