Armitstead Lecture Series
Lecture Summaries
Lecture CVs
Lecture CVs

Eddie Small

'Dundee's Four Marys'

Friday 5 October 2018


Eddie Small lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Dundee. He is a historian, writer and playwright, and his acclaimed play, Dundee's Four Marys provides the background to this talk. Twice a winner of the Stephen Fry Award for Public Engagement, he can often be found padding the streets of Dundee giving its history to groups of students old and new.


David & Elizabeth Robb

The Armitsteads, Dundee and the Riga Connection

Friday 12 October 2018


David Robb

David Robb retired from Dundee University in 2012 where he had been a senior lecturer: he is currently a Research Fellow in English. As such, he continues to work on nineteenth and twentieth century Scottish Literature. He has recently written on George MacDonald, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robin Jenkins and Sydney Goodsir Smith. He is President of Dundee Chamber Music and chairs the Tayside branch of Friends of Scottish Opera. He is a past secretary and president of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, and has served on the literature award committees of the Scottish Arts Council and the Saltire Society.

Elizabeth Robb

After a career in Education, covering Secondary, Adult and Primary areas, Elizabeth retired in 2010. Since then she has followed her plan to learn to draw, and develop an interest in Embroidery as well as be involved in local activities.  She enjoys music as a listener not a practitioner and is involved in two book groups.

She currently sits on the Armistead Lecture Committee, is Secretary to the Friends of Dundee Heritage Trust and has just taken up the post of Chairman of Dundee and East of Scotland Embroiderers’ Guild.


Susan Davies

Natural Engineers: Bringing Back the Beaver

Friday 19 October 2018


Susan Davies joined the Scottish Wildlife Trust in May 2016 as their Director of Conservation. Prior to this she spent 25 years in the public sector where she held senior roles with the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Natural Heritage working on a range of international, European and national conservation policy and practice topics spanning the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.  She is a zoology and environmental science graduate of the Universities of St. Andrews and Aberdeen respectively. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Board member of the James Hutton Institute and the Venture Trust charity.


Dr Angela Montford

Take a Handful of Flowers: Medieval Herbs and Herbals

Friday 26 October 2018


Dr Angela Montford was born and brought up in Guildford in Surrey. After training as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and then the Hospital for Sick Children at Gt Ormond St, she married and brought up two sons.

After the boys grew up and following a move to St Andrews, she took the Return To Study course offered at Dundee University, went on to St Andrews University as a mature student to read mediaeval history. She followed this with a PhD on the involvement of 13th century friars with health, sickness and medicine. Her thesis became a book published in 2004.

She has also been involved with the Botanic Garden in St Andrews in one way and another for more than 25 years, and recently stepped down after 10 years as the volunteer organiser of adult education there. She still does some independent historical research and gives talks to local and some not-so local groups on a variety of mediaeval and other topics.

Her talk this evening is called Take a Handful of Flowers: Medieval Herbs and Herbals.


Tara Proud

Marine Conservation Society in Scotland: Current Projects and Opportunities to get involved

Friday 2 November 2018


I am currently the Marine Conservation Society's Volunteer & Community Engagement manager, engaging people across Scotland. Previously I have worked for RSPB leading international conservation projects and I've also worked in science and hand-on conservation for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. I studied Biology degrees at both the Universities of Oxford and Bristol.


Dr Noman Watson

‘The 1918 Armistice - by Those Who Took Part

Friday 9 November 2018


Norman spent 25 years as a writer on The Courier and is now DC Thomson’s first-ever company historian, a newspaper columnist and a freelance journalist.  A prize-winning author, his best-selling books include A Short History of Dundee, Dundee’s Suffragettes and – The Dundee Dicshunury!