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Médiathèque Geddes 1st Anniversary

Thursday 25 April 2019 18:45-21:00

It has been one year that our médiathèque named after Sir Patrick Geddes opened on the first floor at the Institut Français d’Ecosse and we invite you celebrate that with us

After an introduction by the Institut, the evening will feature a short talk by Marion Geddes—granddaughter of Sir Patrick Geddes—celebrating the link between her grandfather and France, followed by a presentation of her books Patrick Geddes et le Collège des Écossais à Montpellier : la Colline et le Monde and Une famille dans la Grande Guerre : correspondance de Bernard et Magali Collin août 1914 - septembre 1915.


About Patrick Geddes
Patrick Geddes was a man of diverse interests and talents. Today he is probably best known as a town planner. However, he has also been described as a biologist, sociologist, conservationist, educationist, and ecologist.

Geddes did much to improve the living conditions in his local environment and was also a figure of international importance. He travelled widely and corresponded with key thinkers and writers of the time such as Charles Darwin, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.

Above all, his aim was ’to see life whole’, and to achieve a better understanding of human beings in their natural, built, and social environments. His ideas and concerns about the environment, education, and conservation are still as relevant today as they were in his own time."

Source: National Library of Scotland

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A place for study and learning

About the Collège des Écossais
The College Des Ecossais (Scots College) was founded by Patrick Geddes in 1924 as an international teaching establishment located in Montpellier, in the south of France.

The concept of the Scots College as an international students’ centre emerged during Geddes’ first trip to Montpellier in 1890. Geddes made this trip thanks to an invitation from his friend Charles Flahault, a French botanist he had met at the marine station in Roscoff in 1878.

Source: Sabine Kraus, The Scots College: a Stagecraft of Geddes’s Thought

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A view of the médiathèque

Event details

Médiathèque Geddes 1st Anniversary
Featuring Marion Geddes
Thursday, 25 April 2019 l 6.45 - 9.00pm
In FRENCH & ENGLISH | For IFE members only | FREE
Non-members invited by the Institut may also attend

Institut français d’Ecosse
Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes (first floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes are fully accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

Booking strongly recommended.
Book directly online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 or info ifecosse.org.uk

IFE Membership and discount rates
This is a free event open only to members of the Institut français d’Ecosse. To attend other members-only events, or take advantage of discounted member rates on other events or at out partner institutions, we invite you to become a member.

Image: Portrait from the series "The Metamorphosis of Patrick Geddes"
Credit: University of Edinburgh library blog "Evergreen – Patrick Geddes and the Environment in Equilibrium"

All other images are taken by the Institut français d’Ecosse

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