Jen Gordon is Assistant Curator at the Scottish Fisheries Museum where among other things she helps care for, research and engage the Museum’s audience with a collection of historic clothing representing the traditional Work Wear, Sunday Best and Gala Dress of the Scottish Fishing Community. The collection has been recognised as having national significance but, more importantly, reveals the skill of the makers and the personal stories of the owners of these practical, yet also often beautiful, garments. With this talk, Jen invites you to join her as she unlocks the museum ‘kist’ and unravel the yarns within.
China’s role in Africa has increased exponentially since around 2000 and it is arguably the most significant factor affecting the continent since the end of the Cold war. However, Chinese relations with Africa have attracted a high degree of criticism, with many allegations claiming that China undermines democracy, good governance, labour and environmental standards and even that prison labour is shipped from China to Africa to work on Chinese construction sites. Most of this critique is overblown and springs more from feelings in the West that China is displacing power in what has long been regarded as a Western sphere of influence. This talk by Professor Ian Taylor, School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, aims to provide an overview of what China is up to in Africa and answer some of the criticisms levelled at the relationship.
The Scottish Government is promoting district heating as a low carbon way of heating buildings to meet its long term carbon reduction goals. David Stutchfield, Sustainability Manager at the University of St Andrews, will discuss the design and operation of the biomass plant at Guardbridge and the district heating network providing heat to the University buildings at North Haugh and the halls of residence at David Russell Apartments and Fife Park. This is a unique opportunity to find out how the technology works and how it is helping the University meet its goal of carbon neutrality for energy in buildings.
This is most likely to be the date for our ever popular Christmas social and will be the last AIA event held at Dreel Halls before the halls close for refurbishment. It is free to members and lots of fun, with food and seasonal entertainment.
Claire Robinson, Collections and Exhibitions Curator in the Museum Collections Unit at the University of St Andrews, will discuss the University’s Art Collection. It encompasses works from across many mediums, artistic styles and time periods that are exhibited across the University. The collection includes the Harry and Margery Boswell Art Collection of Scottish modern and contemporary art that includes works by the artists Alan Davie, Ken Currie, Calum Colvin, John Bellany, Steven Campbell, Will Maclean, Alison Watt, Callum Innes, John Byrne and Adrian Wisniewski. The University also possesses the Recording Scotland Collection, which was amassed during the Second World War to create a permanent pictorial record of a Scotland thought to be at risk from bombs and growing industrialisation.
After twenty years spent working for large multi-national alcoholic beverage companies, Stephen Marshall has finally realised a long-held dream to make something of his own. Along with his partner, Lucy, Stephen has spent the last two years navigating licencing and council red tape, raising funds and concocting plans to make organic, farmhouse-style beers, specialising in wild yeast, spontaneous fermentation, barrel ageing and blending. As well as talking a little about these plans, Stephen hopes to be able to share samples of some early trial brews.
(following the AIA’s AGM at 7pm)
Chris Oliver retired to Cellardyke two years ago. He was a consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and latterly Professor of Physical Activity for Health at Edinburgh University. He was born in London, but travelled progressively northwards in his training. Chris has had an unconventional surgical career and will explore his life as a surgeon, coping with obesity, endurance cycling and active ageing in the East Neuk of Fife.
Scotland and France enjoyed an official special relationship between the years 1295 and 1560. This troubled period includes the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Hundred Years' War, the arrival of the Stuart dynasty, the Renaissance and the Reformation. It explains how the Scots enjoyed claret at a discount and why so many French words are still in the vocabulary, especially those relating to food!
Odile Hughson came from Provence for one year and has stayed for more than half a century. This subject reflects her love of these two countries.
The only woman commemorated on the Anstruther war memorial is Elizabeth Johnston, a former pupil of Waid Academy, whose father was a sailmaker in East Green. In 1917 she enlisted in Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps as a telegraphist, and was sent to France. She died in dramatic circumstances, falling from a church tower in Rouen on Christmas Day 1918.
In this, her centenary year, local author and historian Kevin Dunion will consider the circumstances of her death and will reveal the results of his painstaking research to establish the identity of the young Canadian soldier she had become close to and who played a prominent part at her funeral. It is a story with an unexpected twist, which resonates down the years. Kevin is Vice-Chair of the Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection and author of ‘The Democracy of War – Anstruther and Cellardyke in the First World War’.
Hannah Fleming, Assistant Curator at the British Golf Museum, will look at the development of links golf on the East Coast of Scotland, including the evolution of equipment, changes in costume and the beginnings of the Open.
Hannah is from the East Neuk, having attended Waid Academy and the University of St Andrews, where she studied Art History and Classical Studies. Having graduated she began working as a seasonal Museum Assistant at the British Golf Museum in 2015 and as an Assistant Curator in 2008. She completed her Museum and Galleries Studies Post Graduate Diploma at St Andrews in 2016.