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‘The Academy was founded in 2000 to provide a forum committed to open and robust public debate in which ideas can be interrogated, argued for and fought over. We organise intelligent public debates, on controversial topics, and most importantly challenge contemporary knee-jerk orthodoxies. One focus of our work is to ensure that new generations look behind the headlines and avoid over simplistic conclusions on difficult topics. We are especially concerned about the “dumbing down” of debate, and to this end we organise a range of high-profile public events.’ Events have included an annual Battle of Ideas Conference held in London in the Autumn.'

'We are the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to advance biomedical and health research and its translation into benefits for society ... We run a programme of events for a variety of audiences including Fellows, researchers, policymakers, students and members of the public.'

'We are the national academy of academics, practitioners and learned societies in social science. The sector’s leading independent voice in the UK, we champion the vital role social sciences play in education, government and business ... Our work to "promote social science in the UK for public benefit" is guided by our strategy. We inform and advocate to enhance and safeguard social science; we showcase its importance and use; we facilitate knowledge exchange to policy on issues of national importance; we foster multi-disciplinary approaches and innovation.'

'The Adlerian Society UK Institute for Individual Psychology promotes the understanding, application and development of Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling in the UK; Through public lectures, workshops, conferences and professional training.'

'The Alister Hardy Trust (AHT) provides a focal point for people interested in the study of spiritual, religious and psychic experiences ... It’s about an aspect of natural human experience. It can come to us, or arise in us, suddenly, at any time, in any place, and can affect and even change our lives. It can happen to anyone, whether religiously inclined or atheist, spiritually inclined or materialist, and regardless of age, sex, nationality or culture. It is called "spiritual" and "religious" because it is seen as either or both ...'

'French Clubs affiliated to and with talks supported by Alliance Française de Londres. Please note that admission to events organised by French Circles are entirely a matter for them and the Alliance Francaise de Londres is not responsible for or involved in admission policies to events.' (Note I have added a small number of Localities hosting 'French Clubs' but which were not referenced in the AFL List at the time of Review.)

'The umbrella organisation for literary societies and groups in the UK. We were formed in 1973 and currently have around 125 members ... We provide support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies. Each year we have a weekend event hosted by a different member society ... If you are an individual looking for a literary society/group to join, then take a look through our Member Societies ... Visit the Events page for information about upcoming happenings.'

'Local groups usually meet once a month, slowing down in the alpine off-season at the height of summer. So if you’re a gardener of a different stripe, alpines are a fun way to extend your gardening season! Group meetings often involve a talk from a plant expert, a raffle and a plant sale. Groups also arrange trips out to gardens and places of interest throughout the year.'

'We are the leading dementia and Alzheimer’s disease research charity ... Lab Notes is our series of online engagement events, where you can find out more about life-changing dementia research taking place across the UK. Each event features researchers from a different Centre in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Network. These regular events will give you the chance to delve deeper into our work. You’ll hear about a different topic at each event, with the chance to put your questions to the scientists in our live Q&A.'

'We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. As a global movement of over ten million people, Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.'

'Founded 1864 ... the Association has the following aim: To advance the Christian religion, particularly by teaching members of the Anglican and Orthodox Churches about each other ... The Association organises an annual Pilgrimage, an annual Constantinople Lecture, a summer Festival, as well as other events, which are open to members and their friends.'

'Established to further relations between Britain and Denmark and today organises a lively programme of cultural and social events in the UK - mostly with privileged access - for Brits and Danes to enjoy each other's culture and company ... Membership is open to anybody who has an interest in and wishes to support the historical, cultural and – through our scholarship programme – educational relations between the UK and Denmark.'

Formed 1948: 'Its object is to advance public education and knowledge about Ethiopia, including its history, culture, art and architecture, natural history and economy. This is achieved through ... the provision of regular lectures covering a wide range of topics related to Ethiopia that are open to anyone wishing to attend and usually free of charge'. Other activities include publication of a Newsletter, maintenance of a Library, hosting Social Events.

Founded 1961: 'The aims of the Society are to:  * Make recent developments in the archaeology of Israel and neighbouring countries more widely known in the UK; * Provide a series of illustrated public presentations explaining and informing on recent archaeological findings and new theories; * Regularly publish Strata, an internationally respected journal consisting of original research papers; * Provide grants for students of Middle Eastern Archaeology.'

'The AIA was established in 1949 by Brigadier General Sir Wyndham Deedes, the first Chief Secretary to the British High Commissioner to Mandate Palestine, who thought that it should not be for Jews alone to support the State of Israel. The AIA today, is an independent charity that enjoys the active support of people from different faiths and none, across the entire political spectrum. The Association’s primary purpose is to promote wider and better understanding of Israel in the UK; to encourage exchanges between both countries at every level and generally to support activities which foster good will between British and Israeli citizens.'

‘Using education to create a society safe from prejudice and discrimination.’ Occasional lectures, talks and related events.

Our Aim ‘To increase widespread interest in the works of Anthony Powell in a way which balances the needs of all enthusiasts, including academics and professional literarists.’

'Are you interested in the story of time? The AHS is for you. We’re a lively, welcoming society open to all. We run a diverse programme of talks, meetings and visits ... We publish a quarterly learned journal as well as a wide range of books, and we support education, conservation and research through bursaries, prizes and awards ... The AHS houses three highly active specialist groups for members with a particular interest in wristwatches, turret (tower) clocks or electrical timekeeping. It also holds meetings in many regions of the UK and overseas with wide-ranging programmes of local or national interest, including lectures and visits.'

'Seeks to foster and explore the dialogue between art, Christianity and other religious faith ... through events, publications, and consultation.'

Art Fund has helped museums and galleries buy great works of art since 1903. Through sales of the National Art Pass, corporate members and the support of trusts and foundations, Art Fund has ensured museums across the UK are able to display great art for everyone to enjoy ... Search for must-see art exhibitions, events and over 700 museums, galleries and historic places to visit across the UK.'

Arthur Ransome was the celebrated author of the 12 “Swallows and Amazons” stories – written for young people of all ages. But he was much more: bohemian, media correspondent during the Russian Revolution, spy, sailor, fisherman, pipe smoker ... The Society exists to celebrate his life and to promote his interests in exploring, camping, sailing, navigation, leadership, literature and much more ...'

’The Arthur Ransome Trust (ART) exists to help people discover, explore and enjoy Arthur Ransome’s fascinating life and works. We’re working to create a Ransome Centre in the Lake District via exhibitions, events, educational materials and publishing.‘

'In our fast, shifting & global modern culture, relationships with the church community can be difficult to sustain. Add this to the life styles of creative artists which are often unstructured, solitary and transient and you discover a huge need for a community, one which understands the rigours of being on tour and away from home for extended periods, working when others are out "playing" and dealing with inconsistent work opportunities ... We are here to support, encourage, inspire and mentor each other as we seek to integrate our lives, Christian faith and artistic endeavours. Throughout the years ACG has run a great variety of events and created multiple opportunities which enabled our members to engage with each other and be encouraged in the pursuit of their careers.'

‘Since 1974 the Association for Art History has championed art history, visual culture and supported those engaged with it ... Find out about art history events happening near you. We are happy to list relevant events, free of charge, on our site. We promote both our own and external events taking place across the UK and internationally. Association for Art History events are always open to members and non-members.’

‘An international membership organisation, open to all. Its concern is learning in later life. Its aims are to advance knowledge, to improve practice and to contribute to the development of policy. Through AEA, professionals, volunteers, academics, researchers, tutors, policy-makers and older people work together ... AEA holds events on later-life learning that should not be missed!‘

'Brings together groups and individuals with an interest and expertise in identifying, recording, preserving and presenting the remains of our industrial past ... The AIA organises a number of events each year, including the Annual Rolt Memorial Lecture, established in 1975 to honour the first President of the AIA, L T C Rolt.'

'Psychosocial Studies is characterised by (a) its explicit inter or trans-disciplinarity, (b) its development of non-positivistic theory, method and praxis and (c) its orientation towards progressive social and personal change ... Psychological issues and subjective experiences cannot be abstracted from societal, cultural, and historical contexts; nor can they be deterministically reduced to the social. Similarly, social and cultural worlds are shaped by psychological processes and intersubjective relations.'

'The Association was founded formally in 1995 and now has a membership of over 1500 in the UK and worldwide. Many members are professional archaeologists, others amateurs or individuals who are simply interested in our Roman heritage ...  Joining the A.R.A. is a great way to get involved ... You can visit sites, join in digs, attend enthralling lectures on all aspects of Roman culture, attend our dinners, and visit numerous sites with our tours programmes.'

'We are a forum for all professionals working in the field of architectural conservation. Our current membership of more than 350 includes architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, scientists, archaeologists, building performance experts, historians, government advisors, property and estate managers, and many other professionals ... We do this by regular meetings, lectures and discussions, site visits, and once a year a conference covering a topic of special interest. Most lectures and meetings are held in London, but local meetings of the Association may be organised by convenors in other parts of the country ... Non Members are welcome.'

Occasional lectures, usually held at LSE. Most events advertised: 'The event is free and open to all with no ticket required'.

Access to details of philatelic Federations, National & Specialist Societies, Local Societies: 'As not all societies are members of the ABPS it may be that their details will not be available as the records of contact, telephone and email addresses may not be recorded.'

'Founded in 1955 with the aim of helping bring together the community of craft Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Rather than set up another organisation for individual craft people we chose the path of becoming an Association of Guilds - an umbrella body to which regional or local Guilds are affiliated. The aim is to support those regional Guilds by operating at a larger scale with National Conferences, National Exhibitions, Competitions, publications and recognised qualifications certifying individuals' high level of achievement and competence in their chosen craft. We now have over 100 member Guilds representing over 5000 crafts-people.'

'There are many local astrology groups throughout the UK and Ireland, run by enthusiastic organisers who work hard to promote astrology. Most local groups host events and talks at very low cost in their local area, and some run classes – local groups are the lifeblood of astrology, and in many cases are the main means by which astrology enthusiasts in an area get to know each other, and hone their astrology skills ... The Astrological Association encourages and supports local groups, by offering free listings in its Events Calendar.'

'The Austrian Philatelic Society is a truly international organization of almost 200 members, one third of whom live outside the UK. Our object is to cater for every aspect of Austrian philately, from the beginnings of the postal system to the latest issues and from the Postal History of all the territories within the Habsburg Empire before 1918 to studies of interest to Thematic (Topical) collectors. The Austrian Philatelic Society has Local Groups, which hold regular meetings in such places as York and London; it also holds an annual philatelic and social weekend in different parts of the country.'

'The first Baptists wanted religious liberty to be free to worship God as they saw fit, not as prescribed by the Establishment of Church and State. To their credit, they argued that this freedom must apply to all, including those of other faiths (they knew and specified Judaism and Islam). Soon they extended their advocacy to other freedoms. At their best, Baptists are strong advocates for human rights. Baptists maintain their early principles: the Bible as primary guide to faith and action; the priesthood of all believers, not needing intermediaries to approach God (setting some apart as ministers but not as priests); the need to share the gospel; the competence of the local church to take decisions and act independently, while glad to work with other churches; the advocacy of religious liberty and other human rights.'

'Nearly everyone in the UK lives within half an hour’s drive of a battlefield. Some, like Hastings, Bosworth and Culloden, are familiar to most of us. Others are relatively unknown. Yet the battles fought on them all played their part in shaping the way that we live today ... Joining the Trust is a great way of learning more about battles and battlefields. Many of our members are experts in their field and are happy to share their knowledge. We stage regular talks and study days and there’s a full programme of battlefield walks, sometimes in areas not normally accessible to the public.'

At BCS, we’re on a mission to ensure everyone’s experience with technology is positive. It’s something we’ve been committed to since 1957 ... We're over 60,000 members in 150 countries, and a wider community of business leaders, educators, practitioners and policy-makers all committed to our mission ... Whichever your area of interest, our wide-ranging specialist and regional groups offer you a professional and friendly platform to share knowledge and experiences, debate ideas, grow your network and raise your profile.' Apart from the significant number of Events 'open to all' organized by the various BCS Groups, there are also the annual Karen Spärck Jones Lecture, Lovelace Lecture, Roger Needham Lecture, and Turing Talk.

'BIBBA supports and promotes the sustainable conservation, restoration, study, selection, and improvement of honey bees that are native to the British Isles and Ireland (often referred to as the European Dark Bee or Apis mellifera mellifera) ... BIBBA encourages the formation of local queen rearing groups to aid the improvement of local bees and to support the objectives of BIBBA to improve and propagate the native and near native honey bees.'

'Founded in 1952, The Berlioz Society exists to promote awareness of the music, writings and life of the great French composer Hector Berlioz ... Our activities include at least two meetings a year in London. We also organise or inform members of visits to places associated with Berlioz, events and performances of his works. The main event of each year is a themed weekend—usually in November. This includes experts talking on subjects such as Berlioz's work and personality, the time and society in which he lived and the attitudes of his contemporaries—as well as recorded performances of his work, and a dinner with a guest speaker. The other event is a very popular summer meeting at the home of one of our members, with talks and music accompanied by an excellent lunch.'

'Established in 1988 to advance the appreciation of the work of the poet, writer, broadcaster and conservationist Sir John Betjeman (1906-84). We also exist to inform and inspire our members and the wider public through the study, awareness and enjoyment of his life, work and influence, both in the United Kingdom and internationally ... We provide an annual programme of events both nationally and regionally and publish an annual journal which provides insights into aspects of Betjeman’s work and places and people he knew. Many of our meetings are held in central London.'

'The Bevan Foundation was founded in 2001 to strengthen public policy after devolution. We took our name from Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, because of a shared commitment to social justice, although the Foundation is firmly non-partisan. Since then we have made a significant contribution to public policy ... We organise a range of webinars, talks, round-tables and training sessions. We aim to be an "ethical events" organiser, encouraging access and being sustainable.'

'Founded in 1892 ... the senior learned society dealing with the study of the book and its history. The objectives of the Society are: * To promote and encourage study and research in the fields of:historical, analytical, descriptive and textual bibliography, the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, bookbinding and collecting; * To hold meetings at which papers are read and discussed ...  Membership is open to all who by profession or private interest are concerned with bibliography.'

'Promotes the future of molecular biosciences; facilitating the sharing of expertise, supporting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology, and raising awareness of their importance in addressing societal grand challenges ... The Biochemical Society provides an extensive range of events, including scientific conferences, training events, outreach activities, medal lectures, and policy and education events.'

'An independent publishing house based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company is built on traditions of the written and spoken word and is constantly looking to the future. Established in 1992, Birlinn Limited publishes books under a number of imprints: Birlinn; Polygon; BC Books; Arena Sport; and John Donald ... The long-standing aim of Birlinn Ltd is to create an inclusive staff team and nurture writers and illustrators who together reflect the diversity and stories of our nation and the audience who will read them. Whilst we sit at the heart of cultural life in Scotland, our authors are known far beyond, and we are proud of what we have achieved together since we started out in 1992.'

Regular talks, conversations, book signings and similar in Blackwell's Bookshops across the UK.

'The free app that lets you access museums, galleries, and cultural spaces around the world anytime, anywhere. Dive in with digital guides, hear from artists, curators, and experts, and get the stories behind the exhibitions.'

'We work tirelessly to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs.'

'The BSBI is for everyone who cares about the wild plants of Britain and Ireland. Since 1836, we've been promoting the study, understanding and enjoyment of British and Irish botany ... BSBI depends on a dedicated network of volunteer County Recorders who co-ordinate botanical survey work and organise local events ... Unless otherwise stated, our non-residential meetings are free to attend and you don't usually need to be a BSBI member, although if there are more applicants than spaces available, we reserve the right to prioritise our members.'

'The BAMS caters for anybody who has an interest in airmails of whatever period on a worldwide basis. All aero subjects are catered for including Air Mail History, Air Letters, Internal and External flights, Individual Airlines, Air Mail stamps, First Flights, Crash Mail, Balloons, Zeppelins, and much much more. As well as Society Meetings in London, we have meetings of 6 Regional Groups.'

'The leading trade association for the fine art, design and antiques community ... The BADA Friends was formed in 1991 to provide a platform for interested members of the public to support the work of BADA’s Cultural and Educational Trust, and to promote learning and expertise in the fine art and antiques trade. All our activities are designed to increase Friends’ knowledge and appreciation of fine art and antiques, through an annual programme of private tours, guided walks and inspirational events.'

'Founded in 1843 for the study of archaeology, art, and architecture, and to promote the preservation of historic monuments and antiquities ... A major strength of the Association is the encouragement of debate across different disciplines: at the monthly lectures held in London from October to May, at the annual four-day medieval conference ... All our lectures welcome professional scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike, and are open to non-members.'

'Creates, supports, educates and informs an inclusive community of healthcare professionals and all parts of society about the principles and practice of compassionate, holistic medicine and health care ... With our events and online forums, we bring together a community of like-minded people to share thoughts, ideas and introduce new possibilities. Our national database of members includes medical practitioners, allied health professionals, academics, carers, civil servants and decision-makers, charities and community groups, complementary practitioners and the public.'

'We are the national organisation devoted to the fascinating and diverse topic of local history. As a member of BALH you will be not only become a part of a large group of enthusiastic historians but will receive our publications and discounts on books and events. Society members gain access to our dedicated insurance scheme and the support of being part of an umbrella organisation. Societies also receive help and support from our experts and a vehicle to promote themselves and their events.'

'The national organisation which represents numismatic societies throughout the United Kingdom. It exists to promote the study of numismatics by bringing these societies and their members together to share and increase their interest and expertise in coins, tokens and currency ... BANS holds an annual weekend congress, organised by the local numismatic society, in a different attractive place each year ... BANS sponsors one of the talks at the annual weekend congress, the Marion Archibald Memorial Lecture ... BANS runs an annual autumn lecture course, with a more specifically educational programme. As at the congresses, the lectures are given by the leading museum, trade and amateur experts.'

'Has been a driving force in amateur astronomy for over 125 years and is today recognised as one of the world’s leading amateur groups ... Since the beginning the BAA has encouraged amateurs to make scientifically valuable observations, often in collaboration with professional colleagues.' Among the benefits of Membership are: * Opportunity to attend many meetings throughout the year, including two weekend long events; * Access to online videos of past meetings with talks by leading experts.

'Set up in 1874 to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. It is the UK's leading organisation representing beekeepers ... There are over 270 area associations and branches who serve their local community with support and education. The majority offer beekeeping experiences and training courses, support local events and sell honey.'

'The Society, founded in 1972, promotes the study and recording of all aspects of the archaeology and history of bricks, brickmaking and brickwork ... Members of the Society are drawn from many backgrounds, including geologists, archaeologists, teachers, artists, historians, brickmakers, bricklayers, architects and engineers. Some have a professional interest in a particular aspect of the subject, while for others membership is an extension of a general interest or hobby. All share a fascination for the history of the manufacture and use of bricks.'

'Our membership includes people with wide-ranging interests and button collectors in many fields. These include military, livery, hunt, sporting, police, yacht clubs, golf clubs, shipping and transport buttons ... Our dress button enthusiasts includes members who collect satsumas, mother of pearl, vegetable ivory, enamels, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, silver, glass, cut steel, horn, Dorset, paste, Bimini, Celluloid, Bakelite and flora, fauna and other picture buttons ... There is a wealth of history around buttons and their manufacture. As a member you can attend meetings both local and national, take the opportunity to talk to fellow collectors and exchange ideas and information and receive our magazine.'

'The principal objectives of the BCSS are to promote the study, conservation, propagation and cultivation of cacti and other succulent plants ... With over 70 branches throughout the UK meeting monthly you will have the opportunity to meet other enthusiasts and to learn more about growing these amazing plants.'

'Exists to promote the cultivation and preservation of clematis. In particular, we aim to encourage all gardeners to grow and enjoy clematis - with the emphasis being on enjoy !'

'The BCMH is the British branch of the International Commission for Maritime History, which was founded in 1965 as a constituent of the International Congress of Historical Sciences, a body affiliated to UNESCO ... The objectives of the ICMH are to encourage and co-ordinate research by maritime historians in a spirit of international understanding. National Commissions were set up in several countries, and the British Commission (BCMH) was one of the first ... The main series of lectures that the BCMH holds annually are the King's Seminars from October to May. Normally, these lectures are all held in King's College London except for the Proctor Memorial Lecture in October which is held at Lloyd's Register. All lectures are open to everyone and free to attend.'

'The British Society of Dowsers is the UK’s national organisation for dowsers and dowsing. Formed in 1933, it is the second-oldest dowsing society in the world. The BSD exists to encourage the study and knowledge of dowsing in all its forms amongst members and the public. Membership of the Society is open to anyone interested in dowsing, regardless of ability. Dowsing can be used in health and well-being, home and garden, for water divining, archaeological searches, earth mysteries including energy lines and much, much more. It’s a great tool for enhancing your intuition and decision-making abilities ... Affiliated Local Groups are separate and independent of The British Society of Dowsers. Some groups specialise in certain areas of dowsing, others are general interest. Each group is run by volunteers who set their own programmes.'

'The oldest ecological society in the world ... We were established in 1913 and we have been fostering the science of ecology ever since. We have 6,000 members around the world and bring people together across regional, national and global scales to advance ecological science. Membership is open to anyone, anywhere ... We organise a number of diverse, innovative events throughout the year. Our Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to network with and present your research to 1,200 delegates from around the world; you can also hear the latest ecological science, develop skills with our careers programme and enjoy a social programme that is all within an inclusive, friendly environment.'

'BES was set up in 1990 to further British Egyptian relations outside politics. We hold regular public meetings, lectures, debates and events in the UK in support of this aim and we often contribute grants in support of Egyptian scholars of Egyptian museum specialists and conservators on attachment to the British Museum. Our mission is to exchange ideas and knowledge, and to improve understanding, of the history, culture, arts, music, literature, religions, beliefs and practices of Egypt.'

'The Society was formed in 1938 with the object of furthering interest in cultivation of the fuchsia.'

'A world-leading geological survey and global geoscience organisation, focused on public-good science for government and research to understand earth and environmental processes ... We offer a variety of services and products for the general public, available online and in our on-site shops.'

'Horology courses for clock and watch making are our passion. Since 1858, the British Horological Institute has been training horologists in clock and watch repair and creation, and supporting the horological industry. Whether you’re a complete beginner looking for an initial taster day or a professional seeking accreditation and further development, we have the clock or watch making course for you ... BHI Branches are entirely autonomous. They are set up "by the members for the members", invariably rely for their existence on the energy and commitment of a few committed volunteers. If you are lucky enough to live within travelling distance of a vibrant BHI branch you should try sampling one of their events. You will always find a warm welcome.'

'Th UK’s only institution dedicated to advancing research and public education on Iraq in all areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences ... BISI has supported academic excellence and understanding of Iraq: funding projects, publishing vital research, organising conferences and public lectures, and re-training Iraq’s scholars and cultural heritage professionals.'

'We are devoted to initiating, promoting and disseminating new concepts and technical information about space flight and astronautics ... Founded in 1933, the British Interplanetary Society is the world’s longest established organisation devoted solely to supporting and promoting the exploration of space and astronautics.'

'Founded in 1922 to promote the cultivation of Irises ... The BIS has close links with specialist and geographical groups. The specialist groups focus their activities on particular branches of the iris family and the geographical groups have members with a wide range of interests. The groups typically have an annual programme of meetings and events which will include lectures, shows and garden visits.'

'We are the national library of the United Kingdom and give access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. We provide information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities ... The inherent cultural and artistic value of the Library’s collections is beyond price. Our challenge over the coming years however, is to help even more people discover and enjoy our exhibition and events programme, and to be even more creative and diverse in the range of artistic experiences we commission and co-create. We want the Library to be a hub of ideas, debate, discussion, dialogue and experimentation. We also want to expand and improve our galleries and share our collections with wider audiences.'

'Exists to promote the study and understanding of British Numismatics. The Society was founded in 1903 with only three members but today has over 500, with interests which embrace all forms of coinage, tokens, banknotes and medals relating to the British Isles and former parts of the British Empire. Members of the society include academics, students, collectors and enthusiasts. The society prides itself on being open and welcoming to all. The society promotes the understanding of numismatics through holding regular lectures and meetings as well as producing a number of publications.'

'Brings together amateurs, commercial growers and the scientific community in a single forum. Membership currently comprises the fifty or so British Orchid Societies, the British Orchid Growers' Association, National Botanic Gardens maintaining significant orchid collections at Kew and Glasgow, the Eric Young Orchid Foundation in Jersey and the Royal Horticultural Society, with its major collection at Wisley.'

'The BPSA is the UK organisation associated with the study of the nature and values of human movement, including the ethics and the unique values of games, play, and sport.' Speakers in the BPSA Work-In-Progress Seminar Series 'include leading figures in the philosophy of sport community addressing fundamental and applied philosophical issues in sport'.

'The British Psychological Society is a registered charity which acts as the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and application of the discipline. As a Society we support and enhance the development and application of psychology for the greater public good, setting high standards for research, education, and knowledge, and disseminating our knowledge to increase public awareness.'

'We believe that the rich body of knowledge contained in the psychoanalytic and Jungian traditions, when combined with scientific advances in our understanding of the human mind and development, provides the most rigorous possible basis for psychotherapy. It also provides a powerful and distinctive perspective on many issues that we face: questions of mental wellbeing, health and social policy, issues around sexuality and gender, how we make sense of contemporary media and culture are just some examples. Our overarching aim then is to make the benefits of this type of therapy available to as many people who need it as possible, as well as to acquaint as many people as possible with this extraordinary body of ideas. We believe that in pursuing this goal we can help change people’s lives for the better ... We will also work to ensure that our events programme deals with the range of contemporary issues that people face. We are also making sure that we take full advantage of all the technological platforms that can make teaching and learning, and engaging with the public more accessible wherever they live.'

Founded 1831: 'The science sector has many structural and system-wide barriers that it’s time to remove. We’re working with business leaders, policy makers, scientists, community leaders, teachers, and many others to say goodbye to the old stereotypes of who a scientist "should be". With their help, we’re bringing more voices into the conversation, to help more people see science (in all its forms) as a relevant part of their lives'.

Also indexedBritish Science Week

Our Aims  'To encourage and promote interest and study of the Middle Eastern cultural region from the end of classical antiquity to the present day in particular but not exclusively through the dissemination of information and by the encouragement of co-operation amongst persons concerned with the scholarly study of the region ... We offer funding and prizes to support and recognize the best research, to which all BRISMES members are eligible to apply. We also organise public annual lectures and the BRISMES Annual Conference, which draws participants from all over the world and attracts the latest research on all aspects of Middle East Studies in Britain and beyond.'

'The BSHM is a friendly, welcoming society and is open to all with an interest in the history of mathematics. The membership of the BSHM includes people from many backgrounds: researchers, teachers from primary level to university, students of the history of mathematics or science, and those who have a general interest in cultural history.'

'During the past 60 years, criminology has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing disciplines. Today, it stands on clear commitments to methodological rigor, interdisciplinary theory and concepts of rights and justice. The British Society of Criminology continues as a meeting point for a growing network of supporters committed to critical dialogue within our multi-faceted and diverse discipline ... The BSC attracts criminologists from the four nations of the UK and across the globe. Regional groups and specialist networks means that there is always something going on and this helps to secure the dynamic future of the discipline.'

'Since 1921 we have offered a forum for all lovers of stained glass. We promote the highest standards of design, craft and creativity in stained glass. Our mission is to be the foremost authority on contemporary and historic stained glass in Britain ... The Society has been running lectures and events to encourage high standards in the art and craft of glass painting since its inception a hundred years ago. They form a key aspect of our education brief as well as offering networking opportunities for practitioners, historians, collectors and enthusiasts. We offer three lectures a year, a touring conference, regional walk and talks and occasional themed conferences and exhibitions.'

'We are a friendly national association for stamp collectors, philatelists and postcard collectors who like to collect "thematically", that is following a chosen theme (e.g. ships, birds, medicinal plants) or relating a story (e.g. the development of the bicycle or the history of flight) ... Our aim is to give support to those wishing to embark on or expand a theme-based collection, whether it consists purely of stamps or postcards, or includes a wide range of additional material including postal history, postmarks and ephemera.'

'The aims of BUSS are:  * To promote the advancement and dissemination of the religious philosophy of Spiritism according to Allan Kardec’s Spiritist Codification; * Planning and implementing activities with the aim of integrating and unifying Spiritist Institutions in the UK; * Promoting charitable works and doing all such other things incidental to the attainment of said objectives. BUSS acts as an umbrella organisation for 17 Spiritist Centres in the UK. It organises seminars, conferences, training courses and gatherings.'

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