A-Z of LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Region: Central Scotland

Category Art Galleries
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Includes 'a series of new public art commissions and over 45 major exhibitions at galleries, museums and artist-run spaces'. Usually held each year in August.

Category City of Glasgow
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‘Founded in 1991, The Alexander Thomson Society works to promote and safegaurd the works of the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson.‘

Category Dunfermline
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'Steel tycoon, stockbroker, writer, lecturer, entrepreneur, philanthropist - Andrew Carnegie was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. His life has left a huge legacy, but as his birthplace cottage testifies he came from humble beginnings ... Discover how Carnegie set up his businesses in Pittsburgh, USA and how he became the richest man in the world.'

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'The Centre promotes American studies by sponsoring seminars, colloquia, conferences, films and theatrical events ... In recent years the Centre has featured seminars and public lectures by British and American scholars ...' Includes an Annual Lecture for which: 'All welcome but registration required'.

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'Members nights are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month ... except for June, July and August when there is a recess. Meetings commence at 7.30 pm (doors open around 7 pm) and finish around 10.00 pm. These cover discussion of events of current interest, reports from the Committee, followed by the main event of the evening which is a presentation by an Association member or Guest Speaker describing a topic of general interest. Observing equipment is always available to use after the meetings, but weather conditions are rarely favourable, unfortunately!'

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'We meet monthly, usually on the first Friday of the month at 8 pm, and are always happy to see new faces at our meetings.'

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'The Society holds eight regular monthly lecture meetings from September through to April each year ... Lectures are held in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow city centre at 7.30 pm, normally on the third Thursday of each month, however this does occasionally change to allow us to welcome some of our speakers who have busy schedules. All topics of Astronomy are covered in the lectures from Planetary Science to Astrophotography and The Search for Life Beyond Earth. The lectures are free and are open to members and non-members alike. Prior to each meeting a Newsletter is circulated to the Membership giving details of the speaker, the lecture topic and other matters of timely interest.'

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'All meetings, unless otherwise stated, are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6.30 pm ... Refreshments are available from 6.00 pm. All meetings are free of charge and no reservation is required, except where indicated otherwise below. Non members are welcome to all meetings.'

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'BSS is unique in being the only British botanical society with a keen interest in both flowering and non-flowering plants (e.g. ferns, mosses, algae and fungi). There is also an active alpine section, while conservation of our flora has high priority in our interests. These wide interests are covered in the winter Lecture Programme. Lectures are held mainly in Edinburgh, and occasionally in Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and St. Andrews.'

Category Art Galleries
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'We have an extensive range of talks and tours at the Burrell, including our ongoing programmes of Curator's Favourites and Themed Tours.' ALERT 'From 23 October 2016 the museum will temporarily close until 2020 as the refurbishment of the category A-listed building and redisplay of its world-famous collection takes place.'

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'Every year Cairns hosts a series of lectures by invited speakers renowned in their own field under the heading Thinking Allowed ... The series now forms the main thrust of outreach from a church which is well known for its liberal and inclusive approach.'

Category Railway History
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'Meetings are held in Glasgow on Saturday afternoons during the winter months and the AGM in March combines the business of the Association, with a day of talks and exhibitions, rounded off by an annual Dinner in the evening ... The meetings start at 2 pm and are open to all. If the subject is of interest please come along, say hello, enjoy the talk and a cup of tea or coffee, you will be most welcome, we are always keen to meet new enthusiasts ... Occasional meetings are also held in the London Area.'

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CRAG campaigns for better public transport, especially rail and light rail development, in the Edinburgh area. In particular, we have been campaigning for the development of an integrated and sustainable transport strategy for the Edinburgh travel to work area ... We hold a series of Events during the winter months with guest speakers. A compilation listing of other railway and environment meetings being held in Edinburgh is also available on the Events page.’

Category Arts Festivals
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'The largest winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of celtic music.' Held Late January.

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'Formed in 1990 to serve the needs of those interested in family history who lived in what was then Central Region. This means that as well as the old counties of Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire and West Perthshire, the Society covers the parishes of Bo'ness and Carriden which were in West Lothian. While of particular value to people whose forebears come from these parishes and from the villages and burghs of Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire and West Perthshire, the Society, through its links to similar groups in Scotland and elsewhere, can be of service to family historians generally.'

Category Arts Centres
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'CCA provides a platform for exciting and inspiring cutting edge contemporary visual art, performance, film, music, spoken word and other events. CCA is a hub of experimental creative activity that engages with individuals and communities, contributing to the vibrancy and vitality of cultural life in Glasgow and beyond.'

Category Canada
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'The Centre hosts a wide range of public lectures and special events ... The Centre hosts a regular series of Open Research Seminars during the semesters. These are open to students and staff across the University and to the public. Do come and join us.'

Category Maritime History
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'The Club meets regularly during the winter months from October to April. Meetings commence at 19.30 ... The lounge adjacent to our meeting room on the 1st floor, is normally available from 18.30 and members are encouraged to come along and meet, chat, catch-up and swap stories in the lounge before the formal meeting starts. We are always very pleased to welcome new members at any time of the year. Why not come along to one of our meetings where you will be made most welcome and see what we have to offer.'

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'The College organises a wide range of public lectures, including the Gifford, Fulbright, Northern Scholars, and Munro Lectures.'

Category China
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'Acts as a conduit for information on events and activities relating to China. The pages in this section highlight various occasions and performances organised by or promoted by the Institute.' Usually free of charge; need to book.

Category Philosophy
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Organize the Senior Seminar Programme sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy: 'Everyone is welcome ...'.

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'All standard meetings are held ... at 7.45 pm on Thursday evenings. In the event of severe weather, please phone the Secretary to see if this has affected the arrangements.'

Category Flowers & Plants
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Monthly 'meetings are open to anyone interested in the cultivation of begonias ... Anyone interested in growing begonias will be made very welcome'.

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'The club meets at 7.30 pm every Wednesday night ... With an active membership and a wide age range of members, the camera club caters for both beginners and more experienced photographers. In common with other clubs most members now shoot digitally, but not exclusively.'

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'The Society organises a lecture programme, including tea or coffee, from October until May: attending these lectures is possibly the best way of finding out more about the Society, and meeting with like-minded people.'

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Usually monthly meetings, Thursday evenings: 'Guests and visitors are welcome to meetings and to the annual dinner, and (depending on places available) to the May outing.' Note the Annual John Murray Archive Lecture, held jointly with the National Library of Scotland.

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'An alternative book festival of ideas by two of Edinburgh's leading independent bookshops.' The 'Fringe Festival' has been held mid-August.

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Category Bookshops
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'We run lots of events ranging from book signings to book group meetings and from literary speed-dating to book swaps ... Some events are free and for others there is a small charge.'

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'An independent company and charity based in Edinburgh and we run reading and writing projects. We believe that literature in its broadest sense enriches the soul and brings joy, and that it is a true way to understand and celebrate ourselves, our city and our nation. We are the founding city in an international network of UNESCO Cities of Literature. We run campaigns and projects to transform our literary city; we create networks and spaces to connect people.'

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Category The Arts Society
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'Our members enjoy a programme of 10 lectures a year on the decorative and fine arts in the widest sense ... We have two membership groups, Afternoon and Evening, with lectures as 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm on the second Tuesday of the month from September to June ... The capacity of our lecture theatre sets the limit of our membership. Our annual membership renewal is in July/August. Those who apply for membership outside this time are offered Temporary Membership ... EDFAS is a member society of The Arts Society ... With c. 900 members EDFAS is the largest member society of The Arts Society.'

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'Our varied programme of illustrated lectures runs from October to Easter. Speakers and topics are carefully chosen to provide interest for both the amateur and professional geologist. These meetings also provide an informal opportunity to chat to other members, and to gain advice from local experts on visiting geological localities. Each year, a celebrity lecture is given by a geologist of international repute, who is invited jointly by the Society and the Geological Society of Glasgow. At the annual Fellows' Night, members can give accounts of their own geological interests, specimens or travels. Lectures are usually on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm ... These meetings are open to the public, there is no charge, and visitors are most welcome.'

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'The Radical Book Fair is Scotland’s leading alternative political & literary festival; it was launched by Wole Soyinka in 1996.' Held Mid November.

Category The Media
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‘The Edinburgh TV Festival is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK. We bring together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in our field, and to debate the major issues facing us as an industry. The Festival draws around 2000 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.‘

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'Founded in 1888 with the purpose of bringing British culture to the Jewish immigrant population of Edinburgh. In the 117 years since then it has broadened its aims and become a discussion forum for a wide variety of topics covering every area of culture and history with a Jewish connection.'

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'We meet on alternate Tuesdays; the Hall is open from 7.00 pm and the meeting begins at 7.30 pm.'

Category Arts & Crafts
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'We love printmaking and know you will too, you don’t have to be an artist to get involved, so join us, there’s lots for visitors in our programme, you can come and see our latest exhibition or take a course in printmaking, you can come to an art lecture or artist talk or simply visit our gallery shop for an unparalleled choice of original fine art prints and artist multiples.'

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'The Annual Dinner of the Club is held in March each year at which the President delivers a toast to the memory of Sir Walter. Among other meetings there is a Joint Lecture with the University of Edinburgh English Dept. From time to time members also enjoy the privilege of a visit to Abbotsford ... Membership shall be open to any individual or organisation.'

Category Elgar Society
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'The meetings normally run from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday or Sunday.'

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Meet '1st Tuesday of each month @ 7.15 pm, coffee available from 6.30 pm'.

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Occasional public lectures, organized by one or another of the Faculty's departments and centres. Usually annotation is something like: 'All welcome, but booking essential'.

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'Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to May.'

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'Regular fortnightly meetings run from September to April each year and informal summer meetings are held monthly from May to August. The Society meets at 7.30 pm on Thursday evenings ... The club has remained informal and friendly for over forty years. All stamp collectors are welcome to visit at any meeting and anyone may join for an annual subscription of £11 (£1 for juniors – under 18 years). Summer meetings cost £1 per evening. Tea/coffee is included at all our meetings.'

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'Fife Family History Society, which was formed in 1989 aims to join together people with an interest in the research of their Fife ancestors. The society produces a journal 3 times a year free to members, and holds a meeting on the second Tuesday of the month from September to April (not December or January).'

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'The meetings are held ... on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm - with the exception of January, July and December. We usually have a guest speaker, and any person interested in the cultivation of fuchsias is cordially invited to attend the meetings.'

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'Each year as part of our winter programme guest lecturers present to our members on topical and emerging subjects from the world of geology ... Members and prospective members are invited to attend both the lectures and the post lecture tea/coffee gathering. If you are a non member interested in our society please accept this invitation.'

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'During the winter months the society organises a series of monthly lectures by speakers from Britain and abroad. These illustrated lectures cover both local topics and those from farther afield, within a wide time span from the prehistoric to the post medieval period.'

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The Friday Event 'This lecture series has been running since the early 1990s and is GSA's flagship public lecture programme. Friday Event lectures are an integral part of the academic curricula, bringing major international speakers - artists, designers, and architects - to the City of Glasgow ... Admission is free. Members of the public are welcome to attend.'

Category Arts & Crafts
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'We are a group of enthusiastic calligraphers who meet regularly in Glasgow, Scotland. Our aim is to improve our calligraphy skills, share ideas/expertise and meet fellow calligraphers. Although we're not a formal teaching group, members develop their skills via meetings and tutor delivered workshops and by sharing and viewing calligraphy ideas with fellow calligraphers. We hope that you will find the information interesting and might visit us in Glasgow sometime to see what we do ... Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings and workshops'

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'... Glasgow Sculpture Studios also deliver a critically acclaimed public programme of curated exhibitions of new work, events, education & interpretation projects that enable audiences to engage with and learn about contemporary sculpture ... Our programme includes production and research residencies, curated exhibitions of new work, talks, symposia, off-site and artist-led projects and events.'

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Occasional talks organized by the Friends of the Library or by the Library itself.

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Category Heraldry
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'The Society runs various events throughout the year, here at home in the UK and overseas. They range through illustrated talks, lectures, visits to heraldic locations and various other events and activities ... Ordinary Membership is open to all people interested in matters falling within the main aims and objects of the Society.'

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'Come and find out more about Scotland’s architecture, archaeology and industry in our series of monthly lunchtime lectures. Open to all, these lectures are presented by experts in their field on a wide range of subjects ... All talks are free of charge but must be booked in advance.'

Category France
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'The Institut français exists to promote French language and culture in Scotland, by providing French courses and organising events (film screenings, talks, exhibitions, concerts, etc.).'

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Extensive programme of events: 'All meetings in the programme are open to all members of the IET, members of other Professional Engineering Institutions, and the general public.' Generally focussed on the City of Edinburgh.

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'Unless otherwise stated, lectures start at 6.00 pm with light refreshments available from 5.30 pm ... All meetings in the programme are open to all members of the IET, members of other Professional Engineering Institutions, and the general public.'

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Just Festival 'celebrates that peace is not just an absence of conflict; it is a presence . It is not a fixed goal to be acheived and forgotten about; it is a complex and continuous process carried on by individuals, communities and nations. We explore how faith acts as a catalyst and sometimes a barrier for this process ...' Held During August.

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'Meetings are usually held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoons of each month, doors open 1.30 pm meetings start at 2 pm finishing for 4 pm ... We have a loyal group of members with a different level of knowledge between them all, which all goes well for new members who wish to learn. Come along have a chat and coffee see what you think, everyone welcome.'

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'Meetings are held at 7.00 pm on 2nd Thursday of each month (except July and August).'

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'Over the year there are more than 30 different lectures to choose from. These lectures offer a rare opportunity to listen to some of Scotland’s foremost experts ... A tour of the Castle with coffee and cakes is included in the price, with the opportunity to meet the lecturer and visit parts of the building not usually open to the public. The lectures themselves last two to two and a half hours ... Our workshops and lectures are hugely popular. Pre-booking and advance payment (where applicable) are essential ...'

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'We meet at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday in the month from September to May except in December when the meeting normally takes place on the second Tuesday of the month.'

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