What Drives Russia To Confront The West?

Keir Giles

The relationship between Russia and the West is once again deep in crisis.  Russia’s actions since 2014 have removed all doubt in Europe and North America as to the nature of the challenge from Moscow...

27th January 2021, 6:30pm

Bits and Pieces: Secrets of a Digital World

Dr James Grime

Every message we send on the internet is transmitted in code.  Like a kind of Morse code, these invisible messages surround us...

4th February 2021, 6:30pm

Design and Operation of Dams

David Brown

In 1853 Captain Moody described reservoirs as being ‘engines of mighty force, strong in the aid of industry….and terrible in their power to destroy if mismanaged or neglected’...

11th February 2021, 6:30pm

Dying Laughing - a short walk around Romanian culture

Jim Howell

Jim accidently started studying Romanian while taking a degree in French at Manchester in 1970. He first visited the country in 1972 and spent a year there as a British Council scholar studying Philology...

24th February 2021, 6:30pm

What the charity of the Middle Ages has to teach Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg

Paul Vallely CMG FRSA

The charity of the Middle Ages was misleadingly dismissed as haphazard and self-serving after the Reformation.  But the most recent research shows that this was not the case...

2nd March 2021, 7:00pm

Visual Literacy and Dermatology: From Natural History to Art History

Professor Chris Griffiths OBE MD FMedSci

Visual literacy - the ability to construct meaning from visual images - is a cornerstone of art history and of medical practice.  This is particularly prominent in the case of the specialty of dermatology where diagnosis is often dependent on the “power of the glance”...

9th March 2021, 6:30pm