Talks

September 2018 Meeting

The first meeting of our new season will be held on Thursday 20th September 2018, at 7:30 pm, in the Abbey Church Halls.

Jess Smith will present “The Story of the Travelling Folk”.

Jess is the author of six published books on her culture as a Scottish Traveller. Her first three books are an autobiographical collection of her early years living on the road. She has been collecting Traveller tales for many years and has sprinkled then throughout her books. She does talks in schools, universities, prisons, numerous groups and has journeyed the world sharing her stories. She holds a passion for the history of the Gypsy and Travellers of Britain.

We look forward to hearing Jess and getting the season started.

DHS New Season Talks Programme

The 2018 – 2019 talks programme is now available. We have an exciting and varied set of speakers covering Scottish history from bridges and coal pits to cattle dealers and witches.

The final talk, next May, has now been confirmed as “Dunfermline Town Planning” presented by Sam Foster.

We hope members and visitors will enjoy the season.

May 2018 Meeting

17th May 2018

Our next meeting is the last of this current session. We meet, as usual, in the Abbey Church Halls at 7:30pm where Andy Paterson will present his highly recommended talk “Stars of the Silver Screen”. As this is the last meeting of the year, refreshments will be provided.

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.