Nearby Events – Nov 2019

A monthly digest of upcoming events in our region that local residents may find interesting, and of which they may otherwise be unaware.  If you know of any others that you think are worth including, please send details to the Editor.

[NB All information is passed on in good faith, but it would be wise to check with the contacts given before travelling to any of these events.]

Wednesday 6th November, Romsey
South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

Bletchley Park code-breakers by Ian Thomson. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Mike Webster

Thursday 14th November, Farnborough
National Aerospace Library Book Fair

Aviation Book Fair. Available for purchase on the day will be many 100s of new/secondhand donated books and heaps of aviation magazines – a wide range of aviation/aerospace history books, autobiographies, biographies, histories of individual aircraft types/aircraft companies, old journals, books on the history of RAF, technical textbooks etc. – a sheer abundance of aviation titles. 10:30-4:30pm. Free admission. The Hub, Fowler Avenue, Farnborough Business Park, Hampshire GU14 7JP.

Saturday 16th November, Beaulieu
Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Gone bush. Something of a latecomer to aviation Paul Catanach first threatened airspace (and everything beneath it) at the age of 30 with a Private Pilot’s Licence in the UK. Soon afterward he combined emigration to Australia with a career change and gained a Commercial Pilot’s Licence at Coolangatta in Queensland where he also snagged his first job as an instructor. After a couple of years teaching flying and theory subjects to trainee private and commercial pilots he combined shameless cronyism with blackmail and won a job based in Darwin in the Northern Territory. This was obviously the booby prize. The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email

Tuesday 19th November, Winchester
Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

How to heat up dark matter by Prof. Justin Read. Read is Head of Physics at the University of Surrey. Since its discovery by the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in the 1930’s, dark matter has continued to capture the public imagination. It raises the velocity of stars and gas in galaxies, bends light around massive galaxy clusters and promotes the growth of structure in the Universe. In this talk, I will explain the key evidences for dark matter, and our latest theories for what it is. In particular, I will focus on new results from our group in Surrey that show that dark matter can be “heated up” and moved around at the centres of tiny “dwarf” galaxies. I show that this points to dark matter comprising a new particle of nature that remains to be found. I conclude with a discussion of the latest experiments that are trying to detect or create such a particle in the laboratory. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.

Thursday 21st November, Portsmouth
Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent Lecture

Developments in UK Manufacturing. Phil Spiers is Head of Testing at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), a part of the University of Sheffield. Phil will explain the work and scope of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield and how it is leading the UK’s efforts in digital manufacturing, sometimes known as the ‘4th industrial revolution’. He will illustrate how this is impacting on manufacturing industry at every level, from the large high tech ‘tier one’ suppliers, right down to small SMEs still working with 40-year-old machinery. 18:30 (doors at 18:00) University of Portsmouth. Presented by Phil Spiers CEng FRAeS, Head of Laboratories, Advance Manufacturing Research Centre. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email

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