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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. Pevsner in Yorkshire with Dr Susie Harries

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    Pevsner in Yorkshire with Dr Susie Harries

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    Sir Nikolaus Pevsner was the author of 32 of The Buildings of England guides. Astonishingly, most of the tours were undertaken during periods of a few weeks only, in variously unreliable cars driven by his wife and a succession of assistants. He received a modest salary and minimal expenses and...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sep 2018 To 7 Sep 2018
  2. The Husband Hunters with Anne de Courcy

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    The Husband Hunters with Anne de Courcy

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Towards the end of the C19th a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2018 To 14 Sep 2018
  3. Heritage Open Days at the Royal Pump Room Museum

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    Heritage Open Days at the Royal Pump Room Museum

    Type

    Historic

    Harrogate

    Enjoy free entry to the Royal Pump Room Museum.  Heritage Open days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or usually charge for admission.  Discover other interesting local places to visit www...

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2018 To 16 Sep 2018
  4. Little Lectures: Caroline Norton

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    Little Lectures: Caroline Norton

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    Caroline Norton may no longer be a household name in in many homes up and down the country - but she is in ours - and we are telling her story this year as we believe that she is a pivotal figure in women's history.

    Caroline Norton was a Georgian society beauty - born into the Sheridan family of...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Oct 2018 To 3 Oct 2018
  5. Red Kites in Yorkshire with Doug Simpson MBE

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    Red Kites in Yorkshire with Doug Simpson MBE

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Since the year 2000, Red Kites have become an increasingly popular sight over the towns and villages around Markenfield – it is not unusual to hear their crystal-clear above the Courtyard, and they are regular followers of the tractor as it ploughs the fields out towards Markington.

    But where did...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2018 To 10 Oct 2018
  6. Opera North: from its foundation to its future - and everything in between

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    Opera North: from its foundation to its future - and everything in between

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    England's national opera company in the North is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites and entertains. It is vibrant and lively and seeks to challenge conventional perceptions of opera.

    Join us for an evening of talk and musical excerpts on film, when Opera North's...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2018 To 19 Oct 2018

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