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.

2021

 

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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In the 17th Century Manchester was a peaceful, quiet and unexceptional market town. However, at this time, there was growing unease with the monarch, Charles I...

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Visual literacy - the ability to construct meaning from visual images - is a cornerstone of art history and of medical practice.  This is particularly prominent in the case of the specialty of dermatology where diagnosis is often dependent on the “power of the glance”...

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Professor Gardner’s presentation will offer a unique snapshot of Britain’s fascination with the ‘new’ that characterised the lifestyle of many of the cultural elite at the turn of the last century...

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Humans have messed up six of the world’s seven continents.  At the height of the Cold war, in 1961, 12 powerful nations signed a major treaty: the Antarctic Treaty...

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Headlines from newspapers and websites scream out the soundbite that anthropogenic climate change is causing more extreme weather...

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The notion of Industry 4.0 is permeating all aspects of the global economy, creating a narrative rooted in more intensive automation of work and globalisation...

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Why does George Orwell matter today? Those who know something of his writings can probably name at least two of his books - Animal Farm and Ninety Eighty-Four - and appreciate their importance has to do with his analysis of authoritarian regimes...

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Sex, Lies and Brain Scans

Professor Barbara Sahakian

The recent explosion of neuroscience techniques has proved to be game-changing...

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Just over 20 years ago, two teams of astronomers discovered that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating...

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From Cemeteries and sewers, to theatres; St Pancras Station in London, to the “windy city”. Mike Higginbottom’s lecture programme offers a diverse, informative and entertaining look at social and architectural history...

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An Act of Parliament was required to provide for the building of such a great engineering project across so much land.  This lecture will begin with a brief history of the battle against the proposal to construct the Manchester Ship Canal and the efforts made to get the act through parliament...

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Sarah has been studying dark matter and dark energy for the last 20 years, but when her children started school she began to think about our own planet in the next 20 years and beyond...

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The charity of the Middle Ages was misleadingly dismissed as haphazard and self-serving after the Reformation.  But the most recent research shows that this was not the case...

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Jim accidently started studying Romanian while taking a degree in French at Manchester in 1970. He first visited the country in 1972 and spent a year there as a British Council scholar studying Philology...

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In 1853 Captain Moody described reservoirs as being ‘engines of mighty force, strong in the aid of industry….and terrible in their power to destroy if mismanaged or neglected’...

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Every message we send on the internet is transmitted in code.  Like a kind of Morse code, these invisible messages surround us...

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