Talks and Lectures


Talk Time at the Beaney

Talk Time

Every Tuesday, 10am to 11am
Free drop-in activity, Community Room

New to the area? Looking to make new friends? Our coffee and chat social sessions discuss a wide range of topics and have occasional invited speakers.

Popular Lecture: Some Mother's Son at the Beaney

Creative Writing - Writing Your Life

Thursday 22 January - 12 March 2015, 1.30 - 3.30pm, 8 sessions
£90, Community Room in the Beaney Library
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This course is for beginners and experienced writers. Through writing exercises you will practise writing skills and cover topics appropriate to life writing. To enrol call 0845 606 5606 and ask for Canterbury Adult Education or visit the website

Roman shops and shopping

Roman Shops and Shopping

Popular Lecture, Thursday 22 January, 6 to 7pm
£6 adults, £4 members, The Beaney Learning Lab


Explore retail in the Roman city, including lesser-known trades, such as chandlery, perfumemaking and fast-food! By Joe Williams, PhD research student at the University of Kent. Part of the University of Kent’s Visualisation of the Late Antique City Project’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Victorian and Edwardian Schooldays

Victorian and Edwardian Schooldays

Popular Lecture, Thursday 29 January, 6pm to 7pm
£6 adults, £4 children, The Beaney Learning Lab


Discover the fascinating story of life in the classroom over 100 years ago, with local historian Peter Ewart, including discipline, the curriculum, teaching methods and punishments!

The Phenomenal Enid Blyton

The Phenomenal Enid Blyton

Popular Lecture, Thursday 12 February, 6pm to 7pm
£6 adults, £4 members, The Beaney Learning Lab


A look at the bestselling writer’s incredible output, her background, the reasons for her popularity, and for the criticism she attracted over the years.

The Bridge Iron Age helmet

The Bridge Iron Age helmet

Popular Lecture, Thursday 19 March 2015, 6pm to 7pm
£6 adults, £4 members, The Beaney Learning Lab


Discover the story of the Bridge Iron Age helmet with archaeologist Andrew Richardson from Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Find out about scientific and 3D laser scanning techniques, with the University of Kent and conservator Dana Goodburn- Brown. Part of National Science and Engineering Week.

An A-Z of the Beaney

An A-Z of the Beaney

Popular Lecture, Thursday 23 April 2015, 5pm to 6pm
£6 adults, £4 members, The Beaney Learning Lab


Enjoy an entertaining, romp through the Beaney’s world collections with stories of alphabetical oddities from aardvarks, brain corals and cocos-de-mer, to x-rays, yaffles and Zeppelins! With Martin Crowther (Learning Officer, Canterbury Museums and Galleries).

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