07 June 2018HUGH'S AUTOBIOG OFFER
DON'T MISS THIS SPECIAL OFFER!
The Friends are making My Schools and Schoolmasters, Hugh Miller's superb autobiography, available to our members and website visitors for sale online at the nargain price of £6.00 (plus £3.50 p & p)!
Take up this offer RIGHT NOW as the publisher, Black & White Publishing (Edinburgh) only has a very few left and has no plans at present for a reprint. Send in your order to the Secretary.
07 June 2018CALUM'S COLLECTION
NEW FOSSILS ACQUISITION
Going on tour, is Calum Anton's donation of fossils, at next week's AGM and, we plan, many subsequent events. The Friends will be very willing to take the collection, or a section of it, on tour to venues of any organisations with an interest in natural history, of all ages. We are particulary hoping to receive requests from schools, since young people cannot start their interest too early!
We received this collection in January of this year, since when it has been boxed and is now in the care of our Events Organiser, Gavin Berkenheger. It was exhibited for the first time at the Inverness Science Festival on 5th May at the city's Leisure Centre, and attracted the visit of scores of families (see Hugh's News No 35, Summer 2018). Gavin can be contacted regarding bookings at email@example.com.
07 June 2018Guided Tour - Miller's Edinburgh
GUIDED TOUR OF MILLER'S EDINBURGH
will take place on Sunday, 17th June
Dr Al McGowan, Edinburgh-based earth scientist and professional tour leader (see www.hillsofhame.com), will lead a private group walk on this date around key sites associated with Hugh Miller's time in the capital..
Some 17 members have so far expressed an interest in taking part. We remain open to more applications. A very modest fee of £10 per person is payable. Please pay The Friends in advance by cheque to the Secretary, Martin Gostwick, or by cash on the day, so that he can make a lump sum remittance to Dr McGowan for the whole group.
The tour will commence at 10.30am on 17th June outside Edinburgh City Chambers in the High Street (opposite St Giles's Cathedral on the Royal Mile), where we will see the plaque marking this as the site of The Witness newspaper's offices, of which Miller was the Editor. The walk will then literally follow in the footsteps of the Editor past the site of the newspaper's first print production. The walk will proceed up to Chambers Street, where there will be an opportunity to inspect the Pavement Fossil Fish there. Back-up photos will be provided to show fine details of these fossils in case it is wet.
After this, we will be met by Dr Andrew Ross, Principal Curator of Palaeontology at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS), who will give us a tour of Miller exhibits in the Beginnings Gallery and on Level 3, and possibly including his fine statue by Amelia Paton on Level 5. It is envisaged this part of the tour will take about an hour.
From NMS, we will proceed across The Meadows to Sylvan Place, where Miller and his family lived for a time, and from thence to The Grange Cemetery, where Hugh Miller's grave lies and that of some members of his family. The Cemetery now has interpretation displays concerning him and other leading mid-19th Century contemporaries buried there.
The length of the walk is estimated at 1.5 miles, or about 40 minutes walking at normal pace (2.5ph). You can follow the route Al McGowan is proposing by following this link: www.plotaroute.com/route/566187
We look forward to hearing from you!
The grave re-lettered
06 June 2018Summer 2018 Hugh's News
The latest version of Hugh's News (with details of the AGM on 16th June) is available here or by going to the Hugh's News page.
20 May 2018BEAUTIFUL AGATES SHOW
NATIONAL MUSEUMS SCOTLAND
BEAUTIFUL AGATES SHOW
A small display of magnIficent agates from the collections of Professor Matthew Heddle and John Mackenzie, fifth earl of Cromartie, is being shown at NMS, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Exhibition Gallery 3, Level 1, until 2nd September.
Rachel Walcott, NMS principal curator of earth systems, comments: "Agates are so modest on the outside, but close up they reveal a world of colour and patterns. They are veritable works of art in nature."
07 May 2018AGM in the Capital
Big change in AGM venue
We are delighted to confirm that our next, 12th annual meeting will be held in Edinburgh, taking place on the same day, and at the same venue as the prize-giving ceremony of the second national Hugh Miller writing competition. The Friends' AGM is open by invitation to individual members of our affiliated groups, the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Highland Geological Societies, and to members of the Scottish Geodiversity Forum.
The following are the details:
TWELFTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
will be held at the Scottish Poetry Library
5, Crichton's Close, Canongate, EDINBURGH EH8 8DT,
on Saturday, 16th June 2018
starting on the Mezzanine floor at 10.30am
It will be followed by the writing competition awards ceremony at 2.00pm.
For more information on the venue, please visit: www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk