21st February 2019
The Annual General Meeting of the Dunfermline Historical Society will take place at 7:30 pm in the Abbey Church Halls. It will be immediately followed by a talk “Ye Jacobites By Name” by Donald Smith.
Donald is a founding member of the Scottish Storytelling Forum, Edinburgh’s Guid Crack Club and is currently Director of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) which brings together Scotland’s traditional arts. He also curates two Festivals: TradFest in the spring and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in the autumn.
17th January 2019
Dunfermline Historical Society
The Queen Anne Singers
“A Burns Celebration”
This season’s members only night takes the form of a musical Celebration of Robert Burns. We are delighted to welcome back Nancy Crook and the ladies of the Queen Anne Singers, who gave such a wonderful concert at our Christmas Party in 2017. For this year’s Burns programme they will be joined by the much lauded Baritone, Ivor Klayman. Ivor is a lawyer by day but he is also well known as an amateur and semi professional operatic performer who has sung many roles across his musical career.
Our usual Members Night light refreshments will be served during what should be a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment.
Dunfermline Historical Society 7:30pm Abbey Church Halls
Susan Morrison “The Face of Scotland’s Witchcraft”
Susan Morrison is the presenter of ‘Time Travels’ BBC Radio Scotland’s history magazine show, and as such has been privileged to work with both Scottish history’s rising stars and her most respected historians. The production team includes Dr Louise Yeoman, who uncovered the tragic story surrounding missing skull of an 18th century witch. Join Susan as she explores the story of the Lillias Adie, and the strange afterlife of her remains.
Light refreshments will be served.
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.
18th October 2018
At the Dunfermline Historical Society’s October meeting, Dr. Donald Adamson will talk about “The Moat Pit of Culross”.
Donald Adamson comes from a Halbeath coal mining family, and that coal mining ancestry stretches back to the late 16th century in Dunfermline. He read Modern History and Economics at New College Oxford, is a Chartered Accountant and a retired KPMG tax partner. Donald suffers from the family curse of being an avid supporter of Dunfermline Athletic, and is currently chairman of Pars United Community Interest Company, the holding company of the football club.
Donald has a PhD in archaeology from the University of Glasgow and is non-executive chairman of Guard Archaeology Ltd. His talk on the Moat Pit and its wider implications for industrial Culross is based on his 2008 MLitt dissertation, elements of which subsequently appeared as articles in the Scottish Archaeological Journal and ‘History Scotland‘ magazine.