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Elisabeth Parry will talk about her travels in Chile
Elisabeth Parry will talk about her travels in Chile

Press Release - 23 January 2008

Public lectures: launch of new lunchtime programme

Local people will have the opportunity to learn more about Victorian country houses, mythical islands and travels in Chile in the latest Friday lunchtime public lecture series, run by the University of Bath.

The lunchtime programme starts on 25 January with a lecture about travels in the South of Chile. Elisabeth Parry, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, will show her 35mm colour slides and talk about the Chilean ‘Lake District’.

The series continues on 29 February with Upstairs, Downstairs: Life in the Victorian Country House. The lecture will focus on the social relationships between house owners, their staff and the local community. The speaker will be Peter Street, a graduate from the University of Oxford with an interest in 19th century British social history.

The myths surrounding Atlantis and other ‘lost’ islands are the theme for the closing lunchtime lecture, presented on 28 March. Kevan Manwaring, author of Lost Islands: inventing Avalon, destroying Eden, will explore the idea of the ‘metaphysical archipelago’, with insights from philosophy, folklore and literature.

The lunchtime lectures run from 12.15 to 1.15pm in Carpenter House, Broad Quay, in the centre of Bath. Everybody is welcome and admission costs £6.50 per head with a sandwich lunch.

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