Smalley Lectures

Throughout the year we offer a series of fun, thought provoking, informative and inspiring lectures to the LVS Ascot and wider community.  Entrance is free of charge and participation always worthwhile. 

Our next Smalley Lecture is on Thursday 16th November at 7pm, titled The Cassini Mission: End of an Era and delivered by Professor Carl Murray.

The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission to the Saturn system on 15th September 2017 by burning up in the atmosphere of the planet. Launched in October 1997 and having been in orbit about the ringed planet Saturn since July 2004, Cassini has sent back a wealth of data about the planet and its retinue of rings and moons.  The demise of Cassini has brought to an end an era of spectacular discoveries about one of the most intriguing planets in the outer solar system. Professor Murray has been a member of the camera team on Cassini for 27 years and the talk will look back on the mission from his personal perspective.

Born and educated in Belfast, Carl Murray is Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London. In 1990 he was selected as a member of the camera team for the NASA/ESA Cassini mission to Saturn. Carl has been directly involved in the discovery of two new moons as well as several rings and other objects using the Cassini images.

The lecture is on Thursday 16th November 2017 in LVS Ascot’s Britvic Theatre at 7.00pm.  There will be refreshments afterwards and a chance to talk to the speaker.

To book your place email or call Mr Clark on 01344 882770.

Reserve your free place at the lecture by emailing or by calling Mr Clark on 01344 882770.


The History of the Smalley Lectures

Mr Smalley was a past General Secretary for the Licensed Trade Charity between 1834 and 1880.  As a result of his good work, he set the charity on a good solid foundation as it moved into the future.  He was also an ex-pupil of the school.

In his Will he bequeathed a small sum of money for a Sixth Form bursary, which is still awarded each year.  When the series of lectures was started, the school decided to honour Mr Smalley by naming them after him.

The Smalley Lectures are arranged and managed by Mr Andy Clark.

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To find the LVS Ascot Theatre

To find the LVS Ascot Theatre you can enter the school from either the London Road or Fernbank Road entrances.

From the London Road entrance follow the drive around the school until you reach the car park with the large flag and pole.  From Fernbank Road drive over the bridge and you will be at the same large flag and pole. This is the main reception area.

Once parked walk into Reception, you will be greeted and directed to the theatre. 

If reception is not staffed then go through the double doors to the left of the reception desk, then through the next set of glass double doors.  The theatre will be a few steps directly in front of you.