Tour of Jodrell Bank

Posted on: April 20th, 2023 by mlpEditor

Join us for a visit to outer space!

We have arranged for a group of 21 Lit & Phil members to have special rates for admission to the site, including admission to their Dome Show in the new First Light Pavilion – which opened in June 2022.

Jodrell Bank remains at the cutting edge of astrophysics and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2019, for its pioneering work in helping to understand the Universe and our place within it.

How did this cutting-edge technology come to be located in a field in Cheshire?

Sir Bernard Lovell came to the University of Manchester in 1945 to study cosmic rays. He needed to perform his radar experiments well away from his Manchester laboratory, where there was no interference from the city’s electric trams. Some land in Cheshire, close to a nearby rise in the ground, called Jodrell Bank, was being used by the University botany department and Sir Bernard set up his equipment there. This was the start of radio astronomy at what is now known at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Collaboration with an engineer from Sheffield eventually resulted in the construction of a giant radio telescope, known these days as the Lovell Telescope. It played a key role in the space race of the 50s and 60s and was the only telescope in the world capable of locating and tracking the carrier rocket which launched ‘Sputnik’ in 1957.

Bernard Lovell (1913-2012) remained an honorary member of the Lit & Phil for many years and was presented with our Dalton Medal in 2009.

This should be a really enjoyable visit, and places are limited, so book soon to avoid missing out.

 

Event itinerary:

Please make your own way to the site. Travel advice can be found on Jodrell Bank’s website.

11.00 am – Meet at the site entrance. We will then explore the Exhibition pathway, towards the First Light Pavilion. Here, you can view the ‘Story of Jodrell Bank’ exhibit, detailing Sir Bernard’s involvement.

12.00 pm – Watch the Space Dome Show

12.45 pm onwards – Visit the rest of the site, which contains 4 Pavilions, several outdoor exhibitions and an arboretum.

 

Good to know: Lunch can be purchased in the café in the First Light Pavilion (NB this is not included in the ticket price).

Tour of ‘Golden Mummies of Egypt’ at Manchester Museum *second date added*

Posted on: April 17th, 2023 by mlpMemberAdmin

Second date added due to popular demand –

We have arranged another special tour of the Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition at Manchester Museum by expert Curator Dr Campbell Price.

After a hugely successful tour across the USA and China, this stunning exhibition offers unparalleled access to the museum’s world-class Egypt and Sudan collections.

Featuring more than 100 objects and eight mummies, Golden Mummies of Egypt presents a rich perspective on beliefs about the afterlife during an era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds.

The exhibition is held in the museum’s brand-new Exhibition Hall, which has been created as part of a £15 million transformation.

We will meet inside the building, by the main entrance of the gallery on Oxford Road. Welcome refreshments will be served by the pop-up café, next to the museum’s Exhibition Hall, from 2.30pm. The tour will start promptly at 3.00pm.

Good to know: Places are very limited. If you manage to book a place, please arrive in good time to enjoy the full experience.

Tour of ‘Golden Mummies of Egypt’ exhibition at Manchester Museum

Posted on: February 21st, 2023 by mlpEditor

We have arranged a special, members-only tour of the Golden Mummies of Egypt exhibition at Manchester Museum by expert Curator Dr Campbell Price.

After a hugely successful tour across the USA and China, this stunning exhibition offers unparalleled access to the museum’s world-class Egypt and Sudan collections.

Featuring more than 100 objects and eight mummies, Golden Mummies of Egypt presents a rich perspective on beliefs about the afterlife during an era when Egypt was part of the Greek and Roman worlds.

The exhibition is held in the museum’s brand-new Exhibition Hall, which has been created as part of a £15 million transformation.

We will meet inside the building, by the main entrance of the gallery on Oxford Road. Welcome refreshments will be served by the pop-up café, next to the museum’s Exhibition Hall, from 2.30pm. The tour will start promptly at 3.00pm.

Good to know: Places are very limited. If you manage to book a place, please arrive in good time to enjoy the full experience.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – by Tennessee Williams.

Posted on: January 24th, 2023 by mlpEditor

Come along to the Manchester Lit & Phil’s Theatre Group visit to ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

A Pulitzer Prize winning classic, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is a turbulent and brutal comic drama from legendary playwright Tennessee Williams (A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE) and is directed by the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Joint Artistic Director Roy Alexander Weise (THE MOUNTAINTOP).”

Members and friends are invited to book their seats directly with the theatre for the matinee performance (2.30pm) on the 19th April. Visit the theatre’s website to book your ticket(s).

After the show –

There will also be a post-theatre meal at Cote Brasserie in Manchester at 5.30pm. This will be an opportunity to share our views about the play in a relaxed atmosphere. We have reserved a private room at Cote just for our party, and numbers are limited to 13.

Please email the organiser, Joanna Lavelle, if you would like further information or if you would like to join us for the meal.

Good to know: There will be an online discussion before the play on April 3rd at 6.30pm (details below)

Symbolism in art (*second date added)

Posted on: November 3rd, 2022 by mlpEditor

What can the paintings in Manchester Art Gallery’s collection tell us about the history and development of ‘Symbolism’?

Art historians tell us that it was the 1880s that witnessed the inception of ‘Symbolism’ as a movement. But more than a generation before this, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood startled and outraged sensibilities with its depiction of strange and unsettling parallel worlds, bejewelled with luminous colours. Its rebellious spirit sought to awaken moral, spiritual and religious reflection through the deployment of mysterious signs and symbols. And yet even this tendency had its antecedents, most especially in the entertaining genre paintings and eerie still lifes of the Dutch Golden Age.

Guide John Ward will be leading us through Manchester Art Gallery, on a quest for the finest examples of a fascinating visual language.

Good to know: We will meet in the entrance of the gallery. The tour will start promptly at 2.00pm, so please arrive in good time.

Avro Heritage Museum

Posted on: August 22nd, 2022 by mlpEditor

We are lucky to get the chance to have a fascinating glimpse of the history of some iconic aeroplanes at the Avro Heritage Museum, Woodford.

Avro (founder A. V. Roe) created many of the ground-breaking and iconic aeroplanes of the 20th Century, which were built on the site. Several of the cockpits have been restored, and the museum houses many fascinating exhibits detailing the history of the planes and the venue.

A guided tour has been arranged of the exhibition hall, followed by 2 x 15-minute cockpit tours of the Vulcan and the Lancaster.

Good to know:

  • Tea/coffee will be available afterwards.
  • Parking is available at the venue.
  • The tour is due to start at 2 pm so it is recommended that you arrive between 1.30 – 1.50 pm to ensure you find suitable parking.
  • Please advise if you have mobility requirements, hearing, mobility or vision impairment. There is no wheelchair access to the cockpits but there are interactive screens available for both jets.
  • The cost of the ticket covers the guided tour.

 

One of our members Richard Lees has kindly offered to host a social before and/or after the AVRO Heritage Museum at one of his pubs nearby. Suitably named ‘The Aviator’, it is just a 15-minute walk from the museum and boasts many award-winning ales, craft beers and great food!

We have the option of having a meal there around 12.30 pm and/or having some drinks there after the tour.

If you’re interested, please RSVP by emailing events@manlitphil.ac.uk.

Symbolism in art

Posted on: July 13th, 2022 by mlpAdmin

What can the paintings in Manchester Art Gallery’s collection tell us about the history and development of ‘Symbolism’?

Art historians tell us that it was the 1880s that witnessed the inception of ‘Symbolism’ as a movement. But more than a generation before this, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood startled and outraged sensibilities with its depiction of strange and unsettling parallel worlds, bejewelled with luminous colours. Its rebellious spirit sought to awaken moral, spiritual and religious reflection through the deployment of mysterious signs and symbols. And yet even this tendency had its antecedents, most especially in the entertaining genre paintings and eerie still lifes of the Dutch Golden Age.

Guide John Ward will be leading us through Manchester Art Gallery, on a quest for the finest examples of a fascinating visual language.

Good to know: We will meet in the entrance of the gallery. The tour will start promptly at 2.00pm, so please arrive in good time.

The Glass Menagerie

Posted on: July 13th, 2022 by mlpAdmin

Come along to the Theatre Group’s visit to ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

After months of watching theatre online, the Manchester Lit & Phil theatre group is heading out again. This is to see Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Glass Menagerie’ directed by Atri Banerjee, at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

Members and friends are invited to book their seats directly with the theatre for the matinee performance on the 21st of September: The Glass Menagerie

There will also be a post-theatre meal at Cote Brasserie in Manchester at 5.30 pm. This will be an opportunity to share our views about the play in a relaxed atmosphere. We have reserved a private room at Cote just for our party, and numbers are limited to 13.

Please contact the organiser, Joanna Lavelle, if you would like further information or if you would like to join us.

Good to know: There will be an online pre-event discussion before the play on Monday 19th September at 4.30 pm via Zoom.

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