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[[[>50 ! ~LivMS and ~MEM - how it all began The Liverpool Mathematical Society (LivMS) was founded in 1899, principally as a meeting place for grammar school teachers of ~Maths and University Staff. 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 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 the University and to complement the LivMS rather than to replace it. It has for many years enjoyed Charity status. The first MEM CHALLENGE take-home competition for 12/13-year-olds was circulated to schools in May 1978. The format has ~proven successful, and continues largely unchanged to the present day. The cartoonist, *Peter*Ackerley* , illustrated every paper between 1978 and 2015. The current illustrator is *Theo*Chaddock* . _ Peter Ackerley's logo for MEM of a planet orbiting a cube ~bearing the letters *M*E*M* inspired the title of the termly newsletter - the *MEM*Orbiter* , which continues to be circulated to almost all schools within Merseyside, Cheshire, the nearer parts of Lancashire, most of North Wales and the Isle of Man, as well as to many schools much further afield. If you or your school would like to be added to the circulation list, at no charge, just let us know. [[[> | IMG:MEMO_0_page_01.jpg | IMG:MEMO_0_page_02.jpg | ]]] To download the very first edition of the _ *MEM*Orbiter* *'MEMO*0'* _ circulated to schools in the 1970's _ click here: DOC:MEMO_0.pdf ]]] ! Mathematical Education on Merseyside (MEM) _ registered charity no. 517028 COLUMN_START^ IMG:memlogo.jpg COLUMN_SPLIT^ *MEM*website:* http://www.mathsmerseyside.org.uk/ _ Mathematical Education on Merseyside (MEM) is an organisation which brings together staff from the three universities in Liverpool and local school teachers, _ to devise, enable and promote mathematical activities throughout the region. COLUMN_END * *MEM*ORBITER* http://www.mathsmerseyside.org.uk/orbiters/ _ This is our newsletter and is circulated three times a year at the start of each school term, informing schools and other interested parties about local mathematical events and talks, _ including those organised by Liverpool Mathematical Society. _ Current and back issues of the MEM Orbiter can also be read on the MEM website. * *MEM*MASTERCLASSES* http://www.mathsmerseyside.org.uk/masterclasses-online/ _ These are for able and enthusiastic Y8/9 pupils and are held over five Saturdays in the autumn term. * *MEM*CHALLENGE* and *MEM*SENIOR*CHALLENGE* http://www.mathsmerseyside.org.uk/challenges/ _ These free take-home competitions are held over February half term, and are open to all Y7/8 and Y9/10 pupils respectively. _ The illustrations are provided by *Theo*Chaddock* , and recent themes have included the ~work of *Lewis*Carroll*(Alice*in*Wonderland)* and *Travel*and*Transport* . _ Current and back issues (and solutions) are available on the MEM website. * *CHARITY*SPONSORSHIP* in recent years, for which we are very grateful, has been received from: _ ** Mercer ** P H Holt Charitable Trust ** WH Smith Ltd ** Liverpool Hope University ** Liverpool John Moores University ** University of Liverpool We are always seeking further support, both financial and in-kind, to enable us to continue our ~work. If you would like to become a sponsor, please ~contact us: http://www.mathsmerseyside.org.uk/contact-us/ Barry Grantham (MEM Chairman)