2nd THURSDAY of the month, except August, 10 for 10.30 am. Now in the Flavel.
For the full programme of talks for 2022 please download the leaflet '2022 Programme' on the right.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Jun 9th||AGM followed by - Leaning Towers of Italy - Professor Peter Edwards|
Italy seems to have more than its fair share of leaning towers – and this does not include those towers that have collapsed and never been re-erected. But why do these Italian towers lean? Is it for the same reason every time? Are leaning towers confined to one geographical region? The presentation answers these questions explaining the reasons of tilt of some of the most famous towers.
|Thu Jul 14th||Passports, Assassins and Spies - Matin Lloyd|
Thrill to a dramatic account of how actions of a group of assassins brought about a change in the passport regulations: how the unmasking of a spy caused a modification in passport design and how, for one man, the passport itself turned into a killer.
|Thu Sep 8th||The Persistence of the past in modern China - Professor Robert Bickers: Professor of History at Bristol University|
Why has the recent past become so import in China today? Why does history matter so much? This talk explores the nineteenth and twentieth century history of British relations with China. It takes as its focus the history of British power in Shanghai, the country’s most populous and politically important city, and shows how this was represented in stone and bronze on the city’s world-famous waterfront known as the Bund
|Thu Oct 13th||How the skies above us are controlled - Neil Strevens|
A history of the development of Air Traffic Control since World War two concentrating on how aircraft are handled to and from the UK airports and crossing the Atlantic from Europe
|Thu Nov 10th||The curious mind of Leonardo da Vinci - Janet Diamond|
Leonardo started life as an artist and went on to paint what is probably the best-known portrait - the Mona Lisa. But he was much more: He possessed an insatiable curiosity, drive, energy and enquiring mind and throughout his life he sought to understand the world around him questioning everything.
|Thu Dec 8th||The Beasts and the Squares: Paris 1905-1907 - Julie Hadley|
A light-hearted look at the emergence of Fauvism and Cubism led by Matisse and Picasso in a city that was brimming with new ideas and yearning for change.
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