Festival Diary

Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1870-1917

Fri, 17th Nov - Sun, 26th Nov

Previously unseen albums held in Edinburgh City Archives, together with official records of trials from National Records of Scotland brought toge…

Tue, 21st Nov

Kings, Demons and Witches

Tue, 21st Nov 13:00 - 13:30

​Why did witchcraft in Scotland become a focus for fear and persecution? Part of the FREEDOM AND FAITH 1517-2017 series


Tue, 21st Nov 13:30 - 15:00

A stroll around the historic milling village, which once fed the City of Edinburgh, where many old buildings still survive.

Wars of Religion

Tue, 21st Nov 14:00 - 15:00

​Despite his personal motto, 'Blessed are the Peacemakers', James VI and I set the scene for a century of bloody conflict. Why was 17th century S…

Pat Clark : Charles Mackie

Tue, 21st Nov 14:30 - 15:30

In her wonderful biography 'People, Places And Piazzas: The Life And Art Of Charles Mackie', Pat Clark wrote of Mackie, "His epitaph would resid…

Coffee, tea and a PhD : Iida Saarinen : Making Priests in the 19th century

Tue, 21st Nov 14:30 - 15:30

​Iida's PhD research has taken her to explore the lives of priests-to-be, or seminarians, in the nineteenth century.

Ways of Seeing : representations of disabled people in visual culture

Tue, 21st Nov 15:30 - 16:30

​Sasha Callaghan of Disability History Scotland explores how the world of visual culture has represented the disabled from the art of William Ho…

The Myth of British Tuition of the CIA

Tue, 21st Nov 18:30 - 19:30

According to the official historiography of the CIA, American foreign intelligence did not exist before the 1940s. It portrayed that as a terribl…

'Child Murder by a Nurse Girl’ - The True Story of Agnes Norman in the Press

Tue, 21st Nov 18:30 - 19:30

​On Monday the 17th of April, 1871, a court in London convened to hear an inquest to the death of 14-month-old Jessie Jane Beer while in the ca…

Max Adams : Alfred The Great

Tue, 21st Nov 19:00 - 20:00

At Easter 878AD Alfred, king of the West Saxons, could claim lordship over no more than a few square miles of Somerset marsh.


Tue, 21st Nov 19:00 - 22:30

​Immanuel Kant is a giant among philosophers, whose work examines the core values of human life: ethics, knowledge, truth,... dinner parties?

Aaaaaaargh! Macbeth... Without the Shakespeare Bollocks

Tue, 21st Nov 20:30 - 21:30

​ Bruce's Fummey's comic observations probe deep into medieval Scotland. Shakespeare shamefully misrepresented a man who, in his time, was a pop…

Ye Jacobites By Name

Tue, 21st Nov 20:30 - 21:30

The word Jacobite has come down to us as short-hand for a romantic, doomed cause. But who were the real Jacobites? What did they stand for? Why d…

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