Lecture Series

We are sorry to say that the whole lecture series for 2021-22 has been cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.

Cross Street Chapel is too small to hold more than 30 people with a safe level of social distancing.

And many people (including our lecturers and trustees) will be reluctant to use public transport or to come into the chapel.

We hope to resume the lectures in October 2022.

Last season’s lectures give a flavour of the typical topics and the lecturers:

Autumn 2019

An Antarctic Journey
Judith Wilshaw: Local historian and travel enthusiast.

Mapping Greater Manchester
Andrew Robinson: Greater Manchester Authority GIS unit.

Darwin, the Beagle, Tierra del Fuego and the Theory of Evolution
Hannah Lawson: Professional tour guide.

Loitering with Intent – the Art and Politics of Walking in Manchester
Morag Rose: Social geographer, Liverpool University.

Kiev to Odessa with a Dneiper Princess
Nigel Lawson: Human geographer, Manchester University.

Airports of Manchester, 1910-1960
David George: Local historian, Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Lower Mekong – water, wars and wats
Jim Holmes: Professional photographer and tour leader.

Cuba – the Sunshine Face of Communism?
Rod Allman: Human geographer, Manchester Metropolitan University.

A Tour of Monte Rosa
Gustav Dobrzynski: Cartographer, Salford University.

Spring 2020

Cartographic Conversations with the Bodleian’s Map Collection
Nick Millea: Librarian, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Secrets of Jordan
Michael Tunnicliffe: Middle Eastern travel enthusiast.

Threats to Manchester’s Green Belt
Richard Knowles: Human geographer, Universities of Salford and Huddersfield.

Exploring the Manchester Geographical Society’s Map Collection
Donna Sherman and Carly Richardson: Map Library, University of Manchester.

Coastal Dune Systems on the Sefton Coast
Thomas Smyth: Physical geographer, University of Huddersfield.

Wine and Walking in Spain and Portugal
Paul Hindle: Geographer, University of Salford.

A Deep Geography of Manchester City Centre
Morgan Wampler: Postgraduate GIS student University of Manchester.

Keeping the Humanities in Geography
Anna Davidson: Human geographer, University of Huddersfield.

Victorian Reformatory Farm Schools in Lancashire
Nadia von Benzon: Human geographer, University of Lancaster.

In the absence of live lectures the Society is trialling online talks, the first of which is about Manchester to Bury by looking at the history of turnpikes and maps

Lectures are held on Tuesdays at 1.30pm at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester and last about one hour.

Doors open at 1.15pm.

Admission is free.