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Press Release - 15 April 2008

Public lectures: new lunchtime programme for Bath

Local people will have the opportunity to learn more about the archaeology of airfields, creating digital art and working at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in the latest lunchtime public lecture series.

The lunchtime summer programme starts on Friday 25 April, with a talk exploring the location and architecture of airfields. In this illustrated lecture, Bob Clarke, QinetiQ Archaeologist at MOD Boscombe Down and honorary review editor for the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Magazine, will explore the part airpower has played in major conflicts.

The series continues on Friday 23 May with a lecture about art in new media. Dr David Lewis-Baker, a fine artist and photographer, will talk about the impact new media technologies have had on traditional art, showcasing examples from internet art, robotics, computer animation and more.

A day in the life of a great museum from the point of view of a guide is the theme for the closing lunchtime lecture, presented on Friday 27 June. June Ward will be recounting tales of her experience working as a guide at the V&A. She will discuss the importance of honorary guides and the training and knowledge they require to do their jobs. In this illustrated talk, she will also showcase some of the most interesting objects in the museum’s recent collection.

The lunchtime lectures run from 12.15 to 1.15pm in room 2.6 at Carpenter House, Broad Quay, Bath. Everybody is welcome and admission costs £6.50 per head with a sandwich lunch.

For the first time the University of Bath is also extending its popular and well-attended public lecture series into the 2008 summer semester. The lecture dates are: 7 May, 21 May, 4 June, 18 June and 2 July. Topics include; cancer drug designs for the new millennium, seed storage at Kew and an observation of one of the most enigmatic artifacts in the British Museum’s collection. For more information on the talks, see the link above.

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