Lunchtime Talks

Lunchtime Talks 2018/19

The next programme of Lunchtime Talks will be published soon.

All talks will again take place in the Insight Institute, Collins Building, 22 Richmond Place, Glasgow from 12.30-1.30pm.




Programme 2017/2018

Building on our previous successful programmes of lunchtime talks, we are pleased to announce details of planned events for next session.

Q700- Brexit and the Future of the United Kingdom

The UK decision to leave the European Union will have major, but as yet unknown, consequences for the British state and its constituent parts. This lecture will explain why a majority voted to leave in June 2016, the short term consequences of this decision and speculate on what might happen in the longer term.

Professor Brian Girvin FRHistS

Monday 16 October 2017

Q701- British hotel architecture between the 1920s and the 1960s

This talk addresses the subject of Bruce Peter’s recent book, ‘The Modern Hotel in Britain’, by examining the development of hotel and motel architecture between the mid-1920s and the 1960s. In that timespan, architectural modernism came to prominence and there were major modal shifts from rail and sea to road and air travel, requiring a great expansion in hotel provision. Tourism also grew into a major national industry. The lecture emphasises Glasgow and Scottish examples, as well as key buildings from all over the UK.

Dr Bruce Peter, BA (Hons) MA RCA PhD – Reader in Design History and Theory Glasgow School of Art

Monday 13 November 2017

Q702 – East Meets West: The Role and Work of the Confucius Institute for Scottish Schools

This talk will tell you about the work of CISS, ajointly funded initiative by Scottish and Chinese governments, which works in partnership with local authorities to support the learning and teaching of Mandarin and Chinese culture in schools across the country. Its Director Fhiona Mackay will talk about the vision for how CISS can help youngsters become better global citizens and how the Centre makes a significant contribution to
a fairer, smarter and more successful Scotland.

Fhiona Mackay, Director of the Confucius Institute for Scottish Schools (CISS) University of Strathclyde

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Q703 – Tubes and Valves and Karl Marx: The Curious History of the Brass Band

This talk, illustrated with rare photographic images and brass band instruments you can handle, charts the development of the greatest cultural achievement of the working class- the brass band. It will cover developments of the band from Victorian days, the reason for the ‘Ruritarian’ uniforms, the rise of women in the brass band movement and the strange theory that bands suppressed rather than liberated the working class.

Dr Raymond Thomson, BA MA PhD DMus – Former Deputy Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Please note there is a change of venue and weekday for the Lunchtime Talks in 2017-18.

All talks take place in the Insight Institute, Collins Building, University of Strathclyde,
22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ  and run from 12.30 – 1.30pm.

Feel free to bring along a packed lunch for an informal discussion and social opportunity afterwards.

FREE to 3Ls members, £2 for non-members.

Advanced booking required. Call 0141 548 2116 or book online at MyCLL.