The Society have a programme of monthly lectures, which are usually held on the first Wednesday in every month, between the months of October and June, and the start time is 7.30pm. Below is a list of talks to be held during the winter of 2018/2019. Where the title is shown as a blue link you can click on it to download the event poster.


October 3rd 2018 'DEAD INTERESTING' by Noel Moroney

Interesting and amusing stories from graveyards around the world. Noel is an experienced cruise ship lecturer and a member of the highly regarded Cruise Lecturers Association.
November 7th 2018 'AGM FOLLOWED BY POTATO PIE SUPPER'

The AGM is open to members and non members alike and is an opportunity for us to review
the year's performance and what we have in mind for the future. Delicious potato pie supper
to round off the evening!
December 5th 2018 'NHS AT 70' by Dr James McSharry

Most of us are aware that it is 70 years since the formation of the National Health Service and the dramatic improvements in public health which followed. Angela will take us through the development of the service and the step changes that brought us to where we are today.
January 9th 2019 'RUSHBEARING' by Garry Stringfellow

The people of Whitworth are familiar with the annual Rush Cart procession which passes along Market Street each September. Garry will add a broader dimension to this topic and its history.
February 6th 2019 'VIRTUAL ROCHDALE 1900' by Richard Lord

Richard visited Whitworth Museum in 2016 when he introduced us to an early model of virtual Rochdale as it used to be. He rturns with a much developed version with many new and existing features.
March 6th 2019 'THE HISTORY OF THE POST OFFICE' by Dr David Hudson

Using old letters originating in Rochdale, David will take us through the rich history of Britain's postal service and the formation of the new familiar Post Office.
April 3rd 2019 'LAKELAND LINES' by Steve Williams

The social and local history of the Lake District is told by reference to the railways which, from the mid 19th century, played a significant role in developing this beautiful part of Britain as a popular tourist resort.
May 1st 2019 'SKYLINE'
by Jo Furtado

The annual Whitworth Skyline Walk is now a firm date on the calendar of many serious walkers. Using photographic images and a series of recorded commentaries made for the 2018 walk, Jo will take us around the Whitworth boundary without the need to move from the comfort of a museum chair!
June 5th 2019 'THE LIFE AND WORK OF THE ASTRONOMY CENTRE' by Peter Drew & Andy Sieroslawski

Probably few of us are aware of the star gazing work undertaken at the local astronomy centre at Sharneyford. Peter and Andy will enlighten us as to its secrets.




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