The Thomas Hardye School

The Community Lectures at Thomas Hardye


Monday 11th November 2019

Fireworks - Real Science or Just Bangs?

Matthew Tosh

Matthew Tosh

Download Poster

Tickets available (from School Reception and Dorchester TIC) from October 22nd

Sponsored by the Institute of Physics

IOP Logo


Other planned lectures

Autumn Term 2019

December 2nd 
‘Heligan and Eden and the future set in stone’
Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Co-Chair Eden Project International and Executive Vice Chair & Co-Founder Eden Project.

Spring Term 2020

February 10th 2020
'The Creativity Code: How AI is learning to write, paint and think'
Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

March 9th 2020 to celebrate British Science Week        
‘The Crowd and the Cosmos’
Professor Chris Lintott, University of Oxford.

Please note our lectures can be subject to change


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 and Tourist Information Centre (in Dorchester Library) 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.
(The money raised goes to charitable causes.)

Thank you for supporting the charities chosen by last year's speakers who were extremely grateful for your generosity:
‘Adventures in Space’ Dr Suzie Imber from University of Leicester £538.63 for The Big Change
‘Tales from Television; bringing the natural world to your living room’ Dr George McGavin from Imperial College & University of Oxford £878.06 for Insectopia Insect Museum, Costa Rica
‘Black holes and quantum computers’ Prof Marika Taylor from University of Southampton £791.93 for The Stephen Hawking Foundation
‘Exploring the Antarctic Deep Sea’ Dr Jon Copley from National Oceanography Centre, Southampton University £771.04 for Candlelighters


See also the Community Lecture Extra Page


Listen to the PodCast of the 'Two Jims' Evening from March 9th 2015

(On March 9th 2015, Professor James Lovelock CH CBE FRS was in conversation with Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE in the Theatre of the Thomas Hardye School. It was a fascinating evening that you can hear again with this audio Podcast)