Events: Tue 26th November 2013
Victorian Schoolroom Experience
The Victorian Schoolroom, Leith Walk Primary School Brunswick Road, Edinburgh EH7 5NG
Experience an hour's Victorian-style lesson using slates, slate pencils and pen and ink, in our fully equipped Victorian Schoolroom led by one of our experienced, volunteer role-play teachers, followed by a visit to our museum room where you can handle and discuss numerous intriguing household objects from times gone by.
The Historical RBGE Herbarium and Archive Collections from India
Library, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 20A Inverleith Row Edinburgh EH3 5LR
In this talk, Dr Henry Noltie, a researcher at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, will talk about the historical aspects of the herbarium and archive collections from India. Over the last 10 years, Dr Noltie has pieced together information from the RBGE and other British and international collections in order to tell the scientific and social history around the work of the Scottish East India Company surgeons. The talk will provide a rare opportunity to see some of the original drawings and manuscripts that tell the story of these pioneering Scots.
Rocks in the River
Falkirk Library, Hope Street Falkirk FK1 5AS
Rocks in the River, a storytelling show by Livingstone’s Magic Lantern for David Livingstone 200, his bicentenary. Storyteller, author and songwriter Ewan McVicar tells about Livingstone, his Scots family, friends and supporters, incorporating 120 year old digitised ‘magic lantern’ slides, and featuring geologist Sir Roderick Murchison. Livingstone dedicated his first book to Murchison, and named the Murchison Cataracts in the Shire River for him.
Free event. For information please contact - 01506 847936
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Library Tours
RBGE Library, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
The Library at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is Scotland's national reference collection for botanical and horticultural resources. The tour will provide a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures from the Library and Archive collections which include more than 70,000 books, manuscript materials and original botanical drawings and paintings. Please note that tours will start from the Board Room Annex at 20A Inverleith Row where refreshments will be available from 2pm. The actual tour will begin at 2.30pm to enable any individuals attending talks in the John Hope Gateway immediately prior to make their way across the Garden.
Free event - book online at thebotanics.eventbrite.co.uk.
CANCELLED Pub Summit - Whose Heritage is it Anyway ?
The Voodoo Rooms , 19A West Register Street Edinburgh EH2 2AA
History deserves a seat at every table and in the last of our pub summits we gather together people from the great heritage institutions and universities, our museums and galleries to ask what more can we do to help people understand and care about our shared cultural history? How can a greater understanding of the collective memory make a difference to people’s wellbeing? How can we do better in involving children, young people, and families, no matter what their postcode, to get involved and be inspired?
Scotland Galleries Highlights Tours
National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Join one of our free daily tours and discover some of the highlights of our Scottish collections. Tours leave from the Meeting Point, Entrance Hall Level 0.
Stuart McHardy: Arthur's Seat - Journeys and Evocations
The Writer's Museum, Lady Stairs House, Lady Stairs Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 1YS
Arthur's Seat is climbed (or walked up & around) by thousands of people each year. The views from the top of the 350-million year old landmark are breathtaking. Stuart McHardy will interweave tales of the folklore and customs that surround this iconic hill.
The Spirit of '45 by Ken Loach
The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Is the foundation of the British welfare state a lost opportunity destroyed by Thatcherism, or a project still awaiting completion? Ken Loach seeks an answer in conversations with those who remember its beginnings. "The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters." - Time Out
*£8.20 / *£6.00 Book tickets at www.filmhousecinema.com.
*There is a ticket deal that applies to the season - buying tickets for all three films gives a 15% discount.
Stuart Clark - Meet the Author: Discussion & reading of The Day Without Yesterday
Blackwells Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1YS
Join Stuart Clark, Britain’s foremost astronomer, as he discusses the best-selling Sky’s Dark Labyrinth series, dramatising the personal and professional struggles of the greatest figures in the history of astronomy, and key historical events in man’s quest to understand the Universe. In his latest novel, The Day Without Yesterday Europe is marching blindly into the First World War. Albert Einstein is struggling with the collapse of his marriage in the wake of an illicit affair. Increasingly isolated, Einstein finds his academic work sidelined. Discover how a devoutly religious young Belgian Georges Lemaître is the key to discovering that buried in the maths of the theory of relativity is a beginning of space and time, a moment when the universe came into existence – a day without yesterday.
Free event. Tickets are available in advance from Blackwell's Bookshop, 53 -62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, over the phone on 0131 622 8218 or via email on email@example.com
CANCELLED Bars, Ballrooms & Basslines
The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street Edinburgh EH2 2AA
Remember your first shake, rattle and roll? Was it under a disco ball or beside the neighbours radiogram at Hogmanay? Did you boogie with the local bad boy? Or did the coolest girl in town bat her lashes at you and break your heart to the sound of Elton John? Join our panel as we investigate the music from the school disco to the Barrowlands and beyond, and its impact on Scotland's people, communities and how it shaped our world.
10:00am - 4:00pm
1963 exhibition at Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive
Heriot-Watt University Museum and Archive, Level 1, Library Riccarton Edinburgh EH14 4AS
1963 was a momentous year for Heriot-Watt, higher education and the wider world. Heriot-Watt College was about to become "the first of a new breed of technological university" as a long awaited Royal Commission opened the doors to higher education for generations of young people. Meanwhile, Borders textile designer and artist Bernat Klein gained international acclaim when his iconic fabrics took centre stage in the Chanel spring collection. In the year that the Beatles released their first LP, Martin Luther King had a dream, JFK was assassinated, the Profumo scandal rocked the establishment and Bob Dylan sang "The times, they are a changin’". Visit our exhibition to find out what was it like to be a student in 1963 and look back at the fashion, culture and events of this exciting year.
10:00am - 5:00pm
Citizen Curator: Discover Leith’s Artistic Heritage
City Art Centre, 2 Market Street Edinburgh EH1 1DE
Explore stunning landscapes, maritime history, proud sporting legacies and the galas, festivals and diversity of modern Leith. Citizen Curator celebrates Leith’s fascinating and varied heritage, through the art collections of the City Art Centre and history collections of Edinburgh Museums. The exhibition includes artworks by well-known Leithers such as Eduardo Paolozzi, and depictions of the local area by artists including Alexander Nasmyth, Jock McFadyen and Kate Downie. Includes new works by up and coming artists and a specially commissioned film exploring the diversity of the area. Tours of Citizen Curator - Thursdays at 1 pm
10:00am - 4:00pm
Gilmerton Cove Tour
Gilmerton Cove, 16 Drum Street Edinburgh EH17 8QH
Enter the mystery of Gilmerton Cove a unique hand carved underground attraction on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Once known as the 'Gilmerton Secret' this labyrinth is now revealed! We have seven different chambers to explore with rock hewn table and chairs. Listen to the many theories on a fascinating guided tour.
10:00am - 5:00pm
Spectacular Toy Theatre
The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA
As a boy, Robert Louis Stevenson loved to play with a toy theatre that inspired him to write his own plays and stories. To celebrate Stevenson’s birthday on 13 November, a local school will create stunning scenery and characters to fit a model theatre, using descriptive passages from the swashbuckling adventure story ‘Treasure Island’. Come along to the Writer’s Museum and see the children’s amazing creative work from 14 November onwards.
Free event. Just drop in, no booking necessary. For further information please contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager on 0131 529 3963, e-mail Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
10:00am - 5:00pm
The Nation//Live – Work, Union, Civil War, Faith, Roots
Contemporary Scotland Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 1JD
This exhibition features works of art created on five community outreach projects, which investigate the contemporary relevance of major transformations in Scottish history. Inspired by the portraits and personalities from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery collection, artists have led groups in four regional locations – Clydebank, Inverness, Dumfriesshire and Skye – to explore the impact of themes that define the national narrative. Roots, the fifth project, is an innovative collaboration led by folk musician Drew Wright (aka Wounded Knee) which sees migrants to Scotland create new music to represent their view of Scotland’s future.
10:00am - 5:00pm
Women on the Platform - Exhibition
Huntly Room - Museum of Edinburgh, 142-146 Canongate Edinburgh EH8 8DD
Our Heritage Lottery Funded project celebrates the achievements of four 19c Edinburgh Quaker women: Elizabeth Pease Nichol, Priscilla Bright McLaren, Jane Smeal and Eliza Wigham. Their campaigning bridged the gap between two world-changing protest movements: the emancipation of slaves and the fight for women's suffrage. Public workshops on these unsung heroines inspired exciting personal responses - see the results and add your own! Could this kick-start the campaign to publicly commemorate women of historical note in Edinburgh – at last?
Free event. Drop-in Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm. For further information please contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager on 0131 529 3963, e-mail Margaret.email@example.com
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