"The Lost Lectures is a unique project, promising attendees “enchanting talks from secret locations”. The concept is simple: six speakers, all with different backgrounds and interests, are given 12 minutes in which to talk about their chosen topic. It invites curious minds to explore new ideas outside the confines of a lecture theatre, in bite sized pieces (and with a glass of wine!)
As ever, speakers were an eclectic mix. First up was Alastair Humphreys, who at the tender age of 24 set off on his bike to Dover with a desire to see the world. Despite not considering himself particularly adventurous or athletic, he proceeded to cycle around the world for 4 years – through deserts and across frozen Siberia – all for under £7k. He went on to canoe 500 miles down the Yukon River, and is currently preparing himself for a trip to the South Pole to celebrate the centenary of Scott’s expedition. Inspiring stuff! And with his ‘micro adventures’, he encourages everyone to have a go – why go home at 6pm when you could head to Wales, climb a mountain, sleep under the stars and race back to your desk for 9am the next morning?!
Another highlight for the evening was photographer Dennis Morris, who, over the course of his long career, has photographed some of the world’s most iconic musicians, from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols to Radiohead. He chose to focus on his more personal work, “Growing up Black” in which he charts the experience of growing up in Hackney in the 60s and 70s. This included fond reminiscences of the time he spent with Bob Marley throughout his music career, with a poignant image of Marley at their last meeting singing a new track, “Redemption Song”.
Other speakers over the course of the evening were Jen Smith and Rich Brown, who have set up a social enterprise project (“The Amazings”), that seeks to match up the skills and knowledge of retired people with those who would like to learn from them – skills that might otherwise be lost. Dr Helen Scales, a marine biologist (obligatory given the theme for the event), gave 5 very good reasons for why we should love fish as much as we love whales (such as bioluminescent sharks and dancing seahorses). Retrounaut Chris Wild shared some surprising images of the past that he has uncovered for his archiving blog, from high quality early Technicolor shots of London, to Nancy Regan giving Mister T a big kiss on the forehead!
The evening was rounded off with comedians Robin and Partridge, who, after a bit of group bonding among the audience, recounted their experience of establishing a newspaper run by children, encouraged us all to unleash our inner child and make up jokes on the spot (even if they fail to make sense to anyone but yourself…).
Keep your eyes peeled for the next round of Lost Lectures – rumour has it it will feature something very creative indeed!!"
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