The Church of Ideas returns on the 17th of September

The Tuesdays Till Two “Church of Ideas” is our series of lunchtime talks and lectures that have a varied and interesting programme. Please see the information below for our full list of talks.

All lectures will begin at 1pm and finish at 1:45pm and refreshments will be available before, during and after them.

We will be asking for a  donation at your discretion on the day which will go towards the speakers and the church, there will also be homemade refreshments that will be available before and during the talks too.

September 17th – Peter Waszak
“A Birds Eye View of Peterborough in the late 1970s and early 1980s”

The former school librarian and the Hon Archivist at St Peter & All Souls Church in Peterborough will give an illustrated talk using photographs of the changing City Centre before and during the construction of Queensgate. A number of views were taken from St Johns Church tower. The project was linked to Peterborough Museum and an attempt to record the Greater Peterborough era.

September 24th –  Nicola Day-Dempsey 
‘John Clare’s Lost Landscapes’
Discover the turmoil caused by the 1809 enclosures act, through the eyes of Peasant Poet, John Clare with Nicola Day, Former Teacher of English, Media and Drama and Education and Learning Officer John Clare Cottage.

October 1st – Alun Williams

Alun Williams began work as a software designer in 1984 after reading mathematics at university. Around 1999 his interest in mathematics was rekindled when he became interested in the artistic possibilities ofusing mathematics and computers to create music and images, and in the years since, his software has been cited in mathematical papers, and his artwork exhibited at Warwick university at an international mathematical conference.

Symmetry- Almost all living things exhibit some kind of symmetry, and since prehistoric times human beings have used symmetry to create decorative patterns and artwork. But what exactly is symmetry, and why does it hold a central place in modern mathematics and science? How are symmetry and chaos linked? Can a better understanding of symmetry help creative artists? The talk will include illustrations of artwork exhibiting symmetry from ancient Egypt to modern times.

October 8th – June and Vernon Bull
‘Peterborough Then & Now’

June and Vernon’s main hobby is collecting old picture postcards of Peterborough and they have 3,500 originals. Both are founder members of the Peterborough Local History Society and June is a Committee Member and former Hon Secretary.

Since 1988, they have published a series of Peterborough Picture Postcard books and Peterborough Through Time series of books along with other booklets. They also write monthly local history articles for the City Scene and Only Peterborough magazines.

They also have an accompanying book titled – “Peterborough Then & Now in colour” – published March 2013 by the History Press (priced £14.99).

Since they started working and living in Peterborough they have seen vast changes to this Cathedral City. They have been privileged to know and learn from many of the Peterborough dignitaries and business families over the years – through their long standing connections with St John the Baptist (Peterborough Parish Church), as well as through their social networking and hobbies

They are always happy to meet Peterborians and long standing residents who can tell them more about the city’s undocumented history and the many environmental, economic, industrial & commercial, political and social changes it has undergone.

Peterborough and its surrounds has a rich history and heritage which tells a gripping story. Whether Peterborough is your home or you live nearby, or you are simply visiting then this illustrated talk explores the city in lots of different ways.

It takes us through a pageant of progress from Monastic Times to the present day and traces some of the various ways in which the hamlet grew into the city it is today. How it has developed over the centuries and how today’s success has its roots in yesteryear.

Through the matching of old images with modern ones – taken from the same camera location today – the presentation allows the viewer to soak in the many changes that have occurred over the intervening years.

The images trace some of the most significant aspects of the city and it’s our pleasure and involvement as local historians to present this project to you.

October 15th : Poets United

Poets United offer a pew-full of poetry from laureates, ex-laureates and published poets, all local residents. Poems of beauty, humour, complaint and vision, from your long-established poetry and performance group.