Wednesday Highlight Talks

Every Wednesday the team at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and volunteers hold a Highlight Talk exploring the life and works of Robert Burns!

Wednesday Highlight Talks

About Wednesday Highlight Talks

24th April 2019
3pm
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Murdochs Loan Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ
This is a free event
Call 01292443700

3pm start in the Robertson Room within the museum building.
These are free events and there is no need to book.

13th March: On Robert Fergusson
Bill Boyd, writer, teacher, guide in "On Robert Fergusson" talks about the poet and man who Robert Burns acknowledged as his inspiration. Fergusson was much admired amongst his contemporary 18th century writers but has often been called Scotland's forgotten poet.

20th March: Robert Burns And New Zealand
In "Robert Burns and New Zealand" Gordon Brown, Volunteer Guide at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, sets out to explore the links with Robert Burns, his family and New Zealand particularly in relation to Dunedin, South Island.

27th March: Transmission of Error in Scots Song
Dr Michael Dempster, the Scots Scriever In a talk entitled "Transmission of error in Scots song - insights from first language Scots speakers" Dr Michael Dempster,the Scots Scriever and Director of the Scots Language Centre, explores the sounds of many of our Scots Sangs. There are many ways to pass on songs to one another, sheet music, hand written lyrics, word of mouth, and imitation. In traditional music we often value oral transmission above all. Unbeknownst to many singers without an understanding of Scots language and its sounds, and even those who speak it, pronunciation and comprehension errors creep into our repertoire and become the standard versions of songs.

3rd April: Burns' Musical Legacy
In "Burns' Musical Legacy And Scottish Music in the Eighteenth Century" the speaker, Tom McCrorie, explores the influence of the work of Robert Burns and how this relates to Scots music in the relevant period of the eighteenth century.

10th April: On Robert Hettrick
In "On Robert Hetrick" Stanley Sarsfield talks about the Ayrshire poet and blacksmith from Dalmellington. Not to be confused with Robert "Gather ye rosebuds while you may" Herrick, the English poet of the seventeenth century Hetrick was a contemporary of Robert Burns.

17th April: One Hundred Years of the Telephone
Robert Burns was a great communicator. In "One Hundred Years Of The Telephone" Max Flemmich, Curator and Proprietor of the Darvel Telephone Museum talks about the history and practicalities of this form of communication. Max Flemmich MBE has created an absolute gem of a telephone museum in the former bakery beside his home in Darvel, Ayrshire. After spending his working life with G.P.O. Telephones and B.T. installing telephones and exchanges in all kinds of homes and premises his unbridled enthusiasm for his work demonstrably continues. He has working switchboards which connect the many different types of phones from through the years, and his interest coupled with his sense of humour provide an entertaining and enlightening experience. Max will bring equipment to assist in illustrating his talk.

24th April: The Holy Fair
In this talk Rab Walker will comment on the contents, meaning and significance of the the famous satirical poem "The Holy Fair" written by Robert Burns in 1785. To illustrate his commentary he will recite from the poem. Scenes in this poem are set at the Holy Fair held at the time of Burns in Mauchline. It may not be held in the same format as it was in the time of Burns but the Mauchline Holy Fair still continues on an annual basis.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Wednesday Highlight Talks are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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