March 2017
Thu 23

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

USA/Italy/UK 2015,  96 mins.  A documentary  by Lisa Immordino Vreela

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Lectures are held in the Victoria Hall on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.  Doors open for members and for guests of Friends and Benefactors at 7.30pm.  Non-members will be admitted at 7.50pm, space permitting.  The fee for non-members is £5.  The hall is fitted with a RNID induction loop.

When the HLSI was founded in 1839, one of the first acts of the new management committee was to start a lecture series. This has continued, with very few interruptions, ever since. We aim to cover a wide range of topics: medicine and science, social and political issues, horticulture, history, education, literature, music and the fine arts. After more than 170 years, our lectures continue to attract a large audience.

February 2017
March 2017
Tue 07

A Life in Crime

Nicci Gerrard

March 2017
March 2017
Tue 21

Turning History into Fiction

Rachel Billington

March 2017
Tue 28

Lady Mary Feilding – the private life and public work of 19th-century female philanthropists

Lady Samantha Hurley is four times great niece of Lady Mary Feilding and

April 2017
Tue 04

The Smile, from the Mona Lisa to the Selfie

In his new book, The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth Century Paris, Colin

April 2017
Tue 11

The Shogun’s Queen

Lesley Downer is an author, novelist and journalist with a lifetime inte

April 2017
Tue 25

David Astor: a life in print

Few newspaper editors are remembered beyond their lifetime, but David As