Macclesfield Lit & Phil 2019/20

Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2018-2019 season costs £20 per person which covers entry to all meetings.

For those not wishing to become members a guest fee of £5 is payable on the door for each meeting. 18 year-olds and under are admitted free.

2019/2020 Programme

Thursday 19th September 2019
The Peterloo Massacre
In the 200th anniversary year of Peterloo, Helen Antrobus from the People’s History Museum in Manchester returns to the society to talk about the massacre.

Wednesday 9th October 2019
Tracing Lines, Crafting Worlds: Orkney, Stonehenge and the Strange Case of the Grooved Ware Pot

During the 3rd millennium BC communities in Britain and Ireland started making pottery imitating the Grooved Ware of the Orkney Islands. At the same time timber and stone circles started to appear. Mike Copper is an archaeologist working at the Ness of Brodgar who also makes replica prehistoric pottery.
The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

Thursday 14th November 2019
Strange Plants
Alasdair Glen has worked in chemistry and botany research as well as in medical chemistry. Until recently he was National Chairman of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. In this talk he introduces us to some of the more unusual plants.

Wednesday 15th January 2020
Radical 19th Century Women and Egypt
In the second half of the 19th-century a group of educated, passionate, complex and multi-faceted English women played a leading role in developing the study of Ancient Egypt. Emma Anderson, Interim Director of Macclesfield Museums, shows how the objects that the museums contain tell the lives and travels of some of these women.

Thursday 13th February 2020
Is there more to Biodiversity than meets the eye?
Pam Berry, Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute Oxford University, examines what nature does for us for free and considers how we value it and how this could contribute to its conservation.

Wednesday 18th March 2020
To be announced
Unfortunately the speaker planned for this date is now unable to make it. An alternative will be announced in due course.

Thursday 23rd April 2020
Boundaries and Fine Art
Until his retirement Graham Coulter-Smith was a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Staffordshire University. He is the author of several books and e-books including Art in the Age of Terrorism and Deconstructing Installation Art.

Wednesday 13th May 2020
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.

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