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History events in Scotland - November 2018

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Discover things to do in Scotland in November with our round-up of history-inspired events.

Scottish Society for Northern Studies annual conference, 24 November

The SSNS annual conference includes the Hermann Palsson Memorial Lecture, to be given by Gísli Sigurðsson, as well as talks including ‘The early medieval sculpture of Highland Perthshire’ and the developments of shielings in Scandinavian farming.

University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LH. For full details and programme please see the website.

Victory and remembrance, 6 - 9 November

The centenary of World War I will be marked with a 1918: Victory and Remembrance event at Edinburgh Castle from 6 to 9 November. In special living history performances, meet a Highland soldier from 1918 and learn about his experiences on the Front and his feelings about the Armistice.

Edinburgh Antique & Collectors Fair, 24 and 25 November

Vintage, retro and antique fans will find plenty to enjoy here, with up to 250 vendors offering a feast of collectable items, from vintage clothes to antique items for your home and garden. Courtesy bus departs from Waterloo Place at regular intervals.

Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB; tel: 0131 335 6220.

Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Archaeology Conference, 17 November

This annual conference explores ongoing and upcoming archaeological work, with first-hand accounts from archaeologists and presentations from specialists in the field of Scottish archaeology. Ticket £20. To book, visit the website.

Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh EH21 6UU

Brick Wonders, until 23 January

Stirling Castle plays host to Brick Wonders, featuring Lego re-creations of famous sites around the world, created by Lego artist Warren Elsmore. Beginning with the seven wonders of the world, the exhibition also presents historic wonders from all continents.

Stirling Castle, Stirling FK8 1EJ; tel: 01786 450000; website.

William Hunter and the anatomy of a modern museum, until 6 January 2019

An exhibition celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of Dr William Hunter, founder of The Hunterian Museum. For the first time in 150 years, Hunter’s collections will be displayed in one place, with paintings, ethnographical objects and coins among the treasures on show.

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ; tel: 0141 330 4221; website.

Lowry’s Canals and Factories, until 17 March 2019

See S.L. Lowry’s masterpiece Canals and Factories in the splendid setting of Duff House in Banff. Painted in 1955, the work of art captures the mills, factories and smoking chimneys of the industrial towns of Runcorn and Widnes on the river Mersey, and features Lowry’s famous ‘matchstick men’.

Entry to view the painting is included in the Duff House admission price, and is free for members.

Duff House, Banff AB45 3SX

Ocean liners: Speed and Style, until 24 February 2019

The first exhibition hosted by V&A Dundee explores the ‘golden age’ of ocean travel, exploring the history of ships from Brunel’s 1859 steamer, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969.  See the fashions worn by wealthy passengers, discover how the ships were designed and marvel at the craftsmanship of these historic vessels.

V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ; tel: 01382 411611; website.

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