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

  • December 4 at 11:00am – Yorkshire Air Ambulance – Charlie Reeder 

    Charlie Reeder is the South Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Charlie looks after fundraising on behalf of YAA in all S & DN postcodes. She will deliver a presentation that will cover the history, operation side of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who they help and how the people of Yorkshire offer their support. (Registration will open on December 1).

  • December 11 at 11:00am – The Building of the Manchester Ship Canal – The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society
    The Manchester Ship Canal , often referred to as the Channel Tunnel of the Victorian age, is a magnificent feat of engineering, 36 miles long linking the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester to the Mersey Estuary, allowing direct trade to world markets for both import and export of goods of all kinds loaded on ocean going ships. Today’s talk tells of the history of the building of the canal, the people who worked on it, the ships that sailed up it, some of the incidents that occurred and some strange visitors, all contributing to the fascinating and continuing story of this great North West waterway.
    The talk is delivered by Les Green and Bob Cannell from the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, custodians of a restored and fully operational 1903 built former Manchester Ship Canal tug tender. The talk lasts about 45 minutes with an opportunity to ask Les and Bob questions at the end. (Registration will open on December 8).

  • 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