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 2018–2019 academic year.

The next lecture will be:

Traditional Tales from the North-East

31 October 2019

Jackie Ross


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

26 September 2019

Laura Bremner

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.


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

25 April 2019

Donald Smith


Fitlike Records: A North-East Music Label

21 March 2019

Charley Buchan


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

21 February 2019

Mark Stephen


The Venison Haggis Makers of Glenesk

17 January 2019

Ian Kinnear


Testimonies of Transition: Voices from the Scottish Diaspora

18 October 2018

Marjory Harper


Something Corny: A Life Working with Straw

27 September 2018

Elaine Lindsay


Previous lectures from 2017-2018 academic year:


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

27 March 2018

Cally Wight


Ewen MacLachlan, Hebridean Dance Master

30 January 2018

Alasdair Roberts

A Wolf Among Men

28 November 2017

Alec Finlay

Living Tales in a Digitised World

31 October 2017

Grace Banks

Scots Radio - The Journey So Far

26 September 2017

Frieda Morrison


Previous lectures from 2016-2017 academic year:


Tradition and Innovation at Cambus O'May Cheesemaker

25 April 2017

James Reid


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

28 March 2017

Richard Bennett


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

28 February 2017

Ella Leith


Doric and Aa That

31 January 2017

Robert Lovie


Witch Belief in Scottish Coastal Communities

25 October 2016

Lizanne Henderson


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

27 September 2016

Jamie Fairbairn