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SILSDEN'S FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
23 TO 25 AUGUST 2024 AT SILSDEN TOWN HALL

Silsden's Festival of Ideas features a selection of talks and discussions exploring a variety of topics led by incredible speakers. From Viking astronomy to English gardening, there's something for everyone.

Festival Pass

Attend all nine talks for £25.00

Festival of Ideas Programme

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The English and Gardening by Danny Wells - Festival of Ideas

August 23, 2024

The English and Gardening by Danny Wells - Festival of Ideas

Gardening continues to be hugely popular in modern-day Britain. This talk explores the development of gardening and the meanings and symbolism invested in gardens. The focus is Georgian and Victorian England and the first half of the 20th century.

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Glimpses Into Silsden's Past by David Mason - Festival of Ideas

August 24, 2024

Glimpses Into Silsden's Past by David Mason - Festival of Ideas

Glimpses into Silsden's past through the stories of four very different men, is a talk exploring how historical written records can reveal fascinating insights into a village's social life. We look at how the behaviours of four very different men impacted Silsdeners.

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Yorkshire's Seaside Heritage by Mike Higginbottom - Festival of Ideas

August 25, 2024

Yorkshire's Seaside Heritage by Mike Higginbottom - Festival of Ideas

The Yorkshire coast illustrates admirably how nineteenth-century holiday resorts almost invariably owed their origin to the growth of the railway-system, but depended for their success on the fickleness of public popularity.

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Ecological Economics by John Blewitt - Festival of Ideas

August 23, 2024

Ecological Economics by John Blewitt - Festival of Ideas

John will discuss recent thinking that calls for a fundamental change to how we live our lives, organise the economy and imagine the future in a talk about ecological economics and environmental sustainability.

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Inn and Out at the Top by Neil Hanson - Festival of Ideas

August 24, 2024

Inn and Out at the Top by Neil Hanson - Festival of Ideas

A laugh-a-minute tour of the quirks and foibles, highs and lows of running Britain’s highest inn – so isolated that its next-door neighbour was 4 miles away and so high above sea level that it had its own climate, with winds that could tear car-doors off their hinges, and winter snows lasting weeks.

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Arabic Astronomy by Martin Lunn - Festival of Ideas

August 25, 2024

Arabic Astronomy by Martin Lunn - Festival of Ideas

The classical period of Arabic astronomy lasted from around 600 CE to 1400 CE. It is not well known or celebrated, yet during this time cities in the Middle East became the centres of astronomical learning. The Arabs gave us the star names we use today plus lots of mathematical ideas including zero.

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Cook's Tours by Danny Wells - Festival of Ideas

August 23, 2024

Cook's Tours by Danny Wells - Festival of Ideas

Thomas Cook was born eight years into the 19th century and died eight years before the end of the century. When born in 1808 the words ‘tourism’ and ‘sightseeing’ were unknown, yet at his death in 1892, both he and his son had played key roles in opening the world to popular tourism.

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Viking Astronomy by Martin Lunn - Festival of Ideas

August 24, 2024

Viking Astronomy by Martin Lunn - Festival of Ideas

The Vikings have acquired the reputation of being barbaric marauders. What is less well known is that they were very good astronomers. They produced their own maps of the night sky and have their own myths and legends to describe the sky.

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All the World's a Stage by Mike Higginbottom - Festival of Ideas

August 25, 2024

All the World's a Stage by Mike Higginbottom - Festival of Ideas

The evolution of theatre buildings from classical times, through the Elizabethan and Restoration periods to the heyday of the Victorian theatre and music hall, leading to the varied approaches of post-war architects to provide performance spaces that suit modern actors and audiences.

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