Events and Meetings
The following meetings are planned for the 2017 to 2018 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.
Stephen Leach is an honorary fellow in the philosophy department at Keele University. Originally an archaeologist, he is now co-editing a series of books with James Tartaglia (who talked to the society about Richard Rorty two years ago). For much of the last century philosophers dismissed the question of the meaning of life as completely meaningless, but in the last 20 years there has been increasing interest in this question.
Tuesday, 10th October 2017
Jon Whiteley, a well-known art historian, is the author of a number of books on French and English 19th century artists. He was made a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2009. Until 2016, he was senior assistant keeper in the Department of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.
Thursday, 9th November 2017
King Arthur in Lincolnshire
Kevin Leahy is a freelance archaeological finds specialist who works as the National Adviser for Early Medieval Metalwork for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Leicester University. Over recent years historians and Celtic scholars have done much to reveal the real 'King Arthur' taking him from the fantasies of Medieval writers back into the mists of mythology. There is, however, still an archaeological story to tell and this talk will draw together disparate evidence in an attempt to put 'Arthur' into an historical context.
Tuesday, 16th January 2018
Ed Griffen will provide an introduction to modern 'Big Data': where it's working, where it probably won't and the threats and challenges it brings. Ed is a co-founder of MedChemica, a Big Data company that specialises in large-scale knowledge extraction for the life science industries.
Thursday, 15th February 2018
Marriage: India and the UK
Marital roles and tensions. Wendy Olsen will describe rural Indian society with its caste and class systems, intense social networking and informal labour system. Her background is in development and labour economics. She is Head of the Department of Social Statistics at Manchester University.
Thursday, 15th March 2018
Well Mannered and Well Bannered
Helen Antrobus works at the People's History Museum. She is interested in the lives of radical women and how they are interpreted through their collections: and for this talk in particular, the suffragettes. She has an upcoming book Feminism and Museums and has taken part in Ramblings, Great Lives and the Last Word on Radio 4.
Tuesday, 10th April 2018
Fracking and the Living World
Nigel Hennerley is an environmental campaigner based in Cheshire, and Colin Watson is an engineer with many years experience in the nuclear energy sector.
Tuesday, 15th May 2018
A Knight in the Peak
Lud's Church and the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Lucinda Rumsey is Senior Tutor and a Supernumerary Fellow in English at Mansfield College, Oxford. She studied English at Westfield College and King's College London. She teaches Old and Middle English, and loves wild landscape and detective fiction. Her talk combines all these interests.