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Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 20 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Sun 21 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Mon 22 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

…and 118 more dates until 20 Apr 2015

An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber talks about his distinguished musical career, with musical support from Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cello) and Pam Chowhan (piano).

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sun 24 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01727 844488

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tue 5 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01284 758000

The Beehive, Honiton

Sat 9 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01404 384 050

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Jon Ronson: An Evening of Public Shaming

An evening of examining the behaviour of others: why do people say things on Twitter that don't come out right? Why do people on Twitter turn mob-like over people who say things that don't come out right? Ronson technically hasn't done anything wrong, but he's been studying people who have and this evening is a powerful…

The Citadel, St Helens

Sat 23 May 2015

£15 / 01744 735436

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 20 Mar 2015

£15 (£12) / 0141 429 0022

Winter Talks

A series of talks on a variety of astronomy and technology topics

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Mon 12 Jan 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

Mon 19 Jan 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

Mon 26 Jan 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

…and 9 more dates until 30 Mar 2015

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 23 Dec

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

Meet outside.

Tue 30 Dec

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

Meet outside.

Tue 6 Jan 2015

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

Meet outside.

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Freeborn English Liberties: The Early Modern Invention of the Magna Carta 1508-1762

Prof Justin Champion talks about the ways in which the Magna Carta was interpreted during the early modern period.

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Tue 24 Feb 2015

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 585050

5X15 Presents A Premium Evening With Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog, whose prolific film career boasts the like of Grizzly Man, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo and Cave of Forgotten Dreams is joined by director of the New York Public Library's LIVE series, Paul Holdengraber to talk about his extraordinary career.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Fri 16 Jan 2015

£35

The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

An examination of the Royal College of Physicians building, one of the most striking and imaginative works of post-WW II architecture.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Mon 22 Dec

Free / 020 3075 1649

Tue 23 Dec

Free / 020 3075 1649

Wed 24 Dec

Free / 020 3075 1649

…and 37 more dates until 13 Feb 2015

Arduino Tour

An 18-hour Arduino workshop, which is suitable for beginners. The session begins with a talk by Massimo Banzi.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7845 4600

Sat 17 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7845 4600

Sun 18 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7845 4600

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 2015

£15 includes museum admission. / 01904 687633

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Portrait Gallery Architecture Tours

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

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Sat 21 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Stewart Murdoch: Developing Leisure and Culture Provision

Stewart Murdoch discusses the current challenges that Dundee is facing in managing and developing leisure and culture provision.

Roseangle Gallery, Dundee

Thu 15 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 434607

18th Century Drawing Collections and Charles Rogers FRS FSA (1711 to 1784)

Michael Liversidge, Emeritus Dean at the Faculty of Arts of Bristol University, explores the legacy of Charles Rogers, a major collector and contributor to the Cottonian Collection at the Museum.

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Wed 18 Mar 2015

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 585050

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

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

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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

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

The Adventure Travel Show

A show dedicated to the world of adventure and off-the-beaten-track travel, packed with inspiration and travel advice. Booking is essential.

Olympia, London W14

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

Animated Nightmares: Talk

A programme of films from Robert Morgan, along with a selection of international animation which has inspired him.

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Tue 3 Feb 2015

£8 / 01603 629921

Part of Manipulate.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 6 Feb 2015

£8 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

Are We Really Safe?

Talk by Prof Chris Kemp, Head of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies.

Edinburgh Napier University

Wed 27 May 2015

Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre

Free

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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

Artists@Work: Ubu Roi

A demonstration of the 3D mapping being used in the forthcoming production of Ubu Roi, from Director Phillipos Phillipou and dramaturgist Vangelis Makriyannakis.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 228 1404

Part of Manipulate.

The Astrology of Love and Relationships

This talk is aimed at offering a better understanding of relationships and matters of the heart. If you're attending, it's advisable to either know or have your birth chart, as there's astrology involved. The answer could be written in the stars, y'know.

New Acropolis, London N1

Wed 21 Jan 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

Bach as Artist or Preacher?

Talk from John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort and a world-renowned Bach scholar, on the roles of emotion and meaning in Bach's church cantatas, followed by a performance of the two cantatas under discussion, BWV 21 Ich hätte viel Bekümmernis and BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich by the Mayfield Singers and…

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Performance by Mayfield Singers and Players. Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

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

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