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Lancashire and Cumbria Branch

The Lancashire and Cumbria branch is one of 11 regional branches in England, and part of a wider network of IOP activity across our Nations including Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

We have activity centres based across both counties, in Preston, Fylde Coast, Carlisle, Lancaster and Workington.


Our activities

We organise talks, visits and engagement opportunities in the Lancashire and Cumbria region, and work locally to promote physics, physics education and public understanding of physics.

Whether you are a physicist or just interested in physics, then do join us at one of our events. They are not restricted to members – on the contrary, we warmly welcome everyone.

Branch committee

Chair and acting secretary Dr Allan Simpson, MInstP
Vice-chair Mr Christopher Gallagher CPhys MInstP, Sellafield Ltd
Treasurer Mr Henry Preston, MInstP

Branch events

View our upcoming branch events.

Contact details


Keep up to date with our branch news, events and activities via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Regional manager

Katherine Platt is the full-time Regional Manager for the North West region, including Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire and Cumbria branches.

Alongside Cumbria and Lancashire, the IOP’s North West region covers Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

Watch our talk on the discovery of the Higgs Boson