Events and Meetings
The following meetings are planned for the 2019 to 2020 season. All meetings start at 7.30 pm in Macclesfield Library.
Meetings are usually open to both members and non-members; however non-members pay a £5 entrance fee. 18s and under are normally admitted without charge, but if a large number are planning to come please could you contact us first (see Contacts).
For some of the talks that have already taken place you can click on the title for a summary.
Thursday, 19th September 2019
The Peterloo Massacre
In the 200th anniversary year of Peterloo, Helen Antrobus from the People's History Museum in Manchester returns to the society to talk about the massacre.
Wednesday, 9th October 2019
Tracing Lines, Crafting Worlds: Orkney, Stonehenge and the Strange Case of the Grooved Ware Pot
During the 3rd millennium BC communities in Britain and Ireland started making pottery imitating the Grooved Ware of the Orkney Islands. At the same time timber and stone circles started to appear. Mike Copper is an archaeologist working at the Ness of Brodgar who also makes replica prehistoric pottery.
The AGM will follow the talk and discussion
Thursday, 14th November 2019
Alasdair Glen has worked in chemistry and botany research as well as in medical chemistry. Until recently he was National Chairman of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. In this talk he introduces us to some of the more unusual plants.
Wednesday, 15th January 2020
In the second half of the 19th-century a group of educated, passionate, complex and multi-faced English women played a leading role in developing the study of Ancient Egypt. Emma Anderson, Interim Director of Macclesfield Museums, shows how the objects that the museums contain tell the lives and travels of some of these women.
Thursday, 13th February 2020
Is there more to Biodiversity than meets the eye?
Pam Berry, Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford, examines what nature does for us for free and considers how we value it and how this could contribute to its conservation.
Thursday 12th March 2020 (Note change of date)
Making Aid Agencies Work
Terry Gibson has worked with aid agencies in over 40 countries. But recent scandals have lead to questions about their roles. Terry discusses how to overcome barriers between the worlds of the agencies and those they aim to serve.
Thursday, 23rd April 2020 CANCELLED because of the Covid-19 pandemic
The End of Contemporary Art?
Until his retirement Graham Coulter-Smith was a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Staffordshire University. He is the author of several books and e-books including Art in the Age of Terrorism and Deconstructing Installation Art. In this talk he argues that modern art has run out of avante-gardist steam and has become academic.
Wednesday, 13th May 2020 CANCELLED because of the Covid-19 pandemic
The Common Freedom of the People—John Lilburne and the English Revolution
Michael Braddick, professor of history at Sheffield University, introduces the life of John Lilburne. Lilburne, who lived at the time of the 17th-century civil wars, was a leader of the Levellers in politics. Starting life as a Puritan he eventually became a Quaker.