Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks at Dreel Halls in Anstruther (except those in 2019 listed as otherwise). If you are not yet a member of the AIA you can attend individual Anster Nichts for £3 per event. Membership is £7.50 per year and will allow you to attend all of the year’s Anster Nichts and the Christmas Social.
Dr Helen Rawson, Director of Museum Collections at the University of St Andrews, highlights some of the fascinating objects acquired by the University in the 600 years since its creation. From medieval maces to scientific instruments, zoology specimens, world cultures and contemporary art, the collections reflect the University’s history and advances in teaching, research and human understanding of the world. Helen will also discuss the exciting developments at MUSA, the University Museum, including creation of new temporary exhibition galleries.
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.
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.
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.
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.