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My Favourite Poisons

Thursday 16 July at 11am

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A darkly humorous look at 19th century medicine. Queen Victoria’s reign saw great changes as medicine developed from herbals and medieval-style alchemy, towards modern pharmacy. Ingenuity, profiteering, well-meaning ignorance and often dubious skills offered doctors and the public relief with remedies and pain relief. Some made fortunes, some made disastrous mistakes. This talk by Graham Harrison covers some of his favourites with anecdotes and accounts that will astound and amuse. (Talk length - 27 minutes + Q&A).

Big Ben

Thursday 23 July at 11am

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The whole world recognises and loves Big Ben - it identifies the UK. But during this presentation, using Tim Redmond's amazing images, you are going to have the unique opportunity of seeing inside the tower. You will be hauled up the 334 spiral steps, taken behind those famous clock faces, introduced to the magnificent example of Victorian engineering that is the clock mechanism, before finally going to the belfry where you will stand in front of Big Ben, the most famous bell in the world. (Talk length - 41 minutes + Q&A).

​A small slice of the Big Apple

Thursday 30 July at 11am

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Many districts and landmarks in New York city have become well known through films and TV. Sixty million tourists flock there annually. This talk, by Neil Sadler, looks at some true, some quirky and some downright unusual aspects of the “city that never sleeps”. You will hear about the woman who jumped off the 86th floor of the Empire State building (yes, it has a happy ending) and why a young Bob Hope arrived in NYC wearing three shirts at the age of four! It combines facts, humour...oh yes, and a picture of Mae West, who famously quipped, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted!"

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