York

Talks

Talks begin at 10.30am at the Central Methodist Church Hall in St Saviourgate, doors open at 9.30am. Parking is available nearby.

There will be an admission charge for members and guests of £2 plus £1 for tea/coffee, which will be served from 9.45am.

The talks will be both in-person and available on Zoom. A link will be sent out during the previous week. They will also be recorded.

Dates for your Diary
Sat Sep 10th Adventures in psychology and self-help culture? - Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman shares stories from his work as a journalist exploring the world of self-help, which has taken him from a silent meditation retreat to the world's largest collection of failed consumer products; and explores some of the psychological consequences of living in a time of headlines dominated by uncertainty and crisis.

Oliver is a popular journalist and broadcaster whose latest series on Radio 4, The Death of Nuance, will have been listened to by many members. He is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Four Thousand Weeks, about embracing limitation and finally getting round to what counts, along with The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. For many years he wrote a column for the Guardian, 'This Column Will Change Your Life'. After a decade in Brooklyn, he now lives in the North York Moors.
Sat Oct 8th York Museum Gardens - Peter Hogarth

Peter is a retired senior lecturer in the Biology Dept at the University of York who will speak about the history and curiosities of York Museum Gardens. His academic interests have had very little to do with either history or gardens but because of his involvement with the Yorkshire Philosophical Society he found himself writing a History of the Museum Gardens, and as a result has spent enormous amounts of time there and even more in the relevant archives.

Peter will describe how the land was shaped by the Romans, occupied by the Northumbrian earls, and became the site of a Benedictine Abbey, ultimately seized by Henry VIII. It has accommodated coal yards, gardens, pigsties, pasture for cattle and then, after 200 years of imaginative landscaping and planting, has become a place where “Citizens of York and Strangers resort for amusement and curiosity in viewing the Ruins” – as his talk will no doubt inspire us to do!