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!


Upcoming lectures

  • January 29 at 11:00am – Sally Goldsmith and Rony Robinson 
    Rony Robinson and Sally Goldsmith are life partners and creative collaborators. They will playfully explore writing, radio, disability, song, late love and retirement.
    (Registration will open on January 26).

  • February 5 at 11:00am – Better Together – founding a festival for culture, cohesion and creativity – Jo Wingate, Director and Founder, Sensoria Festival 
    Jo Wingate founded Sensoria Festival of Music and Film in 2008. The Sheffield-based event quickly became renowned for presenting unique, imaginative experiences, often in unusual venues. Sensoria is synonymous with outdoor cinema, having hosted numerous Drive-In (and Dive-In) movies, plus cinema in settings from working law courts to disused airfields or woodland clearings. The festival has also helped musicians realise their own original ideas including presenting headphone gigs in railways stations and shop windows, radio dramas broadcast in cafes, crazy art golf and music with live art.
    Guests have included Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, DJ Stingray, Laurie Anderson, Nitin Sawhney, Bill Drummond, John Grant, JLin, Christopher Eccleston, Julien Temple and many more.

    Jo has also previously worked in independent cinema and galleries and been involved in over 25 festivals such as Shots in the Dark Crime and Thriller Festival, Sheffield DocFest and Fantastic Cinema.
    (Registration will open on February 2).


  • February 12 at 11:00am – Surviving Warsaw 1939-1945 – Dr Marek Szablewski 
    Marek’s Father Witold took part in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 at the age of 22 and came to Sheffield with the Polish Resettlement Corps at the end of the second world war. In Sheffield he worked at W. Tyzack Sons and Turner as a tool maker, rising to be technical director of the company. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, Witold worked as an apprentice toolmaker in a factory inside the Warsaw Ghetto. This talk presents the findings of Marek’s 2011 Churchill Fellowship, and tells the story of Witold and his family, resistance, the horrors of the Ghetto and how Witold’s Father kept Witold’s Jewish stepmother and half-sister hidden until the end of the war. The talk will also briefly outline how Witold found himself in Sheffield, after the war, not returning to Poland until 1989.
    Dr Marek Szablewski is an Associate Professor of Physics at Durham University. He was born in Sheffield to Witold and Barbara, both from Warsaw. Marek attended All Saint’s School and graduated in Applied Chemistry at Sheffield City Polytechnic before gaining a PhD in Molecular Electronics at Cranfield University. In 2011 Marek obtained a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to research his family’s history during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw from 1939-1944. Both Marek’s parents were members of SU3A, and Witold gave a talk on his experiences during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 in 2004. Marek has given many talks on his Fellowship to school pupils in the North East, University College SCRs at Durham, to the U3A in Bishop Auckland and at ‘Inspiration for Life’ events at Sheffield University, he has also regularly given workshops and talks to school children at Holocaust Memorial Day events at Durham Cathedral. In his ‘spare’ time Marek is vice-president of the Polish Scouting Association outside of Poland and is also vice -president of Durham UCU.
    (Registration will open on February 9).

  • February 19 at 11:00am – Threat to the Cavendish Banana – Prof Pat Heslop-Harrison 
    (Registration will open on February 16).


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
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