On Thursday night I went to Airdrie Arts Centre to hear a talk by Peter Wright, author of “Ribbon of Wildness”, which I reviewed some time back. It was in part quite interesting. In my review I said that the book had been let down by the quality of the photographs, so it was good to see some of these photos, and others, in colour on a big screen. Quite why they didn’t make it into the book in colour is a mystery to me. This was the first time I had been to one of these events, so I’m not quite sure if it’s the done thing for the author to spend a good ten minutes reading glowing reviews of his own work.
I’ve seen these evenings advertised in the local shops and Airdrie Library, and was surprised to hear that next week would see the very last of these presentations by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Dr Ann Glen, who was chairing the evening, announced that she hoped that a new group would soon be formed to carry on the traditions of the RSGS group in Airdrie, and suggestions were sought for speakers, topics and a new group name. With so many people interested in television programmes like Coast, Who Do You Think You Are, Frozen Planet and their ilk, I’m surprised that these lectures don’t have a bigger attendance. Hopefully the group will be back soon.
In the meantime, their final lecture takes place on Wednesday 21st March at 7:30pm. The subject is “Missing From The Map” by Bruce Gittings.
“Bruce Gittings created the web-based Gazetteer for Scotland, an encyclopedia of Scotland’s geography, people and history. Bruce suggests that leaving significant details off the map was not just a feature of Soviet Russia, but is the case in 21st century Britain. Linking remarkable tales of wartime history with fieldwork in modern landscapes, maps and high resolution aerial imagery, he takes us to some lesser known features of places we may think we know. ”
£8 for adults, free for students, under 18s, and RSGS members
Tickets available on the door.