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'We aspire to be a world-class business school community, embedded in this world-class University, tackling world-scale problems ... Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and entrepreneurial business school deeply embedded in the world’s most prestigious university. We deliver cutting-edge education and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society.'

Category Asia

Mission is 'to promote world class research and be a leader in the study of Japanese arts and cultures from the past to the present ...  It maintains its programme of fellowships, public lectures and international workshops as well as its commitment to the web and web publications'.

'Sandy Astronomical Society is a young society, formed in 2014 ... We are a not-for-profit organisation with a constitution and policies. Our purpose is to encourage you in this astronomical hobby. We engage with youth groups (well, anyone really), and perform outreach events to members of the general public.'

'Sarum College is a centre for study and research where our passion is learning that nourishes the human spirit. The Sarum community offers welcoming space and time for all those who aspire to grow in wisdom and courage.'

Category Middle East

'The Society was formed in 1986 to help promote closer friendship and understanding between the people of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. The Society is a social, cultural, non-political and non-commercial organisation. It aims to bring together British citizens who have an interest in Saudi Arabia (whether professional, commercial, cultural or otherwise) and Saudi Arabian citizens who are resident in, visitors to or interested in the UK. It aims also to provide a medium through which hospitality may be offered to Saudi Arabians visiting or living in the UK.'

'SAVE is a strong, independent voice in conservation that has been fighting for threatened historic buildings and sustainable reuses since 1975. We are at the forefront of national heritage conservation. We intervene to help historic buildings and places in serious danger of demolition or decay. We stand apart from other organisations by bringing together architects, engineers, planners and investors to offer viable alternative proposals. Where necessary, and with expert advice, we take legal action to prevent major and needless losses ... Our online events series has proved immensely popular, reaching national and international audiences and allowing us to come together from the comfort of our own homes. If you missed an online event you can now catch up on our recordings ... We look forward to offering an exciting hybrid events schedule with in-person as well as online events.'

'SOP was set up in 1995 to oppose the sale by the Church of its traditional rectories and vicarages. It opposes such sales on pastoral, practical, and financial grounds, as well as for community and heritage reasons.'

'The nine institutes of the School collectively offer a wide range of seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences, and other academic events. The majority of our events are free and open to the public. Most of our events do not require advance booking.'

'Knowledge about designed environments can often get separated into disconnected professions with specialised languages and habits. In contrast, our School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape both addresses our professions and works beyond them. Our internationally renowned experts pursue methods ranging across the social sciences, humanities, engineering, creative practice, and biotechnology to achieve the latest insights. And our teaching aims to equip students to lead the professions and vocations they'll retire from. We work across Europe and the globe, inspired by our place in north-east England.'

'A diverse community of academics, students and staff from across all of our related subjects. Cambridge's reputation for excellence in the Arts and Humanities rests upon our outstanding teaching and our world-class research.'

'We're a vibrant hub of multi-disciplinary scholarship that seeks to address and resolve the most pressing issues facing our world today. By drawing together a unique cohort of scholars, our School covers expertise in global environmental governance, climate change, global health, cross-border migration, emerging economies and politics. We're comprised of the Departments of Geography, International Development and Global Health & Social Medicine, the African Leadership Centre and the Global Institutes (Lau China, India, Brazil and Menzies Australia).'

Category Antiquity

'We are an innovative and internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching devoted to the study of the past and beliefs from prehistoric times to contemporary societies.'

'Covers a wide range of disciplines with differing methodologies, from highly quantitative analysis of "big data" to ethnography and the analysis of the material culture and thought of past societies.'

Category Schools of Law

'Birkbeck's School of Law, founded in 1992, is home to the Department of Criminology, the Department of Law and the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research. A vibrant student community are taught by internationally renowned researchers working across six core themes: Critical Legal and Criminological Theory; Human Rights; Law and Humanities; Policy, Practice and Activism; Race, Gender and Culture; and Regulation, Risk and Surveillance.'

Category Schools of Law

'The School of Law at Queen's, part of the Russell Group, is a leading UK Law School. The School interacts with the wide community of people who have an interest in the study of law locally, nationally and globally. It provides innovative teaching delivered by world class staff in a beautiful environment.'

'The University of Dundee is one of the leading universities in Europe for research in Life Sciences. We make fundamental discoveries on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying health and disease in humans, animals, plants, parasites and bacteria and translate that knowledge to address global challenges ... Sharing and explaining our science has always been recognised as an integral part of the remit and responsibility of all our scientists. We are keen to communicate our passion for scientific research to members of the public, to people of all ages and from all educational backgrounds. We are eager to invite you into the world of discovery – a world that is primarily funded by you - and introduce you to how we work, what we hope to achieve and help you to understand how together we are changing lives.'

'The School of Life is a global organisation devoted to teaching you how to lead a more fulfilled life. We offer insights in the key ingredients of emotional well-being: how to form good relationships, identify a satisfying career, minimise anxiety, acquire confidence and connect properly with friends.'

'Do any of us really know who we are? Or why? For thousands of years, philosophy has been searching for answers and seeking the truth in everything. Through Practical Philosophy we seek understanding not through theory, but from our own direct experience. Living life to the full ... The course is practical in the sense that it is designed to be of direct use in our everyday lives. The intention is to stimulate enquiry and through this expand the way we look at the world and ourselves.'

'Although we are the oldest Welsh department in Wales, we are looking to the future and to the development of our language, our society and our identity in contemporary Wales. The study of language and literature is combined with unique modules relevant to Welsh in today’s Wales ... Beyond our academic programmes, we are helping to ensure the prosperity of the Welsh language by working with the local community. The Welsh for Adults Centre teaches Welsh to more than 1,700 adults in Cardiff and the Vale. In addition to this the new Welsh for All programme offers Cardiff University students the opportunity to learn Welsh, completely free, alongside their academic studies.'

Category London

Member of the Society of Chemical Industry Grouping

'The Science in Health Public Lecture Series are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of concern in health care and present new research on health issues to the public.'

'As the world’s leading group of science museums, we share our unparalleled collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine with over five million visitors each year.'

'The SMN is working with full awareness and appreciation of scientific method, but exploring and expanding, in a spirit of open and critical enquiry, frontier issues at the interfaces between science, health, consciousness, wellbeing, love and spirituality, to explore how to rediscover a meaningful spirituality to help rebalance our lives. The Network is part of a worldwide contemporary movement for education, personal development, and compatible “spiritual emergence”, networking: scientists, doctors, psychologists, educators, engineers, philosophers, complementary practitioners and other professionals, for mutual and societal benefit.'

'SPRI's mission is to enhance the understanding of the polar regions through scholarly research and publication, educating new generations of polar researchers, caring for and making accessible its collections (including its library, archival, photographic and object collections), and projecting the history and environmental significance of the polar regions to the wider community for public benefit.'

'Promotes and encourages the study of Scottish family history, and provides a forum for the exchange of information among members. SAFHS is an umbrella association of Scottish Family History Societies, and individual direct membership is not possible ... Annual Conferences are organised by member societies in conjunction with SAFHS who is willing to help and underwrite such events. They promote family history to the public through programmes of talks, sale of publications and recruitment of new members to societies. Those attending have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and exchange ideas.'

'As Scotland’s national dance company, our mission is to inspire on stage and beyond ... Our creative vision goes beyond choreography. From digital platforms to novel ideas that engage our audiences, we’re always seeking new ways to bring the power of dance to as many people as possible.'

'The purpose of the Scottish Beekeepers Association is to support honey bees and beekeepers and to improve the standard of beekeeping, and to promote honey bee products in Scotland through: * The advancement of education in relation to the craft of beekeeping; * The advancement of the heritage, culture and science of beekeeping ; * The advancement of environmental protection by conservation of the honey bee.'  Over 40 Affiliated Beekeeping Associations support the work of the SBA.

Category Law and Society

'The Centre is a collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Strathclyde. The SCCJR aims to produce research that informs policy and practice and advances our understanding of justice.'

Category Music and Dance

'The SCO makes a significant contribution to Scottish life both on the concert platform and beyond, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes and community centres through its award-winning Creative Learning programme.'

'Set up in 1967, to help people connect to their built heritage and take a leading role in guiding its development ... Our Mission is to celebrate Scotland’s built environment, take action for its improvement and empower its communities.'

'Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland's voluntary environment community, with 42 member bodies representing a broad spectrum of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society.'

Member of the Local History Society Federations Grouping

Category Arts Festivals

'One of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature ... By engaging with artists, connecting with communities and forming collaborations, we celebrate the artistic achievements of people with experience of mental health issues, exploring the relationship between creativity and the mind, and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.' Normally held during May.

Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Grouping

Founded 1933: 'We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all who share our interest in the wide range of plants that fall under the scope of the "rock garden" from the tiniest cushion plants to trees ... The SRGC supports local Groups in many parts of Scotland and the North of England and is always open to helping form new groups. The main remit of the SRGC is to spread the word and share the fascination for the plants at every level of expertise catering for all from the absolute beginner and the world’s top professionals at the same time'.

'Exists to promote and support the study and enjoyment of art and art history in Scotland ... We arrange regular conferences and study days for our members on a wide variety of subjects, including art, design, architecture and photography. We also hold a number of special events throughout the year including visits to museums, galleries and private art collections.'

'Dedicated to investigating the paranormal in a scientific manner. We host conferences, lectures, discussion groups, investigator training and we respond to public requests to investigate paranormal phenomena.'

Category Rail Transport

'Meetings are held monthly ... on the second Friday of every month at which the Society prides its self in quality speakers.'

'Sea Fever is North Norfolk’s festival of poetry and prose. It aims to celebrate all forms of the written word inspired by this exceptional coast-line; and to bring to the coast writers with national reputations.' Normally held Late June.

Category Publishers

'Seren is Wales’ leading independent literary publisher, specialising in English-language writing from Wales. With a list spanning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, many of our books are shortlisted for - and win - major literary prizes across the UK and America. Our aim is not simply to reflect what is going on in the culture in which we publish, but to drive that culture forward, to engage with the world, and to bring Welsh literature, art and politics before a wider audience.'

Founded 2018: 'An annual celebration of live poetry, workshops, panel discussions and debate, based in the heart of Wales’s capital city. Run by our small team at Seren, our aim is to create a space where poets, writers and performers, especially from Wales, can come together and share their work with new audiences'.

'Established in 2002 with the aim of bringing the brightest and best of current authors to the area ... It has always included a broad range of speakers: novelists, biographers, activists, poets, historians, politicians, political commentators and journalists.' Normally held Early October.

'Each year, the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy hosts an Annual Public Lecture examining a topic or idea from an analytic perspective. In addition to our Annual Lecture, we regularly host clinical seminars, study days and fundraising events.'

'The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is the global centre for learning about and experiencing the works, life and times of the world’s best-known writer ... The Trust runs a world-class, award-winning programme of formal and informal educational courses and literary lectures, to encourage the appreciation and study of Shakespeare’s works, and the advancement of Shakespearian knowledge on an international scale.'

'Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located on the bank of the River Thames in London.'

'Situated close to the city centre Sheffield Botanical Gardens were opened in 1836 and now cover 19 acres on a south-west sloping site. The Gardens are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest. The Grade 2 Glass Pavilions house a wonderful collection of plants from the temperate areas of the world and provide a wonderful backdrop for the sweeping lawns with their magnificent trees and central Broadwalk.'

'Founded in 1951, the Society is open to anyone with an interest in Sherlock Holmes, Dr John H. Watson and their world. It is a literary and social Society, publishing a scholarly Journal and occasional papers, and holding meetings, dinners and excursions.'

'Shropshire Beekeeper’s Association is here to help you learn and develop the theory and practical skills to become a beekeeper, to set up your first hive, to develop your own apiary and look after your colonies of honey bees. It involves a significant investment of time and money, especially when you start out. Bees need looking after if they are to be healthy, content and productive.'

'Meetings, lectures, discussions, projects, fieldtrips for all with an interest in the subject, including amateur and professional geologists.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'The Shropshire Parks & Gardens Trust provides opportunities to learn about the history, design and development of gardens. The Shropshire Parks & Gardens Trust publishes a newsletter twice a year as well as running a series of lectures during the winter months and arranges visits to gardens, not normally open to the public, during the summer months.'

Category Local Heritage

''The perfect family day out. Come and enjoy our amazing gardens, follow the woodland sculpture trail and discover a unique collection of vintage aircraft, all set in 875 acres of parkland at Old Warden Park ... 2022 sees the launch of a new lunchtime talks programme at Shuttleworth. Each week, we will specialise in an area of Shuttleworth’s activities that will be of interest to generalists as well as those with a special interest in our areas of expertise.'

'Sidmouth Science Festival started in 2012 with a weekend of science events in Sidmouth and at the nearby Norman Lockyer Observatory as well as a single day in local schools and art in the local gallery. Since then it has grown to a 10 day event with over 120 activities: visitor numbers have increased, visitors have been drawn from a larger area including overseas and more schools have been involved with hundreds of East Devon students taking part.' Normally held Mid October.

Category Rail Transport

'The prime purpose of the Society is to maintain and share knowledge of Railway Signalling and Operation in the British Isles and Overseas.' Members of the Society are 'able to attend Society meetings and Society organised visits where there is opportunity to "network" with other members and you will often find someone "in the know" who either has the answer you seek or can give sound advice on where to look next ... Our members record the events of today so that knowledge will be available for the researchers of tomorrow. At the same time they research and record the events of yesterday so that historic information is available now and in the future.'

'Sion Centre for Dialogue and Encounter : A place to listen, learn, reflect, respect. A setting for study and growth in mutual understanding between Christians and Jews, between other faiths and cultures.'

Category Modern History

'Our mission is to uphold Sir Martin Gilbert’s legacy for future generations, using his scholarship, integrity and principles as a guide for those who wish to learn from history. We aim to bring historical learning to wide audiences, and to engage people of diverse ages and backgrounds. We run a varied programme that includes lectures, events, courses, and essay competitions about the subjects closest to Martin’s heart: the Holocaust, Churchill, Israel, and modern Jewish history. We aim to reach young people in particular, inspiring them to love history and helping them acquire skills of historical enquiry.'

Category Local Heritage

'The Arkwright Society is 'an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford ... From family fun weekends to lectures, guided tours, off-site visits, exhibitions ... there is something for everyone'.

'Groups which meet and converse in the UK and beyond, usually gathering once every month. The event was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999, for all those interested in science, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types. A speaker (or number of speakers) is invited each month to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere.'

Category Rail Transport

'Formed in 1983 with the aim of securing the long-term future of the Slough to Windsor branch line. Fortunately, British Rail did not close the line and the SWRS has moved on to other things. Today, the Slough & Windsor Railway Society seeks to preserve and study the railway history of Slough, Windsor and the surrounding areas, and provides a haven for local railway enthusiasts to socialise and reminisce ... Every Friday evening, members meet ... for an illustrated talk, usually on the subject of railways.'

'Supports beekeepers and those interested in bees in the Thames Valley area. We are an active society with about 100 members who come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Some of us are complete beginners while others have a wealth of experience, but we all share a passion for maintaining healthy bees and producing high quality honey ... We have an active programme of meetings throughout the year for Society Members.'

'Small Wonder Festival is the UK’s only festival dedicated to short stories and short form writing.' Normally held Late September.

'The leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East ... With our vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, we are uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world.'

'A non-partisan think tank. We believe that fair markets, complemented by open public services, increase prosperity and help people to live well. We conduct research and run events looking at a wide range of economic and social policy areas, focusing on economic prosperity, public services and consumer markets. The SMF is resolutely independent, and the range of backgrounds and opinions among our staff, trustees and advisory board reflects this.'

Category Modern History

'The Society takes an interest in every aspect of human history from the earliest social formations to modern society, its culture and political activities. We encourage anyone with an interest in our history to join us and participate in our activities. The Society is particularly interested in the struggles of labour, women, progressive and peace movements throughout the world, as well as the movements and achievements of working class communities, colonial peoples, black people, and other oppressed groups seeking social justice, human dignity and liberation.'

'We are revolutionary socialists fighting against racism, exploitation, oppression and environmental destruction. We have branches across Britain involved in local campaigns and the fight for a better world ... Socialist Worker is a revolutionary socialist newspaper produced by the Socialist Workers Party ... It has been published every week since 1968 ... The SWP has Branches across the country that hold political meetings and are involved in local campaigns. The events these branches hold are open to everyone.'

Category Asia

'Founded in 1965 to promote understanding and friendship between the British and Chinese people. It is open to all who subscribe to these aims ... SACU aims to promote understanding: * To help the UK flourish in a world increasingly influenced by China; * To help overcome misplaced suspicion and increase understanding of China within the UK ... We encourage people to join us so they can help promote understanding. At the same time you will benefit from the following: * Exclusive Events (many are open to everyone, but some are members-only) ...'

'Established in 1921 to encourage the study of the history and traditions of the British Army, the Society for Army Historical Research is one of the nation's oldest military history societies ... The main activity of the Society is the publication of a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, reflecting its members' interests which are also catered for by a programme of special events and lectures.'

Category Europe

'The SCRSS organises a regular programme of lectures, film shows, exhibitions, seminars and other events at its premises in London ... Events are open to both SCRSS members and non-members, unless otherwise stated ... The SCRSS was founded in 1924 as the Society for Cultural Relations between the Peoples of the British Commonwealth and the USSR, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between Great Britain and the new Soviet state. It has continued its work uninterrupted until the present day. The Society's founding members were a group of key British and Soviet artists and intellectuals of the day, including EM Forster, Julian Huxley, Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Sybil Thorndyke, Alexei Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf and Konstantin Yuon.'

Category Antiquity

'Forum for scholars, writers, curators and members of the public to exchange knowledge and ideas about all aspects of royal, princely, and dynastic courts ... Runs an annual seminar programme which presents and discusses new work in the field.'

Category Middle East

'Founded in 1969. Its aims are to encourage and co-ordinate scholarship on Libya and to foster relations between Libyan scholars and those working outside Libya on Libyan subjects. In this regard, it seeks through its activities to ... hold lectures and meetings for Society members and other interested parties ...'

Category Local Heritage

'SLHA promotes an interest in all aspects of Lincolnshire's heritage.'  Amongst a range of activities, the Society 'arranges lectures and other events about Lincolnshire’s history and archaeology'.

'Set up in London in 1882, the first scientific organisation ever to examine claims of psychic and paranormal phenomena. We hold no corporate view about their existence or meaning; rather, our purpose is to gather information and foster understanding through research and education.'

'Founded at Wadham College, Oxford in June 2002, the Society for the History of Astronomy regularly organizes meetings with a particular focus on the history of astronomy at the local and regional level ... The SHA welcomes professional and amateur astronomers, historians and enthusiasts of all levels of experience and of all interests within the field of the history of astronomy and related subjects.'

'An international society for everyone who is interested in natural history in the broadest sense. This includes botany, zoology and geology as well as natural history collections, exploration, art and bibliography. Everyone with an interest in these subjects – professional or amateur – is welcome to join.'

Category Antiquity

'For almost a century and a half the Hellenic Society has been the leading organization for the study of Greece with an international membership across all ages and walks of life. It maintains a world class library and publishes internationally acclaimed journals in the field ... The Society also arranges an annual lecture series in London, holds occasional conferences, receptions and other meetings, and helps to arrange other lectures all around the UK in collaboration with the various local branches of the Classical Association.'

Category Antiquity

'The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies - The Roman Society - was founded in 1910 as the sister society to the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. The Roman Society is the leading organisation in the United Kingdom for those interested in the study of Rome and the Roman Empire. Its scope is wide, covering Roman history, archaeology, literature and art down to about A.D. 700. It has a broadly based membership, drawn from over forty countries and from all ages and walks of life ... A programme of public lectures, visits to sites and museums, and lectures are arranged with local branches of the Classical Association'.

'The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) believes old buildings have a future. From cottages to castles and from churches to cathedrals we are here to help buildings and the people who care for them. Through our unique training schemes, courses, advice and research we help people put our expertise into practice ... Held every spring and autumn, the SPAB's popular lecture series offers three or four informal talks linked to an engaging historic building or conservation theme ... One of the benefits of being a member of the SPAB is access to our Regional Groups, who arrange visits, events, and meetings across the country.'

Category Europe

'Our mission is to promote the study and understanding of the history of France and the Francophone world in the UK and Ireland ... The Society for the Study of French History sponsors a number of key lectures and workshops each year, organised in conjunction with associate partners and research and academic institutions.'

'Since 1948, the Society has advanced research into British-related theatre. We run lectures and conferences, publish books and journals, offer funding and prizes, promote excellent scholarship and support the continuing development of practice.'

'The Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) is a professional body for Jungian analysts and psychotherapists.  It has four main activities: * Training new analysts and psychotherapists; * Registering and supporting members; * Providing a low-fee clinic; * Running events and conferences, both for professional clinicians and the public.'

'An educational charity that promotes the understanding of the human past and recognises distinction in this field through election to its Fellowship. Founded in 1707, the Society meets its remit through a wide-ranging programme of activities at Burlington House in London and at Kelmscott Manor – the inspirational retreat of William Morris – in the Cotswolds. It runs regular public, educational and academic events, lectures and exhibitions, gives grants for research and conservation, publishes books and journals on heritage topics and contributes to the formulation of public policy on the care of our historic environment and cultural property ... All of our lectures are live streamed and are open to anyone to join us online, Fellows and Non-Fellows. To view any of our past lectures please visit our YouTube channel.'

'Founded in 1780 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783, the Society’s purpose is “to investigate both antiquities and natural and civil history in general, with the intention that the talents of mankind should be cultivated and that the study of natural and useful sciences should be promoted”.'

'We are the leading subject and professional association for architectural history and architectural historians in all their professional contexts (including higher education, heritage and practice), and we are the leading forum for lifelong learning for all with an interest in the history of the built environment. Our members and their interests cut across periods and borders - our work has a global reach.'

'The Society of Authors is a United Kingdom trade union for professional writers, illustrators and literary translators, founded in 1884 to protect the rights and further the interests of authors.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'A UK-based educational charity dedicated to traditional and contemporary bookbinding and to the preservation and conservation of the printed and written word. The Society is organised into eight UK regions plus an overseas group. The UK regions hold regular meetings at which masterclasses, lectures and demonstrations are given on various bookbinding or binding-related subjects and techniques. The regions also hold social events, organise visits and exhibitions and represent the SoB at local book and craft fairs.'

'SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) is a global network of innovators, formed in 1881 by prominent scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs, who went on to form the products, processes and companies that propelled society forward. SCI is the place where science meets business ... For over a decade, SCI has been delivering the free Public Evening Lecture Programme ... established to provide a means of communicating the latest developments in science and technology in a manner which is both interesting and informative ... Public Evening Lectures are free and open to all. They are part of an SCI’s charitable outreach that aims to reach members of the public and provide discourse on science-based topics and relevant popular subjects in an accessible way.'

'Founded in 1911, the Society of Genealogists is a charity with a unique purpose – to help people discover their place in history. We preserve the records of everyday lives and make them available to anyone wanting to understand where they’ve come from – grassroots sources, rich data of unlikely origin, exceptional assets that capture the unfolding, unofficial history of us all ... The Society of Genealogists holds regular study days, lectures and evening classes along with workshops demonstrating computer programs and databases of use to family historians ... Membership of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in family and social history.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Formed in 1977 with the aim of stimulating the growing international interest in jewellery of all ages and cultures by publishing new research and by bringing together those seriously interested in the subject, whether in a professional or private capacity. The membership includes archaeologists, museum specialists, collectors, art historians, dealers, gemmologists, practising jewellers and designers, scientists and restorers, all united by their enthusiasm for the subject ... The Society runs a Programme of lectures from September to June, inviting speakers from many different disciplines and many parts of the world. The lectures are usually held in London.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Formed in 1948 with the object to encourage, develop and promote the study and practice of the art and science of Ornamental Turning. There are now around three hundred members world-wide. Quarterly meetings are held in London where members display examples of their work, share their experiences and attend lectures or demonstrations. Seminars and visits to places of interest are also arranged.'

'The Society of Thirteen was formed in 1963 when a group of thirteen people met to form a new Society that would organise lectures and events of interest for the benefit of the people of Chester. Each year the Society presents a series of lectures on a wide range of subjects, given by local and national experts. From time to time, excursions are arranged to places or events of interest.'

'Our vision is good food for all, produced with care for the natural world. Our organic values mean we care about human health, nature, soil, water, forests, and animal welfare. We are in a unique position to bring together farmers and scientists, doctors and teachers, chefs and foresters to transform the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world. And we work with many friends and partners to persuade politicians to develop farming and food policies that put the nation’s health first.'

Founded 1972: We host a comprehensive range of talks ... Both members and non-members are invited ... The club's observatory at Toothill is located in a relatively dark site just outside Southampton'.

Category Local Heritage

'The Society exists to promote the study of archaeology, natural history, local history and historic buildings with particular reference to the historic County of Somerset, and is an important point of contact for anyone with an interest in understanding and protecting the heritage of Somerset.'

'We provide training, promote best practice and offer advice, support and education to beekeepers and the public. Over the years our members have made – and continue to make - an impressive contribution to British beekeeping at both national and county level ... The Somerset Beekeepers Association is divided into twelve divisions, each corresponding to a different area of the county. Members can join any division, and also be members of more than one division. Members also don't have to live in Somerset, for example some members are from neighbouring counties such as Dorset or Devon ... The SBKA and each division organise lectures, usually in the "off-season" (i.e. autumn and winter, and into early spring) for beekeeping. Most divisional lectures are open to members of other divisions, and if in doubt just ask! Lectures are a great way to learn more about beekeeping and bees, and to help get you ready and excited for the next season.'

'Formed in 1984 with a view to promoting friendly gardening interests among Clubs and Societies throughout Somerset, and to provide advice and practical help with the day to day running of club affairs. Since then our membership has grown to include over 240 clubs in Somerset and adjacent counties. The Federation is dedicated to supporting those who are enthusiastic about all aspects of horticulture.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'The Somerset Gardens Trust was formed in 1990, one of a growing number of County Trusts affiliated to the overall national body, The Gardens Trust. It is a voluntary organisation and educational charity working with garden owners, local authorities and the community in order to protect and care for the county’s parks and gardens. It is financed through members’ subscriptions, donations, legacies, grants and fund raising events.'

'A group of enthusiastic amateur astronomers interested in looking at the stars, planets and anything else in space. We meet at least once a month to pass on our knowledge and share our interest in astronomy with people from the Somerset Levels.'

Category Local Heritage

Founded in 1979 to record and study the traditional houses and buildings of this historic county. In particular, farmhouses, cottages, the smaller manor houses and barns which are in the local style and built of local materials ... A series of talks and visits for Group members is arranged during the year ... Evening meetings are held monthly from October to May ... Membership is open to all, expert and non expert alike. The Group has a membership of some 70 people from all walks of life.'

'Dedicated to providing advice, support and encouragement to those people, in and around the South Cheshire Crewe & Nantwich area who have an interest in astronomy and related sciences and technology. There are no limits associated with age or experience - the only pre-requisite is an enthusiasm for the subject! We are a community none profit organisation run entirely by unpaid member/enthusiast volunteers ... Our regular scheduled meetings take place from September to May of the suceeding year.'

'For those in the Chichester, West Sussex and surrounding areas, South Downs Astronomical Society (SDAS) is a friendly and informal way of meeting others with similar interests and of learning more about the science and fun of astronomy.'  Activities include 'a programme of Lectures on astronomical, space and allied subjects by visiting speakers, all experts in their particular fields'.

'Founded in 1910 in Tulse Hill, the South London Botanical Institute has a beautiful botanical garden and runs a wide range of courses, workshops, school visits and events for all ages ... The Institute has a diverse membership, including amateur and professional botanists, gardeners, artists, photographers, ecologists, writers, campaigners and others who have an urge to learn more about plants.'

Category South Wales

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

Category Rail Transport

'The South Western Circle, formed in 1962, is a society for railway historians and enthusiasts interested in the London & South Western Railway (LSWR). The Circle has a membership of over 500, and aims to assist and encourage members to enhance their knowledge of the LSWR and its successors ... The Circle holds 5 meetings a year on Saturdays starting between 1pm and 2pm depending on the location ... Meetings usually last around 3 hours including a break for coffee and cake and feature illustrated talks on subjects related to the LSWR.'

Category Antiquity

'We are a non-profit organisation that hosts monthly Egyptological themed meetings that are open to members and visitors alike ... Our meetings usually take place on the third Saturday of the month (excluding August) ... Since our founding in 1998, our membership and reputation amongst other UK societies has ensured that we continue to secure lectures from top class speakers.'

Founded 1923: 'We hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the each month from September through to July ... Our main meeting usually features a guest speaker and a small amount of society business. We are always happy to welcome guests and newcomers ... Some people think they can’t join an astronomy society because they are only "beginners" – that is nonsense! We are happy to welcome beginners and experts alike, in fact some of our talks are specifically aimed at beginners'.

'Formed in April 1971 as Southampton Lapidary Society reflecting the great interest in the cutting and polishing of stones around that time. In 1972 the name was changed to Southampton Mineral & Lapidary Society as a consequence of more people being interested purely in minerals. With a number of members being interested in fossils and a growth of popularity in studying and collecting fossils the name was changed again in 1985 to Southampton Mineral, Fossil & Lapidary Society (SMFLS). Finally in 1992, with a general decline in the lapidary side of the hobby, lapidary was dropped from the name and we became Southampton Mineral & Fossil Society with the aims to foster interest and expertise in the collecting, conservation and identification of minerals and fossils and, where possible, preserve and document the sites where they are found.'

Category Europe

'The Southend Anglo Italian Circle was founded in 1993. Its aim is to foster relationships and understanding between British and Italian communities and to promote interest in Italian society, culture and language. Since its foundation, the Southend Anglo Italian Circle has striven to provide a regular programme of lectures.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society covers the railway transport interests of Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight, but with the most interest concentrated around the City of Southampton and its surrounding area, in the county of Hampshire. Generally, the Society's interest largely follows the geographical area, and the history, of the western section of the former Southern Railway. Subjects for the monthly meetings, held in Southampton, consist usually of a guest speaker presenting slides or films of their particular railway based interest. Railway heritage, history and modern rail transport are covered, as well as infrastructure around the region, and occasionally foreign railway activity. The Southern Counties Railway Society is for people who have an interest in steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and electric trains from their earliest incarnations, through to the modern rolling stock, track and stations now populating the current rail network in the Southampton area and beyond.'

Category Southwark

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping