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Category Historic Houses

'Discover A la Ronde's interesting history, admire its beautiful interior decoration and find out about its interesting legacy on a pre-booked visit. Knowledgable guides are on hand to tell you its many secrets and stories as you explore the unusual sixteen-sided home of the Parminter cousins.'

Category Local Heritage

'Aims to increase knowledge of the Abbey of Cwmhir in Radnorshire, Powys, Wales where Llywelyn our Last Prince is believed to be buried ... Talks, leaflets, booklets, field trips and other activities, which are open to the public as well as members, to explore the history of Central Wales ... All public lectures will also be recorded and made available on the Web Site.'

'We have been in existence since about 1866, which makes us one of the oldest societies in the country ... One of our main attractions is our monthly Social evenings (and 2 very popular quiz nights). Guest speakers present garden related topics and everyone is welcome to these social evenings. They run from September to May.'

'Objectives are to encourage interest in the recent and distant past history of the area, particularly the landscape, buildings and, of course, the people ... The main activities are a series of illustrated winter lectures, on topics of historical interest, held usually on the last Monday of each month.'

'Exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North-East corner of Scotland. This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire ... Regular meetings are held throughout the year, covering many topics of interest to family historians.'

Museum from Home 'We care for Aberdeen's Nationally-Recognised collections of art and history on behalf of the people of Aberdeen. Every object tells a story, and we want to share some of them with you - through music, personal insights, strange connections, conversations and more. With contributions from experts, enthusiasts, musicians, school children and other Aberdonians. Why not discover a new way to enjoy our collections and venues today?  ... We are part of Aberdeen City Council’s Place: City Growth Team and through our collections, buildings, exhibitions and events we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of everyone who lives, works, studies and visits our city. Our colletions are recognised by UNESCO and the Scottish Government as nationally and internationally important. The historical records of Aberdeenshire Council are also preserved and managed by the Team.'

'The Society meets monthly (second Tuesday of the month) from September to May ... where a talk/presentation is normally given by either a guest speaker or a society member.

'Members of the Society have are wide and varied collecting interests, which include both stamps and postal history. Some members interests are of a general type, whilst others are highly specialised. All are equally welcome. In addition, some of our members have competed successfully at National level ... Meetings are held on Thursday evening at 7.30pm, twice monthly, from September to April.'

Category Europe

'Established in its current form in 1980 for people with a love and interest in Greece or Cyprus: whether this be in Ancient, Byzantine or Modern Greece, in literature, life or the people, the Society exists to support and develop that interest ... It runs an annual programme of events from October to June ... Meetings, in the form of illustrated talks,normally take place on a monthly basis.'

Category Rail Transport

Incorporating The Breconshire Railway Society: 'The Society was established in November 1970 by, among others, Huw Phillips, John Beardsmore and Harry Rawlins, with some of the original founder members still active in the Society today. About half the members worked in the railways or heavy industry in South Wales, with the others from a wide variety of backgrounds. In the early days there were around 40-50 members and today membership stands at around 70, all united in an enthusiasm for steam railway traction ... The Society provides members with a forum for monthly meetings and the quarterly Society magazine The Coal Tank, both of which are of a high standard and worth trying for yourself'.

'AAS holds monthly meetings, often with guest speakers ... All guests are welcome! No knowledge necessary, just a curious mind.'

'Abergavenny Camera Club is made up of a group of photography enthusiasts who meet every other Monday ... where events from the programme happen throughout the year. Our ethos is to have fun and learn in a friendly, social environment ... We deliberately cater for all skills and interests and keep a relaxed and open style. While we run and join in with various other competitions, we focus first on learning and enjoying the pleasures of photography.'

'We usually meet at The Borough Theatre ... Visitors to the area can attend any lecture at the Theatre. If you come more than once, please take out membership.'

'Founded in 1947 and promotes interest in the history of Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perthshire. The Society organises public lectures in Dundee and elsewhere in the Abertay area on a variety of historical topics, as well as occasional special events including guided tours and conferences. We also support the work of other local heritage organisations.'

'Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University and part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Aberystwyth Arts Centre is recognised as a Regional Arts Centre by the Arts Council of Wales.'

'Founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region ... The Society organises monthly lectures by acknowledged authorities on topics related to history and archaeology and to those of Abingdon in particular. There is also, during each summer, a programme of visits to sites of particular significance ...  The Local History Group provides a forum and meeting point for members with a particular interest in the local history of Abingdon and its region.' The Lambrick Lecture is an Annual Lecture for the Society held in memory of Gabrielle Lambrick.

'The Society organises a varied programme of meetings and observing evenings throughout most of the year and tries to cater for all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to experienced astronomers. Our closeness to both the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Oxfordshire’s “Space Centre”) and to the University of Oxford ensures a steady stream of high-quality lectures.'

'We have a published programme of events featuring a range of activities to give variety and interest to members, whatever stage or level of skill they are at. These include evenings when members or guest speakers show and talk about their pictures ...'

'The Abingdon Museum Friends ... work with Abingdon County Hall Museum as a focal point for Abingdon’s residents and interested parties. Abingdon County Hall, completed in 1682, dominates the centre of this ancient town, once the county town of Berkshire. Its principal creator, Christopher Kempster, was one of Sir Christopher Wren’s masons ... The Abingdon Museum Friends raise funds mainly through membership subscriptions, as well as historical talks, quizzes, and events.'

'The objective of the Abingdon Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1885, is to promote the advancement of horticulture generally, and especially among amateur gardeners, by means of talks, demonstrations, shows and otherwise.'

'Sett up in 1967 by wildlife lovers, to give an opportunity to learn about the natural world around us, promote conservation, and - just as important - to get out and see it in the company of experts and friends. Butterflies, bats, fowl, flora, fungi: all on the agenda ... We welcome new members, and non-members are welcome at our events.'

‘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.'

'A group of friendly and enthusiastic photographers pursuing all aspects of image capture. We welcome all levels of photographers, from complete beginners to advanced workers, and have a wide range of experiences which we willingly share. We produce all styles of images, from 'record' (e.g. images of buildings) through to "salon" style digital manipulated work, in both mono and colour, utilising many types of cameras from compacts up to professional DSLRs.'

Normally, 'the Society meets at 2.00pm for 2.15pm in the community room at Acocks Green Library on the second Tuesday in the month from September to May'.

'Acton is now a suburb of West London about 5 miles from the centre, and well within the built-up area, but for the greater part of it's history, consisted of only a small cluster of houses around the medieval Church of St. Mary's, providing refreshment for travellers on the road from London to Oxford; together with a smaller farming community at East Acton and a number of scattered farm dwellings.'  Normally, the History Group 'meets at 7.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September until March in St Mary's Church Hall'.

Normally, 'the Society currently meets twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays ... The first meeting, called a Club Night, takes place on the first Wednesday in the month and generally consists of a presentation by an external speaker ...'.

'We bring together those interested in local history and archaeology and to encourage research in Addlestone, New Haw, Ottershaw, Row Town, Weybridge and Woodham areas. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding August) ... with speakers covering a variety of topics.'

'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.'

'There are a broad range of professional and amateur speakers that visit our meetings and give informative and thought provoking talks for amateur astronomers of every experience and interest.'

Category Africa

'We plan to champion the African thought leadership through talks, debates, conferences and broadcasts from a wide range of sectors including health, environment, technology, culture, politics and business. We want to be a hub for exchanging and developing ideas, and providing a distinctly African perspective on the world.'

Category Africa

'Apart from hosting and working with regional study groups and running frequent workshops and conferences to disseminate research findings and publicise topical issues, the Centre runs a weekly seminar on Thursdays where scholars and postdoctoral researchers in Oxford and from different parts of the world present their work. The Centre also regularly hosts prominent African statesmen, leaders, entrepreneurs, social activists, intellectuals, thinkers, scholars, writers, artistes, and others who are interested in Africa and African affairs.'

'Agile Rabbit puts on events about issues that matter: ideas, culture, global affairs, and the natural and scientific world. They are an opportunity to be in the room with some of the greatest minds in the world—and have a conversation. Agile Rabbit’s key theme is that cutting edge thinking can be at the centre of everyday life. There is an informal atmosphere at events, with discussion between the audience and the people who speak. Whether you agree with them or not, your opinion is heard ... We are pleased to be in partnership with the University of Exeter.

Category Central Scotland

Member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Grouping

Category Highland

Member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Grouping

Member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Grouping

Category Central Scotland

Member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Grouping

Category Dundee

Member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Grouping

'Our weekly Friday night meetings are a great opportunity to meet like minded people with an interest in astronomy and spaceflight. Enjoy the weekly space news and a range of guest speakers who are experts in their subjects.'

'Aireborough Camera Club has an interesting and varied programme throughout the year, including visiting lecturers, members evening, competitions and practical sessions. Members whether beginners or more experienced share an enthusiastic exchange of ideas and expertise and encourage one another to develop their photographic skills.'

'The Society was founded in 1957 to record and preserve the history of Aireborough, which consists of:- Yeadon; Guiseley; Rawdon; Carlton; Hawksworth; Esholt; High Royds - Hospital ... The Society holds monthly (usually 2nd Thursday) speaker events on a variety of topics.'

'Founded in 1980 the group is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. In 2019 Wharfedale FHG merged with the Keighley and District FHS.'

Category Keighley

Member of the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'We are a group of family history enthusiasts based near the East Suffolk coast, midway between Felixstowe and Lowestoft ... which includes the towns of Aldeburgh, Leiston, Saxmundham, Framlingham and Orford. However, we are the only family-history group within quite a large part of Suffolk ... We offer our members a range of services, including monthly talks on a diverse range of topics, assistance with their personal research, access to a growing collection of archive material and an informative quarterly newsletter.'

'The Society is concerned with the local history of the area covered by Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Leiston, Snape, Iken, and Sudbourne ...  We carry out archaeological digs, have a comprehensive series of lectures and expeditions, and an ongoing oral history programme.'

Category Aldeburgh

'The Aldeburgh Literary Festival was started in 2002 by John and Mary James of The Aldeburgh Bookshop. It has featured an extraordinary variety of talks, from the local to the global, the serious to the hilarious, the scientific to the philosophical. The Festival is proud to be located in Aldeburgh at the Jubilee Hall and we are delighted that our audience fills the streets of Aldeburgh with visitors and conversation in a winter weekend. The intimate atmosphere makes it very special. We are also proud that this is a completely independent Literary Festival receiving no grants or sponsorship.' Normally held September.

'Started life as The Aldeburgh Festival Club. It was founded in 1948 , the year of the first Aldeburgh Festival and provided somewhere for Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears - together with the performers and guests, to meet in convivial surroundings ... With the passage of time, the close association with the Aldeburgh Festival diminished and after a number of years of falling membership and lower attendances at events - probably reflecting the changing demographic influences in the town, the Club members in 2014 decided to regenerate the Club and it was formally renamed The Aldeburgh Phoenix Club. Events are now held fortnightly in three different venues ... New members and guests are always made very welcome.'

'We currently have about twenty members ranging from relative beginners to those who are more broadly experienced. The latter are very happy to share their knowledge and, indeed, that is very much the ethos of the Group. We have chosen not to offer serious competitions, preferring to encourage and support rather than compete. If you are interested in photography and like what you have read about us, why not consider coming along as a visitor one evening or joining us as a full member.'

'Founded in 2018 to advance the understanding and sharing of historical information, photos and artefacts about the Aldermaston area. The activities undertaken by the group are: * Maintain the Aldermaston History Online website; * Develop an online archive for members of additional physical material; * Hold meetings to discuss the history of Aldermaston; * Talks on relevant historical topics ...'

'Our Civic Society works for the community, safeguarding our community’s quality of life, and promoting a healthy environment and civic pride in Aldershot. One of the ways we do this is by meeting regularly with local decision makers and stakeholders. Aldershot Civic Society is open to join for all with an interest in Aldershot, and we actively encourage people who live, work, study, and play in Aldershot to get involved in our activities and contribute to our work.'

'Meetings are varied and diverse with competitions, talks from external speakers and members on all manner of subjects such as travel and technique. We also have practical evenings, workshops and outings.'

'APS aims to promote and develop an interest in photography through an interesting and varied programme that includes weekly talks, presentations, and competitions, We also occasionally organise workshops and practical outings. The weekly talks and presentations are led by a mix of members and external speakers from the "photographic world".'

'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 ...'

'The College hosts many lectures and seminars, including those by lecturers appointed by the University and associated with All Souls ... These lectures are open to the public and information about the lectures is posted as soon as it is available.'

Category Europe

'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 not referenced in the AFL List at the time of Review.)

Category York

Member of the Alliance Française de Londres Grouping.

'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.'

'Based in the beautiful Whittingham Vale, the Society acts as a focus for those interested in the local history of North Northumberland, and in particular the Aln & Breamish Valleys. The A&BLHS meets once a month during the autumn and early summer ; 7 lectures in all. Topics range from local speakers giving a fascinating look at the past, and researchers and archaeologists bringing us up to date with the latest projects and discoveries.'

Category Rail Transport

'The principal objective of the Aln Valley Railway Trust is the restoration and operation of the railway between Alnmouth and Alnwick, providing an additional tourist attraction for the area and to enlarge the district's tourism offering. This project also aims to develop the railway corridor as a sustainable transport link as well as a recreational and educational resource for the local community and visitors to the area.'

'Alnwick Wildlife Group is all about enjoying and exploring the wildlife in our bit of Northumbria. In the comfort of a friendly meeting place you can join with other like-minded folk to hear excellent speakers, swap news and share experiences ... Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month from September – May each year.'

'The world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers ... The Alpine Club welcomes applications from all those with an interest in the high mountains. We are predominantly a climbing club, but we also have a strong contingent of members whose interest in the greater ranges is historical, artistic or scientific.'

'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.'

'The programme of events includes speakers, competitions and workshops covering a wide range of photographic topics, equipment and techniques.'

'The Society was formed in 1966 to bring together members of the local community and encourage interest in the History, Literature and Archaeology of Alresford and the surrounding areas. It has been instrumental in recording the area’s history and events ... Many of our members have played a pivotal role in the ongoing social and commercial life of our attractive town.'  The Society holds monthly meetings 'where a balanced programme of talks and presentations takes place in a friendly atmosphere'.

‘Our Also Festival serves up brilliant speakers and their ideas to you in a stylish, relaxed and natural setting.’ Held Early July.

'The UK’s longest running weekly mind body spirit events company and is internationally known as UK's landmark speaking platform for spiritual teachers, alternative thinkers, conscious business leaders and visionary thought provokers.'

'We provide a comprehensive mixed programme of lectures, practicals, competitions and other events.'

'Meetings are usually attended by 50 – 60 members and typically consist of a talk from an invited speaker with an interval for light refreshments providing member with the opportunity to also have a chat.'

A full programme of Field Meetings is held from Spring to Autumn, with a few meetings in the winter as well. These are typically fairly close to Alton and cover a wide range of interests including Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Flowers and Botany, Fungi ... If you are interested in joining then come along to any indoor or outdoor meeting without obligation.'

'We meet on the second Tuesday of each month except August ... The Club has regularly welcomed visiting speakers who have provided varied and interesting philatelic displays, but equally it has included evenings when members could simply chat and exchange material.'

Category Altrincham

'We are a friendly society of around 30 people who meet regularly to talk about and enjoy the night sky. We have several telescopes and other pieces of equipment which can be borrowed by society members for their own use. Throughout the year we meet on the first Friday of each month (except July and August) at 8pm until 10pm ... At these monthly meetings we discuss the society's business and have an event such as a lecture, video, slide show etc.'

'The Society was formed in 1908. A group of 7 men met on the 4th January in a room of the Free Library in Altrincham. The aim was to form a society to promote the knowledge, observation, recording and protection of all forms of nature ...  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with evening walks in summer and illustrated talks in winter. Additional whole day events are organised periodically.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society, also known as AERPS, was formed in 1970 to save some of the MSJ&AR 1931 Altrincham Electric multiple units. It is a focus for local railway interest. AERPS presents, monthly from October to April, a series of lectures on railway and related topics: open to both members and visitors ... From time to time visits to places of railway interest are arranged.'

'Exists to further the study of the Altrincham area and to enable such research to be communicated to the public. Members enjoy a series of talks through the year, with occasional visits, and are encouraged to become active in researching topics related to the history of the area.'

'Arranges talks by experts on local places, historic figures and issues ... There is also a social programme of events and trips throughout the year. Priority is given to members so please join!'

'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.'

'One of the UK's leading organisations for people interested in insects ... The Website lists upcoming events and activities. These listings include events organised by the AES as well as those organised by other groups and societies. In general the events are limited to those related to invertebrates but occasionally events related to more general natural history may be listed.'

'Meets in a spirit of friendship and goodwill to share in all aspects of natural history, geology, the countryside, its scenery, its flora and fauna, its use, its buildings, its history, the activities of its inhabitants, etc. Almost nothing is excluded. Members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings.'

Normally meets 'fortnightly, from September until June. The meetings start at 7.30pm and are usually finished by 9.30pm. Most of the meetings start with any club business followed by a Guest Speaker and takes the form of an illustrated display. We have a half time break to take a closer look at the display and have a chance for a coffee and a chat too'.

'Amersham Museum reopened in summer 2017 after a major refurbishment and expansion. The museum’s medieval hall house is now more clearly visible for visitors to see and enjoy. The new museum displays explore life in the town in 1580, 1775, 1892, 1939 and 1964. Complete your visit with a wander through our wonderful herb garden, which is packed with plants used for medicinal purposes ... We are an independent museum and registered charity, run almost entirely by volunteers. We do not receive funding from local or central government ... The Friends of Amersham Museum  (FOAM) promote, support and assist the museum by raising money through subscriptions, donations and fund raising events. Members benefit from free entry to the museum, preferential rates to talks & lectures, early and private viewings to exhibitions and a calendar of social events.'

'We meet weekly for much of the year for talks, competitions & other photographic subjects.'

'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.'

'Committed to the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles and their natural environment by supporting the development of a network of independent volunteer amphibian and reptile groups ... Each Group works with the species in its locality, and these provide the "grass roots" of native herpetofauna conservation in the UK; undertaking survey and monitoring, practical conservation tasks, public events and outreach and liaising with stakeholders including local planning authorities, land owners, other conservation bodies, and the wider public.'

'Situated in the middle of Bedfordshire, the club was founded in 1986 and welcomes anyone with an interest in photography, film or digital, whatever their level of ability, skill or experience. We have a varied programme of competitions, illustrated presentations by expert photographers, workshops in image manipulation, member participation evenings and field trips.'

'The Society was founded in 1962 to assist the public in the study of archaeology and local history ... Meetings are held every month through the winter with guest speakers covering a wide range of topics, also an annual Celebrity Lunch with a special speaker ... Visitors are very welcome.'

'The Analytical Psychotherapy Training at the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy was founded in 1990. It aims to provide an experience of learning from which its graduates will qualify as competent and responsible practitioners of Analytical Psychotherapy ... The APT-Birmingham Public Lecture Series ... is a series of 5 lectures per year by practitioners of Analytical Psychology/Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. The topics are wide-ranging and reflect the most recent work and concerns of individuals in the wider analytic community.'

Category Antiquity

'AMES was born in 1987 and expanded from the small band of class attendees and local interested people into a national society of around 100 members. The aim of the Society, as stated in its Constitution, was, and still is, to promote and encourage interest in the History, Archaeology and Cultures of the ancient civilisations of the Near East. The new society was unique in the UK in embracing all countries of the Ancient Near East, including Egypt. We believe it is currently unique in this respect ... Benefits of Membership include ... talks by speakers who are acknowledged experts in their fields – at reduced members’ rates.'

‘Founded in 1924 to promote “the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship” ... The AMS organises activities for its members and each of the 3 annual newsletters will inform you about hundreds of events all over the country organised by kindred societies, museums and universities, in which you can participate.’

Category Andover

Member of the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association Grouping

'We are a small society that caters for anyone with an interest in astronomy. We have members of all ages with a range of experience levels from complete beginners to experienced observers. The society has regular meetings that run from September to April each year. We have a varied program to try and cater for everyone and have something for all levels of experience. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.'

Our Society was formed in 1991 by the union of two much older societies - Andover Archaeology Society founded in 1965 and Andover Local History Society founded in 1979. We continue the traditions of those societies, promoting an interest in local history and working to preserve and protect features and items of historic and archaeological interest ... Our annual Dacre Lecture is a public event and is given by an archaeologist or historian of national standing.'

Category America - North

'The Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies is Scotland’s only centre for American Studies. The Centre sponsors the most extensive American Studies lecture and seminar series in Scotland, which is open to academics, students and the general public.'

'If you value the heritage, traditions and natural history of Anglesey, membership of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club will bring you into contact with others who are like-minded, and could even afford an outlet for your abilities ... Activities include eight lectures each year and a programme of visits during the summer.'

'Aims at facilitating international communication by exploring the dynamics of culture and identity, language and identity, group mentalities and communication patterns, but also individual and social factors of speaking a second language, within the context of globalisation.'

'We're keen to promote and support education, exchange knowledge, provide resources for the wider community and be good neighbours. Come along to talks and debates during awareness raising campaigns such as Black History Month. Participate in events during "ARU Discover" – where academics share research, "Be Inspired" – where graduates share their achievements, Inaugural lectures and much more ...'

Category Christianity

'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.'

Category Swindon

Member of the Alliance Française de Londres Grouping.

Category Europe

'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.'

Category Europe

'Founded in the aftermath of the 1912-13 Balkan Wars in order to counter anti-Greek propaganda in the United Kingdom. Dedicated to promoting Anglo-Greek understanding and friendship, the League has a long history of charitable and cultural work.'

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.'

Category Angus

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

Established 2000: 'In general terms, Anomalistic Psychology attempts to explain paranormal and related beliefs, and ostensibly paranormal experiences in terms of known or knowable psychological and physical factors'.

Category Arts and Crafts

'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.'

'Appledore Book Festival is a charity founded in 2006 by Nick Arnold, author of Horrible Science, in a bid to raise money to save Appledore Library. His campaign brought our community together and saved the library, which is still at the heart of our village. Today, the Appledore Book Festival continues to thrive and has become one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers and artistes. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, our Festival is a unique experience.'  Normally held September.

Category Middle East

'A cultural organisation which works to further understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom. We organise and promote cultural and artistic events, and host a community of like-minded resident organisations at our central London premises.'

'Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) runs exciting heritage projects for people across the Highlands. Our courses are welcoming and open to all, and our experienced tutors make sure that everyone can get involved no matter what level of archaeological knowledge and ability they have.' The ARCH Website describes ARCH courses and projects as well as Events run by ARCH and other groups throughout the Highlands.

Category County Durham

'The Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland was founded in 1861 and has, since that time, pursued an active programme of lectures, field trips and publication. Based in Durham, but with interests throughout the region, it aims to provide an opportunity for all those interested in archaeology and architectural history to find out more, visit places of interest and experience hands on activities. There are monthly meetings from September to June, with public lectures covering areas of local, regional and international interest. Most lectures take place in Durham, but the AGM in May is generally held elsewhere in the region and is combined with a trip to a site of particular interest to the Society.'

'The broad cultural agenda of the Architectural Association (AA) is structured around three primary initiatives: a long-standing and world-renowned programme of talks and symposia; a curated programme of exhibitions; and a series of Open Seminars and Open Juries that enable the public to participate in the academic research being conducted throughout the school. These three strands, together with a host of special projects, constitute the Public Programme; a free and accessible series of events dedicated to advancing global architectural discourse. All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.'

'Dedicated to the protection, preservation, study and appreciation of Scotland’s historic buildings ... We have around 1000 members throughout Scotland and beyond, with six regional groups organising local activities and carrying out casework. We are supported by a fantastic network of volunteers without whom we could not operate.'

'Supported by leading museums, galleries, cultural organisations, architecture schools and independent event organisers, The Architecture Diary provides comprehensive listings of the latest exhibitions and installations, talks and conferences, film screenings and tours, and much more. Discover all the events taking place in your own city, as well as the unique digital offerings from across from our expanding network of world cities ...'

'The Architecture Foundation leads the conversation on the development of London and contributes to a global discourse about the architect’s changing role and responsibilities.  We pursue this mission through the delivery of an accessible public programme that makes space for emerging architects, groups historically underrepresented in the profession, and representatives of a wide range of related disciplines.  Exploring the architect’s capacity to combat climate change and systemic social inequalities represent central concerns of the programme ... We host debates, make films, commission critical writing, curate exhibitions, publish books and engage industry figures with the aim of improving the quality of the discourse around London’s built environment.'

'The independent voice for archives in our capital city. Archives for London (AfL) brings together everyone interested in archives in or about London – users, practitioners and enthusiasts. Through the passion, experience and expertise of our members and guests we help people get more out of the documents, photographs and films that make up our capital’s rich archival heritage ... We welcome everyone who is passionate about London’s archives. AfL members include family and local historians, professional and amateur researchers, academics and students and anyone working with archives such as archivists, conservators, local history librarians and records managers ... Archives for London helps members get more out of London’s archives through an exclusive programme of seminars, our annual conference and other events.'

'Becoming a member of the Club is easy: come along to one of the meetings and introduce yourself to one of the Committee members. Alternatively you can contact the club by e-mail to make arrangement to visit the club. You are welcome to come along for a few evenings, with no obligation of joining, to sample our activities ... Our meetings are every Friday at 7.45pm, September to May and our informal Wednesday Night meetings at 7.30pm.'

‘On April 19th 1880 at 17 Bloomsbury Square a group of five men met to discuss the establishment of a new student organisation for the serious discussion of philosophy. Far from a gathering of professional academic philosophers, the group included a British Socialist activist, a Shakespeare scholar and importantly a young chemist – Dr. Alfred Senier – whose original idea it had been, along with some of his students, to set up a philosophical society ... Since its foundation, The Society has provided, and continues to provide, a welcoming forum for philosophers and non-philosophers alike to listen to high quality talks and to engage in philosophical discussion.'

'The Armitstead Trustees seek to continue the aims of Baron Armitstead, who wished to improve the breadth and depth of knowledge of the people who live in, what is now termed, Tayside. He devised his series of Armitstead Illustrated Lectures to meet this end and to entertain those who attended the series also. The Trustees offer a programme of lectures each autumn in Dundee to carry on the tradition initiated by Baron Armitstead.'

'We aim to encourage and support an interest in the history of the Arnold area, including Daybrook, Red Hill & Woodthorpe. The group conserves and archives material of local interest ... We host an annual series of lectures on topics of local historical interest, attracting eminent speakers to our group's meetings.'

'Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts located on the harbourside in the heart of the city ... Arnolfini programmes and hosts a range of talks, lectures, courses and events.'

Category Bristol

Member of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends Grouping

Category Christianity

'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.'

Art History Talks, Tours and Travel   'Small, friendly, informative, inexpensive and innovative ways of delivering cultural events. We pride ourselves in our creative ways of offering access to cultural heritage, delivering audience engagement and participation for diverse communities, and offering the opportunity to look at some well known and much loved collections with fresh eyes and updated knowledge.'

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 ...'

'Arundel Museum’s collection include clothing, photographs, documents, artworks and objects found locally and donated from businesses in and around the town. Our treasures date from the first inhabitants of the surrounding area, through Roman occupation, Medieval religious buildings, a "Piece of Eight" and Tudor coins, railway and Port of Arundel artefacts ... Arundel Museum is run by a board of trustees. Their work is supported by over 100 dedicated volunteers, without whom the Museum could not operate.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Entertaining local residents and visitors to the town. We attract big names from the world or art, science, literature, music, drama and comedy.'  Normally held June.

'Has been welcoming and encouraging local photographers of all ages and abilities continuously since 1967 ... The Club aims to provide an environment where everyone can enjoy exploring their photography, share experiences, receive constructive advice and feedback and enjoy the company of like minded others, from all walks of life. The club has a buoyant membership and is always pleased to welcome new members ... In winter, activities are indoors for a series of talks, demonstrations and practical evenings, always with a view to improving skills and gaining fresh insights and inspiration.'

Category Mansfield

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

'A small friendly club with regular display nights, talks and auctions. Come along and join us for one of our meetings. Visitors and new members always welcome.'

Our meetings are open to everyone and are free to attend for members ... We start meetings with an update on what is new. This is a section where we talk about the latest  happenings, be it space missions, new discoveries or fascinating facts, or upcoming club events and news ... We always have a Talk and it could be about anything at all. We cover everything from hands on workshops, talks about stars and planets, radio astronomy, the history of astronomy, looking for life on other worlds or the end of the world as we know it as we get hit by fiery asteroids! We aim for an hour or so, to allow time for questions.'

'Ashford (Middlesex) Camera Club is a friendly club for the enjoyment of photography and digital imaging. Membership is at all levels, from beginners to advanced ... Anyone with an interest in photography, perhaps just learning to master a camera or manipulate images for the first time, may find interesting meetings and friendly advice.'

'We meet every Thursday evening at 7.15PM for a 7.45PM start, from early September until mid May ... We have a diverse membership, working in traditional darkroom print and digital media ... Our programme comprises a mixture of talks by top photographers and a variety of competitions. We welcome new members.'

'The Ashmolean is first and foremost a University museum. We are committed to making our collections and expertise accessible for academic engagement at Oxford and in partnership with universities worldwide. The Museum is a world-class resource to enrich all kinds of intellectual enquiry, and our curators' scholarship contributes to teaching throughout the Oxford curriculum.'

Category Asia

'Non-profit organisation which exists to promote a greater understanding of Asia through the sharing of knowledge. We run regular events with global leaders from across Asia, with the aim of stimulating curiosity and fostering an environment to promote the exchange of knowledge.'

Category Asia

'An independent think tank and advisory service. We work with companies and governments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, facilitating high-level dialogue, providing business and market intelligence, and driving commercial outcomes ... As part of our efforts to drive political, economic and commercial engagement between Asia and Europe, Asia House routinely welcomes world leaders and senior decision makers from governments and businesses to brief our network and participate in public events.'

'Showcasing superb writing talent from all over the island of Ireland ... Bring people together to enjoy lively discussion, new perspectives and to soak up the intimate atmosphere the Festival is renowned for.' Normally held September.

‘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.’

Category Across the UK

'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.'

'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.'

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.'

Category Wales (EXPLORE)

'The Association was formed in 1981 as a grouping of the Family History Societies which then existed within Wales ... All the properly constituted Family History Societies in Wales are members of the Association.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'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.'

'A collection of local societies from throughout Scotland whose aim is to further the study of Stamps, Postcards and Postal History. ASPS is formed by each society nominating a delegate who attends up to 3 meetings per year on their society's behalf.'

'Highlights what is going on with stamps, postal history and postcard collecting in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. Our 24 affiliated societies offer a wide range of speakers and events covering all aspects of these hobbies and all levels of collecting. Whether you are a beginner, traditional or specialist collector, there is a club near you where you will find a warm welcome from fellow enthusiasts.'

'Founded in 1972 out of the amalgamation of two predominant photographic societies of North Birmingham ... Today, Aston and Erdington Photographic Society meets on Monday evenings during school term time ... The evening is split into two sessions with a break for tea, coffee, a biscuit and a chat (refreshments are included within the door admission charge). There are lectures by guest visitors who bring along their work to display and talk about.'

'The Society was formed in 1994 and covers the area of the Parish of Aston Cantlow, including the villages of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote, together with the hamlets of Little Alne, Newnham and Shelfield. The main object is the promotion of interest in community, local and general history, through talks, meetings, outings, and by participating in history based events.'

'Hosts wide and varied events, intending to build upon a history of collaboration between academic researchers, professionals and society. Events range from weekly "topic-specific seminars", through to an annual conference, with the key aim to improve the delivery of justice through the analysis of language. Our events are free and open to the public unless specified otherwise.'

'Public engagement is a vital part of effective Knowledge Exchange, and we make sure to involve the public at every possible stage. We approach individuals and communities to encourage participation in planning new research, inviting them to contribute to science and even co-produce projects where possible. Sharing the impact that our research has on the everyday lives of people is a vital part of what makes research at Aston stand out from the crowd, and we do this through digital events, case studies, face-to-face talks, seminars, roadshows and much more.'

'The Astor Community Theatre is located in the seaside town of Deal on the East Kent coast; close to Canterbury, Dover and Sandwich. Today, The Astor is a unique, multi-purpose arts centre offering an eclectic mix of music, theatre, literary events, art exhibitions and films, as well as a range of classes and workshops which cater to all ages and tastes.'

'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 Astronomical Society of Edinburgh (ASE) has been holding meetings in Edinburgh to inform members and the general public about astronomy since 1924 ... Anyone interested in astronomy is eligible for membership. There are no entry requirements and we try to have some of our meetings suitable for beginners to astronomy. Our meetings are normally open to non-members so please feel free to come to a meeting or two before deciding if you want to join us as a member. While we are predominantly a local Edinburgh society, we do have members from all over the UK and the world.'

'The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is the largest Astronomical Society in Scotland, and is dedicated to promoting an interest in Astronomy. The Society has been promoting Astronomy in Glasgow for over 100 years.  Membership of the Society is open to all; and anyone, even with the vaguest interests in Astronomy, is welcome to find out what the Society is about ... The Society holds nine regular monthly lecture meetings from September through to May each year ... The Society is also involved in a number of outreach events, bringing Astronomy to the people of Glasgow and further afield. At these events we provide a number of telescopes and the knowledge of the members to assist the public to look through them to see the craters on the moon, planets and distant stars. If the skies aren't clear on a particular evening, then we will share our knowledge with presentations and talks on various astronomy topics.'

'A progressive photography society and one of the largest camera clubs in the Wigan, Leigh and surrounding area. We are part of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union. We are a group of enthusiastic amateur photographers involved in all aspects of photography – digital, film, black and white, colour, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, you name it ...  We’re a very friendly photography club and we actively welcome visitors and new members. ADAPS is fully inclusive, run by the members for the members. We hold events all year round for photographers of all skill levels, from complete beginners to competition winners. If you like taking photographs, want to learn and improve your skills, and have a lot of fun doing it, come and join us.'

Normally, 'monthly speakers meetings are held 3rd Thursday at 7:30pm in the Scout and Guide Hall, Cheshire Street, Audlem'.

Category Europe

'Promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria by organising events and supporting artists and projects in the fields of music, performing arts, visual arts, literature, film and science. We provide a venue in central London for recitals, lectures, readings, film screenings, conferences and exhibitions, while also cooperating with various partners throughout the UK.'

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