Armitstead Lecture Series
Lecture Summaries
Lecture CVs
Lecture CVs

Matthew Jarron

D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form - 100 Years on and Still Growing

Friday 6 October 2017

Matthew has a BA Hons in Archaeology from the University of York, a postgraduate diploma in Museum & Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews and is a member of the Museums Association.

Prior to his post of Museum Curator here in Dundee, Matthew has filled various posts in the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, East Lothian Museums, National Museums of Scotland and the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum.

Matthew is responsible for the care, interpretation and accessibility of the University’s museum collections, which are used for learning and teaching within the University and for public engagement and wider impact locally and globally. He ensures that Museum Services plays an important role in transforming the University’s educational and cultural offer and helps to build its distinctive identity.

He is also Secretary of the Abertay Historical Society, Web-editor of UMiS (University Museums in Scotland) and a former chair of the University’s Culture & Arts Forum and the Tayside Museums Forum.


Rosalind Garton

The Building Stones of Dundee

Friday 13 October 2017

Rosalind Garton is a graduate in Geology of the University of St. Andrews, and has spent her adult life in Fife as an adult education tutor in Geology at the Universities of St. Andrews and Dundee. She is also a Yoga teacher and teacher trainer with Yoga Scotland.


Peter Nurick

V&A Dundee: Creating Scotland’s Design Museum

Friday 27 October 2017

Peter Nurick is Communities Producer at V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Prior to this, he has worked at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Aberdeen Science Centre, Dundee Science Centre and also as a primary teacher in Perth & Kinross.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and a Post-graduate degree in Primary Education, both from the University of Dundee and has lived in the city for the last ten years.

In his current role, he is responsible for the planning, development and delivery of the programme for local audiences, in particular hard-to-reach groups, marginalised communities and those living in areas of multiple deprivation.


Richard Tough & Owen Selly

Sea Eagles in East Scotland

Friday 3 November 2017

Owen Selly – Sea Eagle Project Officer since 2016, previously worked as a field ornithologist in Scotland for 3 years and at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Slimbridge.

Richard Tough – Fife native, RSPB Scotland volunteer since 2014 and vice chairman of the Tayport Community Trust.

Prof John Blackie

“What’s Scottish about Scot’s Law?”

Friday 10 November 2017

John Blackie is an Emeritus Professor of Law of the University of Strathclyde, and an advocate.  The first half of his academic career was at the University of Edinburgh.  He has published and taught over a wide range of Scottish Private Law, comparative law and (in the first half of his career medical law.   He is also a legal historian with a particular interest in the development of legal doctrine in Scotland and the Continent from the sixteenth century onwards.  He has worked in Europe on several projects since the 1980s, most notably as part of the team that produced the provisions on non-contractual liability that are now part of the Draft Common Frame of Reference of the EU.  He continues to publish also on that work and the reactions to it.  He still teaches part-time  (at the University of Edinburgh and at the University of Strathclyde).  Outside the law he is active in the world of classic boats, and as a racing sailor, and plays the French horn.