Joining Lectures using Zoom

Because of the restrictions consequent upon the pandemic, Council has agreed that all lectures this season will be available online. If possible, the AGM will be held both at the museum and online.

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How to download the Zoom app

It’s best to have the Zoom app downloaded on your computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. However, it may be difficult to enjoy the lectures on a smart phone as the screen size is small.

For a computer or laptop: If you want to download the Zoom app to your computer or laptop, then please click on this link: . Depending upon your security arrangements, you may need to agree to allowing this to install.

For a tablet or smart phone: If you are using an Apple device – i.e. an iPad or iPhone, then go to the App Store. If you not using an Apple device, then you are probably using an “Android” device and you need to go to Google Play. Please click on the appropriate button below:

Download Zoom App for iPads and iPhones
Download Zoom App for Android tablets and smart phones

How to join a Zoom lecture

There are three ways you can join a Zoom lecture:

  1. From this website. This is the preferred method and can be used by members and visitors. It registers you for the event and sends you confirmation and reminder emails.
  2. Using your Zoom app. (For members of the Leicester Lit&Phil only)
  3. Click on a link from an email. (For members of the Leicester Lit&Phil only)

1. Join a lecture from this website and register for the event

From this website:

  • Go to the events page on this website.
  • Click on the event that you’d like to attend.
  • Click on the “Please register for the event here” button.
  • This will take you to the registration page (on the “EventBrite website”):
    • Click the green “Register” button.
    • HINT: If this is the first time that you’ve registered for one of the events using this system, you might have to enter your name and email address twice!
    • This will send you an email confirmation and reminders nearer the time.

You will receive a “registration notification” email – just click on the view the event button when you want to view the lecture. It looks like this:

This will take you to a special waiting page. You can try it as soon as you get the email, but you won’t be able to join the lecture until the “Join Now” button appears – this will be about 5 minutes before the lecture starts.

Whilst you’re waiting, why not click to “follow” the Leicester Lit&Phil? We’ll send you information about our future events. Find out more by clicking here.

2. Join a lecture directly using your Zoom app (for members only)

This technique will not send you reminders for the meeting but is straightforward if you’re having problems. You will need to have the Meeting ID and Meeting Passcode for this year’s meetings – this was supplied in the invitation to renew subscriptions. You can then go directly to the Zoom meeting:

  • Open your Zoom app.
  • Click Join a Meeting.
  • Enter the Meeting ID.
  • Enter the Meeting Passcode.

3. Join a lecture directly by clicking on an email link (for members only)

If you are a member, we will endeavour to send out an email inviting you to forthcoming meetings. You will then be able to click on the link in the email to register for the meeting or to open the Zoom app directly.

Hints on using Zoom

So you’ve downloaded Zoom and you’e joined the lecture.

You will have access to a range of controls, which vary according to event. These are at the bottom of the screen on a computer or laptop when you move the cursor around. They are near the top of the screen on tablets and smart phones – again you may have to touch the screen to see them. They will look something like this:

Typical controls on Zoom

Mute/Unmute and Start/Stop Video

You can Mute/Unmute your microphone by clicking the microphone button at the bottom left of control bar. The host may mute everybody except the speaker during the lecture. You can turn your camera on/off by clicking the Start/Stop Video button. HINT: If you find your internet speed is not very good, then try turning off your video. You will still be able to see the lecture, but we will not be able to see you.


If you click on Participants button, you can see who is currently in the meeting. You can also “raise your hand” or rename yourself.

  • Raise Hand – notifies the host that you want to ask a question
  • Rename – hover over your name to change it as it is seen in the participants list & video window


Click the Chat button to open up the chat window. You can then write messages to individuals or everyone in the meeting.