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Speakers’ Lunches 2020

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Everyone welcome & great value!

 

Join us for our fantastic Autumn & Spring lunches with a speaker covering a whole host of interesting topics. Fantastic value and a great afternoon out. 

Members and non-members welcome. Advance booking required, please book for each event below or call us on 0131 525 5157.

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Monday 14th September 2020 | 12 noon | £22pp


The Trades that shaped our Capital

Ian Robertson is the 350th Deacon Convener of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh. Trades have been with us since people first set up home in what became Edinburgh, but their ‘Incorporated’ status came about when charters, or ‘seals of cause’ were issued by the City from the fifteenth century onwards providing them with monopolies on the work carried out by each respective Trade until the nineteenth century. To hear more about the impact that this had on the shaping of Edinburgh, join us for lunch.

Monday 19th October 2020 | 12 noon | £22pp


Edinburgh’s Forgotten Astronomer

How many people in Edinburgh know that it was Astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth who introduced the Time Ball and Time Gun to Edinburgh – legacies that remain to this day?

But he did not stop there! Here was a man who made mountain top astronomy a reality and was involved in pushing Spectroscopy and Meteorology to new heights.

All this whilst doing pioneering work in photography, and turning out brilliant art works.

Too many activities for one talk! This talk will take a controversial aspect of his life and work and present it from his perspective.