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Previously... Scotland's History Festival 2017 - event highlights for Scottish history fans


The Previously... Scotland's History Festival runs from 17 to 26 November 2017. Take your pick from this selection of events, ranging from a 'dangerous women' talk to a family history bootcamp.

The annual Previously Festival takes place in venues around Edinburgh, with more than 50 events scheduled for 2017.

1. Family Tree bootcamp

Genealogist Dr Bruce Durie presents a family tree bootcamp on 26 November, in which he will take prospective genealogists through the three vital branches to building a family tree: Finding People, Finding Places and Finding Inheritance Records.

2. An afternoon with Elsie Inglis

Enjoy an afternoon learning about medical pioneer and women's rights campaigner Dr Elsie Inglis. The event takes place on 26 November with the following speakers:

  • Alan Cumming, historian and campaigner, and the man who deserves recognition for his work in bringing Elsie back into the public eye.
  • Ailsa Clarke : Elsie's early years including up to the eve of World War 1
  • Zvedana Popovic : Deeds Not Words. A motto for a life lived in the service of others
  • Louise Miller : author of 'A Fine Brother', a biography of Flora Sandes, Louise will talk about the Serbian retreat. Flora and Elsie knew each other well, and were in Serbia at the same time
  • Tony Waterston and Hugh Maddox : relatives of Elsie Inglis
  • Dr. Jo Hockley OBE: Learn how Elsie's name and spirit live on the work of the charity 'Hospices Of Hope'

3. Dangerous Women

Dr Lesley Orr takes a look at the women who did not conform to the niceties, such as those who stood beside Elsie Inglis in the field hospitals, the women who fought for the right to vote and the women who stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the early battles for equality and workers rights. Takes place on 26 November.

4. Guided tour of Dean Village

Join local historians on 23 November for a guided tour of Dean Village, a historic mill settlement which once fed the citizens of Edinburgh. The tour will also describe the changing nature of the Village through the centuries and tell the tales of some of the personalities who once lived here.

For the full festival programme, visit the Previously... Scotland's History Festival website.

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