Events and Meetings
The following meetings are planned for the 2021 to 2022 season. Note that the September, October and April meetings are on-line only using Zoom. The remainder are planned to be at Macclesfield Library as usual. All meetings start at 7.30 pm.
Meetings are usually open to both members and non-members; however non-members pay a £5 fee. 18s and under are normally admitted without charge. If you wish to attend a Zoom meeting as a non-member email us for access details (see Contacts).
For some of the talks that have already taken place you can click on the title for a summary.
Thursday, 23rd September 2021 (Zoom)
Why should we read Ruskin?
Professor Dinah Birch is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at Liverpool University. She is President of the British Association for Victorian Studies. She has a longstanding interest in the life and work of John Ruskin.
Tuesday, 19th October 2021 (Zoom)
How Universities and Industries can work together—despite their differences
David B Williams was Dean of Engineering at Ohio State University. Before that he was President of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and VP Research at Lehigh University. His degrees were from Cambridge University and he is an expert in electron microscopy of materials.
The AGM will follow the talk and discussion
Thursday, 18th November 2021
President Joe Biden—Radical or Retread?
Jon Herbert is a senior lecturer at Keele University’s Research Institute for the Social Sciences. He has a particular interest in the American Presidency and the US government as a whole.
Tuesday, 18th January 2022
The Common Freedom of the People—John Lilburne and the English Revolution
Michael Braddick, professor of history at Sheffield University, introduces the life of John Lilburne. Lilburne, who lived at the time of the 17th-century civil wars, was a leader of the Levellers in politics. Starting life as a Puritan he eventually became a Quaker.
Thursday, 17th February 2022
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
Tuesday 15th March 2022
Housing in the Climate Crisis
Claire Brown is a researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research in Manchester. She focuses on housing, in particular its energy demand. She is also a Teaching Fellow at Salford University.
Thursday, 21st April 2022 (Zoom)
Orkney and the Ness of Brodgar: a 5,000 year old enigma.
Nick Card is an archaeologist and director of the dig at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. His interests lie in all aspects of the prehistory of the Britain and the Highlands and Islands with particular reference to the Neolithic. He has been given many awards, including the Current Archaeology Research Project of the Year.
Tuesday, 17th May 2022
Music, Magic and Dance in Latin America
Grevel Lindop is a freelance poet, biographer and travel writer. His book Travels on the Dance Floor was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He represented the UK at the Granada, Nicaragua Poetry Festival in 2012.