You can now view the recordings of our June and July online lectures.

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, archaeology 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 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.

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 was a delight. His paintings are not simply a recording of facades but subtly hint at the history of a house and of its inhabitants.

Peter's talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Falkland Society (see the Minutes of last year's AGM – PDF file)

An online meeting, via Zoom.

14 October 2020

Vanessa Stephens, landcape architect

Vanessa has been involved with an extraordinary variety of landscapes from Scottish Highland estates to modest gardens, but one of her great delights is the garden cemetery, initiated in Scotland by the Necropolis in Glasgow. However, a special love of hers is the smaller but historically highly important Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh.

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 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

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 at the same time 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.