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Network meets in person for AGM and Christmas drinks
Sunday, December 12th, 2021

Last year the Network decided to ignore the example of the cabinet by obeying the rules and holding its Christmas party online. This year we were back to a live event and some 30 members gathered in Westminster for an AGM followed by Christmas drinks.

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Dramatic performance by a very professional amateur
Saturday, November 13th, 2021

The final NED Talk of the year was given on Wednesday 10 November by Danny Wain. Under the intriguing title Shouting in the Evenings, Danny gave us some thought-provoking, interesting and often amusing reflections on his ‘other’ career in amateur (and occasionally professional) theatre.

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Autumn lunch at the Savile Club
Thursday, October 21st, 2021

We celebrated our first real-life gathering for two years in style with lunch at the Savile Club on Thursday 14 October. And what a glorious event it was!

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Heath Robinson brought to life
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

After a summer break, the Network’s series of NED Talks resumed on 22 September with a presentation by Ruth McNeil. Ruth is a Fellow of the MRS and after a career in MR is now, amongst other roles, Chair of the Friends’ Committee of the Heath Robinson Museum

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AMSR now hosting oral histories
Sunday, September 26th, 2021

The Network’s collection of Oral Histories has moved! Formerly to be found on the MRS website, it is now being hosted by the Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR)

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Gill Wareing and Bob Qureshi named heroes of MR
Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Two of our members – Gill Wareing, secretary/treasurer of the Research Network, and Bob Qureshi – are among 25 hitherto unsung ‘Research Heroes’ recognised by the Market Research Society. The 25 individuals were selected by a panel of judges following a call for nominations from the industry.

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Diagnosing American politics
Thursday, May 27th, 2021

The final NED talk of the current series was given by Simon Chadwick on Wednesday 19 May. The talk was entitled ‘Through the glass darkly. What the hell is wrong with America?’ and was based on his book ‘For the People’, published in 2020.

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Gold medal for Phyllis Macfarlane
Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Congratulations to Research Network member Phyllis Macfarlane, who has just been awarded the gold medal of the Market Research Society. The gold medal recognises significant contributions to the market and social research sector.

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Social subtleties
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Our April NED Talk was given by Graham Woodham on the topic of ‘Non-Verbal Communication – The Subtleties of Social Interactions’. The talk proved to be both entertaining and highly informative – an interesting blend of psychological theory and practical observation.

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Tony Cowling Foundation created
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Most of our members will remember Tony Cowling, architect of the Taylor Nelson business that grew from a small agency based near London into TNS, a global research business. The Tony Cowling Foundation has been created as a not-for-profit company. It aims to foster the values Tony encouraged throughout his career.

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‘The Life in Research’ book launch
Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Peter Bartram’s new book ’The Life in Research’ is being published on 12th April and can be ordered from Amazon and leading bookshops. The book is mainly a light-hearted compendium of candid memories from across the last 50 years in research and should be of special interest to Research Network Members.

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Advertising – the halcyon days?
Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

On 24th March it was the turn of Sheila Byfield to deliver our monthly NED Talk. She chose as her subject ‘The dark and the lighter sides of advertising’ and it proved to be a highly entertaining romp through some of the industry’s more questionable efforts.

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New e-book on history of MR
Sunday, March 21st, 2021

A new e-book from the Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR), entitled Post-War Developments in Market Research, is now available for download free of charge at the Archive’s website

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
Saturday, March 13th, 2021

It’s a sentiment that’s been oft repeated over the years and now the Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR) has its own take on the matter. At a recent virtual event to celebrate its first five years of existence, speakers discussed ways in which the archive was being used by market researchers, research academics and, increasingly, modern historians.

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MRBA 2021 ‘Donate a smile’ auction
Thursday, March 11th, 2021

The MRBA has launched its annual auction, which will this year be centered around the International Day of Happiness on 20th March. The auction will be held online and items are available to bid for now, and until 30th March 2021.

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A village on Exmoor
Saturday, February 20th, 2021

For February’s NED talk, Phil Barnard took us on a virtual trip to the village that he’s called home for many years now – Brompton Regis in Somerset, within the Exmoor National Park. It was an affectionate look at the many rewards and occasional frustrations that Phil discovered when he moved from Berkshire to the South West.

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Polls distorted by shy voters? Or angry ones?
Monday, February 1st, 2021

A fascinating article published on the AMSR website in December looks at US opinion polls in the run-up to November’s presidential election.

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Sounds of the Sixties and beyond
Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Our first NED talk of 2021 took place on Tuesday 19th January, when Neil McPhee took to the microphone on the subject: ‘Musicology as a Socio-Cultural Journey… A Personal Timeline’.

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