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- 8 June 2023
A curious person’s guide to Digital Art
Dr Claire ReddlemanDiscover more
- 25 July 2023
A surrealist’s guide to reality
The Lit & Phil Philosophy ForumDiscover more
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Guided tour of RHS Garden Bridgewater
Join us for a visit to this stunning garden
A special tour for members and their guests
- Panel discussion
Kindness & Integrity – Leadership in a troubled world
A special collaboration with MACFEST, the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival
- Arts & Culture
Visit to International Anthony Burgess Foundation
A special tour for members
Join us to find out more about this exceptional Manchester-born polymath
Read, Watch, Listen
‘The Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1780-1865’
UCLan Research Report, June 2023
- Science & Technology
Revolutionising cancer screening
Professor Peter Sasieni
Are we a step closer to finding a cure for cancer?
MCR History Talks: Health
Jessica White and Adam Waddingham
A history of health in Manchester
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