2019-2020 Season

Download simple printable programme:  Chester Lecture Society PROGRAMME 2019 2020

All meetings start at 7:30 PM prompt and, unless otherwise stated, are held in the Lecture Theatre, Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD (See map) Tel: 01244 972 197

Members admitted free on presentation of Membership card.

Non-members £5.00 each
Students £2.00 each
Children U12 free


October 2019

3rd October 2019

Chester Zoo, Past and Present

Penny Rudd, the Registrar at Chester Zoo, will take us through developments since the zoo was opened by George Mottershead in 1931 to become the UK’s 2nd most popular visitor attraction in 2017. READ MORE 


10th October 2019

The Beauty in the Heavens

Professor Ian Morison will show some of the Solar System’s and Earth’s most fantastic heavenly phenomena. He will not only show pictures of eclipses and the Aurora from around the World, but will explain how the phenomena are created and the aspects of their visual impressions.  READ MORE


17th October 2019

Stand up for Nature

Jeff Clarke presents a topical and thought provoking political commentary on the State of Nature today in the UK and an indictment on those who are supposed to protect it. READ MORE


24th October 2019

In Search of Cocoa.. a Colombian adventure.

Andrew Heading and companions noticed an interesting feature on an old map of Colombia, which could have been an old trade route through the jungle, they decided to investigate. READ MORE


31st October 2019

The Story of a Street

Bridge Street in Chester is over 2,000 years old. David Cummings tells its sometimes surprising story using unique photos and other evidence. READ MORE


November 2019

7th November 2019

Brief Encounters

Photo journalist and adventure travel photographer, Paul Harris presents photos from a journey following in the footsteps of Genghis Khan to his more recent work in Greenland, India and Peruvian Amazon, and commissions from The National Trust and Yorkshire Dales National Park. READ MORE


14th November 2019

The Sculpture and Art of Steve Broadbent

Stephen’s work can be found in cities and landscapes throughout Britain, which includes several prominent and familiar sculptures in Chester. READ MORE


January 2020

9th January 2020

Children of the World

In the many years that Tony Ord has been travelling, he has taken a large number of photographs, not only of the wildlife, but of the peoples from the many parts of the World that he and his wife, Sheila have visited. It is the children of these places that he wants to share with you and there is often an interesting tale to go with the encounter. READ MORE


16th January 2020

Over the Hills and Far Away – The Life of Beatrix Potter

Matthew Dennison, who recently published a new biography of Beatrix Potter talks about her life. READ MORE


January 23rd 2020

Gavin Hunter will present a talk about Lord Leverhulme’s time as Lord of the Isles of Lewis and Harris of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, which he purchased with a view to establishing a fishing industry and creating larger farming units than the old and established crofting system.





30th January 2020

The Art Treasures of the Palace of Westminster

Christine Russell, former MP for Chester, talks about some of the 8,500 works of art held in the collection of the Palace of Westminster. READ MORE




February 2020

6th February 2020

Liverpool and the Triangular Trade

Ken Pye, a well known Liverpool historian, talks about a shameful time in the history of Britain and particularly, Liverpool, which was one of the major slave ports.  READ MORE





13th February 2020

Punch and Judy

Bertie Pearce presents a history of the most famous puppet of all time.  READ MORE




20th February 2020

The Staffordshire Hoard

Stephen Dean was the County Archeologist for Staffordshire when the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered. He will describe the discovery, the consequent conservation work and what we have learned from the find. READ MORE


27th February 2020

Living with Nomads and the Eagle Hunters of Mongolia

In 2018, John and Rosamund Macfarlane returned to Mongolia. Their talk and photos will provide an intimate glimpse of the life, work and culture of the nomadic people of rural Mongolia. READ MORE