The Hepworth Wakefield Garden 7th Feb 2022

Katy Merrington: cultural gardener Before she was appointed as cultural gardener to the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield, Katy trained at Harlow Carr and worked in the prestigious Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Tresco Abbey Garden and Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. She has been central to the development of the public garden at the Hepworth Gallery from … Read more

The Hawley Collection – Gareth Morgan – 18 October 2021

Gareth introduced his excellent talk by outlining his admiration for Ken Hawley whose Sheffield tool collection rests at Kelham Island. Ken’s main interest was not just the finished Sheffield product but more the manufacturing process, which eventually led to a massive collection of more than 100,000 artefacts. Ken Hawley’s family were in the tool business … Read more

How far is a bridge too far? Matthew Gilbert PhD 5th July 2021

This was every bit an informative talk laced with some quite challenging mathematical concepts which inform on best bridge design. Computational modelling and optimisation are able to predict how a bridge’s components and structures will behave under specific conditions, and thereby improving design, efficiency and manufacturing technique e.g. with 3D printing What are the span … Read more

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1689-1762 – Roger England -19th April 2021

Early life Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (neé Pierrepont) is recognised as one of the great female intellectuals of the 18th century. She was the daughter of the Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, born in 1689. Between 1692 and 1700 she went to her grandmother at West Dean near Salisbury, then to Thoresby Hall … Read more