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HOME are offering members of the Manchester Lit & Phil a discount on tickets to see the award-winning play Rose. For more information about the piece and how to claim the discount, please see the information below.



The Story of a Century 25 May-10 June

One of the leading actors of her generation, Academy Award nominee Janet Suzman makes a rare return to the stage in this one-actor tour de force.
HOME presents the first UK revival of Martin Sherman’s award-winning Rose, which premiered in 1999 at the National Theatre.
From her home in Miami, Florida, eighty-year-old Rose takes us on a journey through her long and tumultuous life, a life that charts the fate of Europe's Jews through the Twentieth Century and into the Millennium. A journey which begins in the shtetls of Eastern Europe and continues through Nazi-occupied Warsaw, British Mandate Palestine, America, Israel and the Occupied Territories. It is an epic story of persecution, displacement and survival told with passion, pathos and a wild humour. As the current refugee crisis engulfs Europe, and America’s history as a home for the persecuted comes under serious threat, this revival of Rose is topical and timely. 
Rose is directed by Richard Beecham, whose production of Arthur Miller’s epic Playing for Time at the Sheffield Crucible garnered rave reviews.
For performance times, venue details and bookings visit or call the box office on 0161 200 1500.


Janet Suzman


Director Richard Beecham
Designer Simon Kenny 
Lighting Designer Chris Davey 
Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly
Voice Coach Patsy Rodenburg 
Dramaturg Petra Tauscher 
Assistant Director Samuel Ward 


£26.50 - £10 
Concessions, groups and schools offers available. 
Subject to availability.

Lit & Phil Members click here to view discount information (you must be logged into your Member account to view)


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2017-18 Season Preview

3rd May, 2017

As we head towards the end of the 2016-17 Season, which will finish on 19 June with the Manchester Lecture on Manchester Airport, the Lit & Phil Section Committees are working hard at putting the finishing touches on next year's programme. Here is a preview of what you can expect from the 2017-18 Season:

Session 1

The new Season will commence, as usual, with the AGM and lecture by a Lit & Phil member. Come September, it will be member Janet Wolff's turn to give a lecture on 'Art is Social:  ‘the visible meaning of a good picture’ after the Lit & Phil's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27 September.

Other Session 1 lectures will include:




Monday 2 October

Dr David Bellingham 

Art is Social: 'the visible meaning of a good picture’

Tuesday 10 October

Ian Keable 

Charles Dickens – Conjurer

Monday 16 October 

Robert Young

Engineering with Graphene

Wednesday 1 November 

Ian Whelan

Development of new insect control technologies to overcome resistance to existing methods

Tuesday 7 November 

Mike Higginbottom  

Victorian Cemeteries

Tuesday 21 November

Professor John Fielding 

Aviation and the Environment

Tuesday 28 November  

Professor Michael Wood   

Why the Anglo-Saxons Matter: King Alfred and the Making of England

Monday 4 December 

Alan Segrott

Mersey Gateway

Wednesday 13 December 

Dr Michael Cannon

Antibiotics: the calm before the storm

Session 2




Thursday 25 January 2018

Professor Julian Price

Children's Language: how can it be influenced by parents?

Thursday 30 January 2018

Anthony Burton

Lit and Phil Museums: the role of learned societies in the creation of museums in Britain

Monday 12 February 2018

Professor Kevin Ryan

Cell Death

w/c 26 February 2018

Derek McCulloch & Café Mozart

In the Beginning Was the Word – Singing the poet's song in a foreign land

Monday 5 March 2018

Professor Kenneth Letherman

James Clerk Maxwell

Thursday 15 March 2018

Georgina Ferry

Science from a Female Perspective

Session 3




Wednesday 11 April 2018

Professor Stephen Graham

Vertical Cities: from basement to rooftop

w/c 23 April 2018

Dr Robert Poole


Thursday 3 May

Professor Steve O'Rahilly

Genetic Obesity: why do we get fat and how does it make us ill?


* Please note that lecture titles are subject to change and update before the final programme information is released in the summer. Always check the Lit & Phil website for the latest details of lectures.


In January of this year, the passing away of JOHN SPENCER BUCKLEY was reported to the Society. This obituary has been written by Sir Netar Mallick (Immediate Past President) with the contribution of John’s daughters, Helen and Charlotte.

John was born in Southport on 28th July 1943 to Margaret and Jack. His father was a public health inspector and his mother worked in healthcare. John spent his early years in Kendal, Cumbria, before moving to Heywood. He attended Heywood Grammar School and then studied architecture in Wigan.

John set up his own architectural firm, located in the city centre of Manchester and worked on a range of commercial and retail developments across the North West. John lived a life of service – to Manchester and to business. He was area chairman and a National Councillor of the Round Table, an active member of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce supporting Manchester’s bids for the Olympic Games and the successful hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2002, and later a Governor at Salford City College. 

Outside of the professional sphere, John was a lifelong Bury Football Club fan watching the “Shakers” both home and away for over 60 years. He was also a lover of cricket and was a member of Lancashire County Cricket Club for many years. He was also a long standing member of the St James’s Club in Manchester.

John was a dedicated supporter of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society. This Society, founded in 1781 and one of the oldest in the country, is part of the warp and weft of the life of Manchester, attracting both academic and professional members from a wide catchment.  As such it was always going to attract John’s interest. He studied its history, regularly attended its meetings and eventually became a member of its Council and then its Secretary. He was not afraid of challenging anyone who he thought was not seeing the wood for the trees and insisted on developing a business-like approach which his successor is continuing.

John was a man full of intellectual curiosity, always learning. He travelled the world – Hong Kong, America, India and Europe – to further his understanding of history, culture and architecture and was planning to visit Israel and Palestine. He willingly gave of himself to those causes he cared for, supporting many voluntary causes over the course of his life. Most of all he was a good friend to many, dependable, caring and good humoured.

He married Susan Janet Maslin in 1977, and Sue was by his side throughout his career as his company secretary until she sadly died of Motor Neurone Disease in 2007.

John leaves two daughters Charlotte and Helen.

Following John's passing, a donation page was set up by his daughter Charlotte to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of both John and his wife Susan. The webpage is still open for donations should anyone still wish to give money. Click here to view the Just Giving page.

New Blue Plaque Unveiling

29th March, 2017

The 250th Anniversary of John Dalton's birth was celebrated last year and to mark the occasion, the Royal Society of Chemistry created a new blue plaque commemorating the scientist, which was presented to the CEO of Joseph Holt breweries for its installation on one of their public houses. The presentation of the plaque was held on the same day as the Lit and Phil's Dalton Lecture, which was given in October 2016 by Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov.

The new RSC blue plaque celebrating our longest-serving President was unveiled on Monday 27 March 2017 at the Ape and Apple public house on John Dalton street. The President of the Lit and Phil, Dr Diana Leitch, was present at the unveiling along with Richard Kershaw (CEO of Joseph Holt) Professor David Garner FRS (Past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry), Dr Frank Mair (Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Manchester section), Dr Marloes Peeters (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr James Sumner (University of Manchester), and Gerald Hayes (Member of the Lit and Phil and RSC Historical Group).

Photos from the Blue Plaque Unveiling (taken by Dr David Leitch)

Richard Kershaw CEO of Joseph Holt's Brewery (founded 1849)  - great great grandson of Joseph Holt, President Dr Diana Leitch. Professor David Garner FRS, Past President of Royal Society of Chemistry

Dalton Entry next to Ape and Apple Pub

L-R: Gerald Hayes (Lit & Phil member and RSC Historical Group), Prof. David Garner, Dr Diana Leitch, Dr Frank Mair  (Chair of RSC Manchester Section), Dr Marloes Peeters (MMU), Dr James Sumner (University of Manchester) , Richard Kershaw (CEO Joseph Holt's Brewery)

President of Lit and Phil presents copy of John Dalton papers to Prof David Garner FRS Past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry who unveiled the plaque


Manchester Musical Youth

11th January, 2017

Many Lit & Phil members asked for details of Manchester Musical Youth's upcoming productions following their impressive performance at the Lit & Phil's Christmas event in December. We would like to thank the group and their excellent mentors for providing such top quality entertainment, a lovely evening was had by all.

As a way to support the young musical group, we are providing details of their next production (below). It is understood that the Saturday performance is already sold out so advance booking is highly recommended. Anyone considering booking should do so by contacting Z Arts via phone or online.

Manchester Musical Youth presents: Legally Blonde – The Musical

22 - 25 February 2017


Z-arts, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Tickets: £15 Adult, £10 Concession

Call: 0161 226 1912 or Visit:

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Book by Heather Hach.
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture


When the new arts centre HOME opened in 2015, The Daily Telegraph’s Arts critic Rupert Christiansen suggested that Manchester’s culture was dominated by football, and wondered if  there were things that the city needed more urgently than arts venues – such as clearing litter black spots, planting trees and improving sports facilities in parks.

Do you agree – or does such a view raise your blood pressure?

We want to know your views – so come along to a lively debate on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at the newly built Stoller Hall at Chetham's School of Music, and put your questions to a distinguished panel chaired by Arts supremo Felicity Goodey CBE (top centre), former senior BBC journalist and presenter, who has spearheaded major arts and regeneration projects in the North West.

Our panel members are:  Actor and Director Wyllie Longmore (top right);  Nick Merriman (bottom centre), Director of Manchester Museum;  Dave Moutrey (bottom left), Director and Chief Executive of HOME;  David Thacker (top left), Professor of Theatre at Bolton University and Associate Artistic Director of Bolton Octagon and Eleanor Underhill (bottom right), General Manager of Quarry Bank Mill.

Afterwards, guests will have the chance to carry on the discussion over drinks and a light buffet.  It promises to be a stimulating event.

Booking is now open on the Stoller Hall website, which you can find by clicking here. Please note that this event is organised by the Lit & Phil but the booking for the event is managed by the Stoller Hall. All booking queries should be directed to the Stoller Hall team.

The Stoller Hall




The Percival Lecture is a special event in the Lit & Phil’s annual calendar where the lecture is hosted by one of the three universities of Manchester and Salford on a rotary basis (University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford). This year the University of Salford will be our hosts for the evening where Professor Robin Bargar will address the Society about the future of the digital and creative industries in the UK and the global influence of MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.


The Future of Digital+Creative and Global Role of MediaCityUK

The emerging digital economy is forged from a convergence of technological and creative practices, including computation, informatics, design, and media making in the broadest sense. This convergence yields demand for skills and business perspectives that synthesise and leverage digital and creative workflows and outputs. The global consequences have been disruptive economically, culturally and politically. The impact has been bidirectional: creativity influencing technology as much as the reverse, launching new areas of opportunity and industry relationship for media making and media impact. The entire media process has been changed and continues to change: from conception through production through distribution through audience response and interaction. Networks and digital data are inherent to the process and are increasingly oriented to media as a major business development direction, as well as a contributing factor in non-media enterprise. All of these carry implications for the role of MediaCItyUK and its constituents, contributing to the economic and creative future of Greater Manchester and the North. 

Professor Robin Bargar – Profile

Robin Bargar has a creative and research background in computer music and sound synthesis, interactive media and virtual reality, including software development and systems integration for cross-media applications. In 2015 Robin joined University of Salford as founding Executive Director of the Studio for International Media and Technology at MediaCityUK, with a joint appointment as Professor in the School of Arts and Media and the School of Computing Sciences and Engineering. He leads the University’s Digital and Creative Industry Collaboration Zone, which develops industry collaborations with interdisciplinary teams across the university.

From 2011 to 2015 Robin was Dean of the School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago and Professor of Interactive Arts and Media. From 2004 to 2010 Robin was Dean of the School of Technology and Design and Professor of Entertainment Technology at the City University of New York.

Trained as a composer and filmmaker, Robin received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with related studies in computer graphics and computer science. He served on the School of Music faculty and as a researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. From 1992-2000 he led the Audio Development Group in software development and prototyping media performance in the CAVE virtual environment. In the Beckman Institute Robin also served as Director of the Integrated Systems Laboratory, an interdisciplinary environment for simulation, prototyping and data visualization. Robin later served as Director and CEO of Hexagram, the Institute for Research and Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, in Montréal. Robin’s creative work has been presented on MTV, in commercial cinema release, and at international forums including Ars Electronica, ISEA, Imagina Festival, ACM SIGGraph and the Bourges International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film (Animated) and was awarded two US Patents for interactive sound and media technologies.

Please note that this event is for Members Only.



We have discovered that Oxford Road is going to be completely closed in both directions between Hathersage Road and Booth Street and Brunswick Street is also going to be totally and permanently closed at both ends from 22nd October. The latter is the road that both Chemistry and Physics Department have as their frontage at the Upper Brook Street end. It is also closed to pedestrians.

We hope that the following information is helpful to get you to the relevant departments for the Dalton events:

Car Parking – the only major car park on that part of the campus is the Aquatics Centre Car Park which is reached off Booth Street East.

Car Parking (disabled) – there are a few car parking spaces in front of Chemistry which have to be pre-booked and are accessible off Dover Street.  If you want one of these contact either (0161 275 4686) or (quote Diana Leitch/Dalton) and ask if one can be reserved for you.

Travel by bus – all buses are being diverted off Oxford Road as it is totally closed to all forms of traffic but this is advantageous as long as you accept you will need to leave earlier than usual as there will be a lot of traffic.

You may choose to leave your car somewhere where you can then get on a bus.

All 40s and 140s (42, 142, 43, 143, etc) are being diverted off Oxford Road at Hathersage Road along Upper Brook Street and there is a bus stop just next to the Chemistry Dept at the top of Brunswick Street. If you get off here then walk back a few yards to Dover Street and walk down a few yards to a barrier where pedestrians are being diverted to Brunswick Street. Signs are up to divert people.

Similarly, the 50 bus which starts at Parrs Wood Bus Station next to the Parrs Wood Metro Station and East Didsbury Railway Station passes along Upper Brook Street on its way to the centre of town, going  down John Dalton Street and on to Salford.

Obviously if you want to go in the opposite direction on the above buses you will get on at the bus stop on the opposite side of Upper Brook Street.

The 147 bus which starts at Fairfield Street by Piccadilly Station and runs to the hospitals on Oxford Road is also being diverted and will go along Upper Brook Street. If you are coming from Piccadilly get off at the bus stop by the Tai Pan Restaurant/Chinese Emporium, cross the road at the traffic lights and follow the pedestrian diversion signs down Dover Street.

Travel by taxi or car drop off  - this has to be done by turning from Upper Brook Street into Dover Street and walking the pedestrian route.


Please allow plenty of time and we do have to have a prompt start at 4pm with the reception drinks followed by the plaque presentations. The buffet for those who have booked is from 5pm onwards. 


Car Park Changes at RNCM

26th September, 2016

Due to current building and road works around the Royal Northern College of Music, there have been some changes to car parking arrangements which Members should be aware of when attending lectures.

Usually Members park in the multi-storey off Higher Cambridge Street which is owned by the University of Manchester (car park D). This is still available to use, but the routes into and out of the car park have changed due to the construction of the new Crowne Plaza Hotel and Business School, which are due for completion in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Entrance to the car park is now via a newly laid road from Higher Cambridge street (opp. Trinity High School), instead of the road off Booth Street West (opp. RNCM) which is now closed for building site access. This also means that walking to RNCM from this car park follows the diversion via Higher Cambridge Street rather than via Higher Chatham Street.

There is a map on the Manchester Business School website which shows the current route to and from the car park (green arrows). You can view this here:

For alternative car parks, you can use the secure underground car park, located next to RNCM in the basement of the Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, off Rosamond Street West (£3.50 per car, payable on entry to the car park). There is also an NCP car park by the Aquatics Centre off Booth Street East.

RNCM does have car parking spaces at the rear of the venue which are reserved for Blue Badge holders. If you require the use of one, please let the office know and they will book you a space.

Please allow an extra 10 minutes for your arrival to lectures at RNCM to account for any delay caused by the change in the parking situation.



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Today marks the 250th Anniversary of John Dalton's birth. He was famous for his atomic theory of chemistry and was a member of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society from 1794 until his death in 1844. During this time he was successively Secretary, Vice President and President, a post he held for his last 28 years. Much of his original research was done in a laboratory at the Society’s George Street House. A paper was presented by Dalton to the Society in October, 1803 which contained one of the greatest statements of modern science; namely:

“An enquiry into the relative weights of the ultimate particles of gaseous and other bodies is a subject, as far as I know, entirely new; I have lately been prosecuting this enquiry with considerable success”.

Sadly the majority of Dalton manuscripts were lost in the 1940 blitz. However some remaining artefacts are held on loan from the Society by the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Manchester.

Coincidentally, BBC Radio 4 is currently running a series about all things Northern with Melvyn Bragg. This morning's episode focussed on Manchester and talks about John Dalton and the Manchester Lit and Phil. You can listen to it on the BBC website by clicking here.

Upcoming Dalton-related Events

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of John Dalton's birth, Cockermouth & District Civic Trust have organised a packed weekend of Dalton-related events and activities as part of Heritage Open Days. This takes place between Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 2016. Click here for more information.

The Lit & Phil will be presenting the Dalton medal to graphene pioneer and Nobel Prize winner, Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov FRS on 26th October. Professor Novoselov will also be giving the Dalton lecture on 'The History of sp2 Carbon in England' on the same evening. Click here for more information.