Scottish Ideas

Scottish Ideas
There’s been plenty of focus in recent years on Scotland’s constitutional future, but this series of events explores the innovations, history and ideas which make this country such a fount of intellectual curiosity. From our islands to our borders, from ancient maps to modern art, this strand explores how Scotland has been viewed over the centuries. A series of ReimagiNation events sees the culmination of two years’ work looking at the past and future of Scotland’s post-war New Towns and we’ve got some of the best of contemporary Scottish writing.

Alistair Moffat

A Path to Alternative History

Sunday 12 August 11:45 - 12:45

Founder of the Borders Book Festival and former director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Alistair Moffat has recently been exploring Scotland’s forgotten paths in order to depict an alternative history of the country, which he does beautifully in...

ReimagiNation Debate: Housing

How Do We Provide a Home for Everyone?

Sunday 12 August 19:30 - 21:00

Scotland's 5 New Towns were built to alleviate urban overcrowding and poverty. Just over 70 years later, we have similarly pressing problems: housing shortages, a privately-owned rental market, and widely unaffordable house prices. Examine the future of...

Roger Billcliffe

Mackintosh and The Glasgow Style

Monday 13 August 10:00 - 11:00

Best known for his architecture and furniture design, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was also an accomplished artist who along with three friends from the Glasgow School of Art were 'The Four' at the centre of the Glasgow Style of the late 19th century. In...

Kirsten Carter McKee & E Patricia Dennison

Singing the Praises of Urban Landscapes

Monday 13 August 17:45 - 18:45

The development of Scotland’s urban landscapes links the latest works from historians Kirsten Carter McKee and E Patricia Dennison. Edinburgh’s ‘Third New Town’ (aka Calton Hill and the surrounding area) is the focus for Carter McKee who finds...
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Brian May & Roger Taylor

Picturing Victorian Scotland

Wednesday 15 August 17:00 - 18:00

James Crawford

Scotland From Above

Friday 17 August 12:15 - 13:15

Few of us experience Scotland’s majesty from above. In his book Scotland from the Sky, based on the BBC Scotland series, aerial photography buff James Crawford gives us a bird’s eye view of our nation in both space and time, starting with what an...

Moving Image Archive

Showcasing Rare Treasures

Tuesday 21 August 10:00 - 17:00

The National Library of Scotland showcases rare print items and films from its collections, which capture and celebrate the unique stories from the New Towns of Scotland: East Kilbride, Cumbernauld, Glenrothes, Livingston and Irvine. Enjoy film...