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Talks and Lectures

Have your interests captured on a range of subjects at one of the informative talks that take place across the Harrogate District.

Educational talks and lectures are taking place regularly with topics ranging from local history to an artist’s life and work, from life changing personal experiences to authors sharing the inspiration to their characters and stories.

The History Festival, Literature Festival and the world's greatest Crime Festival all feature thought-provoking, illuminating and entertaining speakers and our music festivals often include conductors, composers or other experts who will enhance your understanding of a performance with a preview talk beforehand.

The strong gardening focus in the area menas our gardens and flower shows regularly present national and local experts to provide horticultural tips and gardening advice.

Our stately homes and historic buildings often provide a magnificent or atmospheric backdrop to a lecture, often shedding new light on the building in which you are sitting.   It is also worth keeping an eye open for guided tours of these properties.

Harrogate District’s museums and galleries frequently feature talks about new exhibitions and offer many learning experiences for both young and old.

Of course talks do not need to be static. There are also plenty of opportunities to let a local expert give you a guided tour of part or all of our district. Be it on foot, by bike or in a car there is always someone here to tell you more about our fantastic area.

Finally, a recent addition to the cultural calendar is the Salon North series, hosted by the Harrogate International Festivals, consisting of a cabaret-style night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology designed to change your life for the better.

Whatever your passion or interest, with a regular programme of events from a host of popular organisers you’re sure to find an event taking place perfect for you when you visit .

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Ongoing Events

  1. Dr Alan Borg on The Knights of Malta

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    Dr Alan Borg on The Knights of Malta

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Dr Borg was Director General of the Imperial War Museum 1982-95 and Director of the V&A 1995-2001. He is now Archivist and Librarian to the Venerable Order of St John, and in this lecture will explore the roots of the Order of the Knights of Malta - from their inception in the 11th
    century when,...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Aug 2017 To 5 Aug 2017
  2. Blind Jack of Knaresborough

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    Blind Jack of Knaresborough

    Type

    Historic

    Knaresborough

    Local historian Brian Forshaw discusses the eventful life of local character Blind Jack on the 300th anniversary of his birth.  Booking is required, £5 per person.

    Dates

    From:
    15 Aug 2017 To 15 Aug 2017
  3. Caroline Chapman on C18th Women Artists

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    Caroline Chapman on C18th Women Artists

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    In the eighteenth century not only the aristocracy but a burgeoning middle class could enjoy a remarkable flowering of the arts. But it was a man's world; any woman who wished to succeed as an artist had to overcome numerous obsta-cles. In a society in which women were required to marry, reproduce,...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Sep 2017 To 8 Sep 2017
  4. Mark Newman on A History of Visiting Fountains Abbey

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    Mark Newman on A History of Visiting Fountains Abbey

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Talk & Book Signing. Tourism is nothing new; over the centuries increasing numbers of visitors flocked to Yorkshire to admire the sights, including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Mark Newman's research into 'The Wonder of the North' has uncovered some fascinating and entertaining stories about...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2017 To 28 Sep 2017
  5. Rob Wyke on Wild Commons and Pulling Green Gages

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    Rob Wyke on Wild Commons and Pulling Green Gages

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Following on from last year's Laurence Sterne lecture by the curator of Shandy Hall, this year the Laurence Sterne Trust's Chairman will talk about the scenes painted by the words of Sterne, and his contemporary Tobias Smollett, to bring to life eighteenth-century Yorkshire in all its eccentric...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  6. Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

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    Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Harrogate

    Guided tour of Harrogate's iconic Turkish Baths every Wednesday 9am-10am. Fee payable.

    Please note Tours are subject to availability

    Venue

    Turkish Baths & Health Spa, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2017 To 31 Dec 2017

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