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'Our members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Whether your interest is the liners of yesteryear, the cruise ships of today, or ferries, the society has something for all. Members include employees of major shipping companies, authors and ship buffs, inveterate travellers and armchair sailors.'

'Off the Shelf Festival of Words festival is one of the best known festivals in the UK ... Books, reading, ideas and conversations are at the core of what we do ... Over the years the Festival has introduced a series of commissioned poems from lead writers, and is responsible for the Text in The City initiative – mounting poems in public places.' Normally held Late October.

Category Okehampton

Member of the Devon Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'The Club is Edinburgh’s local history society, concerned with all aspects of the city’s history and development. For one hundred years we have encouraged interest in Edinburgh’s history through lectures and visits ... Membership is open to everyone, whether living in Edinburgh or not.'

'Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.'

Category Oldham

Member of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society Grouping

'Oldham Camera Club caters for all who are interested in the productive and fascinating pastime of Photography. Within its ranks you will find members from all backgrounds and abilities with whom you can learn, improve and share your hobby. New members are always welcome without restriction regardless of Religious or Cultural backgrounds, our only aim is to unite together and enjoy the universal pleasure and creativity that photography brings. A look at our Syllabus will show you the range of attractions that we offer our members. From lecture evenings, where we are educated and entertained by the very best in the Northern Photography world, to workshop evenings when you can join in to produce exhibition quality pictures and prints.'

Category Oldham

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Founded in 1867, Oldham Photographic Society is one of the oldest photographic societies in Britain. We are ready to embrace new methods and were one of the first clubs to introduce digital photography to our members in the 1990s. Our members today are almost all amateurs with interests from natural history and landscape to people pictures and digital montage, though we are also open to professional photographers. Our membership covers a range of ages and ability, from people who just like to take photos for fun to national and international award winners ... Our programme includes talks, competitions, appraisals and tutorials.'

Category Road Transport

Founded 1929: 'Whether your prime interest lies in past or present operations, company or route history, fleet changes or any other aspects, The Omnibus Society will keep you informed and take you behind the scenes. Meetings of the Society, in venues across the country, are regularly addressed by leading figures from within the industry and we run a series of study tours.'

'Programme of the University of St Andrews Open Association including the Friday Evening Lecture Series: 'The lectures start at 8.00 pm and last until approximately 9.00 pm, followed immediately by questions and discussions until about 9.15 pm.'

'Open City is a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture more open, accessible and equitable.
We engage all citizens, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, in architecture and city-making. Our programmes – from the Open House Festival and its international network, to our pioneering education projects – open up buildings, conversations and careers to those normally locked out of them.'

Category East of England

Member of The Orchid Society of Great Britain Grouping

'A Club for anyone who grows orchids, whether on a windowsill or professionally, providing a place for members to meet socially, to show their orchids, acquire new ones, and to learn about them with lectures, a journal, a library, exhibiting at shows and cultural advice. Our membership is national and international, with individual members and Affiliated Societies.'

'An autonomous society, established to promote a better understanding of orchid biology, conservation and cultivation. It does this by organizing its very own annual Welsh Orchid Festival and monthly talks. A series of field trips and visits to external sites and organisations are also part of our yearly programme.'

Category Arts and Crafts

Founded 1921: 'A small group of like-minded, passionate collectors and experts gathered together to discuss, exchange ideas and write about Asian art. The OCS is now the oldest and foremost society in the world focused on Asian art ... Each year, the Oriental Ceramic Society (OCS) curates a series of lectures that are given by distinguished scholars. These talks are scheduled once a month in the evening and are usually held in the Society of Antiquaries at The Royal Academy in Piccadilly'.

Category Publishers

'The Orion Publishing Group is one of the UK’s leading publishers. Our mission is to bring the best publishing to the greatest variety of people. Open, agile, passionate and innovative – we believe that everyone will find something they love at Orion ... The Orion Publishing Group is part of Hachette UK which is a leading UK trade publishing group.'

Founded 1991: 'One of the world’s longest-established and most original science festivals, providing a platform for fresh ideas in an island setting.' Normally held Early September.

'We are a small friendly club based in Ormskirk, West Lancashire. Our season runs from September through to early May. However we do try to arrange some shoots during the summer months ... We try to offer a wide range of topics in our syllabus as well as holding our own internal competitions. Many of our external speakers are experts in a particular field of photography, but we also use the expertise of our own members ... Most of our members now use digital cameras but there is still room for anyone still using film cameras.'

'An active local volunteer archaeology group and registered charity with a field headquarters at Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, in the London Borough of Bromley ... The Society promotes the study of archaeology in the local area by undertaking excavations, carrying out research and encouraging public interest through meetings and visits.'

Category Orpington

Member of the Kent Bee-Keepers' Association Grouping

'OASI is a society for people interested in astronomy. We are based at Orwell Park Observatory and Newbourne Village Hall, both situated near Ipswich, Suffolk. Members enjoy a wide range of interests in astronomy and include armchair astronomers, casual observers, and dedicated amateurs with specialist skills in visual and photographic observing, constructing telescopes, public education in astronomy and the history of astronomy.'

Category Ipswich

Member of The Arts Society - 2 East of England Grouping

'Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group or OBHAG is an active and friendly group which focuses on the rich heritage of our area. We cover a broad range of archaeological and historical topics and we are linked with the Oswestry Castle Research Project ... Meetings with talks are held at 7.30 pm on the second Friday of the month.'

'You don’t need to be an expert or own expensive equipment to join Oswestry Photographic Society.  You can take your photographs on a phone, a point-and-shoot camera, a DSLR or any other type of photography device.  All you need is an enthusiasm for taking images, for sharing and discussing them with others, and for improving your own photography skills. If you need it, there is plenty of help and advice around too ... We're a friendly bunch, and always ready to welcome new members.'

'The Ottery St Mary Heritage Society is located in the parish of Ottery St Mary in East Devon, UK. The Society is a charity founded in 1999 which promotes the wider knowledge and understanding of our local history and culture. We run 10 meetings a year where specialists address members on topics of varied interest. We publish a quarterly Journal and, less frequently, books on the history of the locality. We also undertake archaeological field work in the parish and arrange outings to places further afield.'

'Established in 2002 as a successful springtime event, the Oundle Festival of Literature has evolved into an all year-round celebration of literature, a format that is popular with our performers and authors, and offers our audience a variety of events throughout the year. The Festival prides itself on featuring both fiction and non-fiction, including contemporary and genre-based fiction and an eclectic mix of non-fiction including environmental, political, historical and local interest topics.'

'ODI is an independent, global think tank. We work to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality. Through research, convening and influencing, we generate ideas that matter for people and planet ... We bring together the world’s most influential thinkers, activists and global voices to discuss the critical issues of our time.'

'The oldest botanic garden in the UK, founded on July 25th 1621. Established as the Oxford Physic Garden for growing medicinal plants used to teach medical students, the Garden was the birthplace of botanical sciences at Oxford. It became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden in the 1830s to reflect its role in experimental botany ... Situated in Nuneham Courtenay, Harcourt Arboretum is only 20 mins drive from Oxford Botanic Garden, with regular buses.'

'All our events are continuing to take place online. They are free and open to all. We welcome you just as warmly as ever to take part, and enjoy what’s on offer virtually. There’s a wonderful range of opportunities for you to explore some of the most pressing issues facing us today.'

'Oxford Civic Society is dedicated to the continuous improvement of Oxford as a wonderful city in which to live, work, study and relax. Appreciating our past, enjoying the present and pursuing a vision for the future are at the heart of what we do ... We run a year-round programme of Oxford-themed talks, walks and visits aimed to encourage an awareness and understanding of our city. The talks (free and open to all) are given by leading speakers in interesting locations across the city. Topics can include Oxford’s history, buildings, arts and science, and current development projects.'

'The Oxford Geology Group is a dynamic, growing and very active local geological society that has been in constant operation since 1957 ... Our varied programme of illustrated evening lectures runs throughout the year. Two lecture series run in parallel, one on the fourth Tuesday of the month and the other on the second Thursday of the month ... Lectures aim to cater for those starting out in the Earth and planetary sciences as well as those with some specialist knowledge.'

Category Oxford

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'In reviving the Oxford Festival – we are determined to reinforce our longstanding commitments to: * freedom of speech, debate, and diversity; and maintaining our tradition of courteous dialogue, allowing for contentious and difficult subjects to be publicly examined; * the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching; * providing platforms for as wide a range of published topics as possible.' Normally held Late March.

'The Oxford Philatelic Society was founded in 1890 ... Evening meetings are held monthly, usually on the third Monday of the month, and are at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. We also hold morning meetings in the darker months of November to March on the first Monday of the month, 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.'

'A progressive photographic club which has been in existence for over a hundred years. Our membership includes everyone from beginners to high-end achievers and as a club we are well respected within the U.K. photographic fraternity ... Our key activities include: Meetings – every Tuesday during our September – May season. This is our main point of contact with each other, The programme has a variety of guest speakers, competitions and discussion evenings, with occasional practical sessions ... '

Category Oxford

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

'Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning Museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages.'

Category Oxford

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

Category Oxfordshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Our objectives are "to further and promote the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment" ... We provide an educational programme for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper, including taster sessions, meetings and practical courses for beginners.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'Oxfordshire Gardens Trust is all about exploring and celebrating the wonderful parks and gardens in the county, both large and small, public and private, historic and contemporary. Join us to learn about them, their history and the challenge of caring for them in the 21st century. We have a fascinating programme of activities throughout the year, including lectures on a wide range of topics and guided visits to parks and gardens, often private and only accessible by special arrangement. Membership is a great opportunity to find out more and of course to make new friends.'

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