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'This is a friendly society which welcomes new members . Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month ... Most of our meetings consist of a talk by our main speaker followed by free tea, coffee and biscuits. There is then either a short beginners talk or “Sky Notes” to say what is happening in the sky in the coming month.'

Founded 1984: 'The Society’s aim is to promote the knowledge and appreciation of the life & works of Richard Wagner ... We hold meetings monthly from September to June/July and a residential study course in the summer ... We welcome guests to our talks, and offer substantial discounts should you decide to become a member. Students are eligible for free membership and attendance at the talks.'

'Exists for the promotion of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the life and works of Richard Wagner and is affiliated to the  Richard Wagner Verband International. The Society’s activities include regular meetings, talks, study days, concerts and master-classes held in Central London, for which a modest charge is made.'

'The primary aims of the Society are to keep alive the fellwalking traditions promoted by Alfred Wainwright through his guidebooks and other publications and to keep faith with his vision of introducing a wider audience to fellwalking and caring for the hills ... The first Wainwright Memorial Lecture was held in 2003, when the speaker was the Patron of the Society, Hunter Davies ... The majority of our lectures have attendances of over 200 members and guests (members receive a discounted entrance fee).'

Category Art Galleries

'The Wallace Collection is an internationally outstanding collection which contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain ... We enable people of all ages to develop a greater understanding and enjoyment of art ... There are lots of ways to enjoy the Wallace Collection online, from the regular blog, Meet the Expert content series, our online talks and courses, online concerts filmed live in the galleries, to exploring our exhibitions online, or our creative resources with activities for children and families to make and do together and online family events.'

'Founded in 1973, initially in response to an appeal by Oxfordshire archaeologists for local people to keep a watching brief on development in the town, there being no statutory protection for archaeological access in those days. A well-attended public meeting decided to broaden the new Society's brief to include history and the desire to link documentary research with archaeological investigation has always been, and continues to be, a fundamental concept in our approach to research. The backbone of the Society's activities is the yearly series of monthly of talks.'

'We are a very welcoming and diverse photographic society based in central Walthamstow.  Members enjoy all aspects of photography through talks, practical evenings and competitions.  New members welcome!  ...  We have about 30 active members, split more or less equally between men and women.'

'The Wandsworth Historical Society aims to promote an interest in the history and archaeology of the Borough of Wandsworth. The present-day borough covers Balham, Battersea, Earlsfield, Putney, Southfields, Tooting and Wandsworth Town. The Society, founded in 1953, organises a lively programme of talks throughout the year, as well as archaeological field trips along the Thames foreshore. There are also occasional visits to places of interest.'

'The Society has around 400 members and is always keen to enrol more supporters. The more members the Society has, the more effective it can be in its role of protecting the local landscape and environment – and the more views that it can take on board ... The Society holds a regular range of events. There are nine open meetings a year ... These talks cover a range of topics of local and national interest including themes to tie in with other local events such as the Wandsworth Arts Fringe and Heritage Festival. Non members are welcome at the speaker meetings.'

'We hope that we cater for the needs and interests of 21st century gardeners and garden lovers of all ages. You don’t have to have a large and immaculate garden – or indeed any garden! - to join us! ... WHS aims to offer members at least one activity per month throughout the year. Activites include talks, visits to local gardens, coach trips to great gardens and gardening shows, social events and Wansford Annual Show (held on the August Bank Holiday weekend).'

'An eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!'

Category Antiquity

'The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with a special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Its open-stack Library, Photographic Collection and Archive serve as an engine for interdisciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and a prestigious events and publication programme.'

'Founded in 1964 we are an established Club in Hertfordshire ... Weekly Meetings on Wednesday's 20:00 - 22:00, where members of all abilities, ages and gender meet each other with a common interest in photography. Why not come along and check us out!'

'The town of Wareham - generally regarded as the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, an area outstanding natural beauty - was founded by the Saxons over 1000 years ago. Wareham Camera Club, however, is a rather more recent creation! It can trace its origins to a meeting convened 1965 by a group including the local optician and the town’s professional photographer ... Club activities include lectures, demonstrations, competitions and visits. These are augmented by field-trips when members can practice their skills and learn from one-another. Highlight of the club year is the exhibition held at Wareham Town Hall each Summer, when members’ work is on show to both local people and visitors to the town.'

'WARG, the society for Winchester archaeology and local history, promotes the study of archaeology and local history in the City of Winchester and the surrounding area, through monthly events including lectures; walks; excursions and excavations.'

'The Object of the Society is to provide a common meeting ground for the study and discussion of, and research into, history in general, and of the local area in particular.'

'The Society was formed in 1994 to bring together local people with an interest in history. Meetings are held from October to May.'

'Six times every year we hold stimulating lectures followed by a lively question and answer session on a variety of topics including science, art, history, politics, music and literature. You are welcome to join us either as a member for the year or as a guest for an individual talk.'

Category Booksellers

'The town’s only independent bookshop, established in 2004. We love books and we aim to offer the highest quality of service to our customers. Whether you visit our first floor to curl up on our cosy sofa, enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee whilst browsing our poetry, sport and health books or explore the ground floor for fiction, travel, history whilst the kids enjoy our extensive children’s section, we look forward to your visit.'

Category Warwick

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Modern History

'Warwick Words is a festival of the written and spoken word in the historic town of Warwick ... Warwick Words has been hosting annual Festivals in Warwick since 2002 ... In 2016, the Festival became specifically a History Festival, focussing on events with a theme of the past: Warwick is the ideal location for a History Festival, with its own rich history and a wealth of historic buildings in which to stage our events.' Held Early October.

Category Warwickshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Warwickshire has eight Branch Associations, each with a programme of activities throughout the year. Honey bees are only active during the spring and summer, so the summer programme focuses on the apiary and the practical aspects of managing honey bees through the season. During the winter months each Branch arranges a programme of talks and demonstrations.'

'Formed in 1989 with the aim of promoting the study, recording and preservation of the industrial archaeology of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. The Society is affiliated to the Association for Industrial Archaeology. The main activity of the Society is the regular monthly meeting, with talks by visiting speakers, although additional visits to sites within Warwickshire and beyond are arranged on an occasional basis.'

'The Society exists to promote the advancement of public education in local history in Warwickshire ... Membership of the Society is open to any person, society, organization, library, or corporate body interested in promoting its objects ... Lectures are at 7:30pm on the third Tuesday of the month, apart from our annual Saturday afternoon meeting in January, which is at 2pm.'

Category Booksellers

'Waterstones began in 1982 under the aegis of its founder, Tim Waterstone. Over the decades that have followed, we have grown to become an icon of the British cultural landscape, employing over 3000 superb booksellers across over 280 bookshops. As the last surviving national bookshop chain, under the helmsmanship of Managing Director James Daunt, we are proud to have fought off the perceived threat of e-readers and online competition to begin a programme of active expansion ... Working closely with our bookshops are our efforts online, where at Waterstones.com we are working to bring the very essence of Waterstones to every home and smartphone in Britain.'

'The Society aims to celebrate the great achievements of British Industry past and present as well as their pioneers, leading engineers, designers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Originally set up in 1967 to share knowledge on the industries local to Watford, we now embrace industries, transport, machines and structures throughout the UK and beyond ... Meetings are held ... each month on the third Thursday from September to April starting at 8.00pm.'

'Watford Camera Club is the oldest photographic club in Hertfordshire, having celebrated its centenary in 2003. Anyone interested in photography is welcome – from novices to experienced photographers. If you are new to photography, joining Watford Camera Club will open up a whole new world for you. We have many knowledgeable members who are willing to share their knowledge. We hold weekly meetings which vary from practical hands on workshops to talks by photographers of many different genres, sharing their skills and knowledge and then there are the competitions.'

Category Watford

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

Category Booksellers

'We are one of the world’s oldest and leading independent bookshops specialising in esoterica. Since our inception, Watkins holds a proud legacy of offering one of the world's largest selections of spiritual and esoteric literature. We stock titles on Eastern Philosophy and Western Esoterica, as well as a wide variety of contemporary forms of Mind, Body & Spirit related material.'

'We are a non-profit making club and our aim is to further our enjoyment of photography. Our members have varying skills from novice to professional, but all are keen to share their photographic knowledge and skills with each other. We are a friendly club with members from all over Norfolk. Through our regular programme of club meetings that include competitions, training workshops, guest speakers, and monthly events, we are all striving to improve our art.'

Category Rail Transport

'Remembering a unique railway – the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead. We are the only group dedicated solely to this railway ... We have regular Members' meetings every two months i.e. six per year. Our meeting venues alternate between Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead (in that order of course!). We have guest speakers giving talks on a variety of subjects (usually railways).'

'The UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. Founded in 1903, the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities ... We believe every adult should have access to education and its benefits right on their doorstep. Currently, the opportunity for a better future is too often made inaccessible for reasons including cost, location and a lack of information. We are committed to removing any barriers so that individuals can improve their own life chances and have a positive impact on their communities and society as a whole. We’re different from further education colleges, because we reach and connect with those who need education most and who are often farthest from study.'

'Promotes the study of and interest in history and archaeology with particular reference to Weaverham and the surrounding area ... Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and we invite a guest speaker to talk to us on a topic of historical or archaeological interest, though sometimes the subjects range further afield.'

'The Welford and Weston Local History Society has been in existence since 1969. Its objectives are to investigate, discuss, acquire and share knowledge of the history of the two villages, and matters relevant to that history. We are a membership-based Society and are currently thriving, with a membership of over 100. We have a schedule of bi-monthly meetings ... from September to March, an AGM in April, and a summer visit, usually in early June. Apart from the announced programme we take part in projects as and when time and interest allows.'

'Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health. Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, we create opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art ... Events and exhibitions happen online and in our building. All our permanent and temporary exhibitions are free, and so are most events. We hold a wide variety of events throughout the year, from tours to multi-part festivals.'

'We are the Public Engagement Team - part of Connecting Science - at the Wellcome Genome Campus: A group of passionate enthusiasts whose mission is to share the world of genomics science with public and schools everywhere. We do this through a range of live and digital experiences ... We're lucky to share our mission with pioneering scientists in the world-class facilities of the Sanger Institute and European Bioinformatics Institute driving some of the most exciting (and potentially life-changing) science in the world. Kick started by the Human Genome Project, our campus has a rich history which you're invited to come and experience.'

'Set up in 1992 to promote the love of books and of reading throughout the community ... Our main objective is to promote the enjoyment and excitement of books and to encourage a love of the written word. We do this by bringing to Wells a wide range of international, national and local writers to entertain, challenge, inspire and inform audiences of all ages and tastes. This extensive selection of events does not pose a dilemma for our audience; unlike many other literary festivals, no two events run at the same time, so it is possible (if ambitious!) to attend every single one.' Normally held Mid October.

Category Rail Transport

'We are a friendly group interested in all aspects of railways from modelling to photography and history and just a general interest in trains of all sorts. We hold monthly meetings from September to May.'

'Founded in 1943, WBKA is the umbrella organisation for 19 local associations across Wales. Representatives of these 19 associations, and specialist members, form the WBKA Council which meets three times a year.'

'With a variety of ages, interests and experience, we are all enthusiasts eager to exchange ideas, learn more about photography and how we can improve our skills ... Our weekly programme includes illustrated Talks and Workshops on many different subjects such as portraiture, natural history and wildlife, travel, techniques on composition and exposure, also understanding Photoshop.'

Founded in 2003 when 'a committee was formed and a programme of indoor meetings with guest speakers and outdoor field trips was drawn up. The club has largely stuck to that successful formula ever since. Our membership (including some loyal members from that first meeting) now number around 140, and we now meet regularly'.

'Exists to promote and advance public education and interest in the science of astronomy and related sciences and to provide facilites for the encouragement and pursuit of observational astronomy.'

Category Bournemouth

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

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