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Scottish Local History Forum Annual Conference and AGM, 27 October 2017

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'Fairs, fetes and festivals' is the theme of the 2017 SLHF conference, which takes place on 27 October 2017 at the A K Bell Library in Perth. 

How did people in Scotland in the past enjoy their leisure time? How did these traditions start? Why have some of these events continued to the present day and others are long forgotten? The Scottish Local History Forum will explore the history of a selection of Scottish bazaars, pageants, fairs and festivals to discover their local origins and the legacies that they have left in Scotland’s local communities.

The event runs from 9.45am to 4.30pm and the programme is as follows:

09.45-10.15 COFFEE & REGISTRATION

10.15-12.45 MORNING SESSION 

Chairman's Welcome
SLHF President — Professor Chris Whatley, OBE 

NMS Gala Day Collections
Dr Dorothy Kidd, National Museums of Scotland 

Dainty Dishes from Dunoon: Bazaars and benevolence, 1880-1939
Dr Douglas Lockhart, Scottish Local History Forum

Performing the Past: when local history took centre stage in 20th century Scotland
Dr Linda Fleming, University of Glasgow 

The Children’s Day Movement in SE & Central Scotland
Alan McLaren, Loanhead Children’s Sport & Gala Day Association 

12.45-14.00 LUNCH

12.50-13.15 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

14.00-16.30 AFTERNOON SESSION

The Clavie Fire Festival at Burghead
Graeme Cruickshank, Edinburgh Historical Enterprises

Dundee Fairs Excursions
Ian McCraw 

All the Fun of the Fairground: Challenges representing the intangible cultural heritage of Scotland’s travelling show people
Dr Tara Beall, University of Glasgow and Heather Robertson, Riverside Museum 

16.15 GENERAL QUESTIONS & VOTE OF THANKS

How to book

You can book and pay online or download and complete the booking form in the leaflet at this link and send, together with a cheque to: Doris Williamson, SLHF Administrator, Box 103, 12 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH10 1DD.

For more on the work of the Scottish Local History Forum, visit their website.

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