Lecture Programme

Dear Members and Friends of King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences,I do hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well and that you have weathered the lockdown at least satisfactorily.Your Committee feels that the need for social distancing and enhanced ventilation in meeting rooms will continue for some time and we cannot provide this adequately in our usual meeting place.   Our technical sub-committee of Alan Moseley, Hugh Rout and Brian Smith has spent much of the summer preparing to present our meetings on Zoom and I am delighted to tell you that these will start on Friday 16th October at 7.30pm with our first speaker of the season, Mike Parker on ‘Lies, Damned Lies…and Maps‘.

I think that many of us have become familiar with Zoom meetings over the last few months but, in case you are new to Zoom or experience any problems with it, we will hold Zoom Help Seminars and will be pleased to talk you through to success — we hope!

It would be awkward to hold our AGM this year so we plan to hold an AGM covering the two years in October 2021, accordingly the whole committee has agreed to stay in office for another year.   If we cannot actually hold an AGM in 2021 then we shall hold it by Zoom and will have gained the knowledge to hold the elections virtually too.   We hope that you will agree with us taking these exceptional measures,

By holding the season of talks on Zoom we hope to supply the interest and enjoyment of our meetings whilst you are in the safety and comfort of your own home.   You can settle down with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and we’ll bring the speakers to you.   There will still be a question and answer session at each meeting.

This is new territory for all of us and we are striving to navigate it successfully.   Of course it will always be second best to our usual friendly meetings held at Marriott’s Warehouse and we shall return to those as soon as it is safe and sensible to do so.

We hope that you will renew your membership (£16 per annum) and may I make a special plea that you do so by standing order to your bank?   The bank account details are below.   If you do not want to pay in this way then please send a cheque, made out to KLSAS, to The Treasurer at 9, Nelson Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DY.   Unfortunately we are unable to accept cash this year.

With very best wishes — and please stay with us,


Sherie Naidoo, Chairman, King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences.

Bank account Name: KLSAS
Bank account Number: 21755722
Bank Sort Code: 40-26-11

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Lecture Dates for the 2020/2021 Season

All meetings start at 7.30pm


Friday 16th October:
Lies, damned lies and… Maps
by Mike Parker


Wednesday 4th November:
Frederick Savage and Lynn’s First Industrial Revolution
by Dr Paul Richards DL, FSA


Friday 20th November:
The Enigma of Sutton Hoo
by Sally Sibley and Sally Metcalfe


Wednesday 9th December:
by Dr Aylwyn Scally




Friday 8th January:
Why not pick up a Trollope
by Michael Williamson, former chairman of the Trollope Society


Wednesday 27th January:
The Victorian Way of Death
by Dr Julian Litten FSA, funerary historian


Friday 12th February:
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street
by John Heath, Senior Technical Adviser, the Bank of England


Wednesday 10th March:
Maggots — in health, stealth and wealth
by forensic and veterinary entomologist Dr Martin Hall, Scientific Associate, Natural History Museum


Friday 26th March:
A Beautiful Spy — Imagining Olga Gray and her world
by Rachel Hore, novelist and commissioning editor

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