The Elphinstone Institute Public Lecture Series has been postponed. 

We hope to be able to offer more talks next session beginning September 2020.

The Elphinstone Institute Public Lecture Series takes place monthly on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in Room MR051 of the MacRobert Building (unless otherwise noted). Please see below for a list of lectures taking place in the 2019–2020 academic year.

27 February 2020

30 January 2020

Past Lecture Series


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