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.
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?
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.
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.