2017-2018 Season

Lecture Society 2017-18 programme (Click the link for a printable copy of our programme)

All meetings start at 7:30 PM prompt and 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

September 2017

28 September 2017
The Rise, Fall and Renaissance of a World Class City
Ken Pye  is passionate about  his home city of Liverpool. His illustrated talk tells you more than you ever knew about our large and famous neighbour. READ MORE


October 2017

5 October 2017 
The History of Cheese Making
Chris Smith gives a fascinating talk on Cheese Making from Neolithic age to present, especially our famous Cheshire cheese from  Roman times to our farmhouses and modern units plus delicious samples to taste. READ MORE





12 October 2017
Life and Death on the Royal Charter
Chris Holden diver and co author of Life and Death on the Royal Charter will tell of the tragic loss of   this Chester built clipper on the coast of Anglesey en route from Australia and his involvement 150 yrs later. READ MORE


19 October 2017
The Battle of the Atlantic
Dr. Mark Baldwin presents  the story of the Battle of the Atlantic which threatened the outcome of WW2 but for boffins at  Bletcheley Park who decoded Germany’s Enigma machine. He will bring a rare Enigma machine .READ MORE



26 October 2017  
Sir Thomas Egerton, Keeper of the Queen’s Conscience     
Bernard Dennis, an authority on Elizabethan Sir Thomas Egerton, tells how the Illegitimate Cheshire boy rose to become Lord High Chancellor. READ MORE





November 2017


2 November 2017
Burning Coal; Boiling Water: The world’s last working steam trains in Northern China. 
Roger Croston, regular visitor to China, gives an illustrated talk about  the vanishing age of steam propulsion in China and the phenomenal developments overwhelming the old order. READ MORE


9 November 2017
Laughs and Gigolos at Sea
Brian Price, Cunard Cruise director on QE2, who, as a boy ran away to sea, recalls his observations of the antics of passengers in many humorous anecdotes with a light hearted talk. READ MORE



January 2018


11 January 2019
Losing Sight of the Glory – Six Centuries of Combat Surgery   
Michael Crumplin, retired surgeon and historian, will present an illustrated talk about the changes in battlefield surgical treatments from Agincourt through to the present, in Afghanistan. READ MORE


18 January 2018
An Artist’s War
Author Phyllida Shaw illustrates her talk with letters between artists Morris and Alice Meredith Williams in the Great War and Morris’s remarkable sketches of life in the trenches and the aftermath. READ MORE




25 January 2018
English Etiquette
Di Mather former BBC presenter now travels the World teaching businesses, schools and individuals English etiquette. Her illustrated talk will recount some of her amusing, interesting and challenging experiences. READ MORE




February 2018


1 February 2018
NEPAL, from Tibet to the Terai
Stephen Lovell travels in Nepal from the highest mountains in the World bordering Tibet  to the hot lowlands of the south. A talk with superb photographs of the magnificent scenery, people, wildlife and culture … READ MORE


8 February 2019
A thousand years of history: medieval cathedrals as time machines
 Jon Cannon NADFAS speaker and architectural historian presents A thousand years of history as recorded in cathedral development, with excellent photographs of cathedrals, manuscripts and paintings. READ MORE


15 February 2018
Now you See it – Now you Don’t

Bertie Pearce a NADFAS speaker presents a both serious and humorous history of the optical illusion in Now you see it ..Now you don’t, the art of visual deception


22 February 2018       
The Story of Jodrell Bank
Professor Ian Morison Astronomer and astrophysicist with 50 yrs at Jodrell Bank, talks about the history of one of Cheshire’s icons The Jodrell Bank, now Lovell, Telescope, its Space Race role and discoveries. READ MORE


March 2018


<1 March 2018
Art treasures of the Palace of Westminster
 Christine Russel , former  MP for Chester, was invited  to join the Speaker’s Advisory Committee for the Art treasures of the Palace of Westminster. A fascinating insight into this little known, or seen, collection. READ MORE



8 March 2018

Member’s evening  7:00 pm start

This will be our fourth Member’s evening and guests are welcome.

We look forward  to being entertained by the tales and experiences of our Members in the fields of  travel, art, literature, nature, conflict and life generally etc.

Please note that tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for Members and guests after each meeting.