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The Emperor’s new clothes: voices from the margins

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

Within all elements of society there are voices that are prioritised because of their size. With a focus on the loudest and the largest it is possible to miss the voices from the margins with their myriad of new ideas and ways of thinking. Although this extends to all areas of society, in this talk

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We look but do we really see? … exploring and understanding local landscapes

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

Have you ever stopped to consider or ask questions about where you live, work, or places you like to visit (a house, building, village, town, forest)? Often we rarely notice something that is right in front of us as we go about our daily lives: the lion on top of a Chester car park, the

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Forgotten But Not Lost. How a great medical pioneer, once lost from the collective public memory, was rediscovered

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

This talk will explore the great story of a remarkable woman. Janet Vaughan lived from 1899 to 1993. One of the few women to qualify as a doctor in 1925, within 10 years she published a classic book on the anaemias and was teaching in the British Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith. She was seventh

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Event Series Touching Success

Floella Benjamin: Facing Adversity With A Smile

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

In this free public talk, Floella will tell of her childhood journey to England as a ten year old girl, a story which she wrote as a best selling book ‘Coming to England’. She will go on to talk about her transition from trainee bank clerk to actress. Occasionally Floella will use song to describes this

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Georgian Chester

Grosvenor Museum, Chester

An introduction to Chester in the fashionable Georgian period, exploring the architecture, notable people, fashion and places to be seen using the West Cheshire Museums’ art, archaeology and costume collections. This lecture is a lead in to our major summer art exhibition on George Cuitt: Chester’s Piranesi.

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George Cuitt (1779-1854): Chester’s Greatest Regency Artist

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

George Cuitt resided in Chester from 1804 to 1821. Here he launched his remarkable career as artist and etcher being called “one of the finest, in his chosen line the very finest, of our native etchers.” His published plates were judged to “have no equal in Britain and no superior in the similar school of any

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Minted: Making Money and Meaning The Coins in West Cheshire Museums’ collection

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

West Cheshire Museums’ care for an amazing money collection containing coins, jettons and paper money. It not only charts the history of people’s interaction with wealth, but documents political issues, cultural attachments and even fashion. This lecture examines how money was made, how it was used by those who created it, and what it meant

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The Idea of Happiness-And How to Achieve It

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

It was the American Declaration of Independence that introduced the idea of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" as unalienable rights.  4th July 1776 is the date when the modern idea of a right to happiness was born – and this talk by Gyles Brandreth will explore the idea of happiness as it has developed across

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Dr Louise Newson: Female hormones and health – why do we need to talk about perimenopause and menopause?

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

For far too long, the menopause has simply been considered as a condition which either affects periods or fertility. Few people have thought about the important role of oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone in our bodies. These hormones can have very beneficial effects and when the level of these hormones reduce, many symptoms can occur and

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Journeys to Cheshire

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

This event is an opportunity to learn more about two projects which are sharing stories of people crossing borders and building new lives in Cheshire and across the North West. Daniel Edmonds of Cheshire Archives will introduce the Journeying to Cheshire project launched by the archives in partnership with Cheshire Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Centre (CHAWREC). They are

History and the History Wars: David Olusoga

Chester Town Hall Northgate Street, Chester

History is now front-page news, contested as never before. Statues have fallen and the reputations of great men called into question. In this talk, Professor David Olusoga examines the causes of the ‘history wars’ and asks where they might lead us.

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