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A Feminist Chorus in Conversation

Join Dr Sarah Neely and artist Lucy Reynolds in discussion around A Feminist Chorus to coincide with the publication launch, which includes collected scores for the chorus and a commissioned essay by Dr Sarah Neely.

Glasgow Women's Library

Tue 25 Nov

Free ticketed / 0141 550 2267

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Festival Bookclub Lecture with Chris Murray and Daniel Cook

Learn more about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Dr Chris Murray and Dr Daniel Cook. Did you know Shelley’s mother Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin lived on Dundee’s South Baffin Street? That Frankenstein has inspired more than 130 films? That the novel resulted from a competition between Mary, her future husband Percy Bysshe…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sat 25 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

Festival of Books Day

Celebrate the written word with this afternoon of literary treats. On the bill is Midnight in St Petersburg author Vanora Bennett and The Soldier's Song writer Alan Monaghan. Plus, there's readings from Irish WWI poet Francis Ledwidge, activities for children, speed meets with authors, agents, editors and publishers and…

St James' Church, London NW6

Sat 1 Nov

Free

The First World War in 650 Letters

Ben Makin delivers a talk on the First World War, using 650 letters as a primary source for key events, such as the Christmas truce.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Tue 4 Nov

Free (donations appreciated) / 0131 667 7533

Forensics Family Fun Day

Come along to discover the truth about C.S.I., bones, fingerprints and what forensic anthropologists really do!

Douglas Community & Library Centre, Dundee

Fri 14 Nov

Free / 01382 868608

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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Free Learning Lunchtime Talks

A series of free lunchtime talks on current affairs and local issues. No booking required.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

Savings: Making your money work harder. Mark Hawksford and Steven Town from NFU Mutual shed some light on getting a better return on your savings.

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

The East/West Line: Caryl Jones talks about the future of the rail link from Oxford to Cambridge, and how it may potentially improve the Marston Vale line.

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Free / 01234 767037

The Brickworks: David Syzmanski talks about the incredible history of what was previously the biggest Brickworks in the world, in neighbouring Stewartby.

…and 7 more dates until 23 Mar 2015

Free Tour of London

Journey through British History on this 2.5 hour walking tour. Meet at the Churchill Statue – and look for the guide in an orange shirt.

Parliament Square, London SW1P

Tue 21 Oct

Free

Wed 22 Oct

Free

Thu 23 Oct

Free

…and 69 more dates until 31 Dec

Fridays at Eleven

A variety of different speakers, from artists to historians, at these monthly talks.

National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 0131 663 7519

Mining the Deep Ocean: Progress and Issues by Professor Dorrick Stow, Head of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University

Friends of RBGE Benmore AGM Followed by Talk from Simon Milne

Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE will speak to members after the AGM.

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll

Thu 16 Apr 2015

Courtyard Gallery

Free / 01369 706261

Front Line Nursing: Then and Now

An exhibition marking the contribution of professional nurses between 1914 and 1918.

The Royal College Of Nursing Library And Heritage Centre, London W1G

Tue 21 Oct

Free / 0345 337 3368

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0345 337 3368

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 0345 337 3368

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Future iGaming

A chance to discuss innovations in the iGaming industry, gambling marketing and factors influencing customer betting behaviour.

American Square Conference Centre, London EC3N

Sun 2 Nov

Free

  • 08:00 – 20:00 Future iGaming American Square Conference Centre, London

Gallery Tour with Ben Harriott

Exhibiting artist Ben Howard leads an informal gallery tour.

New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0115 924 8630

Gavin Francis: Empire Antarctica – Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins

Although he went to Antarctica as an on-base medical doctor, Gavin Francis ended up spending a lot of time with emperor penguins during his fourteen months on the most icy and isolated of continents. Hear him talk about his life-changing experience among the birds.

Dunbar Library

Thu 27 Nov

Free ticketed / 01368 866060

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Getting to the Bones of the Problem: What do Forensic Anthropologists Really Do?

Over the course of three mini-events, featuring two presentations and a workshop we will introduce you to the world of Forensic Anthropology and Human Identification – as it is in the real world. Additional events will take place on Monday 10th November (presentation) and Friday 14th November (Forensic Family Fun Day).

Avery & Co, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 201533

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Mon 10 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 201533

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Greenspace and Health – a natural connection?

Dundee has a wonderful legacy of city parks donated by wealthy industrialists interested in promoting the health of their workforces. What relevance do these have today in meeting the health challenges of the modern age? George Potts, Senior Ranger of Countryside Ranger Service, explores links that make a natural…

Baxter Park, Dundee

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 01382 431848

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

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Growing old, keeping well: what you need to know

Do you have questions about aging? Have you wondered how to keep well into older age? Join Professor Marion McMurdo, Head of Aging and Health at the University of Dundee, for an informal talk on the aging process, followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments included.

Dundee Science Centre

Thu 13 Nov

Free Booking required / 01382 868608

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Hallam Foe: Adapting Scottish Books for Screen

Many Scottish books have been adapted into feature films. Join us in Filmhouse to hear about the process of adaptation before we watch Hallam Foe. Written by Peter Jinks and then turned into a film by David Mackenzie in 2007, Hallam Foe features a grown up Jamie Bell.

macrobert, Stirling

Tue 25 Nov

Free tbc / 01786 466666

Part of Book Week Scotland.

Having Put Herself in the Picture: Tracing a Line through Kate Davis' Recent Work

Dr Dominic Paterson talks about the work of Kate Davis.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Historians in Conversation

Dr Tony Pollard and Professor Matt Strickland from the University's School of Humanities discuss 'Fragments of Fragments: The Archaeology of Warfare in the time of Robert the Bruce'.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

Humans of Dundee: Dundee, one story at a time

Inspired by the original Humans of New York (‘New York City, one story at a time’), Dylan Drummond and Tammy Lyn Shaw started a photo census of the people of Dundee and the surrounding area. 9 months and several hundred photographs later, the Humans of Dundee Facebook page has over 8,000 fans and is growing every day.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

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Impartial Advice on Biomass Renewable Heating

Home Energy Scotland offer free and impartial advice on wood fuelled (biomass) and other renewable heating systems. Booking is essential.

Corn Exchange, Biggar

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 0808 808 2282

Internet Dating with Darwin

Over 25 years before Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Wallace’s papers on the subject, Perthshire-born landowner Patrick Matthew published his own discovery of ‘the natural process of selection’. Dr Michael Sutton will describe how Matthew, not Darwin, should be celebrated as solver of the problem of species. Join Dundee…

Braes Bar, Dundee

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01382 226344

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

John Challis: Only Fools & Boycie

John Challis, who played Boycie in BBC comedy Only Fools & Horses, shares stories and anecdotes from his career.

Waterstones, Macclesfield

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01625 424212

John Thackara: Creativity and Innovation – Making a Difference

John Thackara, founder of Doors of Perception and author of In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World, delivers a talk on creativity and making a difference.

Òran Mór, Glasgow

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 01382 381296

King's Museum Lunchtime Talks

A series of regular talks on historical topics. Student volunteers provide an introduction to the current King's Museum exhibition ‘Victorian Time: Spirit of the Age.’ The student curated exhibition provides an insight into how time was valued in the Victorian era, exploring how the Victorians perceived the past, present…

King's Museum, Aberdeen

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 01224 274330

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 01224 274330

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 01224 274330

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