The annual programme consists of three meetings, followed by dinner, held on Friday evenings in November, February and May.
Recent speakers have included:

Sir David Manning, GCMG, CVO - Retired British Ambassador to the US

Tim Appleton – Manager/Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Peter Welton – Renowned Watercolour Artist

Professor David Ekserdjian - History of Art & Film Department (Leicester University)

Dr Simon Thurley - Chief Executive of English Heritage

Professor Richard Sandell - School of Museum Studies (Leicester University)

Lord William "Willy" Bach - British Labour Member of House of Lords

Sir Peter Williams - Former Chancellor (Leicester University)

Peter Edwards - Modern British Portrait Painter

Sir Peter Soulsby - Leicester City Mayor

Richard Buckley - Co-Director (Leicester University Archaeological Services)

Sir Edward Garnier - Conservative Party Politician/MP Harborough

The usual form of the meeting is a Lecture, attended optionally by members and their guests, which is followed by a Wine Reception and then Dinner.


  • Annual membership fee £10 (single); £15 (couple) per annum
  • Buffet supper £20 per person (7.30 pm wine reception, 8.00 pm dinner)
  • Lecture + Wine Reception (£3)
  • Payment by Standing Order (click here for form) or cheque, if preferred, made payable to "The University of Leicester Haldane Society"
  • Let the secretary know of any special dietary or other requirements that you or your guests may have.


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