Booking for 'Powerhouse or Poorhouse?' discussion on the future of the Arts is open now!

10th January 2017, 3:30pm




Booking is now open for the Arts Panel Discussion 'Powerhouse or Poorhouse: What is future for Arts in Manchester?' on 3 May at the brand new Stoller Hall at Chetham's School of Music.

Land Tenure: Whose Land is Our Land?

Peter Hetherington

In his book on the subject, Peter Hetherington concludes that the country is approaching a collision of extremes – increasing demand for food, energy, water and housing. Find out how we arrived here and how change can be made in this lecture.

26th January 2017, 7:00pm

James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin: The race to understand the structure of DNA

Professor Matthew Cobb

The most important breakthrough in 20th-century biology was the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. Find out about the race to understand the structure of DNA in this Young People's lecture.

6th February 2017, 7:00pm

An Astrophysicist's Guide to Curtain Twitching – the hunt for exoplanets and our interstellar neighbours

Dr Eamonn Kerins

Are we alone in the Universe? The scope of astrophysics has expanded in the last  20 years with the detection of exoplanets – planets around other stars.  Dr Kerins will speak about how astronomers find exoplanets and how we are now also able to probe their structure and atmosphere.

13th February 2017, 7:00pm

Shackleton, Endurance and the Remarkable Voyage of The James Caird

Angela Shackleton Bebb

Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail in 1914 to make the first coast-to-coast crossing of  Antarctica – the last great feat of polar exploration. Despite failing and losing the ship, it was cause for national celebration when the survival of the men became known two years later.

20th February 2017, 7:00pm

Manchester Musical Youth


Following their spectacular performance at the Lit & Phil Christmas event, members in attendance were enthused to see the musical troupe perform again. Here are details of their next show.