Past talks in the series

20 July Archaeology is rubbish?

What does our rubbish say about us? Archaeologists depend on discarded things to tell them about past societies. What will future generations know about us from our waste? During the Festival of Archaeology, investigate Winchester's ancient waste and what it tells us about our own society.


Dr Nick Thorpe, Head of Archaeology, University of Winchester  

15 June  Luxury, Necessity, and Sustainability 

This illustrated talk presents three contemporary visions of luxury in an era of austerity: luxury as something desirable, luxury as wicked, and luxury as something ecological, even environmentally friendly. Which idea of luxury will you choose? 


Prof John Armitage,  Media Arts and Dr Yasmin Sekhon, ‎MA Luxury Brand Management Leader, Winchester School of Art


18 May Talking Trash

What is our collective responsibility for the costs of capitalism and their impact on social, natural and spiritual capital? Should we accept "growth at all costs" or is there another way? Your opportunity to sift, sort and share ideas.


Dr Roz Sunley, Business Management, University of Winchester


20 April Can the circular economy work?

A circular economy keeps resources in use for as long as possible, then recovers and regenerates products and materials at the end of their useful life. How can this really be made to work - even in the most challenging industrial sectors?

Prof Ian Williams, Head of the Centre for Environmental Sciences. University of Southampton

16 March Modern society, happiness and education

What’s the relationship between wealth and happiness? In this interactive talk, we’ll look at modern society and wellbeing. And we will discuss how education can contribute to promoting happiness and highlight interesting developments in ‘Positive Psychology’.

Alan Hutchison, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Winchester

30 March Modern Life is Rubbish

Recycling is as old as the Earth. Three and a half billion years ago, tight recycling loops meant that life had enough nutrients to grow. Modern societies are learning how important recycling is. But we need to look at reducing and reusing the things we consume. Life has spectacularly solved this problem. So can we. 

Dr James Dyke, Research in Agents, Interaction and Complexity, University of Southampton


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