We are pleased to announce our programme of six public lectures for the 2019 / 2020 season.
Each lecture takes place at Bebington Civic Centre commencing promptly at 8.00pm and lasts for approximately one hour. Doors are open from 7.30pm.
Wednesday 16 October 2019
A History of Wirral Lidos
A historic look at the development of outdoor swimming pools in Wirral, including many nostalgic and illustrated memories of the Wirral lidos
by Heather Chapman
A swimming teacher for over fifty years, Heather still swims every day and will share many memories of Wirral’s lidos.
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Standing Stones and Circles of Ancient Britain
Some of ancient Britain’s monuments were constructed before Egypt’s pyramids. This illustrated lecture will explain how these monuments were built, why they are here and what they were for.
by Dr Ron Callender
A Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Ron has compiled an extensive portfolio of photographs which have been displayed in the Royal Photographic Society’s gallery in Bath.
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Wildlife in Wirral: Coast and Countryside
This illustrated lecture will explore Wirral’s great variety of wildlife, featuring mainly sites with public access. It will explore the significance of wildlife to people and the wider environment, and the problems and opportunities we face.
by Dr Hilary Ash
A botanist for over 30 years, Hilary has been the Honorary Conservation Officer for Wirral Wildlife and has been involved in New Ferry Butterfly Park since its inception.
Wednesday 15 January 2020
A History of St Andrew’s Saxon Church, Bebington
This illustrated lecture will show that Bebington has one of the oldest and finest church buildings in this part of the country. It will also explain how and why it has developed over a thousand years.
by Alan Roberts
An amateur family and church historian, Alan now runs the in-house maintenance of St Andrew’s and is its Heritage Coordinator.
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Wirral’s First Settlement: Hunter-Gatherers in Greasby 10,400 Years Ago
The lecture will describe the results of archaeological excavations at a settlement in Greasby, recently shown to be the earliest in the west of Britain. The nature of life for these first people in the region will be explained and the site set in its national context after the end of the last Ice Age.
by Ron Cowell
Having graduated in archaeology from Reading University and after post-graduate work at Oxford, Ron has been an archaeologist for the past 38 years in the Museum of Liverpool.
Wednesday 18 March 2020
Making News with Granada and Making Music with Clatterbridge
Andy has interviewed many famous people, but reporting on the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those from our local community give him the most satisfaction. Stories behind the headlines will be revealed and Andy will explain why he still plays an important role in the charity which helped launch his career.
by Andy Bonner
An award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Andy began his career on the radio at Clatterbridge Hospital. After working for a number of stations, he has spent the last twenty years at ITV News Granada Reports where he continues to reflect the people and events of our community in his role as Merseyside Correspondent.