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Tues 5 October 2021Gary Brannan

Time Travel for Beginners - York's archival history at the Borthwick with Gary Brannan.

The Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York is one of the largest archive services outside of London. Home to hundreds of individual archives spanning nearly 1,000 years of our documentary past, the Borthwick has a particular specialism in collecting archives related to faith, belief, and the reactions to it.

How does an archive such as this work to document the world today? How are expectations around access to information changing?

And in an age where truth - and especially the truth of official record - is an ever more contested concept, how do archives respond?

Gary Brannan is Keeper of Archives and Special Collections at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York. An archivist for over 15 years, Gary's previous specialisms in the archive sector include online and social media engagement, access services, digital preservation and archival skills training.

7.30pm on Zoom. Details to follow.

Tues 12 October

Book Group - The Future of Capitalism, by Paul Collier. 7.30pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 2 November 2021Ariane Sherine

North Yorkshire Humanists Annual Lecture - How to Live to 100 with Ariane Sherine.

Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life? You’re in luck. Comedy writer and Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine has teamed up with public health consultant David Conrad to analyse the scientific evidence behind life expectancy - and she’s visiting to tell you all about it on 2nd November.

Could drinking green tea really prolong your life? How about gardening? Is regular sex more about pleasure than health? Why does standing up a lot make a difference to longevity? And is it worth cutting out red meat or even turning vegan in order to blow out 100 candles on your birthday cake?

This funny and potentially lifesaving talk will reveal the answers to all these questions and more.

Ariane will be signing copies of her new book HOW TO LIVE TO 100 after the talk - the perfect Christmas present for anyone interested in improving their health.

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity anthology The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC One’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC Three’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Observer, the Daily Mash, New Statesman and New Humanist. She lives in London with her ten-year-old daughter, Lily.

7.30pm (Doors open 7pm)

Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL

Tickets £7 online from eventbrite.

Tues 7 December 2021Alastair Lichten

No more Faith Schools with Alastair Lichten.

Around a third of publicly funded schools are faith schools, with a wide range of abilities to discriminate and to promote their religious ethos.

These schools also influence practices across the education system. From coercive worship and confessional RE to faith-based sex education, our school system is full of inappropriate religious influence, privilege and discrimination.

But it doesn't need to be this way, our many fantastic community schools show how we can move towards a secular, inclusive education system.

Alastair, will talk about the National Secular Society's No More Faith Schools campaign, along with their other education focused campaigns. The talk includes advice on activism and is engaging and informative for those with all levels of pre-existing knowledge on the subject.

Alastair Lichten is the Society's head of education. He joined the NSS in 2014 to work on a variety of their campaigns, before focusing on education and he currently coordinates the No More Faith Schools campaign.


Tues 4 January 2022Victoria Wild

Extinction Rebellion - Community, Chaos and Change with Victoria Wild.

Extinction Rebellion can seem like a disorderly rabble but behind the chaos is an organised, horizontal structure and a theory of change drawn from other successful non-violent movements.

The communities within it are its most vital element, providing support, ideas and training, but also by their very nature presenting a challenge to the destructive economic model which is fuelling climate change.

Victoria Wild works in fair trade and has been involved in the local green movement for the last few years, including setting up the XR group in Harrogate.


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