Previous Lectures

Lectures from the 2017/2018 Season

A TALK ON WRITING, INCLUDING POETRY
Louis de Bernieres, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

A LITTLE LIGHT FROM THE PAST: HOW TO DATE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SEDIMENTS
Dr Ann Wintle
Professor Emerita, Aberystwyth University and University of Cambridge

ALBERT MICHELSON AND EDWARD MORLEY — THEIR EXPERIMENT AND WHAT FOLLOWED
Dr Alan Clegg Ph.D Eng (Chem eng)
Retired Technical Director, Porvair PLC

RESTLESS CREATURES: HOW THE EVOLUTION OF MOVEMENT SHAPED THE LIVING WORLD
Dr Matt Wilkinson,
Evolutionary Biologist, University of Cambridge

THE ORIGINAL PAINTING: MARCELLIN DESBOUTIN AND HIS CIRCLE
Amy Marquis, Research Assistant,
The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

‘FEATHERS AND VEILS’ — PRESENTATION AT THE COURT OF QUEEN VICTORIA
Ian Chipperfield, The Staymaker

‘VIEWS ACROSS THE CHANNEL’ — ENGAGING WITH FRENCH ART IN VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN ENGLAND
Anne Roberts

WRITING HOLMES; BECOMING WATSON
Christopher James
Author of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants’, and ‘The Jeweller of Florence

ZOLTAN KODALY, AND HIS MISSION TO BUILD A MUSICAL NATION IN HUNGARY
Celia Waterhouse BA LGSM CKME CPP

 

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Lectures from the 2016/2017 Season

MEDIEVAL GRAFFITI: THE LOST VOICES OF ENGLAND’S CHURCHES
Matthew Champion

FABRIC OF THE NATION — THE CARE AND CONSERVATION OF TEXTILES WITHIN THE NATIONAL TRUST
Ksynia Marko ACR
National Trust Textile Conservation Adviser

THE CAPABILITY MEN: LANCELOT BROWN IN CONTEXT
Tom Williamson
Professor of Landscape History, University of East Anglia

INTERPRETING ELY CATHEDRAL
Dr Lynne Broughton
University of Cambridge

THE ROSE: A PLANT WITH A PAST
Shelagh Ashe,
Lecturer in Gardening History & Gardening, Garden Advisor

THE WEST RUNTON MAMMOTH
Peter Stibbons
Publisher, Poppyland Publishing, Cromer

WHALES, MOUNTAINS AND METEOR TRAILS – A YEAR ON SOUTH GEORGIA WITH THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY
Ray Thirkettle BSc(hons),
Technical Services Electrician, BAS

SPIRALS IN TIME: EXPLORING THE SECRET LIFE AND CURIOUS AFTERLIFE OF SEASHELLS
Dr Helen Scales
Writer and Marine Biologist

THE MANY LIVES OF MATTHEW ARNOLD: ‘A GIFT IMPRISONED’?
Dr Kate Campbell
Senior Research Fellow, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, UEA

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Lectures from the 2015/2016 Season

OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB THEY WEAVE: AN INTRODUCTION TO SPIDERS
Dr Matt Wilkinson
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

THE RESTORATION OF 78 DERNGATE BY CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH
Rob Kendall
Trustee and Chair of Friends of 78 Derngate

THOMAS CHIPPENDALE — MASTER CABINET MAKER
Ann Gore
C16th-18th Historian, Author, NADFAS & International Lecturer

OLIVE EDIS — PHOTOGRAPHER OF FISHERMEN AND KINGS
Alastair Murphy
Curator of Cromer Museum

LONGITUDE FOUND!
Dr Rebekah Higgitt
University of Kent

A VERY MODERN BENEFACTION, THE ROBERT AND LISA SAINSBURY COLLECTION
Amanda Geitner
Director of the East Anglia Art Fund & former Chief Curator, Sainsbury Centre, UEA

THE COWARD? THE RISE AND FALL OF THE SILVER KING — THE STORY OF ADMIRAL ERNEST TROUBRIDGE
Steve R Dunn
Author

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN FARMING
Dr Ed Moorhouse
Director: G’s Farming, Ely

‘NATURE’ AND ‘THE NATURAL’ IN MODERNIST SHORT FICTION
Dr Nonia Williams Korteling
School of Literature, Drama, Creative Writing, UEA

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Lectures from the 2014/2015 Season

CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING — MUCH SUCCESS AND SOME FAILURES
Frank Weare, MSc DIC DMS CEng FIStuctE MICE MIM MIHT
Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer

HALLEY VI RESEARCH STATION, ANTARCTICA
Ray Thirkettle, BSc(Hons)
BAS Project Electrical Support Technician 2012-2013 season

PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES
Dr Michael Lewis, FSA MIfA
Deputy Head, Dept. of Portable Antiquities and Treasures, British Museum

THE WAITES OF KING’S LYNN — WITH MUSICAL ILLUSTRATION ON EARLY INSTRUMENTS
Chris Gutteridge, Chief Waite

ART AND SCIENCE: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOTANIC GARDEN CONSIDERED
Professor John Parker, D.Phil
CUBG Director 1996-2010 and Curator of its Herbarium 1999-2010

BOYD NEEL… A NEGLECTED MEDICAL AND MUSICAL POLYMATH
Dr David Green, MB FRCA MBA
Consultant Anaesthetist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, King’s College Hospital, London

R.F.LANGLEY: POET OF SUFFOLK
Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod
Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing, UEA

MATSUO BASHO (1644-94) THE GENIUS OF HAIKU — AN INTRODUCTION AND APPRECIATION
Professor Brian Falconbridge, PPRBS

DECIPHERING BLETCHLEY PARK
Rob Johnstone
Retired Professional Engineer and former Bletchley Park Guide

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Lectures from the 2013/2014 Season

Our lectures from this season had themes based on the birth of the Society 100 years ago.

WHOSE GRIT WAS IN THE OYSTER?
Given by Pat Knights
Research by Gill Simpole, BA BSc hons MA

For those of you who missed this entertaining lecture or who would like to enjoy it once again, you may read a copy of this lecture as a pdf file here.

SIR EDWIN LUTYENS (1869-1944): THE GREATEST BRITISH ARCHITECT?
Professor David Watkin, Hon, FRIBA

ZOOS AND CONSERVATION
Rebecca Moore, Director of Conservation, Education and Research, Colchester Zoo

BENJAMIN BRITTEN IN EAST ANGLIA
Tom Appleton, Musical Director, King’s Lynn Festival Chorus

PERPETUAL LIGHT: PART 1: FROM ARTS AND CRAFTS TO CONTEMPORARY STAINED GLASS
Dr Jasmine Allen, Curator, The Stained Glass Museum, Ely

EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society

THE FUTURE OF THE NOVEL, 1913-2013
Ion Trewin, Author, Publisher and Literary Director of the Man Booker Prize

PERPETUAL LIGHT: PART 2: THE STAINED GLASS AT ALL SAINTS’, SOUTH LYNN
Dr Julian Litten, FSA

FROM LEECHES TO LOTIONS: A HISTORY OF THE PHARMACY SHOP
Richard Plagmann, MPharm MRPharmS

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Lectures from the 2012/2013 Season

BESPAK — THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Richard Warby, Product Engineering Manager

TRENDS & VARIATIONS OF TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL IN E.ANGLIA
James Dent FRMetS, Independent Consultant

ANCIENT DISEASES REVEALED BY OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY
Corinne Duhig PhD FSA MIFA, Wolfson College, Cambridge

FACING THE MUSIC
Seasonal refreshments will be served and the Norfolk Gallery Quire will perform West Gallery Church music, along with secular music and readings of the period, in costume.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CANCER — FROM DESPAIR TO HOPE THROUGH SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Dr Kat Amey

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SLEEP BUT WERE TOO TIRED TO ASK
Neil Stanley PhD

SCREENING THE PAST: CONTEMPORARY SPANISH CINEMA & HISTORICAL MEMORY
Professor Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, University of Westminster

MODERN ART IN ENGLAND 100 YEARS AGO
Anne Roberts R.A.S.Cert, M.Phil

THEMES & VARIATIONS IN ROMAN MOSAICS
Valerie Wilson M.A.

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Lecture Programme From 2011-2012 Season

PALM PAPER PM7’ Project
Richard Hobson, Technical Sales Manager, Palm Paper

THE EFFECTS OF THE GREAT WAR ON THE POETRY OF EDMUND BLUNDEN
Margi Blunden, Daughter of Edmund Blunden

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOTHER JULIAN & MARGERY KEMPE
Pauline Lovelock B.Ed.Hons MA, Learning Project Officer at the Julian Centre, Norwich

NOEL! MUSIC AT CHRISTMAS — PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Tom Appleton, Music Director of King’s Lynn Festival Chorus

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT — CONSTABLE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANDSCAPE PAINTING
Anne Roberts R.A.S.Cert, M.Phil

OSCAR NEMON — SCULPTOR OF STATESMEN AND ROYALTY
Lady Aurelia Young

ELY PLACE — LONDON’S HIDDEN TREASURE
Jenny Watson-Bore, Tourist Guide to Clerkenwell & Islington and the City of London

PLANTS AND HONEYBEES — THEIR RELATIONSHIPS
Dr. David Aston, NDB

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