Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend 2014
The 2014 Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend will take place from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April at the Royal Over-Seas League.
Our weekend will begin on Friday 4th April with the traditional welcome meal at The Sheraton Hotel. On Saturday 5th April we will hear Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society describe her extraordinary quest to find the body of the much-maligned Plantagenet king. She will be followed by Professor Caroline Wilkinson who took the skull discovered by Philippa and the archaeological team from Leicester University and reconstructed the face of King Richard. After lunch we will listen to our own Bill Marshall discuss the magnificent Jerott Blyth, a Dunnett character equally loved and loathed and likely to be the subject of fierce debate. When we have calmed down the winner of the Dorothy Dunnett History Prize will address us. We will finish the afternoon with the Annual General Meeting of the Dorothy Dunnett Society. Later that evening we will enjoy a gala dinner in the ROSL restaurant, with readings, toasts and frivolity.
On Sunday 6th April we will take a luxury coach from Edinburgh to the beautiful seaside city of Dundee – home of jute, journalism and jam! Here we will divide into two groups. One group will visit RSS Discovery, Capt Robert Scott’s legendary ship, with its adjacent museum filled with artefacts from the glorious golden days of Antarctic exploration. The second group will visit Dundee’s award winning Verdant Works, Scotland’s jute museum. After lunch we will visit Dundee’s famous McManus Gallery and be amongst the first to see the carved medieval stones recently restored and placed on display, as well as wonderful paintings, artefacts and historical treasures. There will also be an opportunity to take a five minute stroll to The Howff – ground given to the city by Mary, Queen of Scots, and used as a cemetery ever since. The atmospheric graveyard is filled with ancient gravestones many with poignant verses and attractive carving. We will return to Edinburgh in our coach arriving in the early evening, and those who wish may join fellow delegates at one of two restaurants, or enjoy one of the many pubs or dining venues on offer in the city
Oxford Day 2014
June 7th 2014
A day of Music and Art at Wolfson College, Oxford
- Dr Geri Parlby: The history and legends of St Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai
- A recital and talk on early French and Italian music for the clavichord and harpsichord
Booking forms available in the New Year
A Journey to Stamford
19th – 21st September 2014
Saturday Lecture Day featuring:
- David Bostwick, an expert on Tudor furniture, specializing in the cultural history of the Mediaeval, Tudor and Stuart periods.
- The Landi Textile Conservation Company on ‘The Upkeep of the Mediaeval Bed’.
- Jon Culverhouse, curator of Burghley House on ‘The Travelling Earls’.
- Dorothy Dunnett talk by Julia Hart
- Quiz and much more
All held in the Cheke Room at Burghley House with provision for full refreshments for the day and easy parking.
In addition on Friday 19th there is an opportunity to take a Blue Badge guided walk around the ancient Mediaeval Wool town of Stamford and on Sunday 21st a personal guided tour of Burghley House and time to explore the wonderful grounds.
A weekend full of fascinating features.