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Art under Attack: The Suffragette Iconoclasm Campaign of 1914

A look at the suffragette campaign of 1914 – when the movement was at its most militant, and Mary Richardson famously slashed Diego Velázquez’s The Toilet of Venus.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Mon 1 Sep

£8 / 0131 228 1155

Blabbermouth

This 12-hour live celebration of Scottish music and spoken word features a collection of artists, actors, politicians, journalists, sportspeople, singers and scientists performing their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. A chance to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Sep

£10 (£8) per session; £30 (£20) for day ticket / 0131 473 2000

Caring for Cragievar Castle: 50 Years of Conservation

Learn more about the care and upkeep of the home, in the care of the National Trust for Scotland for 50 years this year.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£8 / 0131 228 1155

Doors Open Day: Broughty Castle Museum Magazine

A unique opportunity to view the castle's magazine and find out more about its interesting history.

Broughty Castle Museum, Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 436916

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Doors Open Day: Camperdown House

A chance to view the magnificent ground floor interiors of Camperdown House, set in its beautiful parkland surroundings.

Camperdown House, Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 432689

  • 11:00 – 15:00
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Doors Open Day: The Old Steeple

A chance to see an amazing collection of medieval gravestones or climb the steeple. Ages 5+. Not suitable for people with restricted mobility. Booking is essential.

The Old Steeple Church, Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 307200

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Doors Open Day Tours of McManus Collections Unit

A guided tour of the McManus Collections Unit, which houses the city's historical, archaeological and natural history collections. Booking is essential.

McManus Collections Unit, Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 307200

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Durham Book Festival

Book events for both children and adults at this two-week festival, with over 70 writers appearing in 2014. Highlights include Kate Tempest, Dennis Skinner MP and Stuart Maconie.

Various Venues: Durham

Mon 6 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Tue 7 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00
…and 10 more dates until 18 Oct

The Friends of the Lincoln Tank: Great War Centenary Symposium

Two talks on the Great War: Dr Tony Pollard with ‘The Great War on the Western Front: An Archaeological Perspective’ and Richard Van Emden ‘Boy Soldiers of the Great War: The Story of how 250,000 Boys Ended up in the British Army in the Great War’.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Sat 20 Sep

£12.50 / 01522 873894

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend me your Feet

Join us to hear about new and exciting discoveries from Roman Vindolanda, where scientists are bringing the people at the fort to life by studying an organic treasure trove of over 4000 shoes and boots, preserved during the Roman occupation of Britain.

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Tue 9 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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Journeys Through Drought and Flood

Join us on a journey through drought and flood! Down the Ganges where drought and flood happen side by side simultaneously; on to sub-Saharan Africa where groundwater abstraction has improved people's lives; then, return closer to home to the Thames Basin, where geology and land use affect the response to rainfall and may…

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Light Lunchtime Lectures

Monthly informal talks on a variety of subjects.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 17 Oct

£5 / 01522 873894

Architectural Conservation – Crick-Smith research fellow Paul Croft speaks on architectural restoration and conservation, including his specialty of decorative finishes in historic buildings and the camouflage used on WWI tanks.

  • 12:00

Fri 14 Nov

£5 / 01522 873894

Magna Carta – Ahead of its 800th birthday, learn about the Magna Carta from Erik Grigg.

  • 12:00

Fri 12 Dec

£5 / 01522 873894

Freeschool Lane: A History – Learn about the history of Free School Lane, including the 13th century home of the Grey Friars. With Lesley Clarke.

  • 12:00

Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Lord Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii

Investigate the work of Lytton before checking out a film adaptation of his book.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 28 Nov

£6.50 / 01522 873894

  • 12:00

The Pipers of Scotland

Alistair McEwen gives a talk tracing the roles and value of pipes in every WWI action involving Scottish troops, with 500 killed and 600 wounded.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£8 / 0131 228 1155

Port Edgar in the First World War

Learn more about the Royal Navy destroyer base.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Fri 12 Sep

£8 / 0131 228 1155

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Railways of Exmoor Weekend

A weekend of rail exploration, including rides on the West Somerset Steam Railway, the Victorian Cliff Railway and f the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, plus talks and a scenic tour through Exmoor.

Yarn Market Hotel, Minehead

Thu 2 Oct

£225 for two nights; £300 for three nights (includes accomodation and breakfast) / 06143 821425

  • 09:00 – 23:00

Fri 3 Oct

£225 for two nights; £300 for three nights (includes accomodation and breakfast) / 06143 821425

  • 09:00 – 23:00

Sat 4 Oct

£225 for two nights; £300 for three nights (includes accomodation and breakfast) / 06143 821425

  • 09:00 – 23:00

Scotland Remembers

Adam Brown, co-founder of the Scottish War Memorials Project, illuminates some of his favourite war memorials.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Sep

£8 / 0131 228 1155

Student Curator's Talk

A series of lunchtime talks elaborate on various themes and objects in the MLitt Museum Studies students' exhibition 'Victorian Time: The Spirit of the Age'.

King's Museum, Aberdeen

Fri 29 Aug

Free / 01224 274330

  • 12:00 – 12:30

Surgeon's Hall Museum: Past, Present and Future

Explore the history of the Edinburgh institution, which is in the middle of a multi-million pound upgrade.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Tue 9 Sep

£8 / 0131 228 1155

Tours and Talks at the Grand Pavilion

Find out about plans to restore this historic arts venue. Booking is essential.

Matlock Bath Aquarium

Sat 6 Sep

The Grand Pavilion

Free / 01629 583624

Part of Wirksworth Festival.

  • 11:00

Wha's Like Us

Interactive event offering useful and practical ways of researching a family tree and uncovering those long-held family secrets.

Tolbooth, Stirling

Sat 13 Sep

£15 / 01786 274000

Tickets cover all talks and activities as well as the refreshments available at the beginning of the day during the registration process.

  • 09:00 – 17:30