Events and meetings in 2018/19:

Please note that members may bring a friend to the Annual General Meeting talk, but for other events any accompanying friend(s) will be invited to make a donation of £5 to the Friends.


Wednesday 24 October 2018

Dr Elizabeth Ford, University of Glasgow and IASH Fellow

Music in the tavern: The culture of the pub in eighteenth-century Edinburgh

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue: Centre for Research Collections, 5th floor seminar room, Main Library, George Square.


Taverns in Edinburgh in the eighteenth century performed a similar function to that of coffee houses in England: places for informal political debate, exchange of news, drinking, and informal music making. This talk will look at this cultural environment, with an emphasis on the musical gatherings in the Cross Keys Tavern, which led to the formation of the Edinburgh Musical Society.

Dr Elizabeth Ford is the Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellow in 18th-century Scottish Studies at IASH, and one of the research assistants for the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network at the University of Glasgow. Dr Ford’s Ph.D. thesis on the flute in eighteenth-century Scotland won the National Flute Association’s Research Award.

Please sign up for the event by contacting Alason Roberts at, or c/o Main Library, George Square, EH8 9LJ.


Wednesday 14 November 2018

Annual General Meeting

followed by a talk on The Lorimer Papers by Dr  Louise Boreham

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Venue: Centre for Research Collections, 6th Floor Seminar Room, Main Library, George Square.

Trustees’ Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2018 [pdf]

The architect Robert Stodart Lorimer (1864-1929) was raised in a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh’s New Town and was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University. In 1885 he started his career in architecture with the practice of Sir Robert Rowan Anderson in Edinburgh.


John Henry Lorimer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lorimer became interested in the Arts and Crafts Movement and in Scottish Vernacular architecture. These interests led Lorimer to undertake the Thistle Chapel in the High Kirk of St. Giles, Edinburgh, in 1909. He also remodelled suburban villas and built cottages in various parts of the city. Another major project was the Scottish National War Memorial within Edinburgh Castle. He also created similar memorials in Italy, Egypt and in Greece. Towards the end of his career he restored Paisley Abbey.

Dr Louise Boreham is a retired college head of department who helped list the Lorimer Papers archive held in Special Collections.  She has written numerous articles, contributed to books, radio and TV programmes and given many talks to a variety of interest groups.

Please sign up for the event by contacting Alason Roberts at, or c/o Main Library, George Square, EH8 9LJ.


Further events in the 2018/19 season will be announced soon


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