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January 2019
£6.00

The Architect’s Wife: Mary Pickford (1737-1812)

21st January 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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Dr Peter Collinge (Keele University) will explore Mary Pickford’s pioneering role in the textile industry, and how her political and philanthropic activities contributed to Derby’s urban development in the late-eighteenth century.

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February 2019
£6.00

Accents and Dialect

19th February 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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March 2019
£6.00

Evolution and the Epic Imagination: from Erasmus Darwin to the ‘Hobbit’.

21st March 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Erasmus Darwin reached for ancient myths and the poetry of Ovid’s Metamorphoses to help him imagine what evolution might be like in action. In this talk, John Holmes will explore how our understanding of evolution has been shaped by epic literature and myth and still is, from Darwin’s poem The Temple of Nature to his grandson’s Tree of Life and on to modern science, where the Earth has become Gaia and our ancestors shared the world with…

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May 2019

20th Anniversary Dinner

18th May 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Lichfield Guildhall, Bore Street
Lichfield, WS13 6LU United Kingdom
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June 2019
£6.00

Beyond Brontosaurus: Dinosaurs, Science and Fiction

17th June 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
College Hall, 21 The Close
Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD United Kingdom
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Brontosaurus was discovered in the 1860's and declared invalid in 1903, but managed a comprehensive domination of twentieth-century, despite never having had existed.  In 2015 it was (tentatively) restored to the annals of science.  In this talk Will Tattersdill explores the animal's strange afterlife in science and popular culture. Will Tattersdill Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature Birmingham University

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