I am writing to you to inform you that, due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to
the spread of Coronavirus , the committee has decided to cancel all further meetings of the
2019/2020 session. We are sorry to have to make this decision but believe it to be in the
best interests of our members and the guest speakers. Our June trip to Thirlestane Castle
will be rescheduled for Spring 2021.
It is intended that the new 2020/2021 season will start, as normal, in September and our
50 th Anniversary dinner will go ahead on Thursday 15th October.
We will send out a letter about the new season, and information about tickets for the
dinner, a little earlier than usual, probably in July. Hopefully, by then, things should have
resolved and we will all be able to look forward to the autumn.
In the meantime, please stay well and we’ll see you all in September.
Carolyn Thompson (Chair)
26 March 2020
Kelty Heritage Group
“The Great North Road – North Queensferry to Kinross”
George Robertson and Eric Simpson
Kelty Community Centre
19th March 2020 at 7:30pm
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak, this meeting has been cancelled.
We will invite Dr Cook to visit us and present her talk at a future meeting.
Dr. Margaret Cook will present “History Meets Fiction in Border Brothers” in the Abbey Church Halls.
Margaret Cook was a consultant haematologist by profession; but later in life, also became a writer and free-lance journalist. She has written opinion and commentary pieces on social, political, medical and science matters, book reviews for most of the leading newspapers, and agony columns for the Observer, Woman’s Journal and Marie Claire. She has published four books, two non-fiction and two fiction.
“Border Brothers” is historical fiction, set in the Scottish Borders.
20th February, 7:30pm
Dunfermline Historical Society will hold it’s AGM at 7:30pm in the Abbey Church Halls, followed shortly by a talk presented by Prof. Ewen Cameron –
“Dunfermline: WW1 through to the 1918 Election”.
Prof Cameron studied History and Public Relations at the University of Aberdeen and then completed a PhD on Government policy in the Scottish Highlands (1880 to 1925), at the University of Glasgow. Following a spell as a teaching Fellow at the University of St Andrews, he was appointed to a lectureship in Scottish History at Edinburgh University in 1993. He has been there ever since and currently holds the Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography. He is also Head of the School of History, Classics & Archaeology. He has research interests in a number of areas: the history of the Scottish Highlands, including comparisons with Irish history, the general history of Scotland since 1880 on which he has authored a book, ‘Impaled Upon a Thistle,’ and currently, the position of Scotland within the Union, which has prompted his recent work on the history of Scottish Universities in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Heart of Midlothian
Our first trip this year will be on Saturday 4th April and will visit two contrasting sites in Midlothian. Our first destination is Newbattle Abbey. The Abbey started life as a Cistercian monastery with links to Dunfermline Abbey, later became a stately home, and then an educational establishment. As parts of the building are still in use today as an adult education college, we will be given guided tours of the buildings and gardens, before enjoying a soup and sandwich lunch.
Next we move a couple of miles to The National Mining Museum of Scotland located at the former Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange. Here, we will be free to explore this extensive site and the museum galleries. Audioguides are included and there is, of course, also a cafe.
The trip will leave from the Glen Car Park, Pittencrieff Street at 9:00 am and the cost will be £40 which covers transport, entry, tours and lunch at Newbattle and entry to the NMMS. Please note there will be no stop for High Tea on this trip and for insurance purposes, trips are now open to DHS members only. Please complete your booking forms and return them to the Treasurer by Saturday 29th February. Full details of payment are on your forms.