We are now in an unprecedented period of our history, with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting every one of us. I hope you are all heeding the government advice about the ‘lockdown’ and only going out of the home for the essentials of food, medicine and exercise, with the appropriate social/physical distancing. On my daily walks I am discovering details of our area in Chorlton and Whalley Range which I had never noticed before, and also appreciating the parks and green spaces which we have in our part of Manchester.
Meanwhile here at the Lit & Phil our wonderful administrative staff have been working from home all week and doing an amazing job. Do look out for the details of the e-Lit&Phil and join in, if you are able, with the forum discussions. We are very sad to let you know that we have had to postpone all our summer term lectures and events, but it is the same for everyone, and it must be extremely hard for the venues, the conference, hospitality and the entertainment industries. Many organisations such as ours will be having to make many changes, and also keep afloat financially during this period.
However, we are hoping that life will return to some form of normality by the summer and as yet, we hope to deliver the full programme of events planned for the 2020-21 season, with most of these already confirmed or in an advanced state of planning. We shall keep in regular touch with you all and do keep looking at the website. Be reassured also that I have written to the few of our members who are not online or on email, to keep them in the picture. We are starting to get used to online meetings, and different ways of getting together in a ‘remote’ way, and I have no doubt the skills we are learning will be of great benefit in the future.
Keep safe, stay at home, keep your mind and body as active as possible, and keep communicating with each other, with your families, and with us!
Dr Susan Hilton, President, The Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society