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.
Due to the pandemic this programme is highly subject to change including cancellation. Please check back to this website before making your journey. Society members on our email mailing list will receive notification of changes. We recommend all other members and members of the public to sign up or refer to the Society’s Facebook page for updates.
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 2020-21
September 11th 2020
Deep Sea Research
Dr Rachel Jeffreys, Liverpool University Earth, Ocean and Ecological Studies
Over 200 metres down the ocean reveals secrets of our changing planet.
September 25th 2020
An 18th Century Lincolnshire Gentleman’s Library now in Norfolk
John Gandy, Senior Librarian at Blickling Hall, the National Trust’s largest library of printed books
Sir Richard Ellys of Nocton Hall was an early SGS member with a celebrated library.
October 9th 2020
Concrete, strong and pervasive, yet sensitive and currently unsustainable
Professor Nick Buenfeld, Professor of Concrete Structures Imperial College London
Hard truths about this ubiquitous material.
October 23rd 2020
Wildlife in the Shadow of Chernobyl
Professor Mike Wood, Chair of Applied Ecology University of Salford, broadcaster
Studying the regeneration of wildlife following the cataclysmic reactor meltdown.
November 6th 2020
Dr Chris Naunton, Egyptologist, writer and TV broadcaster
Rediscovering ancient Egypt through sketches, paintings and maps of past explorers and Egyptologists.
November 20th 2020
Explosives, the Past, Present and Future
Professor Jackie Ackhavan FRSC, Head of the Centre for Defence Chemistry
From Chinese black powder in 220BC to smart polymers; explosive power for fireworks, ejector seats and spacecraft.
January 8th 2021
The Hunt for Dark Matter
Ed Daw, Professor of Gravitational Waves and Dark Matter Physics Sheffield University
The universe is dominated by a mysterious substance that neither emits light nor obscures luminous objects.
January 22nd 2021
Deep History ‘Down Under’
Dr Simon Sleight, Kings College London ( Ex Spalding Grammar School)
An introduction to Australian history from Pangaea to Federation.
February 5th 2021
Waste Vitrification, Cleaning up the Legacy of the Nuclear Age
Professor Russel Hand, Head of Glass Science and Engineering Sheffield University
Transforming contaminated radioactive liquids into stable glass.
February 19th 2021
Current Research at the North Pole
Dr Michael Bravo, Senior Lecturer Scott Polar Research Cambridge
Experiencing the impact of climate change at the North Pole.
March 5th 2021
The Legendary Mediaeval English Longbow
Angie Clay, Historian and Lecturer Lincoln Castle garrison
Describing the bowmaker’s craft and bowman skills. Men in armour were no match for the murderous longbow.
March 19th 2021
The Voyage of HMS Beagle
Emeritus Professor Peter Worsley, Lecturer
The historic circumnavigation updating Admiralty charts with world changing naturalist Charles Darwin on board.