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

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

New Blue Plaque Unveiling


The new blue plaque commemorating John Dalton was unveiled on Monday 27 March 2017 at the Ape and Apple public house on John Dalton street.

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.

DNA and the Settlement of Europe

Professor Martin Richards

The past twenty-five years have witnessed the birth of a new academic discipline. 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.  Moreover, this record is augmented by our increasing capacity to recover DNA sequences from remains of the long dead, by extracting them from ancient bones or teeth.

16th May 2017, 7:00pm