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The 222nd lecture series

Season 2023/24

Our Members’ Newsletter can be viewed here.

The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow was founded in 1802, when the term ‘philosophy’ meant knowledge in the broadest sense. The Society provides stimulating lectures and discussion for members on a great diversity of topics.

You can see information and records of our previous speakers using the ‘Lectures’ tab and clicking on Past Lectures, and see the member event planned for September in the latest Members’ Newsletter, accessible from the ‘News’ tab

Our programme of lectures for 2023/24 will begin on 4th of October 2023 and members will shortly be receiving the programme brochure.  You can see some of the forthcoming talks below. Following the great success of our visits to sister societies in York and Newcastle, a new members trip to Belfast is arranged for May 2024 in which we will visit the Belfast Natural History & Philosophical Society and key heritage sites.  Members will already have received notification of this trip. While the trip is currently full, members can still add their names to the waiting list by contacting the Society administrator George Rawlinson.

The annual Society Soiree event took place at The Fairfields Heritage centre in Govan on the 28th September 2023. Photographs of this can be found in the news section.

If you are someone who enjoys learning about what is happening in the world around you, being introduced to new discoveries and exposed to new ideas, and are not already a member, then join us and expand your horizons!

upcoming lectures

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Active since 1802 to present day

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Membership brings free access to all talks as well as other benefits.  After each talk you can meet the lecturer and other society members over a glass of wine.

Membership brings free access to all talks as well as other benefits.

Listen to and participate in a wide variety of outstanding talks from our guest speakers.</p>
Membership supports an institution which keeps the engaging, inspiring and lively activities of the society going for the next two centuries!</p>
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