Our Programme

Tuesday 10th October 2023

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE,

Chair, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication.

‘Can we believe all those statistics we hear on the news?’

Sir David, an eminent statistician and trusted voice in the field, will delve into the intricate world of statistics and unveil the secrets hidden behind the headlines.

Tuesday 31st October 2023

John Petters,

Jazz drummer, bandleader, writer and broadcaster.

‘A Jazz Life’

John has appeared with many of the jazz greats over a long career. He has much to say…and play!


Tuesday 14th November 2023

Professor Lindsay Greer,

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge

‘Rare Earths, Meteorites and Magnets’

Rare Earths are important, that much we know. But where, when and how? Come to find out more from a leading expert



Tuesday 5th December 2023

Simon Tait

Dr Robert Anderson, Dr Julian Litten and a current curator in conversation with Simon Tait,

‘Museums and Galleries: Past, Present and Future’

Robert was the Director of the National Museums of Scotland and then of the British Museum. Julian was a Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and is a leading funerary historian..  Simon is a freelance journalist, writer and editor as well as editor of Museum News.


Tuesday 16th January 2024

James Read,

Author of ‘Of Cabbages and Kimchi’

‘The Stories and Science behind Fermentation’

James is the founder of Kim Kong Kimchi, he has his own walk-in fermentarium and a fund of knowledge about fermented food and drink.


Tuesday 6th February 2024

Mima Garland,

‘Air Quality and Climate Change – what can you do?’

Mima is an ecologist and landscape architect who went on to work for DEFRA and the Department of Transport. She was head of managing environmental and social impact.


Tuesday 27th February 2024

Dr Patricia Fara,

Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge

‘Pictures, Power and Patronage: How Isaac Newton Grew Rich’

Patricia’s latest book is ‘Life after Gravity, Isaac Newton’s London career’, she spoke to KLSAS last year about ‘A Lab of One’s Own’ and is returning, as promised, to talk about the importance of portraits in the history of science.



Tuesday 12th March 2024


Rachel Hore, Sally Emerson, Lachlan Mackinnon and D.J.Taylor

‘Literary Festivals: The Pleasures and the Pitfalls



Tuesday 26 March 2024

Professor John Mullan,

Lord Northcliffe Professor of English, University College London

‘The Artful Dickens’

John’s talk  to KLSAS about Jane Austen was a huge success and he comes back by popular demand to tell us about another of his favourite nineteenth century writers.