Programme 2019

Friday 1st March 2019

Hubris. The Road to Trump, Power, Populism and Narcissism

The Rt. Hon. Lord Owen CH FRCP​

7.30pm-9.30pm, Friday 1st March 2019

The Chase School, Geraldine Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3NZ



Saturday 2nd March 2019


Saturday 2nd March 2019

The Chase School, Geraldine Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3NZ

​10.00am to 11.00am

Crisis in our NHS?

Professor Allyson Pollock

11.30am to 12.30pm

Mental Health Crisis

Professor Dinesh Bhugra

1.00pm to 2.00pm Lunch

Inequality and Empire

​2.00pm to 3.00pm

How more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve everybody's wellbeing

Professor Kate Pickett

3.30pm to 4.30pm

How the legacy of the British Empire led to the Brexit attempt and what it tells us about ourselves

Professor Danny Dorling

Professor Sally Tomlinson


Saturday 2nd March 2019

7.30pm to 9.30pm, Saturday 2nd March 2019

St Matthias Church, Church Road, Malvern, WR14 1NP

Gaza in Crisis

Professor Ilan Pappé


Saturday 2nd March 2019

10am to 4pm Saturday 2nd March 2019

Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF











Exciting, presenter-led, hands-on science from Explorer Dome

Three 45 minute shows providing an immersive experience where new ideas, scientific interests and identity can be explored.

£6 per ticket, Booking Essential:

10.00am Environment Show

11.05am Body Show

12.25pm Space Show

Shows suitable for 7-11 years. In the Cube Theatre. Tickets:



Are You Curious?

Playful fun for all ages.

Open all day in the Cube Lounge.

The Art and Science of a Masterpiece



A hands-on art activity for children and parents to work on together. During the day you will make paint and contribute to a ‘masterpiece’ as a whole group.  Open all day in the Cube Art Room.

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Maths Rocks: Afternoon of Mathematics

10am to 4pm Saturday 2nd March 2019

Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF

The afternoon Mathematics sessions are aimed at a general audience (teenage and adults).

Mark Lewney has a PhD in guitar physics and has toured the world with his famous lectures.

Mark asks, What, actually, is maths? Does it exist independent of human minds? Is it invented, or discovered? Was there such a thing as "maths" in the age of the dinosaurs? Mark introduces the maths of guitars, telecoms, ocean waves and life itself, using all kinds of strange animations in order to “imagineer” the amazing concepts one might meet after A levels.

Show at 3pm: 


Tom Crawford, the Naked Mathematician, presents Maths: it’s all Greek to me! and performs some experiments (wearing a toga). Tom is a tutor at St Hugh’s College, St Edmund Hall and St John’s College at the University of Oxford where he teaches maths to the first and second year undergraduates. He also runs the award-winning website and associated social media profiles @tomrocksmaths.

Show at 2pm: 


Cube Timetable—at a glance

10am - Curiosity Project (to 4pm)

10am - Jon Wood (Masterpiece) (to 4pm)

10am - Dome: Environment

11.05am - Dome: Body Show

12.25pm - Dome: Space Show

2pm - Mathematics: Tom Crawford

3pm - Mathematics: Mark Lewney

4pm - Close

Sunday 3rd March 2019

10am to 12.30pm, Saturday 3rd March 2018

Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF

​10.00am to 11.00am

Democracy and its Crisis

Professor A.C. Grayling

11.30am to 12.30pm

World capitalism in the early 21st century: an existential crisis for humanity and the planet

Dr Neil Faulkner

1.00pm to 2.00pm Lunch


Sunday 3rd March 2019

2.15pm-4.15pm Sunday 3rd March 2019

FMalvern Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF

NOTE:This is a change of venue from that originally published

Colonisation and Decolonisation of the Soul

Professor Alastair McIntosh



Tea and Coffee will be provided during the morning and afternoon sessions. A buffet lunch will be available. Lunch must be booked via the website ( or telephone (01684 565708).

Malvern Book Co-operative is providing a bookstall on Saturday and Sunday. They will be offering books for sale by speakers at the whole of the Malvern Festival of Ideas.

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