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Messages under the Sea

A story of British entrepreneurialism in the Victorian era, the first transatlantic telegraph cable, and the connecting of the world. Awaiting the Reply by Robert Charles Dudley, ca. 1866   This is the first of our two "informal lectures", which we are trialling this season. These lectures are given by members of the Society and … Continue reading Messages under the Sea

The Unfashionable Jane Austen

A talk by Prof. Nigel Wood, a past president of the Leicester Lit&Phil, and a Professor of Literature at Loughborough University. By now, Jane Austen has been claimed by costume drama adaptations, but at the time she was an author acutely aware of  contentious issues . At the risk of denying her the glamour and … Continue reading The Unfashionable Jane Austen

The President’s Address

To be given by the incoming President, Dr. Bridget Towle, CBE The event is free to members. It is suggested that non-members give a donation of £5.00p (students £2.50p). If you would like to attend this event, please register by clicking the button below.

Micrographia Updated: From Materials to Richard III

In 2013 Prof. Hainsworth's expertise helped establish the manner of King Richard III’s death by analysing wound marks found on his skeleton. More details to follow The event is free to members. It is suggested that non-members give a donation of £5.00p (students £2.50p). If you would like to attend this event, please register by … Continue reading Micrographia Updated: From Materials to Richard III

Why the 2020s Could and Should Be the Decade for Nature’s Recovery

Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of The Wildlife TrustsHonorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation Alliance Manchester Business School and Policy Fellow University of Cambridge The Peach Lecture organised jointly with the University of Leicester Details of registering this lecture are not yet available.

Impacts of modern agriculture on bird populations

Professor Ian Newton OBE FRS FRSE Professor Ian Newton is an ornithologist with a particular interest in the things that limit bird numbers, with research at different times on seed-eating birds, waterfowl and birds-of-prey. Throughout his working life, he was employed by the Natural Environment Research Council, and for many years he was head of … Continue reading Impacts of modern agriculture on bird populations

Do the Arts Have Any Role in Education?

The F.L. Attenborough Lectureto be given byThe Hon. Michael Attenborough CBE The inaugural annual F.L. Attenborough Lecture named after Frederick Levi Attenborough (1887-1973) President of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society 1939-1946. Details on registering for this lecture are not yet available.

Ethiopia from top to bottom: Using seismology to understand how tectonic plates rise, split, then fall

by Dr Ian Bastow BSc MRes PhDSenior Lecturer in Seismology Imperial College London Joint Lecture with the Geology Section To an Earth Scientist, Ethiopia is a truly remarkable place. Its highest mountain, Ras Dashen, stands 4550m tall; its lowest point, the Danakil Depression, lies some 150km below sea level. From space, the immaculate jigsaw fit … Continue reading Ethiopia from top to bottom: Using seismology to understand how tectonic plates rise, split, then fall