Armitstead Lecture Series
Previous Lectures
Armitstead Lectures    
Date   Speaker Subject     
October 15 Vanessa Collingridge  Forecasting the Future     
  22 Keith Graham Perthshire - on the Highland Frontier    
  29 Mark Henderson Of Dragons and Volcanoes - Off the Beaten Track East of Bali    
November 5 Roderick MacLeod The Callander and Oban Railway    
  12 Ian Brown Safari in Kenya     
  19 Captain George Hendry  Around the World in Eighty Minutes     
October 14 Tom Weir Weir's Way Around Scotland     
  21 Ian S Brown Walls, Warriors and Waterways    
  28 Dr Michael JB Almond South West Turkey     
November 4 Bill Dow James Thomson - City Engineer    
  11 Keith Graham  My Kind of Country     
  18 Thelma Ellis Franz Joseph Land     
October 13 Jimmie MacGregor In the Footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie     
  20 Bob Mitchell The Scottish Influence in Gardening     
  27 Dr Philip James  Oil, Driving and Scotland     
November 3 Mike Pawley 14 Years in Antartica     
  10 Christine Davis  The Quaker Tapestry    
  17 David Bone Paradise in Peril; Malawi Past and Present    
October 11 Jimmie MacGregor Arctic Journey    
  18 William M Dow Dundee's Waterfront - Three Centuries of Controversy    
  25 Dr Terry Isles John Muir - Mountaineer, Explorer and Conservationist, a Prophet Unknown     
November 1 Andrew Jeffrey Standing into Danger - 200 years of the Lifeboat Service in the River Tay and St Andrews Bay     
  8 Clara Young  The City's Art Treasures - Paintings in the McManus Galleries    
  15 Mark Henderson Of Lamas and Incas     
October 17 Andrew Jeffrey Dundee and the River Tay during the Second World War    
  24 D Howard Price  Dylan Thomas - a Life and Reminiscences     
  31 Dr Fiona Vincent  The Changing Sky    
November 7 Keith Brockie Travels of a Wildlife Artist at Work     
  14 Donald Stewart  Dundee Photographic Society     
  21 Rear Admiral D John Mackenzie Atlantic Salmon     
October 16 Jim Crumley  From Dundee to Dunadd - A Nature Writer's Journey    
  23 Michael Baxter - Tayside Police An Overview of the Services provided by a Modern Forensic Science Laboratory     
  30 Dr CJM Martin  Underwater Archaeology on a Cromwellian Shipwreck off Duart Point, Mull    
November 6 Mrs Hildegard Berwick  Raise Your Glasses: The Emergence and Development of the Glass Industry in Perthshire     
  13 Allen Mackenzie Canadian Rockies - A Scottish Connection?    
  20 William M Dow Dundee and its Jute Industry     
October 15 Margaret Greenwood Making the Desert Flourish    
  22 James McCarthy  Scotland: Land, People and Wildlife    
  29 Bob Sutherland  Fifty Years of the Dundee Cash Society (a History of NCR in Dundee)    
November 5 Alan Stewart  Crimes Against Wildlife: The Tayside Police Role     
  12 Dr TE Isles  Namaste: A Walk in the land of the Sherpas     
  19 David Bowler Four Decades of Archaeology in Dundee    
October 13 Liz Thoms Archaelogical Heritage - The Wealth of Nations    
  20 Derek Robertson A Studio Under the Sky - Wildlife Artist    
  27 Joy Ingram CHINA Graphics    
November 3 Jim Robertson  Rome, Peter's Tomb and Other Things     
  10 Donnie McLeod  The Highland Railway     
  17 Jim Crow The National Archives of Scotland     
October 12 Peter Ellis A Miller's Tale and Tales of Millers     
  19 Aileen Ogilvie Working in Stained Glass     
  26 Fiona Watson Dundee & Environs in the Wars of Independence     
November 2 Malcolm Longair  The Origins of our Universe     
  9 Charles McKean  Dundee: Portrait of the Second City of Renaissance Scotland    
  16 Dr Martin Kirkbride  Life at the Edge: Icelandic Environment and Society since AD 1000    
October 11 Bill Dow Tay Bridge Disaster    
  18 Diana Brown Pharaoh's Gold: The Substance of Gods    
  25 Janet McBain From Here to Posterity - Scots in Cinema History    
November 1 Charles Warren The Mountains and Glaciers of Patagonia    
  8 Sam Duff Veterinary Practice: Herriot and Beyond    
  15 Alistair Hood Botanic Gardens World - Food for Thought    
October 17 Iain EF Flett Lord Armitstead - his Life and Times     
  24 Laura Adams The Travels of Doctor David Kinloch     
  31 Olive Duncan Animals in Art     
November 7 Michael Lynch James VI: the Re-creation of Scotland and the Creation of Great Britain    
  14 Willie Shand  Scotland in Focus     
  21 Dr Michael JB Almond Georgia, Jewel of the Caucasus    
October 15 Dr Richard Fawcett Stirling Castle: Royal Palace and Fortress    
  22 William Hardie  The Scottish Colourists    
  29 Charles J Burnett  Scottish Heraldry - The Shorthand of History     
November 5 Alan Constable The Rebuild of Morgan Academy     
  12 Dr David Munro Journey to the Adventure Coast    
  19 Ken Shaw Scotland's Birds    
October 14 Sally Garden The Wighton Collection    
  21 Simon Unwin Entrance: A Guide to Crossing Thresholds    
  28 Christopher Dingwall The Hercules Garden at Blair Castle    
November 4 Laurence Williams A Walk in the Alps    
  11 Sally Atkinson Argali and Airag in the Altai Mountains    
  18 Major (Retd) RJW Proctor The Black Watch    
October  13 Evelyn Hood The First Lighthouse Engineer - The Dundee Connection    
  20 Ken Slater  A Foray Through the Corrie    
  27 Ken Cox A Rhododendron Pilgrimage: Plant Hunting in the Yeng Sang    
November 3 Cameron McNeish Wild Scotland, A Spirit of a Place    
  10 Dr Bill Austin Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean (off Iceland)    
  17 Clara Young Alberto Morrocco - Dundee's Picasso    
October  12 Irvine Butterfield  The Last Drove from Skye    
  19 Howard Price Rough Passages, the Life and Times of William Adams    
  26 Ken Neil The Red Squirrel - Vanishing Icon    
November  2 John Stewart-Young Making McManus - Creating a 21st Century Musuem    
  9 Louise Martin  Weaving the Hunt of the Unicorm Tapestries at Stirling Castle     
  16 Alasdair C Hood Building a Sustainable Future - The Role of Botanic Gardens    
October  17 David Torrie Desperate Dan Lives in Dundee - The History of the Beano and the Dandy     
  24 Prof Philip James The Life of John Scott Haldane - A Giant of Physiology and Medicine    
  24 Prof John McEwen  Eastern Influences on Western Medicine - How early Islam kept the torch of knowledge alive    
November  7 Elizabeth Cumming Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland     
  14 Shonaig Macpherson  National Trust for Scotland - The Heart of the Nation     
  21 Michael JB Almond Adventures in the Caucasus    
October  16 Gavin Ramsay  The Plight of the Honeybee    
  23 Brian Kelly "Rational and Innocent Entertainment" - The Mills Observatory and the Night Sky    
  30 Ian Christie Scottish Rock Gardens    
November  6 Judith Fisken Rosslyn Chapel, Fact or Fiction?    
  13 Prof Roland Paxton Thomas Telford "Colossus of Roads" 1757 - 1834    
  20 Prof Richard Lerski Walking in the Himalayas - Blisters, Snow and Yetis    
October 15 Billy Kay  The Dundee Diaspora    
  22 George MacQuarrie ScotWays, The First 165 Years     
  29 Prof Eleanor Gordon Murder and Morality of Victorian Britain: The Story of Madeleine Smith     
November 5 Prof Michael Tooley Gertrude Jekyll: Artist, Gardener, Craftswoman    
  12 Dr Iain Murray Sir Barnes Wallis: An Engineer 50 Years Ahead of his time    
  19 Dr Chris Carter  Yellowstone National Park in Winter     
October 14 Philip Long The V&A at Dundee    
  21 Dr Steven Ewing Climate Change - A Threat to Birds in Scotland?    
  28 Russel McLean Down These Aye Mean Streets: A Personal Journey Through Scottish Crime Fiction    
November 4 Jenny Kinnear Introducing Fergus & Meg: The Life and Works of JD Fergusson and Margaret Morris    
  11 Evelyn Hood Dundee - Orleans - A Tale of Twin Cities: 65 Years of an Enduring Friendship    
  18 Professor Andrew Grieve South Africa the Rainbow Nation and The Dundee Connection    
October  12 Jim Summers A Railway's Guide to the Railway - A Personal Look at What Makes Railways Tick, Why and How    
  19 Lara Haggerty The Library of Innerpeffray: An Introduction to Scotland's Oldest Free Public Lending Library    
  26 Norman Atkinson Montrose Museum - A Community Asset for 175 Years    
November  2 Bill Thomas  Barley, The Time Traveller's Cereal    
  9 Chris van der Kuyl British Newspaper Archive: Creating a 21st Century Business Out of Old News    
  16 Christopher Baker The Nation's Portraits: Past and Present     

October 11 Dr Allison Beattie & Dr Alex Doney Dundee: A Global Centre for Life Science Excellence    

18 Ron Gillies The Fruit Wine Making Experience at Cairn O'Mohr    

25 Ian Taylor The World of Auctioneering    
November 1 John Burdin The Munro Society    

8 Gillian Molloy Why? Where? Who? The Origin of some Dudnee Street names    

15 Alasdair Hood Wild Seeds, Wild Plants, Wild Areas    


October  10 Professor John MacKenzie David Livingstone    
  17 Dr Billy Kenefick Dundee's Involvement in the First World War    
  24 Dr Roderick Cameron Dundee X-Ray Pioneers    
  31 Bill Herbert and Andy Jackson Whaleback City    
November  7 Professor Rob Duck The Tay Estuary: No other in the world has got scenery more fine, only I am told the beautiful Rhine.     
  14 Dr Charles Allison The Gas Man Cometh    
October 16 Dr Norman Watson History of DC Thomson & Co    
  23 Anna Robertson Behind the Doors of the Stores: An overview of the City’s Art Collection    
  30 Rosemary Anderson Powerful Persuaders……. How Others Target Your Brain    
November 6 Stewart Murdoch Leisure & Culture in Dundee    
  13 Brian Kelly After Scott: the further Antarctic voyages of RRS Discovery    
  20 Brian Hoyle Early Films – Then and Now    
October 7
Dr Vivienne Wild A Whistle-stop Tour of the Universe - from Planet Formation to the Big Bang    
  14 Dr Chris Murray Dundee - One City, Many, Many Comics!    
Professor Niamh Nic Daeid Developing Forensic Science at Dundee, New Directions and New Horizons    
Eric Summers 1858 Connections: Dundee, Dickens and Drink    
November 4 Professor Jim Tomlinson “Juteopolis” and the Empire: Dundee c. 1850 - 1939    
  11 Professor Steve Parkes Dundee and the Final Frontier    
October  6 Mathew Jarron  D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth & Form: 100 Years and Still Growing
  13 Rosalind Garton The Building Stones of Dundee
  20 Prof Alan Miller, Catherine Cassidy Digital Heritage - Medieval St Andrews
      & Elizabeth Rhodes  
  27 Peter Nurick V&A Dundee: Creating Scotland's Design Museum 
November 3 Owen Selly & Richard Tough  Sea Eagles in East Scotland 
  10 John Blackie What's Scottish about Scots Law


October 5 Eddie Small Dundee's Four Marys

12 David & Elizabeth Robb The Armitsteads, Dundee and the Riga Connection

19 Susan Davies Natural Engineers: Bring Back the Beaver

26 Dr Angela Montford Take a Handful of Flowers: Medieval Herbs and Herbals
November 2 Tara Proud Marine Conservation Society in Scotland: Current Projects and Opportunities to get Involved

9 Norman Watson The 1918 Armistice - By Those who took Part
October 11 Mike Robinson How to Solve a Climate Emergency: the Role of Geography in the 21st Century
  18 susan Gillan Dundee's Own - the Caird Hall
  25 Campbell Sandilands A Foot in the Orient
November 1 Elaine Hallyburton & Moira Foster Not the Dickens - Encouraging Young People to Read for Enjoyment
  8 Dr Joe Morrow Discoverng Herladry - "Exploring the Treasures of the Arms Associated with Dundee"
  15 Shona Johnstone The Lade Blacksmith - The Work of Ratho Byres Forge
2020   Cancelled

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