History events in Renfrewshire

View all the upcoming History events taking place throughout Renfrewshire below or use the calendar to find events taking place on a specific month or date.

Events in Renfrewshire

Searching For Your Ancestors Course

Searching For Your Ancestors Course

8th March 2021
Online Event Renfrewshire

'Searching for your Ancestors' is an online beginners Genealogy Course from The Urban Historian, sign up and learn how to research your family tree!
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Digital Lecture: Through the Artist’s Gaze: The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work

Digital Lecture: Through the Artist’s Gaze: The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work

11th March 2021
Online Event

Marianne Fossaluzza, a PhD student in Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, gives this lecture on The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work.
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Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Selected dates between 6th April 2021 - 16th December 2021

Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!
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Proposed and Seconded: The Royal Scottish Academy Nomination Books of the 1920s

Proposed and Seconded: The Royal Scottish Academy Nomination Books of the 1920s

13th May 2021
Online Event

This talk given by Alice Strang will focus on the women artists proposed and seconded for election by male allies, including Dorothy Johnstone, Cecile Walton and John Duncan.
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Events in East Renfrewshire

Events in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Curious About Edinburgh - Quirky Heritage Walks for the Curious!

Curious About Edinburgh - Quirky Heritage Walks for the Curious!

1st October 2020 - 31st March 2021

Have fun discovering Edinburgh on this quirky, self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History

Selected dates between 6th March 2021 - 28th March 2021

Join Surgeons Hall Museums on their 5* weekend walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment!

Digital Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Digital Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

12th March 2021

The 1920s was a period of contrasts: This lecture explores the events, ideas and styles that shaped Scottish art during this fascinating decade.

Digital Lecture: Victorian Spiritualism: The Fox Sisters and the World they Created

Digital Lecture: Victorian Spiritualism: The Fox Sisters and the World they Created

13th March 2021

Ash Pryce is a stage mentalist and founder of the Edinburgh Skeptics society. In his first traditional lecture in more than a decade, he will be looking at the world of the Victorian Occult.

Up Close and Personal with the Black Death in Edinburgh

Up Close and Personal with the Black Death in Edinburgh

13th March 2021

Join The Real Mary King’s Close on 13th March as we shine a light on those sinister parts of Scottish history in our virtual broadcast streamed live from the site!

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Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop!

Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop!

26th March 2021 - 26th June 2021

Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop! tells the story of Edinburgh native Archie Brennan (1931-2019) in the first-ever major retrospective of his work.

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Digital Event: Descriptive Tour for visually impaired visitors of Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s

Digital Event: Descriptive Tour for visually impaired visitors of Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s

17th April 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors focussing on our exhibition Bright Shadows - Scottish art in the 1920s.

Digital Event: Costumed performance - The Housewarming

Digital Event: Costumed performance - The Housewarming

2nd May 2021

It’s the year 1905 and The Reids of Lauriston Castle, at the forefront of modern technology, have invited some guests to Lauriston in order to showcase these latest innovations!

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Lecture: Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

Lecture: Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

19th May 2021

This talk will give a brief introduction of jazz as a style of music and explore the different instruments played in a typical jazz band of the 1920s.

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Curator’s Tour - Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Curator’s Tour - Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

28th May 2021

Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, provides a tour of the exhibition Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s.

Lecture: Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie

Lecture: Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie

3rd June 2021

Murdo Macdonald gives this talk on Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie at City Art Centre on Thursday 3rd June.

Find out about Lecture: Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie on What's On Edinburgh
Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

4th June 2021

Join Jonathan Wild, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, for this talk on the design and illustration of books during the Edwardian period.

Costumed Performance: Supporting the War Effort

Costumed Performance: Supporting the War Effort

6th June 2021

It's the year 1916 with Mr and Mrs Reid planning a major event to raise money to support the conduct of the war. Walk through the Castle on a special tour watching the performance unfold.

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Leith 2020: An Archival look at Leith

Leith 2020: An Archival look at Leith

16th June 2021

This talk at Lauriston Castle explores the rich heritage of Leith and its unique identity.

Find out about Leith 2020: An Archival look at Leith on What's On Edinburgh
Descriptive Tour of Lauriston Castle for Visually Impaired Visitors

Descriptive Tour of Lauriston Castle for Visually Impaired Visitors

19th June 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors around fascinating Lauriston Castle.

Leith 2020: Leith Theatre Past Present and Future

Leith 2020: Leith Theatre Past Present and Future

23rd June 2021

The joint speakers will outline the chequered history of Leith Theatre, where it is now and where it might go in the future.

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Lecture: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Lecture: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

25th June 2021

This lecture will set Charles H. Mackie’s art in the context of his life. His Scottish artistic roots underpinned his engagement with French art and continental ideas.

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Lecture: Addressing slavery and Empire at the National Trust for Scotland

Lecture: Addressing slavery and Empire at the National Trust for Scotland

29th June 2021

Join Jennifer Melville, Head of Curatorial & Conservation Services at the National Trust for Scotland, for this lecture at Lauriston Castle!

Lecture: With the Royal Scots in Gallipoli

Lecture: With the Royal Scots in Gallipoli

5th July 2021

This lecture explores the journey of The Dardenelles - Edinburgh's Royal Scots Territorials - who were the first waves of the seaborne offensive that aimed to end WW1.

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Lecture: Playing with the Past

Lecture: Playing with the Past

7th July 2021

What can Archaeology tell us about the world’s most popular sport? Archaeology Scotland will discuss some of its and others recent work on the archaeology and history of Football.

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BSL Interpreted Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

BSL Interpreted Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

17th July 2021

Join us for a tour of our Charles H. Mackie exhibition which will have a BSL interpreter present.

Lecture: Murder, Power and … Pineapples?

Lecture: Murder, Power and … Pineapples?

21st July 2021

Come along for a talk from archaeologist Doug Rocks-Macqueen about recent excavations of pineries in the Lothians and Falkirk!

Find out about Lecture: Murder, Power and … Pineapples? on What's On Edinburgh
BSL interpreted tour of Lauriston Castle

BSL interpreted tour of Lauriston Castle

Selected dates between 24th July 2021

Join us for a BSL signed tour of Lauriston Castle and step back in time as you experience life in Edwardian Edinburgh!

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Lecture: Playing Cricket with the Nabis: Charles H. Mackie’s French Connections

Lecture: Playing Cricket with the Nabis: Charles H. Mackie’s French Connections

30th July 2021

This lecture given by Belinda Thomson, Honorary Professor in art history at the University of Edinburgh, examines the influences of French Art in the work of Charles H. Mackie.

Lecture: A Curious Flowering: The Hydros in Scotland in the 19th Century

Lecture: A Curious Flowering: The Hydros in Scotland in the 19th Century

10th August 2021

Join Jane Neil-MacLachlan, writer and novelist under the pen name of Jane Tulloch, for this lecture on Hydropathic institutions in Scotland in the 19th Century!

Lecture: The Morton Photography Project at the National Trust for Scotland

Lecture: The Morton Photography Project at the National Trust for Scotland

19th August 2021

Dr Antonia Laurence Allen will share collections, stories and projects from properties as diverse as Canna House, Brodie Castle and Tenement House at Lauriston Castle on 19th August.

Descriptive tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Descriptive tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

21st August 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors focusing on the Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light exhibition!

Lecture: Earls, Maids, Dames and Gardeners

Lecture: Earls, Maids, Dames and Gardeners

24th August 2021

Vicky Garrington shares some key pieces from Edinburgh Museums & Galleries large and important costume collection.

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Lecture: Ghosts of Edinburgh

Lecture: Ghosts of Edinburgh

4th September 2021

Join Ash Pryce, stage mentalist and former Ghost Tour Guide, as he tells tales of Edinburgh’s old and ghostly world!

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Costumed Performance: A Fairley Interesting Look at Lauriston

Costumed Performance: A Fairley Interesting Look at Lauriston

5th September 2021

It’s the year 1923. Join Mrs Reid, her housekeeper Mrs Mackay and her steward and friend, John Fairleyus as they reflect on the many interesting people connected with the house and estate!

Lecture: Heroines of the Canongate: Women as Urban and Social Reformers in the Edwardian Old Town

Lecture: Heroines of the Canongate: Women as Urban and Social Reformers in the Edwardian Old Town

8th September 2021

This talk offers a different account of urban reform in Edwardian Edinburgh. It explores the many people who worked together to change the living conditions of the communities in the city’s Old Town

Lecture: Enlightened Golfers

Lecture: Enlightened Golfers

10th September 2021

This talk given by Jim Scanlon, a member of Leith local history society and Leith Rules Golf Society, will explore the variety of notable people who have played golf on Leith Links.

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Scots at War at the Castle

Scots at War at the Castle

11th September 2021

Join Scots at War for an interactive family experience where you can join Scotland's army of yesterday- today!

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Lecture: Charles Hodge Mackie and the Celtic Revival in Scotland and France

Lecture: Charles Hodge Mackie and the Celtic Revival in Scotland and France

17th September 2021

This lecture explores the influence of both Scottish and French art on Charles Mackie through a consideration of the work he produced in the 1890s.

Burns V McGonagall: An evening with Scotland’s best poet and arguably the worst!

Burns V McGonagall: An evening with Scotland’s best poet and arguably the worst!

24th September 2021

William McGonagall has long been regarded as ‘the worst poet in the history of the English language’. Join Scots actor Jock Ferguson for an evening of anecdotes and stories and a wee dram in betwe

Lecture: Discovering Leith through Maps

Lecture: Discovering Leith through Maps

5th October 2021

This lecture given by Laragh Quinney will consider how Leith has been depicted on maps from the 16th century to the present day.

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Lecture: A Guid Cause Maks a Strong Arm

Lecture: A Guid Cause Maks a Strong Arm

7th October 2021

This talk explores the ‘gists, the ‘gettes and the fight for female emancipation, viewed by some as a campaign and by others as a war.

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Curator’s Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Curator’s Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

8th October 2021

Join Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, for a tour of the exhibition Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light!

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Dan Snow’s History Hit

Dan Snow’s History Hit

21st October 2021

Dan Snow brings his award-winning, chart-topping podcast and online TV channel 'History Hit' live to The Queen's Hall.

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Lecture: E. A. Hornel: from Camera to Canvas

Lecture: E. A. Hornel: from Camera to Canvas

27th October 2021

This talk by Dr Antonia Laurence Allen is about Scottish artist Edward Atkinson Hornel and illustrates how Hornel’s travels and use of photographs influenced his artistic practice.

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Lecture: Leith 2020: A Photographic Walk Through Time

Lecture: Leith 2020: A Photographic Walk Through Time

2nd November 2021

Fraser Parkinson will illustrate the rich heritage of Leith through photographs, showing the history and changing face of Leith from the mid-1850s to the present day.

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Lecture: Distant lives: The Earliest Photographs of St Kilda

Lecture: Distant lives: The Earliest Photographs of St Kilda

9th November 2021

In 1860 Capt. F.W.L. Thomas sailed to St Kilda to take the first ever photographs of St Kilda. This is the story of the quest to give these St Kildans back their identity and to tell their story.

Lecture: Tokens of Festive Magic: The Victorian Christmas

Lecture: Tokens of Festive Magic: The Victorian Christmas

30th November 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for an exploration of the 19th century Christmas through antique objects, many from her own collection which inspire her intricate etchings.

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Lecture: Upstairs, Downstairs: Glamorous gowns to working dress

Lecture: Upstairs, Downstairs: Glamorous gowns to working dress

7th December 2021

Vicky Garrington explores a variety of historic dress from a much-mended maid’s uniform of the early 20th century to a sumptuous 18th century silk dress scattered with tulips.

Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Lauriston Castle at Christmas

Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Lauriston Castle at Christmas

19th December 2021

Join us for a special Christmas Tour at Lauriston Castle specifically designed for visually impaired visitors.

Events in Fife

A Pioneer of Social Justice: Exploring The Legacy of Jennie Lee

A Pioneer of Social Justice: Exploring The Legacy of Jennie Lee

8th March 2021

This is a panel discussion celebrating the remarkable life and achievements of Jennie Lee this International Women’s Day.

Events in Glasgow

Curious About Glasgow

Curious About Glasgow

1st January 2020 - 31st December 2021

Have fun discovering Glasgow with a self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!

Find out about Curious About Glasgow on What's On Glasgow
Old Ways New Roads Talk Series

Old Ways New Roads Talk Series

Selected dates between 16th February 2021 - 30th March 2021

The Hunterian are hosting a series of weekly talks in celebration of their online exhibition Old Ways New Roads: Travels in Scotland 1720-1832!

Find out about Old Ways New Roads Talk Series on What's On Glasgow
Historic Tours of Glasgow University

Historic Tours of Glasgow University

Selected dates between 1st April 2021 - 23rd December 2021

Join a Historic Tour of the University of Glasgow the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world!

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The Lighthouse Building Tours

The Lighthouse Building Tours

Selected dates between 3rd April 2021 - 18th December 2021

The Lighthouse hold tours every Saturday, they offer a great opportunity to learn about The Lighthouse building, but also about the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the city he was born in!

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Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire

Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire

28th August 2021 - 5th September 2021

The 2021 Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire, marking the 1263 Battle of Largs, will be held between the 28th August and 5th September!

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Clydebuilt Festival

Clydebuilt Festival

11th September 2021 - 12th September 2021

Back for a fourth year, the Clydebuilt Festival will return to the Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship at Riverside on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of September 2021!

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Events in Lanarkshire

Events in Stirling and Falkirk

Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver – Does History Repeat Itself?

Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver – Does History Repeat Itself?

26th February 2022

It is time to meet the common folk as Nick Knowles and Neil Oliver turn the spotlight on those who gave their all for the Britain, we know today.

Events in Other Areas

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Kilmacolm Farmers Market
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