Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures 2014-15

The Thomas Hardye School Community Lecture series has some great talks this year: The full programme of events through to April 2015 is now on the calendar here.

    Venue: All lectures will take place in the School Theatre
    Time: All lectures start at 7.00pm
    Admission: Free of Charge, tickets available from school reception from 9.00 am on release date (normally 2 weeks prior to each lecture). Maximum 4 tickets per person.

Donations are welcomed at the end of each lecture; money raised goes to charitable causes, split equally between the speaker’s chosen charity and the DASP Science Development Fund.

The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkham

The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkham


Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham

Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham


Poster for Patrick Barkham

Poster for Patrick Barkham

The next event is entitled Sunshine and Shade: Butterflies and Badgers in Britain Today on 17th November when Patrick Barkham will be talking.

There are 59 native species of butterfly in Britain and nature writer Patrick Barkham set out to see them all in one summer. Here he will talk about the wonder of butterflies – beautiful but also surprisingly complicated bellwethers of the state of nature today.

Patrick Barkham will discuss the fascinating history of humans and badgers from The Wind in the Willows to the recent cull. Why are we always in conflict with our largest surviving carnivorous mammal? Why do we feel so sentimental about this great survivor?

Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a National History writer for the Guardian where he has worked for the last 10 years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change.

His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize. His most recent book, Badgerlands, was hailed by Chris Packham as “a most read for all Britain’s naturalists” and was  shortlisted for both the 2014 RSL Ondaatje Prize and the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Nature and Travel Writing. His next book, Coastlines, will be published by Granta Books in April 2015, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust’s campaign to save the British coast.