Afternoon events, Talks & lectures, History

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The Thermos Museum

If you're somebody who gets super-excited about thermal insulation technology – and who isn't? – then get yourself down to the Thermos Museum and let an expert guide you through the history of the vacuum flask.

Festival Square, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

Payment Upon Satisfaction, expensive gift shop also available

  • 14:00 – 20:00

Thu 28 Aug

Payment Upon Satisfaction, expensive gift shop also available

  • 14:00 – 20:00

Fri 29 Aug

Payment Upon Satisfaction, expensive gift shop also available

  • 14:00 – 20:00
…and 2 more dates until 31 Aug

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

Sat 30 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 31 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

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

Thu 28 Aug

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

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 29 Aug

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

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 30 Aug

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

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30
…and 243 more dates until 1 May 2015

Lex Pacificatoria: Using Law to End Wars

A look at the law of the peacemakers chaired by Professor Dorothy Miell, vice Principal and Head of College of Humanities and Science.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mackintosh Architecture Book Reading: Esther Freud – 'Mr Mac and Me'

Freud's latest novel Mr Mac and Me features Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 12 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:15
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Arthur Jafa and Kara Keeling: Touching the Imperceptible

Cinematographer, director and cultural critic Arthur Jafa and Prof Kara Keeling of USC, author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense, in a (kind of) conversation about blackness, queerness and cinema.

Tramway, Glasgow

Sat 27 Sep

£6 for Saturday pass; £14 for weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way.

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

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

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 29 Aug

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 5 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Fri 12 Sep

£8 (£7) / 01865 333623

  • 14:00 – 15:30
…and 6 more dates until 24 Oct

Britain's Bloodiest Time Period

Periods of warfare and violence occurred repeatedly throughout our history. Trauma leaves tell-tale traces on the skeletons, which we study to investigate violence in the past. This debate helps you understand how we identify trauma in skeletal remains, and how patterns of trauma have changed over time, from brutal…

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Mon 8 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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Chris Short: Three Female Surgeons

The story of three women who refused to heed the ban on women studying medicine.

Edinburgh Napier University

Wed 17 Sep

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

Edinburgh Living History 1910: An Indian Summer

Visit Lauriston Castle as Mr and Mrs Reid are preparing to travel abroad, when guests unexpectedly arrive. A costumed interpretation day by Edinburgh Living History.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Sun 7 Sep

£5–£6.50 (Children £3–£4.50; Family £12.50–£17) / 0131 228 1155

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Evolution of Evolution

Despite the simplicity of Darwin's Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, it is often misunderstood. Learn the historical perspective to the development of Darwin's ideas, including influences from the West Midlands and why the ideas were so dangerous. Jeremy Pritchard discusses recent issues covering the ancient…

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

From Subjection to Subjection

The US population represents only 4.44% of the population of the globe, but, since the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, its prison population is about 25% of the global prison population. Activist Reina Gossett, academic Saidiya Hartman and Charlene Sinclair, Director of the Centre for Race, Religion…

Tramway, Glasgow

Sun 28 Sep

£6 for a Sunday pass; £14 for a weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way.

The Halstead Lecture: Dawn of the Giants – How Dinosaurs Rose to Dominate the Triassic World

Dinosaurs reigned as the dominant large vertebrates on land for 135 million years, diversifying into more than 1,000 species that ranged from pigeon-sized animals weighing less than 1 kg up to 70 tonne giants. Although most attention has been focused on the dinosaur extinction, arguably a more interesting question is how…

Arts Building, Birmingham

Sun 7 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Highlights Tours at Glasgow Museums

Get a closer look at some of the best specimens Glasgow Museums has in its collections. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Thu 28 Aug

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Art Collection. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

JBS Haldane Lecture 2014: Computing Life

What is it that makes living things alive? Over 2000 years ago Aristotle said the network of functional relationships between the parts of living things; 20th century biologists reduced life to the functioning of cells and molecules; now a new breed of 'systems biologists' like Armand Leroi, are bringing these two…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Thu 11 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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Journey into the Library of Secrets

Using practical demonstrations, Jim Al-Khalili and Andrea Sella introduce you to the historical roots behind various scientific ideas and theories and the scientists, to whom we owe credit for bringing these ideas to light. Witness a demonstration of the finest alchemy and see base metals being turned into gold, as if by…

Poynting Physics 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

Lunchtime Talks

A series of free lunchtime talks held at museums in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Fri 29 Aug

Free / 01224 337700

From Bon Accord to St Helena: The First and Last Ships Built in Aberdeen by Jason Finch, Curator

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 6 Sep

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:00
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