November 2018 Meeting

Thursday 15th November 2018

Dunfermline Historical Society

Bruce Keith              “Bridgescapes – an Illustrated Talk”

Bruce is a surveyor and environmentalist, having started his professional career working on several Perthshire and Aberdeenshire estates and in Edinburgh with the Department of Agriculture. Bruce moved to England in 1996 as Chief Surveyor with English Nature/Natural England, but kept his Scottish connections, retiring three years ago as Head of Property at SSE. Bruce’s interest in bridges stems from his childhood. His passion for Scottish history, geography and landscape is a recurring theme, captured in his book, “Bridgescapes”.

In addition to completing the book, Bruce has spent his retirement as an ambassador for the sustainable use of water resources globally, and, as President of his professional institution, The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). He has travelled extensively from New Zealand to Finland via Africa. This has left little time for golf, which, he says, is evidenced by his handicap.

As usual, we meet at 7:30 pm in the Abbey Church Hall, Dunfermline. All welcome.

Thomas Muir Symposium

Wednesday 7th November 2018

You are warmly invited to attend the 8th in the annual series of Friends of Thomas Muir symposia –


In attendance will be Deputy Provost Gary Pews (East Dunbartonshire)

This year the main focus will be on the work of a current cross-institutional research project The People’s Voice: Scottish Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise 1832-1918, funded by the Carnegie Trust. The project covers the various roles that poetry and song cultures played in Scottish popular politics during the Victorian and Edwardian years.

Afternoon includes talks and music

Speakers will include:

Professor Gerard Carruthers (University of Glasgow), with his ‘Reflections on the People’s Voice Project’.

Duncan Hotchkiss (University of Stirling) on ‘Rediscovering Voices in the Gardyne Collection of Scottish Poetry’ (Mitchell Library).

Professor Kirstie Blair (University of Strathclyde) on ‘Working Class Poetry and Politics’.

There will also be contributions by Boclair Academy Pupils, including musical performances.


Boclair Academy
Inveroran Drive
G61 2PL

Time: 12.45pm –  4.30pm

Parking available.

Please RSVP to FOTM Secretary Don Martin

email address:   ku.oc.evilnull@nodnitrammwd

or book via eventbrite

Friends and guests are very welcome to attend, please let Don have names of those attending.

Fife’s First World War

November 2018

Fife Libraries and Galleries are putting on a range of exhibitions and events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Full details are available at onfife.com

or by opening this page – FIFE’S FIRST WORLD WAR