Afternoon events, Talks & lectures

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Richard Van Emden: Tommy's War

Historian Richard Van Emden discusses what life was like for the ordinary soldier in World War One.

Redoubt Fortress And Military Museum, Eastbourne

Sat 12 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01323 410300

Robert Colquhoun's Monotypes

Collector Davy Brown talks about the artist's monotypes.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Mon 11 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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

Sir John Lister-Kaye

Celebrated naturalist and environmentalist John Lister-Kaye talks of his work at the Aigas Field Centre and his books, including the classic Song of the Rolling Earth.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Crail

Sat 27 Jun

£8 in advance, £10 on the door

Part of East Neuk Festival.

Slavery, Politics and Poetry

Alastair Learmont talks about the remarkable career of poet and politician Robert Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore (1735–1797).

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 20 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

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Steve Backshall's Wild World

Steve Backshall talks about his adventures, expeditions, his new novel Tiger Wars and his last book, Looking for Adventure.

Birmingham Town Hall

Sun 1 Nov

£16–£18 / 0121 345 0600

The Story Of St Katharine's

The story of St Katharine's, from the 12th century through to more modern times.

Guildhall Library, London EC2V

Tue 5 May

Free / 020 7332 1868

Students as Researchers

Find out about the joys and challenges of working with students as researchers. ​The conference is presented by Mark Huxham, Jenny Scoles, Patrick White, Miles Weaver and student presenters involved in current staff-student research projects at Edinburgh Napier.

Edinburgh Napier University

Tue 21 Apr


Sue Light: British Military Nurses on the Western Front

A talk by Sue Light on how military nurses in World War One coped with 'active service' in France and Flanders.

Redoubt Fortress And Military Museum, Eastbourne

Sat 11 Jul

£12 (£10) / 01323 410300

Talking Trees Storytelling

Let the RBGE’s volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with tall tales from around the world.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sun 17 May

John Hope Gateway

Free / 0131 248 2909

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Tanya Byron

Inspired by years of training as a clinical psychologist and the people that she treated, Tanya Byron reveals the frightening challenges that face all mental health staff – and the incredible commitment to their patients.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 25 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

  • 12:00 – 13:00 Tanya Byron Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Three Wine Men Christmas Tour

Get your nose into a few good seasonal tipples in the company of Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Olly Smith. For experts and newbies alike.

Manchester Town Hall

Sat 12 Dec

£15–£27.50 / 0161 234 5000

Sun 13 Dec

£15–£27.50 / 0161 234 5000

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Sat 21 Nov

£15–£27.50 / 08442 777 888

Sun 22 Nov

£15–£27.50 / 08442 777 888

Timothy Walker: On Top but Never in Control – Tales From a Small Garden

A talk from Timothy Walker, who is Director of the University of Oxford's Botanic Gardens.

Saddleworth Civic Hall

Two Cheers for Democracy?

A discussion on themes related to the upcoming general election, hosted by the Glasgow Branch of the Socialist Party of Great Britain.

Hillhead Library, Glasgow

Sat 2 May

Free / 07717 726884


The Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards.

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Thu 7 May

Free / 0131 273 7347

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Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923

Leading Irish historian and academic Roy Foster presents this searing cultural history of the remarkable generation who transformed Ireland – surveying the lives and beliefs of the people who made the Irish Revolution.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 25 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Waterloo Fact and Fiction

Author Iain Gale talks about the challenges involved with writing about the Battle of Waterloo, both as fact and fiction.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Apr

£6 (£3) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Historical Fiction Festival.

Waterloo with Sir Christopher Wallace

Sir Christopher Wallace, Chairman of The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, describes what happened at Waterloo on 18 Jun 1815, and why the outcome was so important that it still resonates today.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Tue 16 Jun

£3 / 01256 478670

Wednesday Walkthrough

A walk through the concurrent exhibition with a staff or guest speaker.

Nottingham Contemporary

Wed 13 May

Free / 0115 948 9750

This walkthrough is led by Mark Rawlinson of the Department of Art History at University of Nottingham, and looks at the relationship between abstract expressionism and the Civil Rights movement.

Wed 3 Jun

Free / 0115 948 9750

Simon Weaver of Loughborough University talks about Richard Pryor's politicized use of humour.

What's Your Poison?

A look at the history of some rather dangerous substances.

Anatomical Museum, Edinburgh

Fri 15 May


Please note: Tickets are on sale from Mon 20 Apr Part of Festival of Museums.

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Where Has All My Money Gone? Beating the Budgeting Blues with Fit Money

Free finance workshop to help you take control of your money.

Resource For London, N7

Thu 23 Apr

Free / 020 7697 4010

Fri 24 Apr

Free / 020 7697 4010

Thu 30 Apr

Free / 020 7697 4010

…and 3 more dates until 8 May

Where the Wild Things Are

Talk by author Esther Woolfson on the fuzzy boundaries between wild and tame.

Cambo Estate, St Andrews

Sun 28 Jun


£5 / 01333 450054

Part of East Neuk Festival.

Wildlife of the Cairngorms

Award-winning photographer Laurie Campbell discusses the terrain and topography of the Cairngorms.

Crail Community Hall

Sat 27 Jun

£5 / 01333 451 206

Wonderful Herbaceous Perennials

Find out how to care for perennial plants with Rosy Hardy.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Tue 23 Jun

£5 / 01256 478670

Part of Basingstoke Festival.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Exotic England – The Making of a Curious Nation

The cultural commentator talks about the history of immigration to England and her new book, Exotic England.

Henrietta Barnet School, London NW11

Sat 20 Jun

Free / 020 8458 8999

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Sat 25 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

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