A-Z of LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Country: England

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'The national charity for the civic movement in England. We make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We promote civic pride.'

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'Since its formation in 1858, the GA has actively promoted the study of geology to all who are interested in the past, present and future of the natural world. It is a friendly and inclusive organisation and welcomes everyone, regardless of the level of their knowledge ... The Association organises a series of illustrated evening lectures on a wide range of geological topics. These are held on the first Friday of the month in Burlington House ... Following the talk we would invite you to join us for a reception in the lower library with wine and nibbles.'

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'There are 148 gardening clubs and societies in the Gloucestershire Federation of Gardening Societies.' Note the rolling section Gardening clubs meeting in the next week in the middle of the Home Page.

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'There are about 140 horticultural societies from Hampshire and the surrounding counties in the Hampshire Federation of Horticultural Societies and these are listed in 10 areas around the main towns/cities.'

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'At Humanists UK, we want a tolerant world where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We work to support lasting change for a better society, championing ideas for the one life we have ... We started out in 1896, and since then we’ve always been a growing movement at the forefront of social change. Today we’re trusted by over 70,000 members and supporters and over 70 local and special interest affiliates to promote humanism.'

 

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'The Federation, formed in 1938, was originally based on societies from Kent. Since 2001 however, several societies from East Sussex, and more recently clubs from Surrey, have been welcomed, bringing our present membership to around 200 affiliated societies, clubs and organisations.'

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'Kernow Goth (or Old Cornwall) is a movement with a mission. It's wide ranging aims are to preserve and record Cornwall's unique culture, traditions, its language and dialect and caring for its environment. We also promote public awareness of these topics and concerns relating to them. Having been in existence since 1920 the movement has spread the length and breadth of Cornwall with over 40 societies ... Our 'Old Cornwall' societies range in size from those that are quite small to some with over 100 members. Independently run each has its own officers and committee.'

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'One of the largest general philatelic societies in Great Britain whose members are drawn from throughout the UK and Overseas. The Society offers the renowned National Philatelic Society Library. UK members may borrow by post or obtain photocopies of material (copyright permitting). Browse the Library catalogues on line and contact the Library ... The Society holds its Meetings, normally on the second Saturday of the month (except August).'

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'Meetings are held from September to June, normally on alternate Thursdays. They are of two types: the first is of a formal nature, at which one or more papers are read accompanied by displays by individual members, and usually starts at 5 pm; the second consists of a display of stamps, postal history etc. in the frames contributed by one or more members, with or without a written paper. This meeting is open from 1 pm to 6 pm. Tea is served to members and their guests at all meetings ... It is not necessary for a prospective member to be an advanced philatelist.'

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'Brings together nine internationally renowned research institutes to form the UK's national centre for the support of researchers and the promotion of research in the humanities.'

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'Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London.'

Category Surrey
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'Consists of 15 Societies and is one of the smallest areas geographically with a great concentration of very active societies.'

Category London
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'We are now called The Arts Society, a name and brand that more clearly represents who we are and what we do. It communicates the broad nature of the lecture topics which now incorporate all the arts, and makes a strong statement about our role in the community and wider society. The monogram, with interlocking A and S, communicates a value at the heart of the organisation connecting people to the arts and to each other.'

Category The Arts Society
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'A great way to expand your knowledge of the arts, as well as having fun helping to conserve our heritage. Look at our podcasts. We’d love to entice you in!'

Category The Arts Society
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'Each Society of the 25 in the South West Area organises a full programme of lectures, Special Interest Days and visits. Details of society programmes can be found by contacting the individual Society,whose contact details can be found on the Societies page. Details of area events and visits are on the Special Interest Days and the News/Courses pages ...'

Category The Arts Society
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'From Chichester in the west to Hastings in the east there are twenty four individual Societies in The Arts Society Sussex Area further details of which can be found in the Societies section. Our Societies bring together groups of like minded individuals through regular meetings, lectures by top experts. study days, visits, tours and a number of volunteering activities including Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and our Young Arts programmes.'

Category The Arts Society
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The Wessex Area of The Arts Society has 22 societies in the area from the coast of Dorset, covering part of Somerset, Bath, all of Wiltshire, and beyond the M4. Each society is autonomous, but all broadly follow the same theme of holding an hour long lecture once a month, usually 10 times a year, given by an accredited Arts Society lecturer. These lectures cover all manner of subjects from fine art, to porcelain, jewellery, furniture, music and all related arts subjects.'

Category South Wales
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'There are currently 22 Societies including South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, Bristol and Malmesbury, further details of which can be found in the Societies section.'

Category West Midlands
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'From the Welsh borders to Warwickshire and Staffordshire, there are 16 individual societies in the West Midlands Area, further details of which can be found in the Societies section.'

Category The Arts Society
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'One of eighteen areas within the UK. It provides a link between The Arts Society centrally and the eighteen local Societies within our defined area. There are about 4500 members collectively in the Societies of West Surrey Area.'

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Category Orchid Societies
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The Section 'Affiliates' provides contact details for Groups and Affiliated Societies of the OSGB. In addition: 'We hold monthly meetings for those members who are able to come to London on a Saturday afternoon. Each meeting is different. There is usually an experienced speaker who may talk about travel, cultivation or any other subject related to orchids. Members bring their plants to display at the monthly table show which offers a chance to see a wide variety of orchids in flower. The plants are judged and awarded and there is a short discussion about their history, cultivation and merits ... Tea and coffee are available and members have a chance to chat with the each other and the guest speaker and ask the questions that have been bothering them for ages. "Why won’t my Phalaenopsis flower?" is the most common; no question is too silly to ask ...'

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‘Events open to the public from the University of Cambridge.’

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‘We host a range of events worldwide, nationally and in London. These include festivals, student fairs, academic events, exhibitions in Senate House Library, and much more.’

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'Events listed here are open to everyone. Whether you want to listen to a lecture, learn a new skill, take in a concert or an exhibition, see a play staged by Oxford University students or attend one of our sporting events, there's always something going on.'

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'We are an association of amateur and professional naturalists covering a wide range of aspects of natural history. We deal with the "old" county of Yorkshire, as individuals and through our many Affiliated Societies, many of which are local naturalists' groups.'

Category Exmouth
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'Quirky 18th-century, 16 sided house with fascinating interior decoration and collections.' Occasional talks are given.

Category Art Galleries
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'Abbot Hall, which opened in 1962, is a nationally significant art gallery with outstanding collections. It has one of the strongest exhibition programmes outside London.' The Hall has offered gallery talks, evening lectures, including those organized by the Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust.

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'Welcome to the one of the oldest Gardening Societies in the country which was established before 1866 ... One of our main attractions is our monthly Social evenings (and 2 very popular quiz nights). Guest speakers present garden related topics and everyone is welcome to these social evenings. They run from September to May ... every 3rd Thursday of the month, starting at 8 pm.'

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'The main activities are a series of illustrated winter lectures, on topics of historical interest, held usually on the last Monday of each month ... These meetings have a pleasant, informal atmosphere, and members are invited to contribute by bringing interesting artefacts and making short presentations on items of interest.'

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Meets 'at 8 pm on the second Monday of each month from September to June (inclusive)'.

Category Abingdon
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'Our meetings are held on alternate Thursdays ... Meetings start at 8 pm and finish at around 10.00 pm.'

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The Abingdon Museum Friends organisation 'supports the Museum through fundraising and voluntary work. They meet monthly during autumn and winter for a variety of talks and social gatherings. In the summer months there are day trips to other museums and places of interest both locally and further afield'. The Friends can meet in the Parish Centre which is alongside the Church of St Helen nearby.

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Winter monthly programme, Tuesday evenings: 'Meetings ... start at 7.30 pm, unless stated otherwise.'

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Monthly meetings, Wednesday evenings: 'We welcome new members, and non-members are welcome at our events. There is a £2 admission charge for visitors at indoor meetings ...'

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‘The Academy was founded in 2000 to provide a forum committed to open and robust public debate in which ideas can be interrogated, argued for and fought over. We organise intelligent public debates, on controversial topics, and most importantly challenge contemporary knee-jerk orthodoxies. One focus of our work is to ensure that new generations look behind the headlines and avoid over simplistic conclusions on difficult topics. We are especially concerned about the “dumbing down” of debate, and to this end we organise a range of high-profile public events.’ Events have included an annual Battle of Ideas Conference held in London in the Autumn.

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'The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the whole spectrum of medical science. Our mission is to ensure better healthcare through the rapid application of research to the practice of medicine ... We run a programme of events for a variety of audiences including Fellows, early career researchers, trainees, undergraduates and members of the public.'

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Category Italy
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'Founded in 1988 to promote research into all aspects of early Italy. It is now in its twenty-third year. Its name embodies the concept of agreement (Italian accordo). The name Accordia is a construct, and was conceived as an acronym - Academic Co-ordination Centre [for the] Organisation [of] Research [into the] Development [of] Italy [from] Antiquity ... The annual series of The Italy Lectures have become an established fixture in the diaries of all those interested in ancient Italy. They are widely appreciated for the diverse range of topics covered, the high standard of the lectures and the convivial post-lecture receptions.'

Category Flowers & Plants
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Meetings ‘second Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm ... The club was formed in 1979 by a group of friends intending to help one another to enhance their knowledge on the art of bonsai’.

Category Solihull
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'The society meets at 2.00 pm ... on the first Friday in the month. Annual subscription is £5, and visitors and members pay £1 per meeting. Visitors who attend three meetings will be invited to join the Society.'

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'Meets at 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month from October until March ... Visitors welcome at all meetings ... Acton is now a suburb of West London about 5 miles from the centre, and well within the built-up area, but for the greater part of its history, consisted of only a small cluster of houses around the medieval Church of St. Mary's, providing refreshment for travellers on the road from London to Oxford; together with a smaller farming community at East Acton and a number of scattered farm dwellings ... The scene changed little until the 1840s when the village began to expand, but the greatest change began in 1859 when the Enclosure award, permitted the re-allocation of the strips in the common fields into blocks, releasing land for building the lower class housing required to keep up with the rapid growth of London, made possible by the extension of the suburban railways ...'

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'Unless otherwise notified, all meetings take place on the first Wednesday in the month, commencing at 7.30 pm.'

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'We meet on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding August) ... at 8.00 pm.'

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'The contemporary Adlerian approach to counselling and psychotherapy is based on the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the physician and psychologist acclaimed alongside Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as one of the "Big Three" founders of psychotherapy. A very popular public speaker in his time, his international lecture tours attracted a wide and varied audience, and many of the innumerable books that flowed from his talks and seminars are still in print today ... From the early 1950s the Adlerian Society has held monthly public lectures at this historic venue in central London [Conway Hall], where Alfred Adler himself lectured in the 1930s. The topics vary widely and are always relevant to the development and application of Adlerian psychology today. All are welcome (no need to book). Online tickets available.'

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'We meet on a monthly basis at 7.30 pm. We are a small friendly group of all standards of Astronomy learning and welcome new members who would like to learn about Astronomy, be it the Moon Stars or deep space objects.'

Category Africa
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'Established as a charity in 1964, we've been proud custodians of African culture and heritage in the U.K since ... We plan to champion the African thought leadership through talks, debates, conferences and broadcasts from a wide range of sectors including health, environment, technology, culture, politics and business. We want to be a hub for exchanging and developing ideas, and providing a distinctly African perspective on the world.'

Category Africa
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'The SOAS African Development Forum (ADF) is a student-driven platform for championing African development, bringing together leading thinkers in the field to stimulate informed discussion, challenge orthodox narratives, and bridge gaps in understanding between various development stakeholders'

Category Africa
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'The University of Oxford is one of the world's leading centres for the study of Africa. In every Faculty and Division across the University there are active research programmes focused on the continent. The African Studies Centre, within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, acts as a focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa.' ... The Centre 'organises a lively programme of seminars, workshops and international conferences'.

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'We meet at 8 pm on the last Wednesday of each month ... Our area of interest is Ainsdale, a village in the borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England.'

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'Meets weekly between September and April, each Wednesday evening at 7.45 pm ... Aireborough Camera Club prides itself on being an informal, enthusiastic and friendly photographic club which extends a warm welcome to anyone with an interest in photography.'

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‘The Society was founded in 1957 to record and preserve the history of Aireborough, which consists of:- Yeadon; Guiseley; Rawdon; Carlton; Hawksworth and the area which was covered by Menston Hospital ... Aireborough Historical Society holds monthly (usually 2nd Thursday) speaker events on a variety of topics.’

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‘Founded in 1980 the group is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. In 2019 Wharfedale FHG merged with the Keighley and District FHS.’

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'In 1950 the Academy was invited to take over the administration of the Reckitt Archaeological Trust (established by the late Mr Albert L Reckitt). As well as using the funds to support archaeological research, the Academy's Council also decided to establish a lecture. The lecture was first delivered in 1951.' Lecture held every 2-3 years: 'Registration is not required for this event. Seats will be allocated on arrival'.

Category Alcester
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'Meetings are held at 8 pm ... in January, March, May, September and November. A trip is normally organised for the summer months. New members and visitors are very welcome.'

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'Meetings are held on the third Monday in the month at 7.30 pm ...We are a group of family history enthusiasts based near the East Suffolk coast, midway between Felixstowe and Lowestoft, covering an area ... which includes the towns of Aldeburgh, Leiston, Saxmundham, Framlingham and Orford.  We celebrated our tenth anniversary in 2018.'

Category Oxford
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'The College hosts many lectures and seminars, including those by lecturers appointed by the University and associated with All Souls ... These lectures are open to the public and information about the lectures is posted as soon as it is available ... The College also supports seminars, lectures and workshops sponsored by Fellows for members of the University. They are not open to members of the public unless the lecture or seminar notice explicitly indicates that "All are welcome", or permission to attend has been obtained from the Fellow giving the course or seminar.'

Category Beverley
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'We offer a programme of 10 monthly meetings from September to June. A majority of events are illustrated talks delivered in French by French speakers, the speakers being organised through the Alliance Francaise to whom we are affiliated.'

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'Meetings take place on Thursday nights every fortnight during the winter months.'

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'The Society provides a programme of historical lectures each year with, normally, a minimum of 3 lectures in the Spring and 3 in the Autumn. In addition, there is a speaker or exhibition at the Annual General Meeting in June. From time to time the Society holds member's evenings which allow participants to bring items or raise subjects for a short discussion. These interactive events can provide some fascinating insights into local history.'

Category Railway History
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'The popular indoor meetings are held in the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station (what is now Barter Books). Meetings start 7.00pm for 7.30pm. We welcome visitors, members and their guests for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments will be available from 7.00 pm.'

Category Alnwick
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'Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month from September - May each year ... Meetings are free to members and visitors are requested to pay £2 ... Free refreshments are provided at the end of each meeting and all who attend are warmly welcomed and invited to stay for tea /coffee /biscuits and a chat.'

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'We are a small friendly group of Alpine enthusiasts founded in December 1986 ... We meet on the first Monday of every month (except January) ... Meetings start at 7.30pm, with the speaker starting at 8.00pm, and the evening finishing at about 9.30 (after tea / coffee and a chat).'

Category Birmingham
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'We hold a series of Evening Meetings from January to December, with the exception of May, June and July.'

Category Bristol
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Meetings '3rd Friday, 7.30 pm, September to May. Subscription: £10 per person; Visitors £2'.

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'We are a very friendly group and you will be made most welcome. The group meets on the second Sunday of the month, January to May and September to December. Doors open at 2-30p.m. and the meeting starts at 3-00p.m.'

Category High Wycombe
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'We hold monthly meetings on the second Friday from September to May, except where it coincides with Easter when another day may be arranged ... starting at 7.30 pm.'

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'We are a local group of friendly folk who meet on the second Tuesday of the month between September and April. Meetings take place at 7.30 pm.'

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'We hold meetings on the first Wednesday of every month ... from 7.15 pm. We invite a range of speakers to talk to us about alpines from around the world.'

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'We meet ... every month excluding July and August. We usually meet in July in the garden of one of our members for a social party. All other meetings are at Longdown on the third Thursday in the month at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Meetings usually take the form of a lecture by an eminent speaker.'

Category Wilmslow
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'We have been established for over 50 years and are a group of enthusiastic gardeners, many of whom have a wide knowledge of things alpine. Come and meet us ... on the second Monday of the month, at 7.30 pm for an 8.00 pm start, September to April.'

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