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God in the Lab: The Science of Religious Belief

Professors Chris French, Jon Lanman and Glen Carrigan discuss fascinating recent research and findings in religious and atheistic belief systems.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sat 14 Jun

£10; free entry for Friends of CFI UK (Members £5; Students £5) / 020 7324 3060

  • 11:00 – 15:45

The Great War: Portobello and Edinburgh

Portobello Library marks the centenary of WWI with a programme of talks, with talks covering rugby, animals and Portobello itself in context of the war.

Portobello Library, Edinburgh

Sat 26 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

Sun 27 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

Mon 28 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 529 5558

…and 22 more dates until 20 May

Gregory Elliott: An Enduring Passion – Eric Hobsbawm and Karl Marx

The Marx Memorial Lecture is given by Gregory Elliot, analysing the scholarly record Eric Hobsbawm created, which chronicled history from the French Revolution to the fall of Soviet Communism. Both Hobsbawm and Karl Marx are buried at Highgate.

Highgate Cemetery, London N6

Tue 13 May


£7 / 020 8340 1834

  • 19:30 – 21:00

The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies from St Kilda

Author and Guga Stone expert Donald S Murray and his creative partner, artist Douglas Robetson, talk about their collaboration and the impressive location of the St Kilda myth. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Harold Peto: Architect, Garden Designer, Collector and Aesthete

An exploration of Peto's architectural work, with Hilary J Grainger.

YHA Potato Wharf, Manchester

Wed 30 Apr


  • 19:00 – 21:00
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High Command in War

Chaired by historian Trevor Royle, Sir Hew Strachan aims to look beyond the accepted role of command during the First World War and portray the generals that could not cope or who had murderous intent.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Highland Archaeology Festival

A fortnight of investigations into Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails, insights into recent research, historical talks, a weekend conference for experts and enthusiasts and plenty of chances for visitors to get their hands dirty exploring what lies beneath…

Various venues

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Mon 29 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

…and 13 more dates until 12 Oct

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

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Model Ship Collection.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Transport and Technology Collection.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival celebrates its tenth year with a month of events showcasing Spanish and Latin American culture, curated by people who are authentically Spanish and Latin American. Watch out for the Flamenco performances, for which this festival is renowned.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

…and 28 more dates until 31 Oct

How British Is Scotland? Lecture Series

A series of lectures, from different perspectives, that examine Scotland's political, cultural and social landscape in the lead-up to the 2014 referendum.

University of Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr


Today: 'How British Is Scotland? Archaeological Origins of Scotland' with Ewan Campbell and Stephen Driscoll.

Tue 20 May


Today: 'How British Is Scotland: Celtic Perspectives on Multiculturalism' with Thomas Owen Clancy.

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How to Cultivate Colour in the Field of Painting

Dr Karin Leonhard of the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, talks still life painting and baroque colour theory in this open academic lecture.

12 University Gardens, Glasgow

Wed 30 Apr


  • 17:00 – 18:30

How 'Venetian' Was Titian?

Tom Nichols of the University of Glasgow talks about the tensions between Titian's highly individual painting and the conservative social and cultural mores of the Venice of the time.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 13 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

How War Reporting has Changed: A Century On

A look at how times have changed when it comes to war reporting.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

I am Unique

Experts from Dundee Science Centre guide you through the world of molecules and helixes.

St Andrews Museum

Sat 17 May

Times vary / Free / 01334 659380

Part of Festival of Museums.

Free / 01334 659380

  • 10:00
  • 11:15
  • 12:30
  • 13:45
  • 15:00

Iain Macwhirter: The Road to Referendum

The political columnist presents his new book, a companion to the three-part television series of the same name.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Fri 2 May

Over-18s only

£10 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

£10 (£8) / 0845 874 3001

  • 19:00
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Iain Martin: Making It Happen

The author discusses the RBS disaster, as detailed in his book Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

£2 / 0131 226 2666

  • 18:00

Ian Gow: Scotland's Lost Houses

National Trust of Scotland curator Ian Gow looks to the photographic record to talk about the grand houses lost to dry rot, mining subsidence, lack of funds, and fire.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

Free (ticketed) / 0131 242 8100

Imperial Gothic: William Butterfield and the Development of Colonial Ecclesiology

A discussion of William Butterfield's contribution to the development of Anglican church architecture in the late 19th century, while sitting in one of the churches he designed. With Alex Bremner.

St Cross Church, Manchester

Sat 10 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 223 0766

  • 14:00 – 16:30

In Conversation: 'A Life in Four Acts' with Graciela Kaplan

Graciela Kaplan tells the story of her life as a dancer. Beginning with her early experiences at ballet school in provincial Argentina via an international dancing career to becoming Principal Dancer in one of the UK’s major ballet companies. She recounts the highs of success, the struggles of injury and life post dance…

The City Rooms, Leicester

Mon 19 May


Part of Let's Dance International Festival.

In Process with Jackie Kay

The celebrated Scottish writer talks about her long and varied writing career, from her first collection of poetry (The Adoption Papers, 1991) to her 2010 memoir Red Dust Road.

CCA, Glasgow

Tue 30 Sep

£6 (£3; SWC members free) / 0141 352 4900

Organised by Scottish Writers' Centre.

  • 19:00 – 20:30
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In Process with Lesley McDowell

Glasgow born and raised literary critic and author Lesley McDowell speaks on her life and career as a writer, including her latest novel, Unfashioned Creatures.

CCA, Glasgow

Tue 24 Jun

£6 (£3; SWC members free) / 0141 352 4900

Organised by Scottish Writers' Centre.

  • 19:00 – 20:30

In the Margins: Place and Memory in the Britain from Above Project

Brian Wilkinson, Activity Officer for Scotland for the Britain from Above project, discusses what the thousands of volunteers who have contributed to the project have revealed about the places in their photographs. Booking is essential.

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Wed 23 Apr

Free / 0141 276 5360

  • 18:00 – 19:30

Inala Conversation

Find out what goes on in the mind in the people behind dance piece Inala.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Inaugural Pop-up

Celebrate the reopening of the Reading Room with literary-inspired theatre, music, workshops, games and a Pianocktail Bar. Email to book specific events.

Institut Francais Du Royaume-Uni, London SW7

Fri 16 May

Free / 020 7871 3515

  • 18:00 – 21:30

International Festival of Playwriting and Performance

See some brand new writing and take part in dramaturgical workshops at this festival of playwriting.

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Wed 7 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Thu 8 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Fri 9 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Sat 10 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00
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