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

  • October 16 at 11:00am – Using a Comprehensive Active Ageing Approach in Social Policy – Liam Foster, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work, University of Sheffield. 
    Over recent decades in the European Union (EU) ‘active ageing’ has become the leading policy conceptualization of a later life characterized by well-being and has been a key strategy for responding to demographic ageing. This is in contrast to the United States where discourses around successful ageing have dominated. This presentation will briefly identify some of the key challenges and responses associated with demographic ageing, with particular reference to the UK. In particular, it will define and chart the development of active ageing responses to demographic change, showing how the concept compares with the notion of successful ageing and other terms associated with ‘ageing well’. It will identify how, in practice, active ageing has been dominated by a narrow economic or productivist perspective that prioritizes the extension of working life and reducing the ‘burden’ of population ageing. Such interpretations of active ageing undermine the value of a more comprehensive approach to active ageing. It will explore the development of the Active Ageing Index in 2012, seen as a new analytical tool for policy makers to enable them to devise evidence-based strategies to address the challenges of population ageing. However, in practice, this presentation will show that its operation has tended to reaffirm age-based categories associated with ageing, and failed to engage with the importance of the life course in shaping the experience of old age. Nonetheless, it is evident that active ageing still has an important role to play in our understanding of and responses to ageing. This presentation outlines the basic principles that need to be followed if the full potential of active ageing is to be realized. In particular, it argues that it should be central to policy strategies aimed at improving older people’s well-being.
    (Registration will open on October 13).

  • November 20 at 11:00am – Intimacy in the journals of Anne Lister (1791 – 1840) (“Gentleman Jack”) – Anna Hawthorne, Department of English, University of Sheffield. 
    Anne Lister was a member of the lower landed-gentry and resided at Shibden Hall, Halifax between 1815 and her untimely death in 1840 (she died of fever whilst travelling in Georgia). She was not a celebrity in her day, but rather an eccentric fish in a small, conservative pond. The reason she has gained attention in recent years is due to the twenty-six journals that she left behind. These journals are diligently and devotedly written, spanning more than 5 million words, and covering the broad, myriad details of a life lived. They include her extensive reading, in French, Latin and Greek, her walks upon the moors, her church attendance, her pursuit of a female companion to share her life with, and the weather, amongst many other little and large observations and happenings. They are mostly written in plain hand but approximately a sixth of the diaries are written in Lister’s own devised crypthand. The combination of these two forms creates an intimate imprint of both the public and personal aspects of Lister’s life. I began my PhD in October 2019 on Anne Lister’s journals within the Department of English at the University of Sheffield. For the project, I am transcribing three years of her journals between her 28th and 31st birthdays (mirroring my own age), and looking at how the journals enact and create forms of intimacy. In the lecture, I will give you an overview of Lister criticism, alongside diary criticism, before zooming in more specifically on my theme of intimacy. At this early stage of the project, I am mainly filled with questions and suppositions, which I hope will ignite your curiosity as much as they do mine. Your questions, suggestions, and observations are much welcomed. I look forward to seeing you all.
    (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