Henrietta Heald: author of ‘William Armstrong, Magician of the North’ will talk about the life, work and legacy of William Armstrong, with particular emphasis on the years around 1871.
Colin Cunningham: Director of UK European-Extremely Large Telescope project, will talk about the history behind the development of the largest optical-infrared telescope in the world, including the practicalities involved in the construction, which have quite literally involved moving a mountain. As well as insight into what it is hoped this instrument will enable scientists to discover.
Peter Dillon: is a writer, film director and Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. He wrote the award winning BBC 2 documentary ‘River Racing’, which surveyed the history of rowing on the Tyne. In his presentation he will chart this fascinating and overlooked part of local sporting tradition.
Alan Fitzsimmons: known as ‘Fitzy’ on Tyneside and beyond, Alan is a member of ‘The Keelers’ and was a founding member of the Gosforth Folk Club. A true exponent of Northeast traditional song, Alan will conclude the evening with a performance of Joe Wilson songs.
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Refreshments will be provided.