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Regional Society: West Midlands

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.'

'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.'

'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.'

Category Law and Society

'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.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Exists to promote the study, practice and teaching of western calligraphy in all its forms, and to generate awareness and appreciation among the wider public ... We offer both individual and group memberships.'

'The Society was founded in 1982 when cottage garden plants were becoming "unfashionable". Those starting the Society wanted to protect this vanishing planting style. They were concerned that, in the move to easily maintained gardens, hard landscaping was becoming more important than the plants ... The Society has around 35 regional groups, some with as few as seven members and some with over 200. Most groups meet monthly and have talks in winter and visits to gardens and plant sales in spring and summer.'

'Founded in 1944 for the "safeguarding of all kinds of archaeological material and the strengthening of existing measures for the care of ancient and historic buildings, monuments, and antiquities" and to improve public education about archaeology ... Whether you are a professional archaeologist, studying or skilling-up to work in the field, or just fascinated by archaeology and want to explore further, the Council for British Archaeology offers a range of ways to get involved.' CBA Groups 'run their own events programmes and hands-on training activities for members and everyone interested in finding out more about the archaeology of their area'.

'We love hardy perennials for their variety, colours, shapes, sizes and longevity. We help each other to grow them better, to try different species and we exchange and spread information about them ... Local Group membership is open to all members of the national HPS. Most groups charge a small additional subscription. Groups welcome new members and visitors; they are a great way for those of all ages and levels of experience to share their enthusiasm for plants and gardening ... Most Groups offer ... talks by experts with the opportunity to ask questions and talk to them.'

Category West Midlands

Member of the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications Grouping

'Exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good. It is the professional and learned society for qualified and practising mathematicians, with a membership of around 5,000 comprising of mathematicians from all sectors, as well as those with an interest in mathematics ... Established branches regularly hold talks by respected mathematicians, usually without charge, which are open to members and non-members.'

'Our members come from across the physics community whether in industry, academia, the classroom, technician roles or in training programmes as an apprentice or a student. However our reach goes well beyond our membership to all who have an interest in physics and the contribution it makes to our culture, our society and the economy ... Activity organised by nations and branches includes physics-related events such as visits for members, physics talks, member visits and public engagement activities.'

'ICE supports civil engineers throughout their careers. We award professional qualifications that are the industry standard, lead the debates around infrastructure and the built environment and provide an unmatched level of training, knowledge and thinking ... ICE has around 65,000 members living and working across the UK. We are structured around 12 regional areas, each with their own dedicated office that supports our members.'

'We strive to improve the world through engineering by: * Developing engineers; * Promoting engineering; * Informing opinion; * Encouraging innovation ... Holding events, working on engineering initiatives, and raising the profile of engineering, the UK Region covers over 80,000 members and engineers across a broad spectrum of industries.'

'Auriculas are members of the Genus Primula which is a large family of plants comprising over 425 species and many thousands of hybrids ... Why do three separate societies exist, all calling themselves sections of The National Auricula & Primula Society? No one knows how or why this situation came about but occasional attempts to merge have proved unsuccessful.'

'Established in 1960, the NVS improves standards of vegetable growing by striving to foster a society that is modern, successful and welcoming to all vegetable growers ... The Society ... is organised into five Regional Branches, each covering its own area of the country. Associated with these Branches are local District Associations, also known as DA's, who hold local meetings, usually monthly, to talk and learn about growing vegetables, swapping seeds, plants & ideas.'

Category Road Transport

Founded 1929: 'Whether your prime interest lies in past or present operations, company or route history, fleet changes or any other aspects, The Omnibus Society will keep you informed and take you behind the scenes. Meetings of the Society, in venues across the country, are regularly addressed by leading figures from within the industry and we run a series of study tours.'

'We are the only national charity to ensure the cultivated plants we grow now will be available to future generations for cultural, medical, culinary and aesthetic use. We do this through the National Plant Collection scheme, our Plant Guardians and our local group network ... Plant Heritage has Local Groups who run activities and events for members across the country.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Railway & Canal Historical Society is for everyone with an interest in the history of transport in Britain — not just inland waterways and railways, but also tramroads, roads, aviation, coastal shipping, ports and pipelines — from pre-Roman times to the day before yesterday ... The Society has a number of Regional Groups ... These exist to provide a focal point for members and to organise meetings and visits in the proximity of where they live. Society members do not join these Groups, and all members and their guests are welcome (indeed, encouraged) to attend any meetings or events that interest them regardless of its geography.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Society was founded in Cheltenham in 1928 at a time when there was little official information published about locomotive stock, their allocations or regular duties. The Society set about rectifying this by members writing to each other, the publishing of a magazine and some meetings organised around the country ... Move on to the present day and the Society is still going strong with 3000 members ... Our branches hold meetings at least monthly in the season at over thirty centres and in the course of a year host over 200 presentations on a vast range of railway subjects covering the modern scene as well as history and nostalgia subjects.'

'As the Royal Institute of British Architects, we want to make architecture accessible to everyone ... We can help you discover architecture in person or online, through exhibitions or events, with our extensive programme and resources ... Our extensive network of regional offices, branches, partnerships and International Chapters help us connect with a growing community of architects and related professionals across the globe, and bring people together through their shared interests in architecture and the built environment.'

'The UK’s Professional and Learned Society for weather and climate. Working to strengthen the science and raise awareness of the importance of weather and climate, support meteorological professionals and inspire enthusiasts ... Our members include professionals, academics, students, teachers, enthusiasts and observers who all share a passion for meteorology, climate or related sciences ... The Royal Meteorological Society has a number of local centres across the UK, where meetings are held throughout the year ... Like the Society itself, Local Centres are particularly dependent on the active participation of members. Volunteering at a local centre is a great opportunity to network and share your interest of meteorology with like-minded individuals.'

'The Royal Society of Biology is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting our members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations. Individual members include practising scientists, students at all levels, professionals in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology ... The RSB has a vibrant network of regional activity. Our branch committee arrange local events which are a great way to develop professional contacts and to share interests.'

'Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste. Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives. Collaboration is essential. We connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'A leading arts education charity with a global network of over 380 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Our events provide welcoming places – locally, nationally and globally – to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.'

 

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'Our members' generosity enables us to fight for the Victorian and Edwardian buildings people value. Every day, we work to protect Victorian and Edwardian buildings from demolition and destruction ... We run numerous events and visits, developed by our events committee, and publish books, journals and a membership magazine to entertain educate about our subject ... We have regional groups which run their own events and campaigns.'

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