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Member of the Photographic Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

'Welcome to 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester.  For over 150 years, this house has been associated with its most famous resident: the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived here from 1850 to 1865 ... The House, now a Grade II* listed property, was built between 1835-1841 on the outer edge of the growing city.  It was built as part of a new suburban development planned by Richard Lane and is a rare example of the elegant Regency-style villas once popular in Manchester.' Offer a range of talks,  conversations, courses, etc, on subjects related to Elizabeth Gaskell.

'Exploring key aspects of British and international history to draw new lessons for the modern world. Our expertise covers identity, belief, conflict, leisure and more ... A big part of work is helping communities to understand and engage with their histories. Our public engagement work is led by the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, which builds strong links between our researchers and the city, the region and the wider world.'

'We are inspired by Martin Luther King’s vision of equality, justice and peace and seek to be a small part of making that dream, and the dreams of our students and faith communities, a reality in our world. In keeping with that vision of working together for the good of all, we have a strong tradition of colleges for ministry training working together, sharing academic programmes, worship and life together, and this continues to this day.'

Member of the Photographic Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

'The oldest and largest Egyptology society in the UK ... MAES organises an annual lecture programme for members and non-members alike. Usually held on the second Monday of each month, most lectures are given by well-known Egyptologists from the UK and overseas.'

'The Society was founded in 1892 as the North-Western Branch of the British Astronomical Association. We became independent in 1903 and are one of the oldest astronomical societies in the country. We aim to encourage the study of astronomy for both the newcomer and the seasoned observer alike ... On the third Thursday of the month, from October to March, a FREE public lecture is held at a venue in the centre of Manchester ... commencing at 19:30. Non-members are most welcome. The prestigious Kopal Lecture is given annually by an academic from The University of Manchester in honour of an old friend, the late Emeritus Professor Zdenek Kopal, Manchester's first Professor of Astronomy.'

'The Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, formally the Manchester Centre for Regional History (MCRH), established in 1998, is the leading centre in the North West for urban and regional history, with an impressive track record of public-facing and collaborative research projects ... The Centre’s experts provide consultancy to museums, media organisations, local authorities and community groups, as well as national and international partners in evaluating heritage projects. Our strengths in community histories and oral history-based research bridge the gap between academic history and the public, encouraging people to join in a process of co-production whereby they are engaged producing history as well as consuming it.'

Also indexedManchester Centre for Regional History

Founded 1884: 'The aims of the Society are to encourage and publish geographical research on or relevant to the north west of England and to further the pursuit of geographical knowledge ... The Society normally presents 18 free lectures open to the public on a variety of geographical topics in the autumn and spring'.

Member of the Local History Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

'We bring together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks ... We work widely within communities around Manchester with My Festival, MIF’s creative community. My Festival is a diverse network of creative people who are forging closer connections with MIF – taking part in public projects, connecting the Festival to their communities, and joining our programmes of training activities, workshops and other special events.' MIF itself normally held during July.

'Across the calendar year, the Manchester Lit and Phil delivers an eclectic range of lectures and seminars: from Social Philosophy, through the Arts, and Science & Technology; probing current ethical debates and scientific breakthroughs. To deliver the programme, the Society invites a wide-range of specialists and polymaths: from Oxford Professors to current YouTube sensations.'

'A celebration of imagination, ideas, stories, and voices from around the world. It is part of Manchester’s rich cultural tapestry and is committed to bringing together the most exciting storytellers, poets, and thinkers for everyone to enjoy. Our vision is for everyone to discover a love of literature in all its forms. To provide a welcoming and inclusive space where people can connect with each other; experience events that entertain, surprise and move them; and be inspired to become the writers, readers and activists of the future.' Normally held October.

'The majority of Manchester Theological Society meetings are held in the nave of the Cathedral, beginning at 7pm. Everyone is welcome ... The Cathedral hosts regular theological book launches with supporting lectures, an annual Wickham Theological Lecture and an annual lunchtime event featuring the annual Ferguson Lecturer at the University of Manchester.'

Details of 'the MWRC Lecture, an annual major scholarly event in Manchester which includes a paper read by one or more of the Fellows of the Centre'. Enquire about attendance - and to other events which might be open to all.

'The national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present, and future ... The home of ideas worth fighting for – where our radical past can inspire and motivate people to take action – to shape a future where ideas of democracy, equality, justice and co-operation are thriving ... We welcome everyone and we connect people. We believe in the importance of conversation, discussion and debate. Our museum is full of passion and emotion – triggering memories, reminding people of ideas worth fighting for today, provoking change in people’s thinking and doing.'

Member of the Photographic Societies - Greater Manchester Grouping

'West Didsbury Astronomical Society was formed to bring people together who have an interest in Astronomy. If you are interested in astronomy and you’re in the Manchester (UK) area come and meet other local astronomers. Everyone is welcome from the complete beginner to the more experienced astronomer. There are regular meetings during the year and ad hoc observing sessions.'

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