Smalley Lectures

Throughout the year we offer a series of fun, thought provoking, informative and inspiring free lectures to the LVS Ascot – and wider – community.

The next Smalley Lecture will be on Tuesday 15th October as we welcome Michael de Podesta – a scientist at the UK’s National Physical Laboratories will present: “How do we know anything? And how can we know things better?”, a talk about why measurement matters & the recent redefinition of four SI units.

Measurement is at the heart of all science and engineering. And progress in science and engineering is often linked to progress in metrology – the science of measurement. After all, if we cannot measure something then we cannot begin to understand it (science) or improve it (engineering). In this talk, Michael will explain the how the International System of Units works, and why, in May 2019 scientists implemented subtle but profound changes in the definitions of four of these base units – the kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole.

Michael is an excellent speaker and one not to be missed.

The talk will be in the Britvic Theatre at 7.00pm. There will be refreshments afterwards and the opportunity to talk to the speaker. Everyone is welcome.

Reserve your free place at a lecture by emailing or by calling Mr Clark on 01344 882770 to find out more information.

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 solid foundation as it progressed. 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 started, the school decided to honour Mr Smalley by naming them after him.

The Smalley Lectures are arranged and managed by Mr 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 and 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.

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