Afternoon events, Talks & lectures

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An Evening with Gervase Phinn

The Yorkshire writer and radio personality talks about his life and work.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

‘Scotland's gem!’: The Diverse Social Circles of Jane, Duchess of Gordon

Art historian Heather Carroll discusses the life of the Scottish duchess.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 28 Jan

Free / 0131 624 6200

Australian and New Zealand University Open Day

Want to head Down Under to do your learning? Now's the chance to learn a bit more about what it'd be like and the requirements to get yourself there. Register to attend using the website. Booking is essential.

Birmingham Council House

Fri 13 Mar

Free / 020 7353 7200

Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 020 7353 7200

Conversations with the Universe

A class from Edd Dougall, which explores how to use intuition for stress management and personal development. Participants are asked to bring along their own pen and paper, but as the class runs as barter, a small jar of Marmite and some bread, crackers or oatcakes to spread it on is welcome.

Drury Street, Glasgow

Sat 31 Jan

Free / 0141 204 2929

Daoist Practices and Health

A weekend of events with Yuan Xiu Gang, Daoist priest and Wudang martial arts master. Booking is essential.

Lauriston Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 31 Jan

£40 (Members £30) / 0131 339 5374

Meditation session; bring cushions and blankets.

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Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Tue 27 Jan

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Tue 3 Feb

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Tue 10 Feb

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

…and 11 more dates until 28 Apr

Free Cultural Heritage Talk

Free lunchtime talks delivered in partnership with Leeds University's Brotherton Library. These talks, given by people who work with the collections, reveal some of the remarkable objects that the Brotherton collects and makes accessible for both the University and the public. You are welcome to bring your own dinner to…

Central Library, Leeds

Thu 12 Mar

Free / 01132 476 016

The Lost Library of Kirkstall Abbey: Only a few objects associated with medieval Kirkstall survive and a missal, published in 1516 and now in Leeds Central Library, is believed to be one. Hear about the role the monks of Kirkstall played in the medieval society.

Leeds Town Hall

Fri 13 Feb


Dialect in the Museum: The Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) in Special Collections is a unique collection of materials relating to English dialect and folk life. Hear how the staff are breathing new life into this historical archive by teaming up with Yorkshire museums, enriching their collections, and inviting visitors to help dig for dialect.

The Glad Academy

Monthly talk on philosophical subjects or topics.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sun 25 Jan

£5 / 0141 636 6119

Reuben Chesters on Food: Reuben is from Locavore, the local organic grocery store and veg bag delivery service. Locavore sells food from their own land and from local growers and ethical producers.

Hayter and Atelier 17: Printmaking in Paris During the 1930s

Kerry Watson discusses the printmaking of Stanley William Hayter.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Mon 2 Feb

Keiller Library

Free / 0131 624 6200

Iran and Tourism

A series of talks exploring travelling in Iran. Dr Laurent Galbrun presents an insight into the people, culture, art and architecture of the country using photographs from his recent trips. Dr Masood Khodadadi, a teaching fellow in tourism and events, looks at how popular discourses of Iran/Persia are constructed and…

The Nomads Tent, Edinburgh

Sun 8 Feb

Free / 0131 662 1612

Part of Edinburgh Iranian Festival.

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Me & T Monthly

A supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender.

LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Sun 25 Jan

Free / 0131 523 1100

  • 14:00 – 16:00 Me & T Monthly LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Portrait Gallery Architecture Tours

Tours of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson's splendid building. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 21 Feb

Free / 0131 624 6200

Portrait Gallery Thematic Tours

Thematic guided tour of Portrait Gallery exhibitions. Meet in the Grand Hall.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Feb

Free / 0131 624 6200

Susanna Kerr guides you around a personal selection of works in the gallery collection.

A Look at Contemporary South African Photography

Anne Lyden talks about contemporary South African photography.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 17 Feb

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Back to Books: 50 Ways to Get Your Teen Reading Again

A two hour workshop teaching parents how to get their teens page turning.

Stockbridge Library, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar

£19 / 0131 529 5665

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The Bedale Hoard

The Yorkshire Museum’s Curator of Archaeology presents a talk on the Bedale Hoard with a chance to handle the newly conserved items.

Yorkshire Museum

Tue 24 Feb

£15 includes museum admission. / 01904 687633

Berwick at War 1939–45

An exploration of WW II, marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

St Aidan's Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Sun 10 May


Part of Berwick 900.

The Big Outdoor Show

An activity weekend where outdoor enthusiasts and families can visit or camp. Featuring seminars with famous explorers, mountain bike displays, wakeboarding and evening fun.

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Fri 22 May

£9.50–£49.50 (Family £24.50; Family £125.50–£149.50; Children £0–£19.50; Seniors £7.50) / 0871 220 0260

A Celebration of Burns

Stirling Castle's annual celebration of the national bard features a tour of the castle, which inspired his infamous poem on Scotland's national decay, Lines on Stirling.

Stirling Castle

Sun 25 Jan

Included in admission / 01786 450000

Collecting Faces: The Semiotics of Collecting Faces in the 18th Century Through Books, Prints and Drawings

Prof Melissa Percival of the University of Exeter talks about the history of the notion that human character is expressed in the face.

Plymouth City Museum And Art Gallery

Wed 28 Jan

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 304774/264878

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Craigie Aitchison: A Life in Colour

Cate Haste talks about her new book on Craigie Aitchison.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Feb

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Creating a Portrait Head

Sculptor Deirdre Nicholls talks about the process of making a portrait head.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 11 Feb

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Dear Tim: Echoes Of Death Row

Swithin Fry tells the true story of the time he met his penpal Tim Coleman, aka Inmate A328139, and how this meeting led to a bid for a Coleman's retrial.

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Wed 25 Feb

£2 / 01285 654228

Debate: Participatory Theatre – The Saviour of Regional Theatre?

A discussion about the future of participatory theatre. Booking is essential.

Nottingham Playhouse

Thu 29 Jan

An Dotair Mòr on BBC Alba

UistFilm producer and director Andy Mackinnon gives an informal illustrated talk on the making of the recent BBC ALBA documentary, An Dotair Mòr.

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, North Uist

Sat 31 Jan

Free / 01870603970

Limited availability so booking is advisable.

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