2017/18 Lecture Programme

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.

Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.

The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

10th Oct 2017

17th Oct 2017

24th Oct 2017

31st Oct 2017

Lindsey Unsprung


Zachariah Pearson – Philanthropist Extraordinaire

Jim Thompson - Thai Silk Baron

A Taste of Cornwall

Lindsey Chapman

Dr. Marian Shaw

Denise Heywood

Keith Holmes

Lindsey Chapman is fascinated by the relationship between the natural world and our own cultural heritage, which is particularly . . .

“Three cheers for Mr Pearson, the working man’s friend and benefactor!” (1860) “The town would have been better if we . . .

Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok as a US army officer in 1945, fell in love with it and stayed. Captivated by the lustrous beauty of Thai . . .

From the towering cliffs and surf of the north coast to the pretty coves and harbours in the south, Keith makes an epicurean journey . . .

7th Nov 2017

14th Nov 2017

21st Nov 2017

16th Jan 2018

The Strange Case of Graham Greene and Alfred Hitchcock

Stepping into the World of Horology

Rolled up Trouser Legs (Freemasonry Unwrapped)

My Days as a Spy

Professor Neil  Sinyard

Adam Wasdell

Jeff Gillyon

Wg Cdr. Steve Griffiths

The writer-director Neil Jordan once described the novelist Graham Greene and the film-maker Alfred Hitchcock as . . .

Adam will introduce us to the development of clocks from the 17th century to the modern day wristwatch. He will enlighten . . .

Jeff’s talk will endeavour to explain the history of freemasonry, dispel the myths attached to it, provide details of famous masons and . . .

Steve talks about his selection, his unit, his training, equipment and his colleagues in espionage. He then takes the audience on a . . .

23rd Jan 2018

30th Jan 2018

6th Feb 2018

13th Feb 2018

Galapagos – Timeless and Fearless

The Gilded Stage  -  A Social history of Opera

Years of Living Dangerously


The Night Sky and How to See It

Santiago Bejarano

Daniel Snowman

Christina Lamb

Dr Michael Martin-Smith

The only place on earth where you can see marine iguanas and bump into a flamingo and a penguin in their natural habitat on the . . .

Daniel Snowman invites us to look at opera from the perspective of the ‘demand’ as well as the ‘supply’, the consumption as well as the . . .

Christina’s 30 years living and reporting from the hotspots of the world, started by a wedding invitation to Karachi, which . . .

Dr. Martin-Smith takes us on a journey through the history of mankind’s relationship with the sky during darkness and explains . . .

20th Feb 2018

27th Feb 2018

The Pianist Who Transformed the Cold War

Strange Tales and Ghosts from Buckingham Palace

Nigel Cliff

Patricia Wright

In 1958, a 23-year-old Texan pianist named Van Cliburn arrived in Moscow, to compete in the first International Tchaikovsky Piano . . .

Patricia Wright has investigated the history of the site on which Buckingham Palace now stands, uncovering many surprising . . .

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