A series of science lectures, organised by Crewkerne & District U3A, begins next month and will feature topics as diverse and fascinating as ancient buildings, skeletons, seaweed, garden design, astrology and spiders. The programme of six lectures, open to members of the public as well as U3A members, starts on October 2nd with a talk on ancient buildings by Peter Cooper. Peter’s talk will cover topics such as flying buttresses, vaults, the technique of corbeling and the Jurassic stone belt. On October 9th, Conservator of Natural Sciences, Simon Moore, who has kept live tarantulas, will talk about the diversity, behaviour and anatomy of spiders.

Marion Dale, who has won awards for show gardens including an RHS silver medal, will talk about garden design and meeting the client’s brief and budget on October 16th. On October 23rd, Jenny Bryant, a Curator at the London Natural History Museum for more than 40 years, will give a presentation on the contribution made by women to the study of seaweeds, from Victorian times to the pioneering scholars of today. Ana Stasia’s presentation on Astrology Beyond The Zodiac Belt, will look at the star constellations that were left behind when the 12 signs of the zodiac were selected. Ana Stasia has been an astrologer for 35 years and founded Crewkerne AWareness seven years ago. Her inter-active talk takes place on October 30th.

In the final lecture of the science series on November 6th, Dr Martin Smith, a biological anthropologist with Bournemouth University will talk on the Science of the Dead. An expert on the human skeleton, Dr Smith applies his skills to the remains of people who lived thousands of years ago, as well as working with the police and coroners on modern forensic cases. Chair of Crewkerne & District U3A, Sheila Seymour said: “The first lectures on cultural topics earlier this year were such a success with high attendance and standard of speakers superb, that a commitment was made to put on another programme. The programme of science based lectures may be even more exciting.” Tickets cost £5 per lecture and include tea or coffee and cake. They are available from the LIC at the town hall. Lectures take place between 2 pm and 4 pm on Wednesday afternoons at the George Reynolds Centre.

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