Public Lecture Series

Public Lecture Series

The Elphinstone Institute Public Lecture Series will take place monthly at 6:30pm, in the MacRobert Building MR051.

Please see below for a list of lectures taking place in the 2023–2024 academic year.

13 November 2023

16 November 2023 (David Buchan Lecture)

18 January 2024

26 February 2024 (re-scheduled from 15 February 2024)

21 March 2024

16 May 2024

Past Lecture Series


17 November 2022 (Buchan Lecture)

20 October 2022

15 September 2022

21 April 2022

This event was cancelled

17 March 2022

17 February 2022


21 October 2021

16 September 2021



27 February 2020

30 January 2020


31 October

Traditional Tales from the North-East

Jackie Ross

Laura BremnerAn Artist's Journey From Illustration to Creative Collaborations and the Pop-Up Movement

26 September

Aberdeenshire printmaker Laura Bremner, designer, and founder of Juniper Press, talks about crafts in the North-East, collaborative working, the burgeoning Etsy movement, and pop-up shops in the era of dying high streets.


25 April

'A Blond Wig for Maid Marion': Aberdeen and Scotland's Folk Dramas

Donald Smith

21 March

Fitlike Records: A North-East Music Label

Charley Buchan

21 February

Granite, Caul Winds, and Wildly Conspicuous Consumption: A Love Affair with Serious Reservations

Mark Stephen

17 January

The Venison Haggis Makers of Glenesk

Ian Kinnear


18 October

Testimonies of Transition: Voices from the Scottish Diaspora

Marjory Harper

Something Corny: A Life Working with Straw

27 September

Elaine Lindsay

27 March

'Publishing is an Adventure', from Penny Pamphlets to Print on Demand: James Leatham, Propaganda, and the Rebirth of the Deveron Press

Cally Wight

30 January

Ewen MacLachlan, Hebridean Dance Master

Alasdair Roberts


28 November

A Wolf Among Men

Alec Finlay

31 October

Living Tales in a Digitised World

Grace Banks

26 September

Scots Radio - The Journey So Far

Frieda Morrison

25 April

Tradition and Innovation at Cambus O'May Cheesemaker

James Reid

28 March

From Production to Marketing: Community and Culture in the Post-War Whisky Industry

Richard Bennett

28 February

Storytelling without Sound: Traditional Deaf Motifs and Performance in British Sign Language Storytelling

Ella Leith

31 January

Doric and Aa That

Robert Lovie


25 October

Witch Belief in Scottish Coastal Communities

Lizanne Henderson

27 September 2016

Bairns, Scweel, and Local Learning: Scots Language and Scottish Studies at Banff Academy

Jamie Fairbairn