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'Macclesfield Astronomical Society is social group of men, women, juniors and guests, newcomers and veterans, novices and experts, in a sociable spectrum of involvement in astronomy. We have at least three regular events to participate in every month throughout the whole year, including an expert lecture every month, and other varied and informal talks, presentations, demonstrations and displays on a range of astronomical topics ... Our long-term aims are to provide a focal point for contact between local astronomers and to make astronomy accessible to the general public.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Macclesfield's Festival of arts, created with its community and powered by volunteers. Launched in 2010 it has reinvented the centuries-old tradition of celebrating St Barnabas' Feast day.' Held Mid June.

'The Macclesfield Canal Society, formed in 1984, has currently about 130 members, who mostly (but not exclusively) reside in the Macclesfield area. Its aim is to promote the canal by means of liaison with local authorities, the Canal & River Trust and the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) ... The Society holds monthly Meetings now on the third Friday of the month, September to May, when a speaker, usually from outside the Society, gives a presentation, often illustrated, on a subject related to canals, or of interest to canal enthusiasts.'

'Formed in May 2006 with the aim of providing a forum where people can discuss contemporary ideas in a wide range of topics from literature, philosophy, science, and the arts. We meet in Macclesfield Library eight times a year spread over the Autumn, Winter, and Spring months.'

'Magdalene hosts a wide range of events throughout the year for both resident and non-resident Members of the College. Many of our events are also open to the public, and we enjoy welcoming both new and regular visitors to the College.

Category Arts and Crafts

'Formed in 1977 The Magic Lantern Society today enjoys a world-wide membership whose interests cover all forms of visual media and optical diversions right up into the 21st century and these interests are reflected in the Society's activities. Our members are collectors, enthusiasts, students of film, visual media and popular culture, magicians, artists, performers, scientists and archival organisations from over 30 different countries ... The Magic Lantern Society meets every three months, organises international meetings and visits, and hosts an International Convention every four years.'

Category Europe

'The idea of establishing a French presence at the heart of the British academic world dates back to at least the beginning of the 20th century. It was defended in particular by the members of the French Club, which existed at the University of Oxford at the time and which brought together a community of francophile students. However, it was not until after the Second World War, in more favourable circumstances that this project was fully executed. The support that the United Kingdom had provided to the Free French provoked a desire to consolidate the links between the two sides of the Channel, in cultural as much as academic terms.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'MAKE Southwest (formerly Devon Guild of Craftsmen) is an acclaimed exhibition space for contemporary craft and design as well as a leading charity for craft education. Located in Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor, our large gallery and shop offer a great venue with inspiring exhibitions and events, encouraging people to support, make and learn about contemporary craft.'

'Our small, independent museum is located in the centre of Great Malvern, within 5 minutes walk of Malvern Priory and the Tourist Information Centre. The museum is a registered charity, and is run entirely by enthusiastic and friendly volunteers ... Lectures are held on the last Friday of every month from September through to April.'

Category Antiquity

'The oldest and largest Egyptology society in the UK ... MAES organises an annual lecture programme for members and non-members alike. Usually held on the second Monday of each month, most lectures are given by well-known Egyptologists from the UK and overseas.'

'The Society was founded in 1892 as the North-Western Branch of the British Astronomical Association. We became independent in 1903 and are one of the oldest astronomical societies in the country. We aim to encourage the study of astronomy for both the newcomer and the seasoned observer alike ... On the third Thursday of the month, from October to March, a FREE public lecture is held at a venue in the centre of Manchester ... commencing at 19:30. Non-members are most welcome. The prestigious Kopal Lecture is given annually by an academic from The University of Manchester in honour of an old friend, the late Emeritus Professor Zdenek Kopal, Manchester's first Professor of Astronomy.'

Category Modern History

'The Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, formally the Manchester Centre for Regional History (MCRH), established in 1998, is the leading centre in the North West for urban and regional history, with an impressive track record of public-facing and collaborative research projects ... The Centre’s experts provide consultancy to museums, media organisations, local authorities and community groups, as well as national and international partners in evaluating heritage projects. Our strengths in community histories and oral history-based research bridge the gap between academic history and the public, encouraging people to join in a process of co-production whereby they are engaged producing history as well as consuming it.'

Also indexedManchester Centre for Regional History

Founded 1884: 'The aims of the Society are to encourage and publish geographical research on or relevant to the north west of England and to further the pursuit of geographical knowledge ... The Society normally presents 18 free lectures open to the public on a variety of geographical topics in the autumn and spring'.

Category Arts Festivals

'We bring together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks ... We work widely within communities around Manchester with My Festival, MIF’s creative community. My Festival is a diverse network of creative people who are forging closer connections with MIF – taking part in public projects, connecting the Festival to their communities, and joining our programmes of training activities, workshops and other special events.' MIF itself normally held during July.

'Across the calendar year, the Manchester Lit and Phil delivers an eclectic range of lectures and seminars: from Social Philosophy, through the Arts, and Science & Technology; probing current ethical debates and scientific breakthroughs. To deliver the programme, the Society invites a wide-range of specialists and polymaths: from Oxford Professors to current YouTube sensations.'

'A celebration of imagination, ideas, stories, and voices from around the world. It is part of Manchester’s rich cultural tapestry and is committed to bringing together the most exciting storytellers, poets, and thinkers for everyone to enjoy. Our vision is for everyone to discover a love of literature in all its forms. To provide a welcoming and inclusive space where people can connect with each other; experience events that entertain, surprise and move them; and be inspired to become the writers, readers and activists of the future.' Normally held October.

'The majority of Manchester Theological Society meetings are held in the nave of the Cathedral, beginning at 7pm. Everyone is welcome ... The Cathedral hosts regular theological book launches with supporting lectures, an annual Wickham Theological Lecture and an annual lunchtime event featuring the annual Ferguson Lecturer at the University of Manchester.'

Category Christianity

Details of 'the MWRC Lecture, an annual major scholarly event in Manchester which includes a paper read by one or more of the Fellows of the Centre'. Enquire about attendance - and to other events which might be open to all.

'Mansfield hosts a lively and engaging series of free public talks, every Friday from 5.30pm, during Oxford University term time ... The talks are open to all and as such are an important element of the College’s public engagement efforts.'

'Manx National Heritage is responsible for protecting and promoting the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage. We are a registered charity and look after some of the Island’s most special places, spaces, archives and museum collections, making these available to people across the world ... The Friends of Manx National Heritage   offer 'a full programme of Members' events which include visits, guided tours, exhibitions, lectures, film nights and social gatherings''.

Also indexedFriends of Manx National Heritage
Category Local Heritage

'We are a registered Charity ... committed to supporting the work of Manx National Heritage ... As a member of FMNH, you can play a role in conserving the cultural heritage and natural environment of the Isle of Man for future generations to enjoy. We provide funds for the purchase of important works or art and artefacts for the National collection, land and buildings of national interest for the Nation, and provide volunteers to assist MNH staff for projects.'

'Lectures in the history of cartography ... Admission is free and each meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.'

'The Society was founded in 1988 to celebrate the life and works of Margery Allingham, one of the four great "Queens of Crime" from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction ... The Society meets regularly in London and elsewhere. It organises meetings with expert speakers to discuss aspects of the novels and related topics and holds an Annual General Meeting, followed by a Birthday Luncheon, as near as practical to 20th May, the birthday of both Margery Allingham and her great detective creation, Albert Campion.'

'One of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 we have been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community and currently have a growing membership in over 40 countries. We also run a leading marine biological research laboratory where many eminent scientists - including 7 Nobel prize winners - have carried out their research ... The MBA runs regular events, aimed at promoting marine scientific excellence. We run events for schools, families and the wider public.'

'Our ethos is simple: to promote understanding and enjoyment of maritime heritage in an ever changing world. We believe that this can only be achieved by building strong partnerships with other heritage and marine organisations to together monitor and raise awareness of sites of archaeological significance.'

'We celebrate the best of writing and literature during our annual festival held in the beautiful market town of Marlborough.' Normally held Early October.

Category Rail Transport

'Founded in 1977, we are a group of railway enthusiasts based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and with members from the surrounding districts, including High Wycombe, Bourne End, Henley, Maidenhead, Twyford, Reading and Wokingham. Our activities include regular monthly meetings ... and outings to places of railway interest.'

'One of the leading architectural research units in Britain, renowned particularly for its ground-breaking data-driven quantitative research ... Martin Centre projects typically cross traditional research boundaries: transportation and buildings, sustainability, digital media design and communication, risk assessment and mitigation in the built environment, and territorial conflict in divided cities. It has been at the forefront of low-energy design and digital urban modelling for decades.'

'Provides a unique space in which understandings of mental illness are questioned, challenged and explored ... The Trust organises regular seminars and lectures that bring together clinicians and researchers with philosophers, public intellectuals, and policy makers.'

'A charitable trust for the protection and preservation of mausolea and funerary monuments situated in Great Britain and Ireland. It was founded in 1997 by the late Jill Allibone ... As a Member you will receive regular issues of our newsletter Mausolus, full of interesting articles from experts in the field informing you of developments;  receive invitations to exclusive events and open days, and get the chance to meet like-minded people and be part of an unique organisation.'

'We were founded in 1878 by Joseph Mayer. One of the Trust’s objectives, which we continue to meet today, was to provide an annual series of lectures to be presented here in Bebington, free-of-charge, during the winter months of October to March each year. Our aim is to provide a varied programme of illustrated lectures, for you the public, and we carefully choose our speakers who are specialists or enthusiasts in their field.'

Category Antiquity

'We aim to be the first place people go to when they want to learn about the Middle Ages. Our aim is to offer readers news, articles, videos and more about the medieval world and how that history is presented today.'

'MBKA holds regular meetings throughout the summer, using apiaries belonging to members. In the winter we move indoors with meetings, lectures, educational and social events. These provide great opportunities to share beekeeping problems, keep informed about the latest threats, compare notes and simply enjoy the company of others with an interest in beekeeping.'

'Our vision is for a world with good mental health for all.  We work to prevent mental health problems. Helping people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.  We will drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.'

Category Australasia

'The leading centre for Australian studies in the United Kingdom. Through interdisciplinary research and public engagement, we provide an international forum for discussion and analysis of Australian society and culture. We are one of five global institutes in the School of Global Affairs at King’s College London. Located on the Strand in central London, we are just metres from Australia House, the home of the Australian High Commission. We are named after Sir Robert Menzies (1894-1978), Australia’s longest-serving prime minister. We are academically independent and have no affiliation with any political party.'

'The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542. The lectures are a central part of our enrichment programme which encourages pupils to engage with the world outside the school gates, and to think beyond their academic curriculum. Through the programme, we have welcomed a diverse array of eminent speakers to Dauntsey’s; all are warmly invited to the lectures, and over the past few years over 15,000 have attended.'

'Each year, in October, residents of the small town of Mere in Wiltshire, along with their friends, get together to put on a Literary festival.' Normally held Mid October,

Category Gwynedd

Member of the Welsh Beekeepers' Association Grouping

Founded 1997: 'We are a friendly get-together of enthusiasts who have an interest in various aspects of geology. We range from complete novices to experts and we meet regularly at 7.15 on the third Wednesday of the month in Newtown, Powys ... We have a programme of lectures and field trips to mines, quarries, river sections and other exposures throughout Mid Wales and the Borders'.


'Formed in 1976 by a small group of keen amateur astronomers. Today, the society has a very active membership of between 50 and 100 members from across North and Mid-Kent and some from East Kent. The Mission of MKAS is Making Astronomy accessible to all. Its aims are to promote interest in and enhance the study of astronomy in Kent, and to provide facilities for the study of astronomy for its members. Additionally, MKAS promotes the education of astronomy to the public and its members. This is done through a wide variety of talks, events, projects, and outreach activities. Talks are usually made very simple for everyone to understand, and are highly enjoyable.'

Category Local Heritage

'Meetings, which are social occasions, usually consist of a talk on some aspect of mills and milling and are held in the Birmingham area once a month on a Saturday afternoon ... Membership is open to individuals, families or groups - anyone who shares the aims of the Midland Wind and Water Mills Group ... The Society was founded in 1976 and is concerned with the study of the history and technology of mills of all types and especially their preservation and restoration.'

'The Model Railway Club is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest model railway society in the world, having been formed in 1910, hence being known as "The MRC" ... Today, The MRC is the largest club in the UK by number of members and has its own purpose-built premises, Keen House, situated in central London, 10 minutes walk from King’s Cross. As well as being the home of The MRC, Keen House is also home to many railway and modelling societies who hold their regular meetings.'

Category Highland

Member of the Local History Societies - Highlands and Islands Grouping

Category Arts Festivals

'An Arts Festival of 60+ theatre, comedy, music, painting, crafting & poetry events ... In almost three decades, Arts Alive has grown from a low-key local event to one of the largest annual community arts festivals in the South East.' Normally held during October.

'The Mole Valley Geological Society normally meets monthly for lectures, soirées and occasional field excursions to study the geology of the Mole Valley and beyond. Founded in 1979, the Society is a Local Group of the Geologists’ Association, founded in 1858. Visitors are very welcome. No previous geological knowledge is needed, just intense curiosity about the Earth and its history.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'This friendly Society has been in existence for over 50 years and presents nine illustrated lectures from October to June by expert speakers on an interesting variety of Antiques and allied subjects.'

The Money Macro and Finance Society 'is committed to the advancement of education in the fields of monetary economics, macroeconomics, and financial economics in particular, but not exclusively within the United Kingdom. It does this through conferences, public lectures, publications, seminars, workshops and promoting research in all aspects of monetary economics, macroeconomics, and financial economics and publishes the useful results'.

Category Christianity

'Through the Montgomery Trust you can invite nationally renowned lecturers in apologetics to speak at your event free of charge. The Montgomery Trust was set up by Sir Alexander Montgomery to promote lectures "in explanation and defence of the Christian religion with a view to removing difficulties widely felt in the way of faith and to demonstrate the reasonableness of theistic belief". It exists to bring the insights of renowned academic and scientific minds to anyone seeking to understand faith more deeply.

Category Booksellers

'Mostly Books Meets… is a podcast series that sees us speak to incredible authors, journalists, poets and professionals from the world of publishing. We’ll be asking them about the books that shaped them – from their childhood favourites to the book that changed their life.'

'Mountaineering Scotland is the national representative organisation for hill walkers, climbers and ski tourers in Scotland, with over 15,000 members ... We offer a wide range of great value mountain skills courses and climbing coaching workshops, held in locations across Scotland. We also organise talks, lectures and other events during the year to help you grow your knowledge and meet other hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers.'

'The Multi-Faith Centre encourages and facilitates dialogue, co-operation, mutual respect and understanding between people from different faith communities and civil society, who by coming together aim to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable people living in Derbyshire.'

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