If you missed our June meeting, with Marietta Crichton Stuart on 'John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, Third Marquess of Bute, and his impact on Falkland and St Andrews', you can now view the recording.

Programme of meetings, 2021–22

Society meetings are held on Wednesdays and start at 7 p.m.

This page includes all meetings for the season, including those that have already taken place. To see just future meetings, go to our "events" page.

The principal ambition of our lecture programme is always to honour aspects of our cultural and social history through stories of art, archaeology, architecture and history relevant to Falkland but not necessarily local. We trawl our circles of friendship and acquaintance vigorously for speakers who are active in their chosen fields.

All are welcome – you don’t even have to be a member, just sympathetic to our aims! Just sign up using the form on our "Contact" page. All subscribers automatically receive the monthly Newsletter, with links to the lecture meeting and to anything else that is going on.

All talks subject to confirmation. It is likely that all or most will be by Zoom but in any event we shall be following the Scottish Government’s public health guidance.

Our principal themes for this season are "Anniversaries" and "Craftspeople and craftsmanship".

15 September 2021

Kirsty Archer-Thompson: 250 years of Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832): Past, Present and Future

Kirsty Archer-Thompson is Curator of Sir Walter Scott’s celebrated Abbotsford House in the Borders. We plan to arrange a Falkland Society visit to Abbotsford afterwards, possibly in Spring 2022.

The meeting also included our AGM, when we elected the office bearers and committee for the year ahead.

See the Minutes of the AGM, including the Chair's report on the year.

13 October 2021

Fiona Fisher on Traditional Building Skills

Fiona Fisher is Built Heritage Officer with Fife Council. Her talk will cover traditional buildings skills In Europe (including the recent Erasmusplus project about passing on traditional building skills to young people), and how traditional buildings and skills are part of COVID Green Recovery and reaching Net Zero Carbon.

View the recording of Fiona's talk.

See also our Chair's paper on "Pathways to traditional building skills".

10 November 2021

Peter Burman on John Ruskin's Guild of St George

The Guild of St George, in its 150th year, is an educational charity for arts, crafts and the rural economy. Peter is a Director of the Guild, as well as Chair of the Falkland Society.

View the recording of Peter's talk.