You can now view the video of our november meeting, feauring a talk by Nic Boyes on "Stone and Earth – Falkland, Scotland, China and India".

Meetings, 2020–21

Society meetings are held on Wednesdays and start at 7 p.m.

The principal ambition of our lecture programme is to honour all aspects of our social history through stories of art, archaeology, architecture, and history that are relevant to Falkland but not necessarily local.

Our stories are not, to quote the Chair of our Community Council, Rod Crawford, ‘all about lords and ladies’. We trawl our circles of acquaintance and friendship for speakers who are active in their chosen fields, whatever they may be. We have a number of themes interwoven during the course of the year and they range this time from the work of practical conservators to the management of designed landscapes, from cemeteries to landscape parks and gardens.

All talks subject to confirmation. Some will inevitably be by Zoom including all four lectures from September to December inclusive.

See also our previous years' programs, 2018–19 and 2019–20.

9 September 2020

AGM and lecture: Peter Jones, Painter

Peter Jones loves to paint houses, and often does so to commission. He has produced books of paintings of the Picturesque houses of Kirkcudbright, Portobello and Falkland. His exhibition at the Gallery in the Falkland Stables at the end of 2019 was a delight. His paintings are not simply a recording of façades but subtly hint at the history of a house and the vibrant life of its inhabitants.

Peter's talk was preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Falkland Society.

 See the Minutes of the AGM (PDF file).

View the recording of the entire meeting.

An online meeting, via Zoom.

14 October 2020

Vanessa Stephens, freelance landcape architect

Vanessa trained at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Her interest in historic burial landscapes stems from her year out in London within easy reach of the famous Victorian burial grounds, followed by a period in Italy studying the gardens of the Italian Renaissance. In association with Norman Gray & Partners she has prepared the landscape management plan for the famous Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh.

At the talk a date will be announced for a visit to Edinburgh which will start at the Dean Cemetery, progress through some of the private gardens of the Dean Valley – pausing somewhere for lunch – and end at the Royal Botanic Garden, another special landscape.

An online meeting, via Zoom.

11 November 2020

Nic Boyes, consultant stone conservator

Nic was one of the leaders of the team which rescued the Picturesque ruin of the Temple of Decision on the Falkland Estate from imminent collapse. He has been responsible for any number of major conservation projects, but in addition to the Temple of Decision he will speak about the Temple of Hygea in Stockbridge (Edinburgh) and, above all, about the five-year long programme to conserve the external stonework of the Rosslyn Chapel, one of Scotland’s most beloved monuments.

An online meeting, via Zoom.

9 December 2020

Peter Burman, art and architectural historian, Falkland

Peter has twice studied in Italy but only in recent years has he become an active and engaged visitor to Venice, about which he will speak. He will elucidate some of the challenges which threaten Venice while delighting us with expositions of the beauties of some of his favourite places including some of the churches and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

An online meeting, via Zoom.

13 January 2021

Ross Burgess

Ross will give his perspective on the historic buildings of Falkland, having been much involved in the Falkland Listed Buildings Survey starting in August 2020.

Ross studied French and later Philosophy at Oriel College, Oxford, but turned his attention to IT technology at the time when it was all new to most of us. Later ‘for fun’ he did a degree in Mathematics with the Open University.

Since settling into Falkland, Ross has developed a well-informed passion for the history of Falkland and its people.