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Previously... Scotland’s History Festival Day 3

Saturday 23 November


History like you’ve never heard before. "Previously... Scotland’s History Festival 2019" will take place in the Institut français with amazing events. From the tragic stories of witch-hunting to the mysteries of Scottish DNA, discover the hot topics of this year’s festival!

Event details

From the 21st of November to 24th, Previously... will be offering our visitors a wide range of interesting events this year at the Institut français:

Day 3- 23 November 2019

From Family History to Published Book with Pam Wardell

  • Where: Institut français, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
  • When: 23 November 2019, 12.00-1.00pm
  • About this event: Discover all the practical ways you can bring family history to life and document it for future generations. Pam demonstrates the process behind her memoir, ‘A Very Private Affair’: from finding the central story, to how to tell it through collaboration with graphic artist, to getting it published.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

Remembering Partition with Anindya Raychaudhuri

  • Where: Institut français, Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes aka Library (1st Floor)
  • When: 23 November 2019, 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • About this event: This interactive performance will focus on the 1947 Indian/Pakistani partition, using extracts from oral history interviews and eyewitness accounts. How do people remember partition today, and what do these memories tell us about the present?
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

To Make and Save Money: Sugar and Slavery in 18th century Jamaica with Alastair Learmont

  • Where: Institut français, Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes aka Library (1st Floor)
  • When: 23 November 2019, 3.30pm-4.30pm
  • About this event: Alastair Learmont examines the motives and fortunes of two Selkirk-born doctors, William and James Chisholme, who acquired sugar estates in Jamaica in the late 18th century before becoming leading figures in the pro-slavery metropolitan Society of West Indian Planters and Merchants at the time of abolition.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

Bringing up the Bodies: A Potted History of Preserving Human Remains with Cat Irving

  • Where: Institut français, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
  • When: 23 November 2019, 4.00pm-5.00pm
  • About this event: From Egyptian mummies to plastination, Cat Irving shall give a brief overview of the history of preserving the human body, with an insight into the work she does every day as Human Remains Conservator at Surgeons’ Hall Museums and what these collections can tell us about the past.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

Medieval Sex Lives with Dr. Gillian Jack

  • Where: Institut français, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
  • When: 23 November 2019, 6.00pm-7.00pm
  • About this event: The medieval Church had lots of rules about sex: who could have it, with whom, when, and how. Celibate churchmen wrote at length about it. But was anyone paying attention? Discover the realities of medieval sex lives: adultery, prostitution, sodomy, and all manner of behaviour not approved by the priest.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

On a Mission: The Adventures of Mary Slessor with Sir Tom Devine and cast

  • Where: Institut français, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
  • When: 23 November 2019, 8.00pm-9.30pm
  • About this event: Scottish missionary Mary Slessor’s life was one of “grit, faith, and courage against all the odds”. In the heart of the Nigerian jungle in the 1880s, she became a powerful advocate for education and women’s rights. Join us for a special theatrical reading of excerpts from a new screenplay on her adventures by Karyn Watt, introduced by the leading historian Professor Sir Tom Devine.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

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Source: Previously... Scotland’s History Festival Website

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the salle Marie de Guise are accessible with step-free access available at its main entrances on West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

IFE Membership and discount rates
While a number of the events in this festival requires booking, to take advantage of discounted member rates and such members-only events, we invite you to become a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse.

Institut Français Écosse 2019