Christmas Drop-ins at the Lit & Phil

4th December 2017, 11:45am



The Lit & Phil are inviting members to pop into our offices for a mince pie, drink and a chat before Christmas. Click here for more details.

Office Closure over Christmas


The Lit & Phil office will be closed from 5 p.m. on Thursday 21 December 2017.

Bookings on the website will still be taken over the festive period, but any queries to the office will only be answered at the start of January 2018.

We would like to wish all Lit & Phil members a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Tuning in and Talking: how parents can influence their children's language development

Professor Julian Pine

This lecture will focus on how parents can influence their children's language development by tuning into what they are interested in and talking about it. It will begin by discussing research which shows that parents...

25th January 2018, 7:00pm

Lit & Phil Museums: the role of Learned Societies in the creations of museums in Britain, especially in the North West

Anthony Burton

The history of local museums in England is usually regarded as starting with William Ewart’s Museum Acts of 1845 and 1850, which permitted local authorities to subsidise museums from local rates. Before this, however...

30th January 2018, 7:00pm

Railway Engineering – Yesterday and Today

Dr Michael Bailey, MBE

The much-publicised planning activities for the first phase of the ‘High Speed 2’ railway line between London and Birmingham prompt comparison with those of the Victorian era line between the same two cities. The requirements for surveying and selecting a route are much the same today as in the 1830s, except...

6th February 2018, 7:00pm

Cell in Life – good and bad!

Professor Kevin Ryan

It seems natural to think that the cells in our body are programmed to survive for as long as they are required. Our existence and our health, however, are based on a fine balance between cell growth and cell death. From the very beginning...

12th February 2018, 7:00pm