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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. Berwins Salon North: March 2020

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    Berwins Salon North: March 2020

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    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Three expert speakers deliver TED-style talks designed to change your life for the better. Presenting big ideas, and answering key questions in life, Salon was voted as number six in the 'Top 100 Things to do in the World' by GQ magazine.

    With rest expert Claudia Hammond, science writer and…

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    From:
    26 Mar 2020 To 26 Mar 2020
  2. Dr Janet Soskice on The Sisters of Sinai

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    Dr Janet Soskice on The Sisters of Sinai

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    How two lady adventurers discovered the lost Gospels.

    The year is 1893, and whilst Victorian fervour over the translation of the King James Bible was quietening, scientific-rationale was still casting a shadow over the text. So when news broke on 13th April that an ancient manuscript of the Four…

    Dates

    From:
    29 May 2020 To 29 May 2020
  3. Ptolemy Dean in the Surveyors if the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, past and present.

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    Ptolemy Dean in the Surveyors if the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, past and present.

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    Lecture

    Ripon


    When Dean took on the role of Surveyor of the Fabric in 2012, he found the 500 year old installation ceremony daunting, as was the prospect of becoming only the 19th architect ever to have been appointed in the Abbey's 1,000 year history. With predecessors such as Christopher Wren, Nicholas…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Jun 2020 To 30 Jun 2020

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