Speaker Meetings

By | February 28, 2022

Speaker Meetings usually take place on the first Thursday of the month at the  Scout & Guide HQ, starting at 11 am and lasting just over an hour. Last orders for tea and coffee 10.45 am. All the usual Horizons facilities (apart from the book stall) will be available until then.

The final Speaker Meeting of the year will take place on Thursday 14th December, when Carol Rogers MBE, Director, House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool will speak about the multi-award-winning House of Memories, a flagship dementia awareness programme for National Museums Liverpool.

House of Memories is making a difference to people living with dementia, their carers, families and communities. More than 60,000 people have benefited from the programme, which continues to expand across the UK and globally in USA and South East Asia.

In January 2015, Carol was acknowledged by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and awarded an MBE (Member of The British Empire), for her role leading House of Memories. She has developed a notable career at National Museums Liverpool. Her profile is well known across the North West of England and she maintains an extensive national and international network of education, museum, health and social care partnerships. Her work is recognised for its creativity, innovation and enterprise; successfully connecting cross-sector organisations and resources.

Carol is noted in the UK museum sector for her creativity, passion and commitment to enable inclusive museum education and participation, for everyone.

House of Memories programme achievements to date include the following national and international awards:

  • Winner, Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards 2020, Impact Award – International Reach
  • Winner, Exceptional Achievement Award at the Museums Association Museums Change Lives Awards 2018
  • Runner up in the Outstanding Person initiative category at the Liverpool Older People’s Awards 2017
  • Commendation Winner, Jodi Awards 2017
  • Winner, North West NHS Clinical Improvement Awards 2017
  • Runner up, North West Adult Learners Awards Health and Care 2016
  • Winner, Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-Friendly Awards 2015
  • Winner, Excellent Smart Health Innovation Award 2015 (Think Dementia Conference)
  • Winner, Innovate Dementia European Award (The World Health and Design Forum 2014)
  • Winner, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education 2014
  • Winner, Museums and Heritage Awards 2014 – national educational initiative
  • Highly Commended, Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Awards 2014

Carol’s interest to develop House of Memories began through a personal family experience of dementia, which prompted her to realise her belief that museums are uniquely placed to look after and represent everyone’s memories (be they historical or yesterday), and by doing so, museums can play a valuable role to support the dementia community. Her presentation will include an overview of the House of Memories programme, supported by photography and short film clips.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Speaker Meetings this year. A full programme has been arranged for you for 2024 – watch this space!

Please keep an eye on news, website, Horizons slideshow and flyers for the latest information.

Southport University Extension Society (SUES)

We are planning a new, collaborative venture with SUES, whereby members of our respective organisations will be able to take advantage of each other’s talks and other events. If you are interested in attending any of the following, please contact Pam Ball in the first instance on 07974 749362.

Forthcoming SUES lectures and courses include:

Friday 8th December 2023

Ed Montana-Williams – Turner and Constable, Rivals for Greatness

Friday 26th January 2024

Robert Eden – Bugs Everywhere – From Stinky Ponds to cracked North Sea Pipelines

Fri 23rd February 2024

Julia Clayton – The Fiction of Forgery: Art and Authenticity in the English Novel

Friday 22nd March 2024

Stephen Lloyd – Shakespeare, the Earls of Derby and the North West

Friday 26th April 2024

Alan Crosby – ‘The great and terrible wilderness, peopled by untutored savages’: providing elementary education in Victorian Lancashire

Short Courses

Roger Mitchell on Colonial and Post Colonial America – History, Art and Architecture

2024: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 4 (Eight sessions: Course Fee £40)

Alan Potter on Technology – Understanding just how things work !

2024: April 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29 (Six sessions: Course fee £30)

Peter Firth on The History of the University Extension Movement in Southport

2024: May 13, 20 June 3, 10 (Four sessions: No fee – open to non-members)


See Pam’s Past Speaker Meetings for info on previous events.

Please email any ideas for Future Speaker Meetings to Pam Ball, our Speaker Meeting Organiser,  at:

speakerteam@aughton-ormskirk-u3a.co.uk  or phone 07974 749362.

Last Updated on November 22, 2023