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Previously... Scotland’s History Festival Day 4

Sunday 24 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 4- 24 November 2019

The Gaelic Songs of Herring Gutters with Meg Hyland

  • Where: Institut français, Salle Kieffer (1st Floor)
  • When: 24 November 2019, 12.00-1.00pm
  • About this event: For over a hundred years, thousands of Hebridean women traveled all over Scotland, England and beyond to spend their summers gutting herring. Drawing on oral history archives, Meg Hyland shares her recent research into the Gaelic songs women sang while gutting herring from the 1850s to the 1950s.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

The Forgotten Women of the French Revolution with David Mountain

  • Where: Institut français, Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes aka Library (1st Floor)
  • When: 24 November 2019, 12.00-1.00pm
  • About this event: When it comes to the French Revolution, we’ve only heard half the story. Join writer David Mountain as he explores the forgotten accounts of women during this turbulent time – from assassin Charlotte Corday to social reformer Marie Gouze – and asks why their stories were sidelined and silenced.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Money with Ray Perman

  • Where: Institut français, Salle Kieffer (1st Floor)
  • When: 24 November 2019, 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • About this event: The Darien disaster of 1700 drove Scotland into union with England. The crash of 2008 wrecked the city¹s two largest and oldest banks ­ and its reputation. In between, Edinburgh rose to become a global beacon for the financial world. But this is not just the story of our financial institutions, but of the personalities too; hard-drinking Presbyterian ministers, Sir Walter Scott, and Fred Goodwin, the man who broke the biggest bank in the world.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

Why is Scots DNA so complicated? with Dr Bruce Durie

  • Where: Institut français, Médiathèque Sir Patrick Geddes aka Library (1st Floor)
  • When: 24 November 2019, 3.00pm-4.00pm
  • About this event: The Scots are at least five different historic peoples, so it’s not possible to answer the question “What is Scottish DNA?” simply, but it’s possible to have some fun along the way. Dr Bruce Durie is a scientist with a Doctorate in History. He’s not tall, dark, or handsome, but he’s a crackerjack Genealogist who knows what he’s talking about.
  • Tickets: £ 5,00 Get yours here.

Previously... Scotland’s History Festival also hosts exhibitions, these will take place at the Institut Français all throughout the festival

One Last Push
Disability History Scotland will be joining us with ‘One Last Push’ A handcrafted animation produced by award-winning production company “Muckle Hen”. Featuring the voices of disabled people today reflecting on the impact of the sheer number of returning wounded of World War 1 on Scotland and how it brought about changes to society which remain fundamental to how we live today.

UncoverED
UncoverED is an Edinburgh Global funded project, working to rediscover Edinburgh alumni from around the world who have slipped through the cracks of history. The project, led by Henry Mitchell and Tom Cunningham from the University of Edinburgh, and with the help of student researchers, found several alumni, who have made important contributions to society, as well as incredible achievements during their life.

Previously... Scotland’s History Festival also organises guided walks

  • Saturday 23rd Nov 11.00am-12.30pm Morningside Cemetery with Friends of Morningside Cemetery
  • Saturday 23rd Nov 1.30pm-3.00pm Warriston Cemetery with Friends of Warriston Cemetery
  • Sunday 24th Nov 1.30pm-3.00pm Dean Cemetery with Friends of Dean Cemetery
  • Saturday 23rd Nov 1.30pm-3.00pm Dean Village Walking Tour with Caroline Gerard
  • Sunday 24th Nov 2.00pm-4.00pm Explore the New Town with Alastair Learmont

Click here for more information about the guided walks.

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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