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Category Arts Festivals

'Our annual programme offers talks and readings by high-profile authors, inspirational speakers, new and established writers, and Gaelic language events. The Festival also includes live music, drama and dance performances, film and visual arts exhibitions, creative workshops for people of all ages and ability, and opportunities for children and young adults to showcase their own creativity. The festival even has its own Fringe, with local creative groups staging their own events in festival week.' Normally held Early September.

'A warm welcome to Nantwich Museum, situated on Pillory Street, close to the centre of the historic market town of Nantwich in Cheshire. The building was once a Victorian library and stands on the site of the town’s former jail. We have a full programme of events including talks, school visits and changing exhibitions.'

'We hold a range of events, from free public talks on records of interest, to training courses for archivists and academics.' The Friends of The National Archives organize 'special Friends-only events, including behind-the-scenes tours and visits to historic buildings and collections' - as well as occasional lectures.

'Auriculas are members of the Genus Primula which is a large family of plants comprising over 425 species and many thousands of hybrids ... Why do three separate societies exist, all calling themselves sections of The National Auricula & Primula Society? No one knows how or why this situation came about but occasional attempts to merge have proved unsuccessful.'

'The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) idea could not be simpler: capture wildlife data once in a standard electronic form; integrate data from different sources; and use the internet to enable data to be used many times in different ways by as many people as possible ... The NBN Trust, the charity which oversees and facilitates the development of the Network, has a membership including many UK wildlife conservation organisations, government, country agencies, environmental agencies, local environmental records centres and many voluntary groups.'

'Our mission to inspire, educate and conserve has not only made us a beautiful place to visit but a fascinating and relevant one too. We have an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside. We have developed a stunning  range of themed gardens that appeal to a wide range of visitors, from those who just love the sights and smells to those who want to know about plant evolution, the use of medicinal plants or our scientific research. We are very family friendly. We run 100 days of family activities throughout the year, and we have a year-round diverse programme of events that appeal to a wide range of visitors.'

'Represents groups of volunteers interested in conserving cemeteries large and small. The Cemetery Friends give their time clearing and maintaining areas, often working with local ecology groups to maintain a balance between wildlife and heritage. Friends may also provide guided walks, open days and special events and work on projects with English Heritage and other organisations.'

'The National Horseracing Museum is a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, the Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses ... Make sure you find out if we have any special events, talks, or demonstrations on before your visit.'

'Britain's longest established independent research institute, founded in 1938. Our mission is to carry out research into the economic and social forces that affect people’s lives and to improve the understanding of those forces and the ways in which policy can bring about change. The Institute is independent of all party political interests and is not affiliated to any single university, although our staff regularly undertake projects in collaboration with leading academic institutions ... Each year we run a programme of high quality, relevant events, including conferences, workshops, seminars and quarterly economic briefings to share our research findings and contribute to the wider public policy debate.'

'One of the largest general philatelic societies in Great Britain whose members are drawn from throughout the UK and Overseas.' Normally, meetings are held monthly in London on Saturdays with an interesting display by a guest or member.

'The National Piers Society is a non-profit making registered charity which was founded in 1979 under Sir John Betjeman, at a time when some of the finest piers were threatened with demolition. Over the years the National Piers Society has grown steadily and has become well established as the leading authority on seaside piers. Through the Society’s efforts several piers, that would otherwise have vanished, remain for the enjoyment of everyone.'

'The National Secular Society works for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs ... The annual Bradlaugh Lecture ... named in recognition of our founder Charles Bradlaugh ...  provides a space for a distinguished speaker to explore a secularist topic in depth.'

'The only national body which promotes and encourages the preservation and restoration of Britain's transport heritage in all its forms - road, rail, wings and water ... We arrange a programme for members going far beyond what is available to the general public and including visits to some leading private transport collections.'

'We’re the largest member organisation in Scotland. As a conservation charity, we’re supported by more than 300,000 members and are funded largely by donations ... There are now 32 National Trust for Scotland Members' Centres, Members' Groups and Friends' Groups throughout Scotland, one in Cambridge and one in London. Members of the National Trust for Scotland can join one or more of the groups, usually on payment of a small annual membership fee ... The Centres give an opportunity to share interests and find out more about the Trust and Scotland's heritage. Most have varied programmes of talks, social events and day outings throughout the year.'

Supporter Groups  'Getting together with other Trust enthusiasts, members and volunteer card holders who feel passionate about the same things is priceless. Sharing unique experiences and finding out more about the places you care about is what being part of a local National Trust Centre or Association is all about. From listening to expert talks and going on behind-the-scenes tours to taking relaxing holidays, you’ll be part of something amazing. Our Centres and Associations promote our work within their local area and raise money for conservation and development projects through all kinds of events.'

 

There are four separate Records which give access to the Localities where the NT Supporter Groups are based:  A-D   |   E-K   |   L-R   |   S-Z

'Established in 1960, the NVS improves standards of vegetable growing by striving to foster a society that is modern, successful and welcoming to all vegetable growers ... The Society ... is organised into five Regional Branches, each covering its own area of the country. Associated with these Branches are local District Associations, also known as DA's, who hold local meetings, usually monthly, to talk and learn about growing vegetables, swapping seeds, plants & ideas.'

'The Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.'

'NatureScot is the lead public body responsible for advising Scottish Ministers on all matters relating to the natural heritage ... Our role is to protect and promote Scotland’s natural heritage, which contributes so much to our nation’s prosperity and well-being.'

'The Suffolk Stour was the ancient division between East Anglia and Essex but its source is in Cambridgeshire.  It is 50 miles long and winds its way through the countryside until it meets the sea at Harwich. Nayland and Wissington are two of the many settlements on its banks ... The Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society have three meetings, with specialist speakers, each year. We organise footpath walks in May and the long-established Open Gardens each June. The proceeds from this benefit various village conservation projects.'

'Spread across 64 acres with stunning views of the River Dee and North Wales ... Ness Botanic Gardens features a diverse variety of plants and planting areas. Constantly changing, there are always new things to see at Ness, including vibrant year-round colour and outstanding collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias, Snowdrops and Sorbus, amongst others.'  Since 1948, the Gardens have been owned by the University of Liverpool.

'The NBO is a registered charity, entirely dependent on the generosity and activities of its volunteers. We provide a neutral non-denominational forum for discussion and for activities founded on intelligent, generous and ethical action. The NBO does not promote, validate or endorse any Buddhist tradition. We simply wish to work for the good of Buddhism in the UK, for the good of British society.'

'New Acropolis is an international non-profit organization working in the fields of Philosophy, Culture and Volunteering ... Our school in the UK was first established in 1974 and we have been in Islington since 1997. We hold classes and talks here on a regular basis, we have a philosophical library available for members and we also have our Melissa Garden Bee Sanctuary with two hives at the rear of the school.'

'The New Economics Foundation works with people igniting change from below and combines this with rigorous research to fight for change at the top ... Over the past 40 years the rules that shape our economy have been rewritten to work for the wealthy and poweful. Help us change the rules to protect the planet, build a more equal society and give everyone a say in how the economy is run.'

'From our flagship Stronger Things event, to intimate peer-learning sessions, to workshops on the most urgent sector issues – our events are a vital part of our work at New Local ... Most events are available only to our members. Sessions are expertly facilitated, providing a confidential and safe environment in which participants share and learn real-life insights. They are currently being held online, allowing greater participation from across the UK.'

'Our mission is to create, develop and produce a vital and dynamic programme of theatre, and other live performances and projects, for all the people of Suffolk and surrounding areas.'

'The Society exists for the study of the stamps and postal history of New Zealand and its Dependencies. Although the majority of our members are based in Great Britain, we have a large number of international members. All aspects of New Zealand philately and stamp collecting are dealt with by our members ... Our members range from general collectors to the top specialists in their field.'

'We meet on a monthly basis throughout the year. During the winter our meetings take place indoors and are attended by guest speakers, and during the spring and summer months we visit apiaries belonging to the association and its members.'

'Our Association covers approximately a 20 mile radius from Newcastle into North and South Tyneside, Gateshead and the southern and eastern ends of Northumberland ... We have a year round meeting schedule with talks, beekeeping demonstrations and practical apiary training sessions during the summer months. Our members come of all ages and walks of life, with new members always especially welcome.'

Category Booksellers

'Founded in 1978. In these days when the going is hard for many small businesses, and for independent bookshops in particular, it is a significant achievement for a bookshop to survive for such a time, and Newham Bookshop isn’t just surviving, it’s positively thriving ... We invite authors to talk about their work, sign copies of their books and meet their fans. The range of guests is very broad, as you can see from the archive of events.'

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'The building was a hotbed of revolutionary thinking in the 18th century and holds stories of Richard Price, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Andrew Pritchard and most notably Mary Wollstonecraft – leading to it being described as one of the birthplaces of modern Western feminism ... We host a regular programme of events and exhibitions celebrating our history and offering a radically inclusive welcome to our local community.'

Pudding Seminars  'Newnham has a tradition of pudding seminars at Friday lunchtime, at which members of the College (undergraduate, graduate or Senior Member) give a brief 20-minute talk for a general audience on their current research, followed by questions, and accompanied by coffee and cake.'

'It all began with a letter from Foyle’s in January 1947 to the Mayor of Newport, Alderman Reg Tyack, suggesting that Newport might like to follow the example of other towns and organise a literary club ... The first dinner and lecture was held at the Westgate Hotel on the 23rd April 1947; we assume that the date was chosen to coincide with Shakespeare’s birthday. The dinners have continued since then and we now meet about six times a year for our dinner/lectures ... We have had a reputation for providing speakers of distinction to talk on subjects of literary or general artistic interest.'

Category Local Heritage

'The Newport Medieval Ship is a fifteenth century merchant vessel unearthed in the heart of Newport in 2002. Work on the Riverfront arts centre was paused while excavations could take place, and the timbers have since been undergoing a lengthy conservation process so the ship can be displayed to the public ...The Friends of the Newport Ship is a charity that relies on its members for their support and to demonstrate the continued interest in the Newport Ship; in short the Newport Ship needs YOU. By joining you will have access to many of the activities that we organise throughout the year from talks by members of the society and the Ship’s archaeological team to social evenings.'

'Founded in 1996, the club challenges the commercialisation and isolation of modern life. We meet monthly on Saturday evening. Free entry: voluntary donations welcome.'

'With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.' Normally held Late February.

Category Arts Festivals

'For 17 days each May, the Festival transforms our public spaces, city streets, performance venues, parks, forests and beaches, bringing people together to experience the same brilliant and inspirational events. The flagship arts festival for the East of England, our world-class programme spans music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free outdoor events.'

'The Society was founded in 1829 and is one of the oldest provincial horticultural societies in the country. It was established for the purpose of creating a greater interest in horticulture amongst the people of Norfolk and Norwich and to disseminate knowledge in such matters ... We are a registered charity with the same aims – to encourage interest in and help with educating people about the benefits of gardening and horticulture. In April 2019 we launched a new mission – “Gardening for Everyone” ... All gardening clubs and horticultural societies are eligible to become Affiliated members of the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society. Affiliated groups have a link on our website, speakers and judges lists and networking opportunities, plus members of affiliated societies are able to attend Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society events.'

Category Norfolk

Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland Grouping

Category Gardens Trusts

'Membership of the Norfolk Gardens Trust offers many benefits. Each year we have at least three gardens to visit, an AGM, a series of talks during the winter months and a magazine published twice yearly.'

'The North Cornwall Book Festival is part of the year round activity of the Arts Charity, Endelienta. We welcome people from North Cornwall and beyond to our two days of schools workshops followed by a weekend packed with author talks, workshops, exhibitions and evening concerts.' Normally held Late September.

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Category Christianity

'Founded in July 1974 to promote research into the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the north eastern counties of England – a geographical term which is taken to cover the eastern half of the country between the rivers Tweed and Humber ... The interests of the Society extend from the mediaeval period to the recent past and cover all aspects of the Church’s life – biographical, cultural, institutional, architectural and sociological. Each year, the Society arranges a programme of five afternoon talks between autumn and spring, and two coach excursions to places of Catholic interest in the northern region during summer.'

Category Christianity

Founded 1962: 'The Society aims to encourage an informed interest in the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, in Methodist history in general, in chapels and their architecture, and in the broader patterns of English religious history, especially in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Cleveland. Spring and Autumn lectures are held each year in various venues throughout the north east, and there is an outing in the summer months. Non-members are welcome'.

'NEMT was set up in 1980 to ensure that we can influence how our mountains are managed and used. It acts as an umbrella group, representing groups of clubs making a co-operative team effort. If we are to continue to enjoy our favourite pastime, it is imperative we are fully aware of developments and do not put our heads in the sand. NEMT provides a vehicle for involvement in the debates that are shaping the future of our heritage.'

'Covering this beautiful and bird-rich corner of the county - serving the birding communities of Melton, Briston, Holt, Sheringham, Cromer, North Walsham and Aylsham ... We strive to be a sociable, inclusive and informative club which plays a vital role in the local birding community. We run a comprehensive programme of indoor and outdoor events throughout the year and aim to be a valuable resource to birders of all levels of experience and interest.'

'Encouraging participation and widening knowledge of geology in the North East of England since 1971 ... The Society normally arranges a series of lectures (given by professional or academic geologists) on geological or environmental topics in the winter months (October to March). Once a year there is an event where members have the opportunity to give their own short talks or demonstrations to the rest of the society.'

'The North Essex Astronomical Society welcomes everyone with an interest in astronomy, whatever their level of expertise. From novice to expert, we aim to be a society for all amateur astronomers. Members’ interests range from observing and astrophotography, from telescopes to astrophysics. Our common love is a passion for astronomy. We try to build a greater appreciation of the dark night sky and help people enjoy it ... We hold a public meeting once a month with a guest speaker. The subjects at meetings range from cosmology, planetary science, and life on other worlds, to astrophotography and more.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'We meet in Swanley Kent on the second Tuesday of every month from October to March, we have guest speakers and forum nights and promote all aspects of fly tying and fishing.'

'Founded in 1882 and became a Registered Charity in 1987. Its primary objective is to “advance the education of the public in apiculture in Northamptonshire”  ... Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month ... These regular meetings provide Apiarist guidance and social interaction for both members and non-members. They take the form of presentations by experienced beekeepers from across the country.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'We are an enthusiastic group of volunteers who work in partnership to raise public awareness and appreciation of our enviable landscape heritage – from the recognised treasures and curiosities, to the less well-known surprises waiting to delight. Thoughtful conservation today can ensure a richer, biodiverse environment for future generations ... As a Member, you’ll enjoy: *participating in the conservation and restoration of our County’s gardens; * guided tours of a variety of gardens and landscapes, many of which are not normally open to the public; * our Annual Garden Party in one of the County's spectacular gardens ; * free lectures given by nationally recognised speakers ...'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Since the NCS was founded in 1972, we have become the society for people who love pots.  Our main focus is on British pottery and porcelain from 1600 to the present day. The NCS is open to everyone and our membership is worldwide. We share the latest ceramic news and research though our meetings, seminars, publications, exhibitions and website. Collectors, dealers, museum staff, auctioneers, ceramic historians, and archaeologists are all current members and you, whatever your ceramic interests, are most welcome to join us.'

'Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) is the networking and forum body for organisations interested in the natural and built environment of Northern Ireland.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'We are a well established Society with an enthusiastic interest in all things costume and textile, with a bias towards the historical. We organise a programme of quarterly meetings in the North of England with lectures by guest speakers on a wide range of subjects and visits to private and public collections. Members come from all walks of life, some with considerable knowledge of the subject, but many who are just enthusiasts keen to find out more. We are a friendly society welcoming new members and guests to join us.'

'At Northumbria our events programme includes public lectures, gallery exhibitions and installations, performances, conferences, open days and sports fixtures. Many of our events are free and open to the public, so take a look at our Calendar to see what’s on and to book your place.'

'The Society was founded in October 2000 to promote interest in the Northumbrian Jacobites.' Normally, a full programme of events, talks and visits are held each year.

Category Local Heritage

'Northumberland is England's northernmost county, bounded to the East by the North Sea, to the North by Scotland, to the west by the county of Cumbria, and to the South by County Durham. Its history, heritage and culture reflect the diversity of landscapes, occupations and lifestyles which have evolved over many centuries ... The purpose of the Northumbriana website is to gather into one place, into a single internet resource, as much material as possible relevant to the aim of preserving the proud history, heritage, language and culture of this unique county. Northumbriana welcomes links to any Northumberland based website with content in line with this purpose.'

Category Local Heritage

'Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is one of Cheshire's hidden gems. Once home to a medieval church, this is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Visitors can explore the 12th century undercroft with beautiful vaulted ceiling and the priory ruins showing the layout of the medieval buildings. The museum displays thousands of objects discovered at the site, which tell the 900 year history from priory to mansion house and the stories of the people who lived here.'

'NAS has a membership averaging 150 and regularly meet on Fridays for club night with members staying to the small hours of the morning. We are a friendly, welcoming bunch. On good nights you will find members spending their time looking through telescopes or imaging and when it is cloudy you will find us in the clubhouse where we shared images, play pool or sit in groups chatting. We don’t spend all our time talking about astronomy but you are quite welcome to if you wish. We have a great club atmosphere and you would be most welcome to visit us on a club night and chat over a cuppa ... We hold a number of special public events with talks, tour, and look through our telescopes!'

'Norwich Cathedral is the home of a vibrant Christian community, cherishing its Benedictine foundation and seeking to express the principles laid down by St Benedict ... The Friends of Norwich Cathedral is an independent charity, founded in 1930, to be a network of supporters of Norwich Cathedral and to help maintain its fabric ... The Friends organise regular events for members to attend, including talks and social occasions. These are primarily for Friends but non-members are always welcome if there are places available.'

'We are a forum where we exchange ideas and experiences for anyone, be they engineers or not, having an interest in engineering. Under "normal" circumstances our aim would be to promote widespread discussion and debate through a programme of talks and visits related to advances and achievements in engineering in the world today. If you are at all interested in Engineering, then the Norwich Engineering Society is for you!'  

'Norwich Science Festival is your chance to explore the wonders of the universe, meet the scientists whose research has changed our world and debate some big questions with some big-thinkers. The Festival offers inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.' Normally held Mid October.

'The Nottingham Astronomical Society are a friendly group of amateur astronomers from all walks of life. Whilst providing regular guest speaker events, we encourage active observing. The Society owns and operates an observatory near Cotgrave. We are very active in public outreach, partnering with regional organisations, educational establishments and the BBC. We support several specialist interest groups, including astrophotography, radio astronomy and dark skies campaigning; we also maintain close ties with other astronomical societies and university research departments.'

'Prepare to learn, get involved and feel inspired. Join the debate, be entertained, reminisce, search upcoming events and find out more about our distinguished lectures and graduation ceremonies at NTU.'

Opened in 2012, The Novium Museum is Chichester District's award-winning museum.  Built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and with three floors of fantastic exhibitions, The Novium Museum tells the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on display and in its store. The museum is free for people to visit ... Throughout the year, residents and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions at the museum. The team also organises numerous activities including a mixture of bookable and drop in events plus talks, the annual Chichester Roman Week during the May half term, finds identification sessions, Father Christmas and lots more.'

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