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OpenStack Technical Workshop

Technology workshop.

Red Hat, London W1U

Thu 12 Mar

Free

Painted Ladies: Renaissance Beauty and Cosmetic Practices

The head of research at Shakespeare's Globe, Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, talks about early modern ideas about beauty and how Renaissance women used the products available at the time to realise them.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 11 Mar

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Paisley Natural Society History Talks

Public talks, open to anyone who wants to turn up, on different topics within natural history, hosted by experts in the field.

Paisley Museum & Art Gallery

Thu 5 Mar

Free / 0300 300 1210

Philosophy Public Engagement Talk

Dr Dominic Smith (University of Dundee) presents the lecture 'Paying Attention: Philosophy as Strong Therapy for the Information Age'.

Oxfam Bookshop, Dundee

Wed 25 Mar

Free

Portrait Gallery Curator's Talk

A chance to hear Portrait Gallery curators discuss the current collection.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 12 Mar

Free / 0131 624 6200

Chief Curator Julie Lawson discusses the BP Portrait Award.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

Senior Curator Kate Anderson talks about Beauty by Design.

Thu 14 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

Chief Curator and Deputy Director Imogen Gibbon talks about the portrait sculptures in the gallery.

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Portrait Gallery Thematic Tours

Thematic guided tour of Portrait Gallery exhibitions. Meet in the Grand Hall.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

This tour's theme is 'Seven Queens of Scotland'.

Sat 2 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

The theme of this tour is 'Fashion'.

Prosecution in the Public Interest: The Role of the Procurator Fiscal

A talk about the role of the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service, focusing on victim support. Followed by a Q&A.

Number Ten, Dundee

Mon 9 Mar

Free

Part of Dundee Women's Festival.

Public Observatory Tours

Tours include an astronomy talk, a planetarium show, and a trip to the main dome where (weather permitting) visitors have the chance to observe the night sky through the primary optical telescope.

Acre Road Observatory, Glasgow

Mon 16 Mar

Free but ticketed

Tue 17 Mar

Free but ticketed

Wed 18 Mar

Free but ticketed

QTIPoC Collective Creativity on Tour

Join Raisa Kabir, Evan Ifekoya and Raju Rage, members of the Collective Creativity Arts Collective for a roundtable of documentation, representation and conversation around QTIPoC emerging practices..

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 22 Mar

Free / 0141 352 4900

Tickets available online only. Part of GLITCH 2015.

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

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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 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

Saturday Evening Lecture Series

A series of key debates in modern medicine, politics and the environment.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 01382 385108

Jocelyn Bell Burnell – 'Tapping all our talents: Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics'

Free / 01382 385108

Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, 'Tapping all our talents: Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics'.

Sat 28 Mar

Free / 01382 385108

Professor Dame Sally Davies: 'The risks to society of unrestricted antibiotic use'

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 01382 385108

Allan Little talks about his experiences as a war correspondent.

…and 2 more dates until 16 May

School for Social Entrepreneurs: Taster Session

A chance for entrepreneurs with a desire for social change to learn more about how to realise their dreams.

Cardboard Box Cafe, Stirling

Wed 25 Mar

Free

Dundee International Women's Centre

Thu 19 Mar

Free

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Science and Magic of Light the Universe and Everything

A tour of our universe with eminent scientists and a professional magician.

University of Edinburgh

Sat 28 Mar

Free / 0131 650 1000

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

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

Sophie Ploeg: The Lace Trail

Dutch artist and art historian takes you inside the work of 17th century portraitists and the development of lace in that century, as well as talking about her own working method.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 27 Mar

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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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

Structured Photons: How to Shape Light, Slow it Down in Free Space and Give it a Twist

A talk on structured photons – the latest lecture in a series from the Institute of Physics Scotland.

School of Physics and Astronomy, Glasgow

Thu 12 Mar

Free

Sunday Assembly

Do you like the whole ritual, communal, hanging-out-together and talking-about-stuff aspect of religion, and don't see why you can only have it if you believe in a supreme being? Sounds like the Sunday Assembly is for you. The 'godless congregation' meets every Sunday to hear talks, sing songs and celebrate life.

The Gregson Centre, Lancaster

Sun 15 Mar

Main Hall

Free / 01524 849 959

Sun 19 Apr

Main Hall

Free / 01524 849 959

Syngenta Photography Award 2015 Finalists – In Conversation

Award finalists discuss their work with jury member Karen Irvine. Booking is essential.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Wed 11 Mar

Taking Part: What did you do in the Referendum

A discussion about democratic participation aimed at women who voted in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Arthurstone Community Library, Dundee

Thu 5 Mar

Free

Part of Dundee Women's Festival.

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