Annual Theme Blog Article #3 - 8th May 2018

In the previous article ‘Time to Learn part 1’ we revisited the speakers who have visited since the start of 2018. The months ahead look to be as interesting and diverse as the first part of the year!

We have artworks and events scheduled for May, which will be covered in a separate article. In June, Sharon Court, our Annual Theme curator, will be offering a talk and workshop as part of the Portsmouth Festivities. Titled ‘Rest as Resistance’ it will invite the audience to reconsider how the busyness of their lives might be counter-productive to their wellbeing.

July sees not one but two speakers sharing their knowledge of time: the Cathedral’s own Francis O’Sullivan, Cathedral Choir Lay Clerk, will be talking about Time in Music and how musicians measure and respond to time. Following that, we will be hearing from Peter Whibberley of the National Physics Laboratory, about the role of this organisation in measuring and keeping time.

August again we’re keeping fallow, to allow time to reflect on what we’ve learnt, but September comes in with a big bang as Martin Mant from Dinosaur Isle museum on the Isle of Wight, comes to speak about time as viewed through the lens of fossils and geology. Ben Davis from the University of Portsmouth will also be joining us in September to talk about Time in Literature.

Time is both a measurement and a medium in many creative, engineering and scientific ventures. None more so, perhaps than in film and photography, where the movement of time itself can be captured and frozen. Paul Gonella from Strong Island, a local creative agency, will be joining us in October to speak on Time in Film & Photography.

Our final talk in November will focus on Time and Remembrance, with speaker Jeremy Prescott. It seems fitting that the close of our Time to Learn talks, ends where they began: with a reflection on our mortality and the fragility of life. Time affects us all, can be seen and explored through many different lenses, but ultimately is the measure of the beginning and end of our days. As we are reminded in Psalm 103: “As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” Knowing then how short our days may be, let’s each of us make the very most of every moment we have.

Look out for our next article on the artworks being funded by the Arts Council and other annual theme events coming up in the next few months. Don’t forget the monthly Doctor Who and Theology sessions taking place at The Dolphin pub in Old Portsmouth -