The 10 Best Autumn talks
Top up your brain cells with our pick of lectures taking place around the country – and online
1. Gresham College, London
Weekly, free, gresham.ac.uk
The City of London has provided free lectures and talks to the people of the city since the days of James VI – and there is still one going on most lunchtimes today.
2. IQ2: What on Earth Are You Eating?, London
23 Oct, £25, bit.ly/iqfood
AA Gill leads a panel of experts exploring what the secret of good taste really is. Is it the ingredients? Or something else?
3. YouTube EDU
Looking a little bit cold outside? The bed a tad too comfy? Have a lecture in your lounge using some of the thousands of university lectures on YouTube EDU.
4. Royal Ulster Academy, Northern Ireland
Every week, one of the Academy's exhibited artists hosts a free lunchtime lecture in the Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre.
5. Model Ships, Model Science, National Museum of Scotland
25 Oct, free, bit.ly/scotlandmodelship
This makes the science-deaf child open their ears to the joys of the three sciences.
6. Edward Lear's Lines of Flight, British Academy
1 Nov, free, bit.ly/academylear
Matthew Bevis examines the intersections between birds and people in Edward Lear's paintings and poems.
7. Steven Berkoff in Conversation, ICA, London
26 Oct, £5/free, bit.ly/icaberkoff
Geoffrey Colman talks to the acclaimed actor, playwright and director Steven Berkoff. Forget your al-desko lunch, go see this.
8. IQ2: Hitler's Pope, London
14 Nov, £25, bit.ly/iqhitlerpope
History's popes are not an order of men divorced from controversy. This Intelligence Squared talk looks at the toxic legacy of Pius XII.
9. Why Nature and Heritage Matter, Birmingham Uni
30 Oct, free, bit.ly/brumheritage
Why does the past matter? The director-general of the National Trust, Fiona Reynolds, explains why heritage is so important.
10. TED Lectures
Another one for the intellectual who doesn't want to venture into the autumn cold. TED showcases the best talks by the best minds from all over the world.
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Holborn fire: Chaos as 2,000 people evacuated to escape toxic smoke filling central London
University of Cambridge: Remains of 1,300 scholars are found under building
April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
April Fools' Day 2015 live: The best pranks and fake stories from around the world
Jeremy Clarkson 'could be given minder' ahead of a potential Top Gear return
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
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