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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…

    Dates

    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. 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

    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 Gospels had been discovered at Mount Sinai in Egypt it…

    Dates

    From:
    29 May 2020 To 29 May 2020
  4. 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
  5. Dr David Starkey on Henry VIII and the first Brexit

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    Dr David Starkey on Henry VIII and the first Brexit

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    The historian and author posits Henry VIII as the ultimate break-away leader, citing his strength when he used Parliamentary Sovereignty to break England away from the Catholic Church. Drawing fascinating parallels – including those between Nigel Farage and Henry himself – this fascinating talk…

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jul 2020 To 3 Jul 2020
  6. Nicholas Merchant on Yorkshire Country Houses

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    Nicholas Merchant on Yorkshire Country Houses

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    Yorkshire is fortunate to contain a vast number of country estates, each with a great house at its centre. At one time, a great chain of country houses existed from Burton Agnes in the east to Harewood in the west. Many did not survive the post-war period, being purposefully-destroyed by owners…

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jul 2020 To 17 Jul 2020
  7. Nicholas Merchant explores the highlights of the Temple Newsam Collection,Leeds

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    Nicholas Merchant explores the highlights of the Temple Newsam Collection,Leeds

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    Famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam is known as "the Hampton Court of the North"'. Now set imposingly above the A1M, the Hall began life as a courtyard house in 1520. It now houses rich collections of wallpapers, textiles, silver and ceramics.…

    Dates

    From:
    18 Jul 2020 To 18 Jul 2020
  8. Dr Susie Harries on The Art of the Joke: humour in art.

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    Dr Susie Harries on The Art of the Joke: humour in art.

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    "Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious." Oscar Wilde

    Artists have always used jokes to make serious statements – about themselves, about each other, about the world, and about the nature of art. This lecture looks at artists' jokes –…

    Dates

    From:
    4 Sep 2020 To 4 Sep 2020
  9. A.N. Wilson on The Man who saved the Monarchy

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    A.N. Wilson on The Man who saved the Monarchy

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    Lecture

    Ripon

    Prince Albert is perhaps one of the least known royals – famous for the Great Exhibition and popularising the Christmas tree – yet he quietly revolutionised the royal family. At a time when royalty was perceived as "a distant gilded viper's nest of dissoluteness", he was fundamental in creating a…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Sep 2020 To 25 Sep 2020

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