The Gaelic Songs of Herring Gutters
Speaker: Meg Hyland
For over a hundred years, thousands of Hebridean women travelled 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.
The Forgotten Women of the French Revolution
Speaker: David Mountain
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.
The Rise and Fall of the City of Money
Speaker: Ray Perman
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.
Why is Scots DNA so complicated?
Speaker: Dr Bruce Durie
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.