From Family History to Published Book
Speaker: Pam Wardell
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.
Ways of Seeing
Speakers: Sasha Callaghan and George Lamb
A dynamic interactive presentation and workshop using art from ancient times and contemporary pieces to illustrate and explore how disability has been framed as a social construct, followed by a practical audience-led exploration of the impact of these assumptions upon disabled people.
Speaker: Anindya Raychaudhuri
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?
Beauty in Hell: Heroes from the Soviet Gulag
Speaker: Dr Andrea Gullotta (Lecturer in Russian, University of Glasgow)
Andrea Gullotta’s 2018 book and virtual exhibition “Beauty in Hell” focused on the creative efforts made by prisoners during their term in the Soviet Gulag. This talk will give the audience a new perspective on the Gulag and explain why the memory of the Gulag today is in danger.
2.00pm – 3.00pm
To Make and Save Money: Sugar and Slavery in 18th century Jamaica
Speaker: Alastair Learmont
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.
Bringing up the Bodies: A Potted History of Preserving Human Remains
Speaker: Cat Irving
From Egyptian mummies to plastination, Cat Irving shall give a brief overview of 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.
Speaker: Chris Whatley
In 1950, Len and Margaret Whatley left Birmingham to live on the tiny uninhabited island of Pabay, a challenging move for which nothing could have prepared them. Christopher Whatley, their nephew, explores the history of this tiny island jewel to create a vivid picture of the trials, tribulations and joys of island life.
Medieval Sex Lives
Speaker: Dr Gillian Jack
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.
On a Mission: The Adventures of Mary Slessor
Speaker: Sir Tom Devine and cast
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.