Lectures

Public Lectures

From September to March the Society organises a programme of public lectures on cultural, scientific and antiquarian subjects. These have been held almost continuously since 1889 and are considered one of the most important aspects of the Society’s work.

For various reasons the programme does change, so please check the list for the most up to date schedule.

The lectures are held on Friday evenings commencing 7.30 p.m. They take place with the kind permission of the Headmaster in the main hall of the Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, PE11 2XH. Attendance is excellent value at only £2.50 per person.

 

Lecture Programme 2019-20

September  13th 2019

The Emperor and the Prostitute

Dr Geri Parlby BA (Hons.) MA (Coutauld)

Justinian and Theodora, the most notorious Byzantine couple.

 

September 27th 2019

Musical Instruments of the Elizabethan Era

Professor Peter Bull Birmingham University

A lively presentation with solo renditions on musical instruments of the period.

 

October 11th 2019

‘They said build it where?’

John Chester Esq. Lecturer

 

The construction of mountain fortifications between Austria and Italy during World War 1.

 

October 25th 2019

Lawrence of Arabia: Obsession

Kevin Winter National Civil War Centre

 

The obsessive personal attributes of Lawrence, and the pursuit into his life.

 

November 8th 2019

My Days as a Spy

Wing Commander Stephen Griffiths MBE MBA

A retired Wing Commander tells of 3 years behind the Iron Curtain, his training, equipment and covert missions.

 

November 22nd 2019

Britain and the First World War

Stephen Badsey PhD University of Wolverhampton

Changing perspectives on the conflict through 100 years of history

 

January 17th 2020

Armed in Alabaster

Dr Tobias Capwell Curator of Armour Wallace Collection

Church monuments and the story of armour in England 1400-1520.

 

January 31st 2020

Humorous Etymologies

Anthony Poulton-Smith Author and Lecturer

A humorous account of the origins of the English language.

 

February 14th 2020

The Most Perfect Shape

Prof. Tim Birkhead Dept. of Animal Sciences University of Sheffield

The inside and outside of a bird’s egg.

 

February 28th 2020

Plant Breeding, A Vital Technology

Dr Richard Tudor Plant Breeding Manager Elsoms Seeds

From its humble beginnings 10,000 years ago to cutting-edge science today.

 

March 13th 2020

SS Great Britain The World’s First Atlantic Liner

Nick Booth, Head of Collections SS Great Britain

Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s finest engineering achievement.

 

March 27th 2020

Standing on Uncertainty

Dr Philip Collins Vice Dean (Education) Brunel University

The challenge of knowing what is really beneath the ground we walk on.