Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks in Anstruther. Due to the works at Dreel Halls please note the location for each event. Keep an eye out for any changes on our website, Facebook or posters as we cannot be entirely sure when the works will complete and Dreel Halls will re-open!
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 the 2019-2020 Anster Nichts and the 2019 Christmas Social.
For more information on membership please visit our Membership page.
Anstruther’s national museum, founded by a Charitable Trust and opened in July 1969, celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Starting life as a relatively small site based around a historic courtyard, it has gradually spread to take in various other buildings, including a former boatyard and even a pub. Along the way, many talented and dedicated people, both staff and volunteers, have ensured that the Museum and its activities have grown and flourished. The collections are now recognised as a Nationally Significant Collection and the Museum is a hub for many community activities including coastal rowing, boat-building, exhibitions and events. In this talk Linda Fitzpatrick, Curator, will review the developments of the last 50 years and look forward to some exciting plans for the future.
Andrew Whitley started the organic Village Bakery in Cumbria in the ’70s and is founder of Bread Matters Ltd. He wrote the seminal Bread Matters and the best-selling Do Sourdough. He has an MSc in Food Policy from City University London and is credited with ‘changing the way we think about bread’ (BBC Food & Farming Awards). He is now chair of Scotland The Bread, an action research and training charity that grows and mills diverse, nutrientdense cereals in the East Neuk with the aim of creating a healthy, fair and sustainable grain and bread supply. Andrew will take us on his life’s journey with bread. His fascination with Russian language and literature led to life as an artisan baker, organic grower, campaigner for real bread and champion of diversity against monocultures of minds and grains.
Well-kent local beardy and hat-wearing dads Kenny “King Creosote” Anderson and Keny “East Neuk Stained Glass” Drew talk about how the alchemy of their creative humors flowed into the veins of comic character KY10 and how their current individual musical and artistic output is shaped by life on the banks of the River Forth.
As a lifelong knitter with a special interest in Gansey knitting, Di Gilpin and her working partner, Sheila Greenwell, will be taking a journey through the history and special knitting details of these fascinating garments. There is a huge story to tell and a lot of history to discover: tensions, stitch counts, patterns, construction details, yarns, colours and motifs. They will share these special details and qualities with us on the evening and show how they use them in their fashion work internationally. Di is Creative Director of Di Gilpin Ltd, specialising in hand knitting, pattern writing and design. Sheila Greenwell is Production Manager at the company with a life time’s experience in hand knitting.