April 2018 Diary Dates

11th April 2018

Inverkeithing Local History Society, The Townhouse, Townhall Street, at 7:30 pm

Ian Archibald                                                      A Revolution in Mapping

April 2018 Meeting

April 19th   7:30 pm,      Abbey Church Hall

Derek Larkman – “Frederick Maitland, an Ordinary, Extraordinary Man “

Lieutenant Commander Larkman served in the Royal Navy, in frigates, carriers and Polaris submarines as well as a in a variety of shore appointments. After retiring, in 1992, he went into local government, becoming East Lothian Council’s Emergency Planning Officer. He has an active interest in maritime and naval history.

Those who remember Derek’s excellent talk on “Jute, Jack and Journeying” last season,  will be looking forward to this talk, which will tell the story of a senior Naval Officer of the Napoleonic Wars who had a direct connection with Bonaparte himself.

March 2018 Meeting

The March meeting will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 15th March in the Abbey Church Hall as usual.

Professor Gordon Findlater will talk on ‘Burke and Hare’.

Professor Findlater has taught Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh since 1984. He was awarded a Personal Chair and appointed Professor of Translational Anatomy in 2013 and made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2014.  In March 2016 he retired from full time employment and now works for the University on a part-time basis.

His main research interest is the development of innovative ways of teaching anatomy and as such, has been involved with the development of a holographic atlas of anatomy and the use of virtual reality in the teaching of anatomy. He has always been interested in spreading knowledge of anatomy beyond those studying Medicine and so I’m sure he will provide us with a talk on the infamous Burke and Hare from an unusual, and very well informed, viewpoint.

March 2018 Diary Dates

14th March 2018

Inverkeithing Local History Society           7:30 pm                       The Townhouse

“In Search of the Highlands”             Eric Simpson


Kincardine Local History Group                2pm                               Community Centre

“The Carron Line”                                Geoff Bailey

15th March 2018

Dunfermline Historical Society                   7:30 pm                      Abbey Church Halls

“Burke and Hare”                               Gordon Findlater

April Trip 2018

Our April trip this year will be a one day visit to Dundee and will be held on Saturday 28th April.

We will depart at 8:45 am and arrive at the Verdant Works where we will learn the story of  Dundee’s industrial textile heritage and the lives of people who worked in it. A soup and sandwich lunch will be provided in the Weavers Room.

After lunch the coach will take us to Discovery Point, where we will visit the ship which took Scott and Shackleton south to the Antarctic for the first time, and to see the excellent exhibition which tells the dramatic story. Many members will remember our talk in September 2015 by Paula Williams, “Scott’s Last Expedition – the Men Who Came Back” which proved so fascinating.

Finally, we will stop at The Lomond Hills Hotel in Freuchie for high tea.

The cost of the trip will be £43 per person which covers travel, entry to each venue, lunch and high tea.

Letters will be available at the AGM on 15th February and completed forms with payment should be returned at the March or April meetings or directly to the Treasurer. Full details will be available on the letter.

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