Online Lectures

We have been setting up these on line lectures with the help of the Friday Showroom Lecture team, who have provided us with some lectures they had ear-marked for the Showroom. Next year’s programme of Showroom lectures is being put together but some of the team are ‘stepping down’ and they need more help. Please click here for more details.


During this time of physical distancing we are arranging for some lectures to be delivered online. The ones we have lined up, so far, are shown below. Zoom has a limit on attendance so you need to register on the Wild Apricot site for each lecture. As you will see from below registration opens on the Tuesday before the lecture. Details of how to register are at the bottom of this page.

We will try and record the lectures and will give a link to the recordings below – you will need to login (with the email and password you use to register for events and renew your membership) to view these. As these are large files the recordings will not remain for ever!

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Upcoming lectures

  • August 21 at 11:00am – Life Ruins. Exploring the links between crime, poverty and homelessness in a fictional setting – Danuta Kot
    Coastal towns like Bridlington are among the poorest in the country. In the summer, the tourist trade brings some prosperity, but what happens in winter when the visitors have gone? Often, homeless people from other parts of the country are shipped in to take advantage of the cheap winter rentals. Many of these may be young people with troubled backgrounds and no roots. As one of the characters in the novel says, ‘If you fill an area with prey, the predators will not be far behind.’ Life Ruins explores crime and exploitation in this all-too-familiar 21st century setting.

    Danuta Kot (who also writes as Danuta Reah and Carla Banks) is an academic with an interest in forensic linguistics. She has written several crime novels in addition to contributing to academic books. She is a past winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger, and is shortlisted for the 2019 award. (Registration will open on August 18.)

  • August 28 at 11:00am – Cryptography from Caesar to Public Key – David Jordan  
    Description coming soon.(Registration will open on August 25.)

  • September 11 at 11:00am – Sheffield’s Trees – Catherine Nuttgens (Community Forest Manager for Sheffield Council) 
    Description coming soon. (Registration will open on September 8).

  • September 18 at 11:00am – Educating for Sheffield’s Future -Abtisam Mohamed Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Labour Councillor for the Firth Park Ward 
    Description coming soon. (Registration will open on September 15).

  • October 16 at 11:00am – The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright – Dr Xiang Ren, Lecturer in Architecture, University of Sheffield. 
    Dr. Ren includes modernism and contemporary design amongst his many interests. In this lecture he will look at how nature, including falling water, influenced Lloyd Wright’s design.
    (Registration will open on October 13).

  • November 20 at 11:00am – The Life & Works of Anne Lister (“Gentleman Jack”) – Anna Hawthorne, Department of English, University of Sheffield. 
    Description coming soon. (Registration will open on November 17).

  • December 18 at 11:00am – How Sheffield became a Cosmopolitan City – David Price 
    David will explain how Sheffield moved from being a very English place to become the rich cultural mix that it is today, drawing on his book ‘Welcome to Sheffield: A Migration History’ (2018).
    David Price studied history at Cambridge and then became a civil servant, serving for many years as Personnel Director of the Jobcentre Service. In retirement he returned to history and in 2008 produced ‘Sheffield Troublemakers: Rebels and Radicals in Sheffield History.’ He was also concerned about asylum seekers in the city and in 2007 helped to found the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG). Then he researched the various waves of migrants who have come into our city and produced his book ‘Welcome to Sheffield.’ (Registration will open on December 15).


To attend a lecture

  1. Register using Wild Apricot: You will need to log in (just click ‘Forgot password’ if you have forgotten it) and then click on Events and then click on the event for the lecture and follow the instructions.
  2. You will receive an email confirming registration and containing the link, zoom id and password for the lecture. Shortly before the lecture click on the link and, if need be, you will be told to download the Zoom app. You can follow the lecture on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. For the latter two you should download the Zoom app.
  3. Zoom are often updating their security. You will need the password as well as the meeting ID and you may have to wait in a ‘waiting room’ before the lecture – sorry no magazines or coffee available.

If you wish to find out more about Zoom, please read: Introduction to Zoom