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For Members

Leeds Castle and Festival of Flowers

Day Visit
Leeds Castle, Kent

Tue, 17 Sep 19
8.30am - 6.30pm

Tickets £35.00. After 3rd September, Members may book a non-member guest if there are still places available.

Leeds Castle has been described as “the loveliest Castle in the World”. Rising majestically from the moat for 900 years, and with 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s queens; a palace used by Henry VIII; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; and an elegant 20th century retreat for the influential and famous. Visit includes the annual “Festival of Flowers”

Constructing the Sutton Hoo Ship replica

Paul Constantine
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 25 Sep 19
19.00 - 20.30

£4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

What are the processes for constructing a 90ft ship?
This talk explains the background and shows the practical steps, from hewing trees to the launching of a Scandinavian ship

The River Deben

Mark Mitchels
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 02 Oct 19
19.00 - 20.30

£5. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

You may have thought Mark had retired - but he can’t resist returning to such a delightful audience!
Another illustrated talk from Mark, about one of the most beautiful rivers running through our county

Rediscovering Cedric Morris, Artist & Plantsman

Diana Grace
Birkbeck Room

Thu, 24 Oct 19
14.00 - 15.00

£4. Members may bring non-member guests to this event

Cedric Morris was in his time a highly acclaimed, commercially successful artist and our illustrated talk offers a glimpse into the world of this under-rated artist.

Silbury Hill - Unplugged, with Afternoon Tea

Chapters Restaurant

Tue, 05 Nov 19
15.00 - 16.00

£8. Members may bring non-member guests to this event

David Stainer and Scott Dolling play a lively mix of acoustic music at events and clubs throughout the region as well as an occasional foray into France and Belgium! They bring a selection of tunes and tales to the Institute, to be taken with afternoon tea.
Book early!

"Behind the Seams" Guided Tour od Angel Costumes, Hendon

Day Trip
Angel Costumes, Hendon

Wed, 27 Nov 19
8.30am - 6.30pm

Tickets £40.00. After 13th November Members may book a non-member guest if places are available.

A guided tour of the world's largest costume house showcasing their extensive collection with over 1 million items. Hear first-hand accounts of working on the biggest productions - such as Shakespeare in Love, The Lady in the Van and Downton Abbey - and see clothes created for Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Fred Astaire, and many more. On the way there will be a short visit for free time/lunch in the historic, Cathedral city of St Albans.

For All

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Rebecca Stott

Reading Room

Mon, 16 Sep 19

Rebecca Stott is a novelist and historian. She is a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her eleven books include three non-fiction history of science books.

Rebecca Stott's 2017 memoir, In the Days of Rain, tells of her experience growing up in a separatist fundamentalist Christian cult.

Tales from the early days of British computing

Professor Simon Lavington

Reading Room

Wed, 09 Oct 19
19.00 - 20.30

£4 (£5 for non-members)

Ferranti Ltd. delivered the world’s first production computer in 1951 and for some time was effectively the only supplier of computers to countries outside the USA. In this talk we set Ferranti in the context of British and American projects, exploring the company’s relationship to other computer manufacturers. Women mathematicians featured strongly as early programmers and the careers of six of these pioneers are described. Of the nine Ferranti installations, most were applied to Cold War defence problems.  The case-history of GCHQ’s first computer is taken as an example.

Emeritus Professor Simon Lavington, M.Sc., Ph.D., FIEE, FBCS graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and joined the University’s computer design group. He became Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex in 1986.

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Mark Cocker

Reading Room

Thu, 10 Oct 19

Mark Cocker is a British author, naturalist, journalist and lecturer. His eight books have dealt with modern responses to the wild, whether found in landscape, human societies or in other species.
His latest book, Our Place, is about humans’ effect on wildlife.

Art workshop - Techniques - Soft Pastels

Steve Joyce

Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sat, 09 Nov 19
9.30 - 3.30

Materials/equipment list available on booking
Ticket (incl. morning coffee and lunch): £28 Member £33 Non-member

This workshop will explore the methods and materials of soft pastels. Learn how to refine and enhance your skills. All the basics are covered as well as aspects of colour theory and the relation between paper colours and media. Demonstrations and prepared examples will introduce the techniques and open tasks will help you explore your own picture making. Suitable for all ability levels, you will need to bring soft pastels and pastel paper. A full materials list is available, and some materials and papers will be provided and included in the price.

Suffolk Book League Author's Talk

Fiona Sampson

Reading Room

Thu, 14 Nov 19

Fiona Sampson is an internationally acclaimed scholar, editor, poet, biographer and translator as well as a musician. Common Prayer and Rough Music were shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize. In Search of Mary Shelley, The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein was released 200 years after the publication of Frankenstein in 2018.