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Literature For Life

There are a few places still available for Literature for Life, a long-established Lifelong Learning course run by The University of Bristol’s Department of English.  The theme this year is Winds of Change

Energy Fairness, Physics and Sustainability

National programmes to address climate change have to be ‘fair’ and physically realistic. Peter Harper, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, will speak on ‘Energy Fairness, Physics and Sustainability’ at a meeting in the Science Group Energy series on Friday September 26th at 7.30 pm.

Discovery Day and Charity Auction

This is a fund raising event in aid of the restoration of the Duncan Brother Portraits and the Geological Map.  All three items need serious attention especially the portraits as the intention is to rehang them in the room named after them.

Energy Balance and Obesity: Gluttony or Sloth

Are we eating more than in the past or exercising less? The answer is complicated and controversial. On Friday 25 July 2014 at 7.30 pm, Professor Joe Millward of the University of Surrey will speak on “Energy Balance and Obesity: Gluttony or Sloth”, as part of the Science Group series on Energy.

New Materials for Green Energy

For green energy technologies, development of new materials is crucial. On Friday June 27th at 7.30 pm, Professor Saiful Islam of the University of Bath will explain recent advances for fuel cells and lithium batteries as part of the Science Group series on Energy.

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Did you know...

Genius!

Intellect in the Bath area has always been high. On 31st December 1780 Edmund Rack commented, "this institution promises much rational improvement and instruction; and has a much more favourable beginning than the Royal Society in London had 100 years ago - there being only 5 members for more than two years: and those 5 not superior in learning and genius to most of our members". 11 Members went on to become Fellows of the Royal Society!

Curatorial Curiosities

6-shot percussion pepperbox revolver Clough & Son of Bath

Early six-shooter:This six shot percussion pepperbox revolver was made by Clough & Son of Bath (who were based on Southgate Street), c.1850. It has a fluted barrel block with six numbered chambers, each stamped with London proof marks. The rounded frame, chequered walnut 1-piece grip, and blueing (passivation) of the steel, are all testament to the fine craftsmanship of this piece.