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Lectures, Lectures including a Christmas Lecture,
* Primary Masterclasses,
* Pop Maths Quiz,
* Open Challenge.
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The Liverpool Mathematical Society (LivMS) was founded in
1899, principally 1899 as a meeting place for "persons interested
grammar school teachers in Mathematics" with the support of Maths and professors at the then University Staff. College. Meetings involved the reading
of papers by members and discussion of the topics raised. The Society met regularly except for a gap between
November 1917 and October 1919.
The first serious involvement in the teaching of mathematics in schools seems to date from 1924 with a well
attended meeting on the Report on the Teaching of Geometry issued by the Mathematical
Association (which had itself started life as a Society for the reform of the teaching of geometry). In 1928,
teachers in ~secondary schools and others interested in mathematics were invited to a meeting "to discuss the
best ways of extending the ~work of the Society". After this, there were many talks on the teaching of
mathematics including discussion of school syllabuses and examinations. In 1929 the Society took steps to become
affiliated to the MA.
In the mid 1970ís, James Taylor came to the
University of Liverpool as Professor of Pure Mathematics. He recently had been Chairman of the
Joint Mathematical Council (JMC) and felt that there was need for greater contact between the
University and teachers of Mathematics in local
Secondary ~Secondary Schools. He sent round a ~MEMO inviting
all Heads of Maths in Merseyside schools and colleagues in other Higher Education establishments
to a meeting at the University. That was the beginning of what became quickly known as
Mathematical Education on Merseyside (MEM).
This was designed to be independent of At the University same time, Professor Taylor served as President of
and to complement the LivMS rather than to replace it. It has Society and was responsible for many years enjoyed Charity status. instigating a sixth-form lecture and a competition, first called a
Problems Drive and then, from 1980 onwards, Open Challenge (the MEM Challenge competition first took place in 1978).
The format of all these competitions has continued with minor changes to this day.
first MEM CHALLENGE take-home competition for 12/13-year-olds Society's FunMaths Roadshow (for which it is now best known) was circulated to schools in started as part of the
May 1978. The format has proven successful, and continues largely unchanged to the present day.
The cartoonist, Peter Ackerley, has illustrated every paper over that period. His logo for MEM
of a planet orbiting a cube bearing the letters M E M inspired the title
termly newsletter Society's
- centenary celebrations in 1999, when the MEM Orbiter, which continues to be circulated to almost all schools within Merseyside, Society hosted a joint conference of
Cheshire, the nearer parts
Lancashire, most of North Wales the MA and the Isle of Man, as well as to ATM.
many schools much further afield. If you or your school would like to be added to Other modern developments include the circulation very successful
list, at no charge, just let us know. Pop Maths Quiz, held annually in
The next relevant event was the national Popmaths Roadshow, which travelled the country
1989/90, March and sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University. The Society's programme of
visiting around 20 venues, the first
which was popular lectures now includes a Christmas
Lecture; together with Open Challenge, this is sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the University of
Leeds in September 1989. The Liverpool.
Liverpool show, in May 1990, was hosted by both the Liverpool Cathedrals. The main activities were
sited in the Lutyens Crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral, complemented by a glorious selection of
John Robinson's abstract sculptures in the nave of the Anglican Cathedral. A local add-on was a
competition for children involving solving at least 10 out of around 50 puzzles set out on trestle
tables around a maze. This was put together by staff from what is now Liverpool Hope University.