Members and non-members are welcome to attend our public talks at Dreel Halls in Anstruther. 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.
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.
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’.
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.