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September 2019

Richard III on Stage and on Screen

14 September, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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A pre-season lecture by our outgoing President, Professor Nigel Wood to mark the loan of the iconic portrait of Richard III by the National Portrait Gallery as part of their coming home project which is on display until 22nd September Tickets should be pre-booked by telephoning 0116 2254900. The lecture will be held in the Lord Mayor’s Room of the New Walk Museum.

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Members’ Exhibition and Photography Evening

25 September, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom

Natural History Section meeting

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October 2019

President’s Address

7 October, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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"1919, 1969, 1994: New Beginnings and Key Influences" To be presented by Mrs Gillian Johnston. This is an open evening followed by a social gathering. The Lord Mayor of Leicester will attend. The lecture will be held at the New Walk Museum:

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Urbs in Rure: The “Trifling” Pursuit of Town Gardening in Georgian England

14 October, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Adult Education College, 50-54 Belvoir St, Leicester LE1 6QL, Adult Education College, 50-54 Belvoir St,
Leicester, LE1 6QL United Kingdom
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Note the earlier than usual start time and different venue. To be presented by Dr Todd Longstaffe-GowanLandscape Designer and Historian. Gardens Advisor to Historic Royal Palaces Dr Longstaffe-Gowan is the President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. A landscape architect with an international practice he has advised on many public and private historic gardens, including the National Trust and English Heritage historic landscapes. He is also gardens' adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, and his work includes Kensington Palace and…

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Plant Stories from around the World

16 October, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom

Dr Richard Gornall, Director, Botanic Gardens, University of Leicester A meeting of the Natural History Section

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“At least 18 or 20 persons. setting at Cards & Tea”: William Hogarth’s Wollaston Family and the British Conversation Piece

21 October, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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To be presented by Professor Kate RetfordProfessor of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London Earlier this year, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery was able to purchase William Hogarth’s important painting of the Wollaston family (1730), thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and crucial support from the Art Fund. This was a major acquisition, securing one of the most important examples of a conversation piece painted in Britain in the early eighteenth century. In this lecture, Professor Kate Retford, author…

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November 2019

What has Space done for us?

4 November, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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To be presented by Professor Martin Barstow.Space Park Leicester Project Director School of Physics & Astronomy , University of Leicester Sponsored by British Science Association Space programmes are often viewed as an expensive luxury, even for developed nations, and are criticised for swallowing resources that might be better spent on social needs such as hospitals. However, in the 21st century, space is inextricably part of our lives. Exploration has revealed the incredible diversity of the Solar System and helped us understand…

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The Spiders of Leics. and Rutland – indicators of change?

13 November, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom

The forty-seventh Sowter Memorial Lecture to be presented by Dr Alan Cann A meeting of the Natural History Section

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From Mr. Pickwick to Tiny Tim: Charles Dickens and Medicine

18 November, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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To be presented by Dr Nicholas CambridgeHonorary Research Fellow in Humanities and Medical History, University of Buckingham Sponsored by the University of Leicester Charles Dickens' broad interest in medicine is evident in his novels and journals. What is less well known is Dickens' florid medical history. Having carefully read over 14,000 letters in the 12-volume Pilgrim Edition plus 400 others, the speaker has identified 20 separate medical conditions that Dickens suffered from and believes that he was in denial with…

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December 2019

Arrested Development: Bruegel’s Children, Clowns and Fooling Around on the Tudor Stage

2 December, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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To be presented by Professor Greg Walker FRHS FEA FSA FRSE Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh. Sponsored by Loughborough University. What did Tudor audiences find funny, and why? Taking inspiration from the Bruegel painting known in English as Children's Games, the talk will look at the ways in which children's movements as represented in that painting can help us to understand important aspects of clowns in plays such Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of…

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Charnwood Lodge, Leicestershire’s Last Wilderness

18 December, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom

Neil Pilcher, Senior Conservation Officer, LRWT A meeting of the Natural History Section

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January 2020

The British Constitution is in Transition, but from What to What?

January 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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To be presented by Professor David Howarth, Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of CambridgeFellow of Clare College Cambridge. David Howarth graduated from Cambridge and then won a Mellon Fellowship to study at Yale Law School, gaining an LLM, and also an MPhil in Sociology at Yale University. He returned to Cambridge to take up a series of academic posts in Law and was subsequently promoted to Professor in 2015. He has a long-standing commitment to teaching as well…

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Leicester’s Peregrine Project

January 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom

Jim Graham, President, Leics. and Rutland Ornithological Society A meeting of the Natural History Section

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Fire and Fury in Iceland: Tracking Molten Rock from Deep in the Earth to Eruption at the Surface

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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To be given by Professor Bob White FRS Professor of Geophysics, Bullard Laboratories, Cambridge Joint lecture with the Geology Section Volcanic eruptions in Iceland have fascinated writers for centuries. In 1775 Benjamin Franklin correctly identified the cause of the terrible weather that summer in Europe as caused by an eruption in Iceland, which turned out to be the biggest known historic eruption. In 1864 Jules Verne based his ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ on a presumed volcanic conduit…

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Schools’ Lecture

January 29 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
South Wigston High School, St Thomas Rd, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4TA, St Thomas Rd, Wigston
Leicester, LE18 4TA United Kingdom
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This year’s Schools’ lecture was held at South Wigston High School together with other high attainers from Babington and Lancaster Academies. Chris Jackson, Equinor Professor of Basin Analysis at Imperial College, London, entertained and informed his young audience with his experiences filming with the BBC 2 part documentary, ‘Expedition Volcano’. He described the geology of the volcanoes Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the wide ranging effects of volcanic explosions on the natural environment and…

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February 2020

Who is Tom Crawford? Why Did He Stop Paying His Mortgage? And What Does His Story Tell Us About the Future Role of Local Media?

February 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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The Leicester Mercury Media Lecture To be given by Mr Mike Sassi, Editor of Nottingham Post The lecture will highlight the fact that although local newspaper circulations may have diminished, readership of their websites is increasing rapidly. At least part of that increase is due to the fact that their brands are still trusted - which is why they can perform a valuable service for the communities that they serve. Mike Sassi was editor of the Nottingham Post for six…

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W.W.W. Falklands

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom

Gianpiero Ferrari F.R.P.S. A meeting of the Natural History Section

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Mendeleev’s Gift to Education (and to me)

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRSResearch Professor in ChemistryUniversity of Nottingham Sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry Professor Poliakoff is known for his Periodic Table of Videos project, an outreach effort to familiarize the public with the elements of the periodic table. Sir Martyn achieved his undergraduate and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge, and currently leads a research group at the University of Nottingham, developing green chemistry. He was knighted for his services to the chemical sciences in…

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March 2020

Wildlife Recording in a Changing Environment

March 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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To be given by Mr Brian EvershamCEO, Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Joint lecture with the Natural History Section Brian Eversham who is also visiting Professor at the School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University, was previously Conservation Director of the Trust. He led teams which managed the nature reserves and provided landowners with planning advice and monitoring and training. He is also a Director of Wildlife Travel and has led trips abroad using his expertise on…

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CANCELLED: An approach to the Principles of Medical Ethics

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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CANCELLED Unfortunately, this lecture has been cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus The lecture was to have been given by Professor Raanan Gillon, Professor Emeritus of Ethics Imperial College London, Chairman of the Institute of Medical Ethics, President of the British Medical Association Sponsored by De Montfort University To be held at the New Walk Museum:

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Natural History Section: A.G.M., Quiz and Social Evening

March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom

A meeting of the Natural History Section

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October 2020

General Meeting for Members

October 19 @ 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA, New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA United Kingdom
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A general meeting for members is to be held by Zoom. Information about this meeting is being sent to all members by post or by e-mail. To join the meeting you will need the link or meeting ID and "passcode" that you will be sent by email. If you do not have internet access then you can join the meeting by telephone. Information about this is being sent to you by post. If you have not received this information by…

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