Edinburgh lectures & talks

Doors Open Days

Submitted by edg on Fri, 6 Sep '19 8.01am

Around 150 buildings, many off-bounds to the general public during the rest of the year, throw open their doors, and gates for the annual Edinburgh Doors Open Day.

Doors Open Day has taken place each year, since 1991, and over the whole weekend since 2009.

Tech Monkeys

Tech Monkeys is an after school club in RZSS Edinburgh Zoo combining the interesting topics of technology and nature. 

Returning this autumn refreshed and extended, Tech Monkeys will run on Thursday evenings throughout the term from 4 – 5pm starting today (12th Sept).

Open to children in P4-P7 with 15 spaces available. Topics to be covered will include building your own camera trap using a Raspberry Pi, media production and editing, VR experiences and looking at the use of technology in wildlife conservation, plus much more!

Talk: Animals and Madness

Speaker: Professor Chris Philo, Professor of Geography, University of Glasgow

Louis Wain was a relatively well known British illustrator working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly known for his depictions of cats. It is claimed that ‘cats drove him mad’.

This talk will explore the ‘madness’ of both human and animals, the curious cross-codings arising between ‘mad’ people and troublesome beasts, and parallels in the spaces/environments that they have occupied or to which they have been consigned.

Midnight Paranormally Active and Haunted Underground Vaults Tour, Auld Reekie Tours, Review

Expectations were understandably high for a tour of what is described as “the world's most haunted and paranormally active location”.

The rendezvous point was some way up the Royal Mile, and about a dozen or so of us gathered for the tour. A couple were delayed, meaning it was ten minutes late starting, but then we were off, the walk taking us past various landmarks, including the Heart of Midlothian and the Mercat Cross.