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Roman Armour

What did the Romans ever wear for us? Using evidence from archaeology and contemporary sculpture, Dr Jon Coulston explores how a Roman soldier based in Northern Britain would have dressed and what weapons he would have carried.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Thu 7 May

Free / 01382 307200

  • 15:00 – 16:00 Roman Armour McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Roman Coins: Head & Tales

Have a close-up look at Dundee's collection of Roman coins and hear their stories from the curators.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Sat 28 Feb

Free / 01382 307200

Roman Gask: Updates from the Frontier

A talk on the new research on the frontier system of the Gask Ridge and Strathmore, the earliest Roman land frontier in Britain, from archaeologist Dr Birgitta Hoffman. Booking is essential.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Wed 25 Mar

Free / 01382 307200

Roman Occupation

The castle has been occupied by the Roman Army, so now's your chance to see what it was like to serve in it beyond the northern frontier.

Broughty Castle Museum, Dundee

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 01382 436916

Roman Scotland: Life on the Edge of the Roman Empire

Dr Fraser Hunter, principal curator of Iron Age and Roman collections at National Museums Scotland, presents a talk on what life was like for Romans and natives in occupied Scotland. Sponsored by the Roman Society. Booking is essential.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Wed 25 Feb

Free / 01382 307200

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Science Meets Art

George Donald talks through his drawing of a life model.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 2 Feb

Free / 0141 552 4267

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

Scotland and Japan: Historical Links

A talk and discussion exploring historical links between the two countries.

University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow

Fri 30 Jan

Free

‘Scotland's gem!’: The Diverse Social Circles of Jane, Duchess of Gordon

Art historian Heather Carroll discusses the life of the Scottish duchess.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 28 Jan

Free / 0131 624 6200

Scottish Church Music up to the Reformation

Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter talks about Scottish church music up to the Reformation, from Columban chant to the music of Carver and Peebles, followed by a performance by Sang Scule of some of the music discussed.

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Seed Swap

Stalls and kids' activities, as well as the community seed swap. Bring along seeds to swap (in labelled envelopes), or make a small donation per packet.

Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0131 337 4202

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Short course: King Lear at the National Theatre

A three-week course exploring different approaches to Shakespeare's tragedy. Booking is essential.

National Theatre: Dorfman, London SE1

Mon 26 Jan

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Mon 2 Feb

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Stirling Literary Society in Late 19th Century New Zealand

Kathleen O'Donnell speaks about the Stirling Literary Society of late 19th century New Zealand. Part of Stirling Literary Society's 25th anniversary series of lectures. Preceded by a short AGM.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 18 May

Free / 01786 471917

Talk: Meet the Romans

Christina Donald, Curator of Early History, talks about the highlights of the British Museum's Roman Empire: People and Power exhibition. Booking is essential.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Thu 12 Mar

Free / 01382 307200.

Talk: What is Classical Art?

An informal tour of the Classical Art exhibition, in which you can find out why the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome continue to fascinate us.

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Thu 5 Feb

Free / 01382 307200.

Talking Trees

Let the RBGE's volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world. Have you visited our Little Free Library located beside the Glasshouses or The Dell area located in the John Hope Gateway?

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sun 15 Feb

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

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Tina Hammett: Taming Fibromyalgia

Tina Hammett, author of Taming Fibromyalgia, shares her experience of living with the disease, and the steps she took towards taming it.

Wyboston Village Hall

Sat 7 Feb

Free

The Two Roberts and the Gay Neo-Romantics

Curator Matthew Storey talks about Colquhoun and MacBryde and how their personal experiences affected their art.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 16 Feb

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Up Helly Aa Gallery Tours

Learn about the origins of Up Helly Aa from an expert on the subject.

Shetland Museum, Lerwick

Mon 26 Jan

Free / 01595 695057

Wed 28 Jan

Free / 01595 695057

Visually Impaired Tour & Workshop

Free tours of selected exhibitions incorporating verbal description for the visually impaired, followed by a practical workshop. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Feb

Free / 0131 624 6560

A tour of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 30 Jan

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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