Next Lecture

The Highs and Lows of Auto-transformer Feeding on the British Railways.
Wednesday, 9 Oct 2019 7:30 pm
Jill Poyton BEng PgD
Senior Sponsor -Elecrtrification-West of England, Network Rail

When three scientifically-minded Cirencester friends thought of forming a small group to enjoy talks on a range of scientific subjects, little could they have foreseen that twenty-one years later it would be flourishing with over 200 members.  Its name belies the wide area from which members come, stretching from Stroud in the West, northwards to Cheltenham and Malmesbury in the South. 

Each year the society holds a series of ten lectures on a varied selection of topics intended to appeal to a wide variety of interests and levels of scientific background.  Members include not only scientists, doctors and engineers but also many who have a general interest in science and technology.

Our friendly meetings are held at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month, usually at the Royal Agricultural University.  The October talk was an account of the current electrification of the Great Western mainline railway, and on the 14th of November Professor Fritz Verach from Oxford University will be describing the source, chemistry and the benefit to humanity of silk.  Our talk on the 12th of December is entitled “Metals in Medicine: the use of Stents”.

 Students are admitted free. 

Exhibitions have been arranged in the past and visits are made regularly to places of scientific and technological interest, including wildlife reserves and museums. We also offer small educational grants to local schools and colleges for suitable projects, so far this year disbursing approximately £1,500 to three schools in the region.

Next Visit

Staffordshire Potteries Visit
Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019 8:00 am

Tuesday 24th September2019

We will visit the

Gladstone Pottery Museum

to discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and giant bottle kilns of the former Gladstone China Works, which are now preserved in the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country.    

From 10.30 am to 12.00 we will have a guided tour as two groups, there will then be an hour to explore


Closing Date
Friday, 23 Aug 2019
Visit Organiser
Chris Stevens
Payment Reference
Pot + your name

This website also lists external events of note in its events calendar.


Details of the membership fees and directions to the main venues used by the Society can be found on the Members area of this website.

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