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Tony Benn: A Celebration

Friends, musicians and performers pay tribute to Tony Benn.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sun 30 Nov

£20–£21.50 the major concert (Spoken word £7–£7.50; Both events £25–£26.50) / 0141 353 8000

Please note: The spoken word event runs from 4.30–6pm, and the major concert runs from 7.30–10.30pm.

Chris Hadfield: You Are Here

Canadian astronaut Hadfield is probably best known for singing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in the International Space Station which made him a viral star. His new book is the best of photographs of the earth from space.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Sun 7 Dec

£15 / 020 7591 3000

A Look at Contemporary South African Photography

Anne Lyden talks about contemporary South African photography.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 17 Feb 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

A Singing Practice by Gerard ter Borch

Ola Wojykiewicz discusses Gerard ter Borch's painting.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

An Afternoon with Shona MacLean

The writer dicusses her work.

Aberdeen Central Library

Sat 29 Nov

Free ticketed / 01224 652500

Part of Book Week Scotland.

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Artists Design for the British Stage

Jane Pritchard of the V&A talks about the relationship of British artists with theatre.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 6 Jan 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Behold the Light of Nature': Ruskin on Turner, Edinburgh 1853 (Performed Reading)

Paul O'Keeffe recreates Ruskin's account of the life of Turner.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 20 Jan 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Dec

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Cézanne’s Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Frances Fowle discusses Cezanne's masterpiece.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Dec

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Chris Leslie and Mitch Miller: Red Road Revisited

Chris Leslie and Mitch Miller talk about their documentation of the Red Road flats.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Dec

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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Christmas Tour of the National Gallery

A Christmas-themed guided tour of the Gallery's permanent collection.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

Craigie Aitchison: A Life in Colour

Cate Haste talks about her new book on Craigie Aitchison.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Feb 2015

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 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Daily Highlight Tours of the Portrait Gallery

Come aboard a 30-minute guided tour of the Portrait Gallery - discover more about the history of the building and explore highlights from the collection with a curator, educator or gallery attendant. Limited to 15 places per tour. Book your place at the Portrait Gallery information desk.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

…and 19 more dates until 19 Dec

Deepening the Practice 2

Conversations and talks about finding the right performance style for you.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£10 / 0131 556 9579

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Dundee Afternoon Lecture: Christopher Whatley

Christopher Whatley discusses the Kirk and the struggle for hearts and minds in Angus during the Jacobite risings.

Tower Building, Dundee

Wed 11 Feb 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 384310

Dyce and Dante: The Fortunes of 'Francesca'

Prof Nick Havely talks about the history of Dyce's Francesca di Rimini.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 9 Dec

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Edinburgh Tarot Group

Join up with other folks interested in the mystical art of tarot at this monthly group, and share tips and tricks while you practice doing readings for other members.

Sofi's, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0131 555 7019

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

Fri 28 Nov

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

Meet outside.

Sat 29 Nov

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

Meet outside.

Sun 30 Nov

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

Meet outside.

…and 151 more dates until 1 May 2015

An Evening with Gervase Phinn

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

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sat 9 May 2015

£16 (£15) / 01332 255800

The Lowry, Salford

Sun 30 Nov

Quays Theatre

£20 / 08432 086000

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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 15 Jan 2015

Free / 01132 476 016

Histories of Theatre in Leeds & West Yorkshire: From 19th century playbills to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and West Yorkshire have a vibrant and fascinating theatrical heritage as revealed through the University Library's Special Collections and the Local and Family History Library.

Thu 12 Mar 2015

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 12 Dec

Free

Silent Night 1914 – Christmas During the First World War: Hear what the Special Collections' Liddle Collection can reveal about Christmas one hundred years ago, both on the front line and at home. Including examples of cards and gifts; food and games; and the experience of life in the trenches at Christmas together with first-hand accounts of the 1914 Christmas Truce.

Fri 13 Feb 2015

Free

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.

Friends of RBGE Benmore AGM Followed by Talk from Simon Milne

Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE will speak to members after the AGM.

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll

Thu 16 Apr 2015

Courtyard Gallery

Free / 01369 706261

Galha Annual Lunch with Guest Speaker Mark Gatiss

A lunch and award show celebrating an important year of LGBT campaigning, with special guest speaker Mark Gatiss.

Browns Courtrooms, Above Browns Restaurant, London WC2N

Sun 30 Nov

£48

Gavin Francis: Empire Antarctica – Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins

Although he went to Antarctica as an on-base medical doctor, Gavin Francis ended up spending a lot of time with emperor penguins during his fourteen months on the most icy and isolated of continents. Hear him talk about his life-changing experience among the birds.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 0131 242 8100

Generation by Night

Early evening talks, demonstrations, hands-on art-making sessions, live music and other creative responses to the Generation art programme.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

Julie Roberts talks about how institutional constraints on the female body affect her work. Part of Generation.

Free / 0131 624 6200

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Ciara Phillips, Claire Barclay and Kate Davis discuss their work. Part of Generation.

Thu 22 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

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