21. On-line Events
Throughout 2021 the Society's lectures and conferences were held on line through Zoom. Because of the relative ease of engaging a speaker - wherever he or she was located - many more lectures were provided than through the accustomed conventional programme. Attendances over the first winter were high (60+ on some occasions) but numbers dropped off towards the end of 2021.
Managing events through Eventbrite was a big advantage too. Making on-line bookings and payments was straightforward; the audience automatically received reminders about events.
'Zoom' meetings have been of huge benefit to societies like SLHA. How else could we have offered a programme of events to our members during the pandemic?
We are likely to continue holding on-line meetings because of their convenience and saving in travel and room hire costs. On the down side, members without computers have been excluded and the absence of face to face meetings is sorely missed by some.
Photograph: a screen shot taken during the conference in tribute to Dennis Mills, held on-line on 4 December. Andrew Walker (top right) was the coordinator; David Stocker (left) and Paul Dryburgh (bottom) chaired the two morning sessions of the conference. (The conference was organised jointly with Lincoln Record Society, the British Association for Local History and the Survey of Lincoln.)