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Our series of lectures aim to provide stimulating talks and discussions on matters of science, art, history, politics, music, literature etc. Speakers are eminent in their field and speak for 45 minutes to an hour followed by a lively question time. The meetings finish by 9.30 p.m.




October 1st 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Dr Dave Southall   Retired lecturer in Electronic Engineering  MMU

Technological dead ends: ideas that have gone nowhere

So many mind-blowing ideas and inventions have never been widely embraced by Society! Perhaps we might have enjoyed more of the magic of Man’s inventive prowess had at least some of these logic-defying ideas been more fervently pursued. Dr Southall takes a sideways look at the wonders of the improbable.

November 5th  2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Fr Michael Burgess     St Peter’s Church Oughtrington

A Millennium Of Monasticism

The rise in the number and power of the monasteries during the early part of the 2nd millennium was remarkable, and threatening. Father Michael looks at their influence and in particular at the Premonstratensians, and Mother Kate of Warburton (and Chester) against the wider background of monastic life and development.

December 3rd 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Michael Wynne    Director of Music  St Mary’s Shrine Warrington

Caecilian Reform and the future of Sacred Catholic Music

Church music has, for centuries, been a strength and backbone to religious, and thus Societal life, and has been incorporated into many different historiographical grand narratives. During the later 19th and early 20th Centuries, Caecilian reformers, together with a culture of post-modernism, made a significant impact on everyday worship. What is its legacy?

February 4th 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

Dr Helen Pheby     Senior Curator  Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A Romp Through 40,000 Years of Sculpture

Dr Helen Pheby will take us on an illustrated journey through the history of sculpture since prehistoric times, to Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and on to the present day. There will be a focus on the radical changes in sculpture since Auguste Rodin, and looking at the growth and impact of the more abstract sculpture that we see today.

March 4th 2019 at 7.30 .m.

Mike Bryan     Retired head Sales Manager, Penguin Books

A Brief History of Penguin Books

Arguably the most influential and well-known publisher of the 20th Century, Penguin Books have made an impact on all our lives. Mike takes a look at Allen Lane’s ‘Damascus Moment’, the invention of paperback books, and the opening of London Zoo, through mergers and take-overs, and from Lady Chatterley to Lady Luck. The surprising life of Penguin Books, and its emerging nemesis!

April 1st 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

John Anderson     High Legh Community Observatory

The Hubble Space Telescope

Along with our own Joddrel Bank Radio Telescope, The Hubble Space Telescope has been one of the most successful and informative developments in the exploration of Space. John will look at its concept and design, early problems and how these were overcome, along with remarkable images obtained over more than 25 years of operation.
























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