Past events

Information about the past few years' lectures are listed below.

If you have a query about a lecture given earlier than 2013, please contact the office and they can consult the Society's archives.

2022

Looking Inside Volcanoes *POSTPONED*

Professor Christopher Jackson

Volcanoes are big, hot, loud, and scary.  Because of this, we know little of their internal structure or underlying 'plumbing system', despite them representing a global natural hazard...

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Art is one magical ingredient that enriches our lives. Irrespective of age, health or social status all of us at every stage of life must have some access to Art...

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2021

COVID-19 has opened up significant debates on public health, and the tolerance of society for interventions...

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Greater Manchester is changing for the better...

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A Living Cathedral

Dean Rogers Govender

This year we mark the 600th anniversary of the Collegiate Church and Dean Rogers Govender’s talk will focus on the last century and bring us to the present day...

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What were the social, political and artistic influences that shaped the young William Shakespeare before he moved to London to find fame and fortune in the theatre?

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Despite extraordinary advances in the development of new drugs and biotechnology, cancer continues to rep-resent one of the leading causes of death worldwide...

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Join Wyn Davies and Barry Purves for a lively, infor-mal evening of anecdotes, insight and informed trivia, about that beloved musical device, the quartet, with particular reference to Verdi’s magnificent final act quartet in Rigoletto...

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Although governments claim to ‘follow the science’, the activity we call ‘science’ and the community of ‘scien-tists’ can still seem strange and remote to most people...

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The Idea of the Brain

Professor Matthew Cobb

The brain is the most complex part of our bodies, and the more we know about it the more we realise what we don’t know.

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T. S. Eliot said “Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them...

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The heritage walk gives an insight into the historic development of the city and port of Liverpool.

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The discussion will cover the lives, struggles and achievements of both women.  They grew up over a century apart, but as mixed-race girls they both had to overcome the obstacles and frustrations of white, male-dominated society...

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The Tiny Spacecraft Revolution

Professor Craig Underwood

The University of Surrey and its spin-out company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. are world leaders in the design, construction and operation of “micro-satellites”...

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The Annual General Meeting of  The Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society will be held online, via the BlueJeans platform, on Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 6.30 p.m. 

 

NB Registration is a two-stage process.  Once your details have been approved by a moderator you will receive an email with details on how to 'join the event' on the night.

*Registration closes at 5.00 pm on Friday 17th September so if you would like to attend please register in good time.*

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A visit to Manchester two hundred years ago would have been an assault on the senses...

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Ed Glinert of New Manchester Walks, the city’s group of professional guides, will be leading this tour into the very heart of old industrial Manchester.

 

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Caroline Churchill (who works under her professional name of ‘Caro C’) will talk about The BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1958 to the late 1990s), a somewhat obscure department of the BBC that provided sound and music for TV and radio...

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The double portrait identified only in the last century as two ambassadors to the court of Henry Vlll at the time of his “Great Matter” – his divorce from Katherine of Aragon - and which hangs in the National Gallery, is a painting that has been subject to much interpretation and research...

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Liquid crystals are self-organising fluids that are perhaps best known for their use in displays (LCDs). Much of the research in the area over the past 30 years has been focused on achieving faster switching and more complex images in flat panel TVs. However, such technology is now mature...

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