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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 Cristina Figuredo on The Bayeux Tapestry: narrating the Norman Conquest

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    Dr Cristina Figuredo on The Bayeux Tapestry: narrating the Norman Conquest

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    A pictorial narration of the conquest of England by William of
    Normandy, yet also a remarkable source for understanding the
    political and cultural backdrop against which the Battle of Hastings
    was fought: Cristina will introduce the idea of 'reading' and
    interpreting the tapestry, highlighting…

    Dates

    From:
    6 Sep 2019 To 6 Sep 2019
  2. Christopher de Hamel on Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

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    Christopher de Hamel on Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Winner of the Duff Cooper prize, Christopher de Hamel will bring his investigation into the lives of 12 truly remarkable manuscripts to life in this superbly-illustrated talk. From Copenhagen to Florence, Munich to St Petersburg, he describes his meetings as similar to encountering a famous person…

    Dates

    From:
    13 Sep 2019 To 13 Sep 2019
  3. Noir at Harrogate Library

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    Noir at Harrogate Library

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    A bumper afternoon of murder and mystery is guaranteed at Harrogate Library on Saturday 14th September at 1pm.

    With 5 authors attending, each will read an extract from their work and then take part in a question & answer session. This is a great opportunity to meet the people behind your favourite…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2019 To 14 Sep 2019
  4. The Photography of The Yorkshire Shepherdess - An Evening with Amanda Owen

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    The Photography of The Yorkshire Shepherdess - An Evening with Amanda Owen

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    This event is organised by Harrogate Photographic Society and is open to everyone. To be held at Ashville College, the venue has over 500 seats and the site has ample free parking.

    Amanda Owen

    Shepherdess, hill farmer, writer, photographer, public speaker and mother of nine, Amanda Owen ( www…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2019 To 30 Sep 2019
  5. Ripon Poetry Festival

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    Ripon Poetry Festival

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    A bumper weekend of pop-up poetry, poetry readings, poetry-inspired art, performances, workshops, book launches, poetry with wine and cheese, open mics and more. Over four days, the festival offers something for everyone of all ages: poetry-lovers, poetry-writers and even the doubtful explorer.…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2019 To 13 Oct 2019
  6. An Evening with Chris Packham

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    An Evening with Chris Packham

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    Naturalist, TV presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker, Chris Packham CBE, is heading to Harrogate.
    In a special bespoke evening at the Royal Hall, Packham will talk about his photography and work with wildlife and conservation. He'll also discuss his…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
  7. Steve Backshall - Voyages to Undiscovered Places

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    Steve Backshall - Voyages to Undiscovered Places

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    Adventurer, presenter, explorer, wildlife enthusiast and all-round daredevil, Steve Backshall, heads to Harrogate for a special talk at the Royal Hall.
    Steve Backshall has been leading expeditions to unknown parts of the world for nearly twenty years. But for the last year, Steve has embarked on…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019

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