Lectures

We have a wide-range of lectures the exploring fascinating subjects that highlight cutting edge research at the University. 

Gardens & Designed Landscapes of the Wirral

Join us for an exploration of the gardens and designed landscapes on the Wirral peninsula. These include the private gardens designed by Thomas Mawson for William Lever at Thornton Manor, and ‘Bulley’s Garden’ – now the University of Liverpool’s Ness Botanic Gardens. We will also study landscaped public spaces, including the world famous Birkenhead Park. With Nick Lightfoot, Thursday 6 May, 6-8pm.

Rhododendrons: The Aristocrats of the Plant World

There are over a thousand species of rhododendron and they come with tales of crazed Ancient Greeks, plant invasion and obsessed collectors. This talk explores these tales and the great collections in the gardens of the UK. With Nick Lightfoot, Thursday 22 April, 2-4pm. We are no longer taking enrolments for this course.

Daphne du Maurier: Don’t Look Now and Other Stories

During Daphne du Maurier’s literary career she managed to perfect the art of the short story. In this session, a chance to appreciate and discuss her infamous Don’t Look Now as well as Not After Midnight, A Border-line Case, The Way of the Cross and the Breakthrough. With Dr Rachel Cleaver, Wednesday 26 May, 10am-12pm.

A Good Man is Hard to Find: Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor is considered to be one of America's greatest female fiction writers. This session is an introduction to her life and examines the Southern Gothic features to her grisly collection of short stories set in 1950s America. With Dr Rachel Cleaver, Wednesday 7 April, 10am-12pm. We are no longer taking enrolments for this course.