Powerhouse or Poorhouse: What is the future for the Arts in Manchester?

Panel Discussion chaired by Felicity Goodey

A panel discussion on the implications of the Northern Powerhouse on the city’s arts and culture.  This event, chaired by Felicity Goodey CBE, invites audience members to pose their own questions, drawing on the combined knowledge and experience of five of the region’s cultural leaders.

3rd May 2017, 7:00pm

John Spencer Buckley, 1943-2017


Obituary for the Lit and Phil's former Vice-President and former Honorary Secretary, John Buckley, who passed away in January 2017.

Getting by with a Little Help from my Friends: the key role of symbiotic human gut microbes in health

Professor Harry Brumer

This lecture will look at how the intersection of bacterial genetics, carbohydrate enzymology, and structural biology is providing unprecedented molecular insight into the breakdown of complex carbohydrates, which fuels the gut microbiota that aid our ability to derive nutrition from dietary fibre.

27th April 2017, 7:30pm

Halls of the Dead: Discoveries from an archaeological dig

Professor Julian Thomas

In his lecture Professor Thomas will outline the discoveries at Dorstone Hill before discussing the significance of a ‘hall of the living’ being transformed into a ‘house of the dead’, in the context of developments throughout Neolithic Europe

11th May 2017, 7:00pm

DNA and the Settlement of Europe

Professor Martin Richards
Archaeogenetics stems from the realisation that we each carry a record of our evolutionary history within every cell in our bodies, written in the language of DNA. For the first time, genetic studies are providing answers to questions about the history of modern humans in Europe, including ancestral links, impact of the climate, the spread of farming, and the arrivial of Indo-European languages.
16th May 2017, 7:00pm

Websleuths: Amateur Detectives from the Armchair to the Internet

Dr Elizabeth Yardley

In recent years there has been a surge in amateur detective work  done by online communities, often referred to as 'websleuthing'. Who are they? What type of crime do they investigate? How and why are they doing it? Do they succeed? What opportunities and challenges do websleuths present?

25th May 2017, 7:00pm