Events and Meetings
The following meetings are planned for the 2020 to 2021 season. In view of the situation with Covid-19 all talks this season are on-line only using Zoom. All meetings start at 7.30 pm.
Meetings are usually open to both members and non-members; however non-members pay a £3 fee. 18s and under are normally admitted without charge. If you wish to attend as a non-member email us for access details (see Contacts).
For some of the talks that have already taken place you can click on the title for a summary.
Thursday, 24th September 2020 (Zoom)
Becoming Human: a Post-humanist Archaeology
Rachel Crellin is a lecturer in archaeology at Leicester University. Her research interests lie in archaeological theory and the development of a feminist post-humanist archaeology, the Neolithic and Bronze Ages of Britain and Ireland and metalwork wear-analysis.
Tuesday, 13th October 2020 (Zoom)
The Idea of the Brain
Matthew Cobb is a Professor of Zoology at Manchester University. He studies the sense of smell and the history of science. In this talk he explores the past present and future of our understanding of the brain.
The AGM will follow the talk and discussion
Thursday, 19th November 2020 (Zoom)
Aurora—the Greatest Light Show on Earth (and other planets)
Colin Forsyth is a NERC Independent Research Fellow at the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory. He studies geomagnetic substorms—large scale disruptions of the Earth's magnetosphere.
Tuesday, 19th January 2021 (Zoom)
Little Nephews: George Orwell's Big Brother and his Literary Offspring
Adam Stock is a lecturer in English at York St John University. His expertise is in utopian studies, modernism and contemporary literature.
A Live Report from the Hunt for New Drugs to treat Coronaviruses
Ed Griffen describes progress in finding drug treatments for Coronaviruses. Ed is a co-founder of MedChemica, a Big Data company that specialises in large-scale knowledge abstraction for the life sciences.
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 (Zoom)
Dr Bill Cooke teaches philosophy and religious studies at Priestley College in Warrington and is president of the Warrington Lit and Phil. Joseph McCabe was born in Macclesfield in 1867. He was the author of more than 50 books and hundreds of pamphlets. One of the 20th-century's pioneering popularisers of science, he paved the way for people like Isaac Asimov, Julian Huxley and Richard Dawkins.
Thursday, 22nd April 2021 (Zoom)
Counting People: Stories in the History of Census Taking in England and Wales
Kevin Schürer is Professor of English Local History and a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University. His interests are in aspects of historical demography and the history of the family, together with social and economic history, primarily in the 19th and early 20th-centuries.
Tuesday, 18th May 2021 (Zoom)
Ancient Dumps, Modern Treasures: the Modern Market in Papyrus Manuscripts
Roberta Mazza is an Italian ancient historian and papyrologist. She is honorary academic curator at the Manchester Museum and Research Fellow of the John Rylands Research Institute.