Lecture Reports

Tom Mills: The BBC: Public Servant or State Broadcaster?

The BBC: Public Servant or State Broadcaster? : Dr Tom Mills  Our warm shared memories of favourite children’s television colours our attitude to the BBC – the well-meaning Auntie of the nation, provider of our popular cultural heritage. However, Dr Tom Mills, from the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture at Aston University,…

Judith Weir: A Composer’s Life

Judith Weir is one of the country’s leading composers and was appointed to the ancient office of Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014. Part of her role is to bring a greater awareness of music to the wider public, and her talk for Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society made clear her conviction about…

Jeff Forshaw: Before the Big Bang

Before the Big Bang Professor Jeff Forshaw 6th October 2017 Jeff Forshaw is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester, specialising in the phenomenology of particle physics. He is passionate about communicating the excitement of the pursuit of science, earning the Institute of Physics Kelvin Prize (2013) for “…outstanding contributions to the…

Philosophy, Democracy and the Demagogue

Or how Plato can help us deal with Donald Trump: Professor Angie Hobbs 24th March 2017 Angie Hobbs is the first academic to be appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy in the UK (if not the world). With demagoguery on the rise Professor Hobbs believes it is imperative to keep in mind the…

Inequality and Social Anxiety

Inequality and Social Anxiety Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson 5th February 2017 Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson are Professors of Epidemiology who have collaborated for several years to investigate data relating to inequality. Their 2009 book The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, which explored the effects of greater inequality within societies, became…

‘Are conductors really necessary?

Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra 1st October 2016 One of the oldest cultural societies in Hebden Bridge is undergoing something of a renaissance. The Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society was founded in 1905, but grew directly from the aspirations of local Co-operative Society members and their links with Oxford University…

Dr Nicholas Cullinan: Picasso’s Portraits

12th November 2016 With an artist as prolific as Picasso there are always new ways to approach his work, perhaps as many ways of looking and thinking as he found ways of portraying. Dr Nicholas Cullinan is the recently appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery and returned to his home town of Hebden Bridge…