Christmas Drop-ins

Thursday 13 December and Tuesday 18 December

Members Only festive event to catch up with members, meet staff and officers, and fill up on festive food!

13th December 2018, 12:00pm

Building a Knowledge Economy

Jane Davies OBE

We are told that the Knowledge Economy holds the key to the future prosperity of the UK, an economy where knowledge has replaced capital, land and labour as the main resource. What does this entail? What is Manchester's approach to building a knowledge economy? Will it act a leveller for the wealth gap or widen it?

16th January 2019, 7:00pm

Intergenerational Learning: why older adults and younger children can help each other

Dr Zoe Wyrko

The programme ‘Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds’ was an experiment in which a group of children carried out their usual nursery activities in a retirement community with a group of older volunteers. The impact of such intergenerational learning often had surprising results...

24th January 2019, 7:00pm

Film Poetry: Humphrey Jennings and British wartime propaganda

Dr Alan Sennett

Lindsay Anderson called Humphrey Jennings “the only true poet of the English cinema”. This lecture asks whether propaganda can be poetic through an exploration of two of Jennings’ GPO and Crown Film Unit productions from 1940 and 1942, London Can Take It and Listen to Britain...

29th January 2019, 7:00pm

Molecular Surgery with CRISPR-Cas9

Professor David Hornby
The field of Genetic Engineering was born out of fundamental research into bacterial defence mechanisms against viral infection (termed restriction and modification). During the 1970s companies such as Genentech (Genetic Engineering Technology) in Silicon Valley and Biogen in Europe began to translate these discoveries into pioneering medical applications. 
4th February 2019, 7:00pm