Afternoon events, Talks & lectures, History

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The Alternative Edinburgh Walking Tour

Get off the tourist paths and see a different side of the city, learning about everything from its literary past to the disco pioneer who grew up near (but note: not in) the bins at the back of Tesco.

Omni Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sat 2 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 3 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30
…and 14 more dates until 31 Aug

Pillow Talk and Sweet Nothings

Hosted by 5x15 Ernest Hemingway - Boxer, bullfighter, soldier … romantic? Naomi Wood explores the four marriages, inflammatory letters, billet-doux and sensual telegrams that reveal the softer side of renowned hard-man Ernest Hemingway. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Anatomy of Murder

Hosted by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation With the increase in anatomy schools in the eighteenth century, a growing demand for bodies for dissection provided ideal conditions for the infamous body snatching serial killers, Burke and Hare. Join The Museum of London's Jelena Bekvalac and Edinburgh Museum of…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Portrait of a Serial Killer

Hosted by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation Serial killers walk unseen amongst us. Propelled into celebrity, caricature and myth by their crimes and extraordinary trials, they have often previously lead humdrum lives. But what characteristics allowed well respected Edinburgh citizens to callously kill their fellows…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Confession and Death by Torture Experience

Auld Reekie Tours Ltd Hosted in our Medieval Torture Exhibition with some instruments from Nuremberg and Bamburg Castles in Germany from the late 1500s and early 1600s. We will graphically explain how these instruments were applied to the helpless victims in order to extract confessions and usually a slow agonising…

Auld Reekie Tours Meeting Point, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Auld Reekie's Haunted Underground

£6 (£5) / 0131 557 4700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Auld Reekie's Haunted Underground

£6 (£5) / 0131 557 4700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Auld Reekie's Haunted Underground

£6 (£5) / 0131 557 4700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Objecting to War

Chaired by Sir Adam Roberts, Professor Martin Ceadel looks at those who opposed the war.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

America in the Gilded Age: A Nation on the Brink

A talk on America in the last years of the 19th century, by Professor Frank Cogliano of Edinburgh University.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

The Annual Thelwall Lecture: John Thelwall and Slavery

The influence of the radical John Thelwall on Wordsworth and Coleridge is becoming increasingly recognised. In this talk, ProfessorMichael Scrivener will discuss how Thelwall's own ideas were shaped by slavery and the abolition movement.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 01539 435544

  • 16:30 – 17:30

Auld Reekie: Most Haunted City in Europe?

Ash Pryce, founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, examines the evidence for and against Edinburgh's ghostly claims.

Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Sun 3 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Mon 4 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00
…and 16 more dates until 23 Aug

Battle of Prestonpans Talk

A talk about the Battle of Prestonpans, from historian Arran Johnston. Ages 12+.

Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

Sun 14 Sep

£3.60 (includes a hot drink and a cake) / 0131 653 2904

  • 14:00 – 15:30
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Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Bicentenary of the Strathnaver Clearances – Guided Walk to Achanlochy

Discover the geography, geology and archaeology of the area fro the neolithic era to present day. Meet at Naver Bridge.

Strathnaver Museum, Thurso

Sat 2 Aug

Free

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Blackwell's Historic Oxford Walking Tour

Learn all about Oxford's history from Saxon times. Featuring the story of Saint Frideswide and her avoidance of King Algar. Also includes a visit to the 11th century castle.

Blackwell's, Oxford

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 8 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 15 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30
…and 10 more dates until 24 Oct

Celtic Summer School

An exploration of the literature, languages, history, music, art and politics of Scotland, with a programme of discussions, workshops, talks and explorations.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£13 for a day pass (£9); £75 for a week pass (£55) / 0131 556 9579

  • 12:30 – 13:20
  • 14:30 – 16:30

Sat 2 Aug

£13 for a day pass (£9); £75 for a week pass (£55) / 0131 556 9579

  • 12:30 – 13:20
  • 14:30 – 16:30

Sun 3 Aug

£13 for a day pass (£9); £75 for a week pass (£55) / 0131 556 9579

  • 12:30 – 13:20
  • 14:30 – 16:30
…and 5 more dates until 8 Aug

Civil Strife and Defeat

Learn about internal and external conflict that besieged Athens in the fifth century.

University of Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Meadows Lecture Theatre

Free (ticketed) / 0131 650 1000

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Culture and Conflict

A look at how war influenced culture with Robyn Marsack, Director of the Scottish Poetry Library and theatre academic Octavian Saiu.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Curator's Favourites

Regular talks on museum staff's favourite objects from the collection.

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0141 287 2550

Today: Sir William Burrell's Brass Plates.

  • 12:30

Wed 6 Aug

Free / 0141 287 2550

Today: A specially selected tapestry from Sir William's Collection.

  • 12:30

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0141 287 2550

Today: The lady, the bird and the ewer: three Iznik dishes from Ottoman Turkey.

  • 12:30
…and 2 more dates until 27 Aug

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

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 01382 436916

  • 13:00 – 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

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 01382 432689

  • 13:00 – 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

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 01382 307200

  • 13:00 – 15:00
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First World War: Re-thinking the Centenary

Discussion looking at the First World War for what it was. chaired by Professor Donald Bloxham, University of Edinburgh.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

From Red Clydeside to Radical Scotland

A look at anti-war activity in Scotland.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Gallipoli: The End of the Myth

A look at what is considered one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the First World War.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Germany Wants This War

What role did Britain play in contributing to conflict that led to WWI? Find out at this centenary lecture.

University of Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Meadows Lecture Theatre

Free (ticketed) / 0131 650 1000

The Great War and Modern Scotland

Lecture looking at the ways in which WWI impacted Scottish history.

University of Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

Meadows Lecture Theatre

Free (ticketed) / 0131 650 1000

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