18th March 2020, 12:15pm


The Covid-19 issues are changing daily, so following on from our message to you on the 16th March, we report that the RNCM has closed its doors to both students and public as of Sunday 15th March and until at least 13th April, causing the inevitable postponement/cancellation of our events held there.  As regards the Young Persons’ meeting due to take place at the MCC on 30th March, we are pleased to say that we are in discussion with the speaker, Dr Kirstie Whitaker, about delivering her lecture online – we shall update you as soon as possible about this.

Our office at Church House is also physically closed, and our staff are working from home.  However, they have remote access to the telephone voicemail, and all the relevant information needed to run the Society.  It is paramount that we protect our employees Rachel and Aude from unnecessary exposure to the virus, particularly when on crowded rush hour public transport.

We shall give regular updates about events, and as we have only just had the summer brochure printed, we shall be sending a copy to members next week, with more information in the covering letter.  The early events may not take place, but it will be of interest to see our plans, and we shall wherever possible run these in the future.

Please watch the media for daily updates on how to look after yourselves regarding limitations on movement and guidelines regarding hygiene and ‘social distancing’.


Best wishes

Dr Susan Hilton

President, Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society