Scottish history events: October and November 2022

03 October 2022
Castle of Light at Edinburgh Castle. Copyright Historic Environment Scotland
Bring some cheer to the winter months with History Scotland's round-up of online and onsite history events.

Celtic autumn, 8-9 October 

Celebrate one of the most abundant times of the year as the Scottish Crannog Centre looks to the harvest and the foods of the Iron Age. Taste a variety of ancient dishes, from smoked Loch Tay Trout, to baked honey cakes, stewed wild fruits, fresh whipped cream and new cheeses, all inspired by the archaeological finds both in the centre’s collection and across the wider UK. Tickets £7-£35. 

Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore PH15 2HY; website.

Anatomy: a matter of life and death, until 30 October  

This exhibition looks at the social and medical history surrounding the practice of dissection, tracing the relationship between anatomy, its teaching and cultural context and the bodies that were dissected. Looking at Edinburgh’s role as an international centre for medical study, the exhibition will offer insight into the links between science and crime in the early 19th century. 

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF; website.


Castle of Light, selected dates between 18 November and 30 December 

Castle of Light returns to Edinburgh Castle for its third year, showcasing the castle as never before as an after-dark illuminated trail lights up this historic building. Brand new projections and lighting installations light a path around the castle grounds, taking visitors on a journey through the story of the Defender of Nation. 

Runs 4.30pm-9pm (last entry 7.30pm. Book in advance here.

Edinburgh Castle, Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 2NG; tel: 0131 225 9846 

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Fraser-Mackintosh the antiquary, 27 November 

This talk is part of a programme of events celebrating the centenary of the accession of the Charles Fraser-Mackintosh collection into Inverness Library. Book your free place here.

Inverness Library, Faraline Park, Inverness IV1 1NH 

Food: recipe or remedy, until 27 January 2023 

The illustrations, books and objects displayed in this exhibition tell the story of the changing role of food in medicine over the last 600 years. This is a history of the relationship between food and health, as told through society, folklore, deprivation and dieting. Free entry For more, see our feature on page 40.  

11 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ; website.

Legacies of Empire, until 29 January 2023 

An exhibition featuring objects that were taken, purchased or otherwise collected by British military and naval personnel during colonial wars or garrison service across the British Empire. Today, they are preserved in national and military museum collections. The contentious material legacy of the British Empire is represented in each object. Free with entry to Edinburgh Castle.  

National War Museum, Edinburgh EH1 2NG; tel: 0300 123 6789; website.

The Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots, until 5 February 

This major new exhibition at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, explores the legend of Mary Queen of Scots and her cultural afterlife. Through items from The Hunterian and University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections, including art, coins and medals, printed books, charters and other archival material, the exhibition explores what these objects can tell us about different societies’ attitudes to Mary and also how they point to broader issues including gender, sexuality, monarchy and diversity. 

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