Armitstead Lecture Series
Lecture Summaries
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Lecture Summaries

Matthew Jarron

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

Friday 6 October 2017

First published one hundred years ago, On Growth and Form is almost certainly the most influential book ever written in Dundee. It pioneered a whole new area of science - mathematical biology - but has also influenced artists, scientists and thinkers as diverse as Alan Turing, Salvador Dali, Buckminster Fuller and Claude Levi-Strauss, to name just a few. In this illustrated talk, Matthew Jarron (curator of the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum) will discuss the book and its extraordinary impact.


Rosalind Garton

The Building Stones of Dundee

Friday 13 October 2017

The buildings of Dundee are proof of trade and prosperity over the centuries in a city situated so fortunately on a great estuary. The sources of stone were originally very local, when transport of such heavy material limited to nearby quarries the types of rock used in buildings and roads. Since the arrival of the railways more exotic stone has been utilised in dimension and facing stone. This lecture is a tour of the city centre of Dundee, looking at the geology of the stone used in the city’s many fine buildings and its urban landscape.


Peter Nurick

V&A Dundee: Creating Scotland’s Design Museum

Friday 27 October 2017

Learn more about the background and current progress of V&A Dundee, as well as information about the collections, exhibitions and activities that will be showcased when the museum opens next year. There will be a chance to ask questions about the project and learn more about this central and iconic feature of a city undergoing radical transformation.


Richard Tough & Owen Selly

Sea Eagles in East Scotland

Friday 3 November 2017

Project Officer Owen Selly will look at the history of sea eagles in Scotland, how and why they were bought back to East Scotland and how they are faring 10 years after the first release. RSPB volunteer Richard Tough will look at the connection these magnificent birds have to local communities in Fife and some of the interesting stories from watching sea eagles at their nest.


Prof John Blackie

“What’s Scottish about Scot’s Law?”

Friday 10 November 2017

Today all nation states have their own legal systems.  Many with devolved areas have legal systems in each of them. However, it has long been the case that in Scotland there is a heightened awareness or belief that we have something distinctive as our law.  With increasing globalisation, and ever more change through law reform to seek to have rules that are fit for a changing culture, society and economy , determining what it is that is distinctively Scottish requires new thinking.  Answers range from there is nothing really distinctive left to the whole way of thinking about the law is distinctive.  In between these are views are for example that what is distinctive is just some historical survivals in bits of the law,  or, in contrast, that our modern law is distinctively "forward looking".  This lecture will look at these approaches drawing on material from a wide range of modern and older Scots law, to see if there is a right answer to the question.