Association of Open University Graduates

Diary Dates of AOUG in Scotland (11)

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Edinburgh Group
Saturday 24th September. 10.30am 
Meet for coffee at The King's Wark, 36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU for ‘Doors Open Day’ in Edinburgh. Institutions normally off-limits to the public open their doors and allow their staff to explain the history and function of many fascinating establishments. Take Lothian Buses services 16 or 22 from Princes St. to either  Bernard St or Broad Wynd, followed by a short walk.

Wednesday 12th October. 11.00am
Meet at the entrance of Scottish National Portrait Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL to see ‘Self-Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei’ with lunch/ coffee in the café afterwards. Artists have always created self-portraits and whatever their motivation: as a showcase for their talents, a political statement or a conscious projection of their best self – the result is always the same: the creator becomes the subject. This idea is celebrated in ‘Facing the World’, which presents a breath-taking selection of portraits, in various media, spanning six centuries, from Rembrandt’s paintings to Ai Weiwei’s instagram posts. Entry to exhibition is £9.00 (£7.00) with free entry to the permanent collection.

Saturday 19th November. 12.30pm 
Meet at the entrance of Paisley Abbey, Art Gallery and Museum, High St, Paisley PA1 2BA. Pre-booking with the Local Contact  is essential (Edinburgh members intend to arranged transport by shared cars from Edinburgh which will leave at 11am). The abbey, founded in 1163 as a Cluniac Monastery, retains its medieval nave with transepts and choir. It has Royal Tombs, fine woodcarving and beautiful stained glass windows. Visitors can view the sacristy exhibition and visit the abbey gift and coffee shop. The museum houses fifty seven collections including the internationally recognised textiles with over one thousand Paisley Shawls and the weavers' pattern and design books. A free temporary exhibition 'Made in Paisley- a Collaborative Space' will be on at that time. The Art Collection includes the Paisley Institute collection of Glasgow Boys and many examples of contemporary work. Its twentieth century studio ceramics collection is considered to be one of the best in Scotland.

Saturday 3rd December. 2.45pm
Meet at the entrance of Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, Davidson's Mains to join Edinburgh Living History interpreters on the 3pm tour at Lauriston Castle at Christmas as they evoke the true magic of the Edwardian period at Christmas and discover what life would have been like then. View its collections of Italian Furniture, Sheffield Plate, Crossley Wool Mosaics and Blue John ornaments is one of Scotland’s greatest gifts. The beautiful grounds were laid out by William Henry Playfair in the 1840s. By bus take service 41 or 42 from Princes St to Davidson Mains followed by a 10 min walk. Pre-booking is essential - to book tickets visit this page and make sure you select the 3pm time slot. Adult £6.50 including Christmas afternoon tea. Please note: it is essential to book early as last year the same event was sold out very early!

Saturday 14th January. 12.30pm
Meet ready for the Annual Lunch hosted at 1pm upstairs in the Royal Overseas League, Over-Seas House, 100 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 3AB. The lunch will therefore be in the Robert Louis Stevenson room and the price for two courses to include coffee is £20 (aperitif and tip included) – a significant reduction on the normal cost. Pre-booking is essential

Wednesday 15th February. 1.45pm            
Meet outside the museum for a guided tour of the Fire Station Museum at 78, Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9DE in the heart of Edinburgh. The tour takes you through the stories of the oldest municipal fire brigade in the United Kingdom and transports visitors back in time to experience the proud and exciting history of Scotland’s beautiful capital city and the role firefighters have played in it over the years. We can adjourn for tea or coffee to the National Library Café at the end of the tour. Admission £3.00.

Saturday 12th March. 11.00am                                                       
Meet at the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL for the group’s AGM The speaker is still to be confirmed. Members can have lunch at a nearby venue after the meeting. Admission £3.00.

Chairman and Treasurer - Tom Nisbet, 0131 332 8313
Local Contact and Programme Co-ordinator – Lewis McKay 01314 453598