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Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture 2015: Evolution by Gaslight

October 23, 2015

£10 – £40




The 2015 Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture will be held on Friday 23rd October 2015 at the National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00 for 6.45pm.    The National Liberal Club is located on the corner of Whitehall Place and the Victoria Embankment, not far from Embankment Underground Station, and also conveniently placed for Charing Cross main line station.  It is usually possible to find a parking space in the vicinity at this time in the evening – although you may have to pay the congestion charge.  http://www.savageclub.com/  

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at £10.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £40.00 per head.  This includes VAT and service but not drinks, which must be paid for on the day.   For those who choose to dine, the meal will comprise Beef, Mushroom & Ale Pie, Gooseberry & Rhubarb Fool with a Ginger Biscuit followed by Coffee and Mints.  A vegetarian or fish alternative main course may be ordered in advance – please specify if you want this on the application form.  A cash bar will be open in the Smoking Room on the first floor of the building from 6.00pm.  After the meeting, members may use the National Liberal Club bar.  Dinner will be served promptly at 6.45pm in the David Lloyd George Room, also on the first floor and will be followed by the meeting itself from around 8pm.

Our speaker this year is Dr John McNabb.  He studied for his first degree in archaeology at Lancaster University and then at the Institute of Archaeology in London for his MA and PhD, specialising in Palaeolithic archaeology. Currently he is a senior lecturer in Palaeolithic archaeology at the University of Southampton. His primary research interests are in the manufacture of stone tools and what they tell us about ancient hominid lives.  He also has a long standing interest in the history of human origins as a subject and how it is reflected in Victorian literature.

He will be talking about evolution and human origins in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, from the point of view of what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes would have known about our origins. Although there is relatively little direct reference to this subject in the canon, there are a surprisingly large number of more subtle allusions to anthropological theory than might seem the case at first glance. Dr McNabb will be drawing these out and putting them into their broader context, while gently exploring a little archaeology and anthropology in Victorian and Edwardian times. He has advised us that his aim is to get inside the head of Conan Doyle as well as Holmes and find out what he knew about our origins and how it helped him solve his cases.

Dr McNabb joined the Society two years ago and is deeply honoured to be asked to give the Richard Lancelyn Green Memorial lecture.  He just wants to point out that despite his name, and being known to everyone as Mac, he is a Welshman.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Friday 16th October.   

Dress is smart casual and gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie.  As in most London clubs, tee-shirts and trainers are not acceptable.  This is not our rule and we must comply with the club’s.  Anyone attending a Society function for the first time should bring along and display their yellow cards of introduction, so that we can identify them and introduce them to our members.  They should also note that applications are not normally acknowledged nor are tickets sent.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the night.  If an acknowledgement is required, please provide an e-mail address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your application. 

The application form can be downloaded here.

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October 23, 2015
£10 – £40
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National Liberal Club at 1
Whitehall Place
London, SW1A 2HE United Kingdom
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