Winter Lectures Series 2020/21

Winter Lectures Series 2020/21

AHSS Forth & Borders Group present their programme of Winter Lectures!

PLEASE NOTE: Lectures are taking place at 6.30pm in a new venue, at Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG, courtesy of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. Due to these uncertain times, however, audience numbers will be restricted, so we are also planning to stream the lectures live via Zoom. Tickets will be available in due course on Eventbrite.

Monday 5th October 2020
AONGHUS MACKECHNIE Scotch Baronial Architecture: Its Origins, Character and Meanings
In 1822, King George IV visited Edinburgh, the first monarch to do so since 1651. The event necessitated a sort of tightrope act: how to present Scotland as dutifully British, yet simultaneously distinct and different. Professor Aonghus Mackechnie explores how a revival in castellated architecture provided the necessary symbolism of a martial Scotland, and a historic nation of the past ready to serve Britain’s military needs.

Monday 2nd November 2020
MARGARET STEWART – Loudoun Castle and Landscape Design in Scotland c.1700
Architectural historian Margaret Stewart introduces a short film entitled Loudoun, a documentary about landscape design in Scotland around 1700, and follows the screening with a talk on the making of the film. This is our annual joint lecture with Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage.

Monday 7th December 2020
BEN TINDALL – Dunglass Harbour: Its History, Repair and Management
Architect Ben Tindall reveals how a typical small harbour can be brimming with interest, from geology and mining
to smuggling and science, as well as fishing and disaster. Characters encountered in the talk include the explorer Captain Basil Hall, the engineer Joseph Mitchell, Somerville the Soldier, and the artist E A Walton. We will also discover how repairs in the marine environment can be complex, particularly when funding is hard to get.

Monday 1st February 2021
CHRIS STEWART – Collective Architecture
Chris Stewart is an Architect-Director of the award-winning, employee-owned practice Collective Architecture,
as well as a director of the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA). In this talk he will tell us about the practice’s projects and its approach to sustainable design and client and user involvement.

Monday 1st March 2021
JOHN D.O. FULTON – 66 The House That Viewed the World 
Author John D.O. Fulton discusses his recent book about 66 Queen Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, which tells the story of the people and events associated with the house over the course of 210 years. The diverse characters, whose lives were empowered by the Scottish Enlightenment, range from heroes to villains and from people of conscience to subjects of tabloid scandal and moral prurience.

Monday 5th April 2021
SHELLEY KLEIN – The See-Through House
Join Shelley Klein in conversation with photographer Colin McLean and architectural historian Simon Green as she discusses her recently published book, The See-Through House. The book is based on life in High Sunderland, her family home in the Borders, designed in 1957 on an open-plan grid with colourful glass panels by modernist architect Peter Womersley for Shelley’s father, textile designer Bernat Klein.