Why and How Are We Living Longer?

Professor Tom Kirkwood





Lifespans are increasing, but why this is happening and where it might lead? Find out in this Star Lecture by Professor Tom Kirkwood.





16th March 2017, 7:00pm

The Lute in Art

Simon Rees

Historically the Lute has been featured in many art works, signifying links with Orpheus and Venus as well as with troubadors and courtiers, prostitutes and clowns. Simon Rees will explore the evolution of the Lute, accompanied by lutenist Luke Starkey.

28th February 2017, 7:00pm

Espionage and Intrigue in the World of Nuclear Physics

Professor Frank Close OBE

Professor Frank Close reveals the surprising and intriguing tale behind the discovery of a British spy by MI5 in the Atomic Bomb Manhattan Project. What information was passed to the USSR? Why did he do it? Why did he confess? Find out in this Young People's lecture!

6th March 2017, 7:00pm

'Recording Britain': nostalgia, national identity and the sense of place

Gill Saunders

The ‘Recording Britain’ collection of watercolours and drawings gives a fascinating account of the country in the early years of the Second World War when lives, landscapes and precious buildings were under threat, not only from bombs but also from the effects of ‘progress’ and development.

22nd March 2017, 7:15pm

Art and Science of Concert Hall and Opera House Design

Robert Harris

This talk will describe the how the sound of Bridgewater Hall, a 2400 seat symphonic concert hall, was created. Robert Harris, who was the principal acoustic designer for the hall, will explain how a unique and distinctive design was developed, drawing on established concert hall forms

30th March 2017, 7:00pm

In the Labyrinth: John Dee in Manchester

Michael Powell

John Dee (1527-1608) was one of Tudor England's most extraordinary and enigmatic figures both in his living years and after his death. Michael Powell will be looking at what survives in Manchester from Dee’s Wardenship,  his surviving books from Chetham’s Library and what makes his afterlife so extraordinary.

5th April 2017, 7:00pm