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01 August 2018Special edition Hugh's News

Here is a special edition devoted exclusively to the wonderful weekend in Edinburgh, June 16th/17th last, in which we feature the winning entries in prose and poetry to the second Hugh Miller Writing Competion, full reports on our 12h AGM and a great walking tour of Miller's Edinburgh.

 

Hugh's News August 2018

31 July 2018ESCAPE THE EVERYDAY!

POETRY GIG

You are cordially invited to come and hear

poets Jim Mackintosh and Alison Seller

Miller writing competition prize-winners

at The Old Brewery, Cromarty

4.00 - 6.00pm Sunday 5th August

Refreshments provided.

Entry free. Donations welcome.

04 July 2018FROM RUIN TO GLORY

KIRKMICHAEL EXHIBITION

 

A brilliant collection of photographs and other memorabilia chronicling the 20-year struggle to reclaim from utter dereliction this most historic and atmospheric church is on show at Cromarty Courthouse Museum from now until October..

Among the striking exhibits is the belfry finial which the Kirkmichael Trust has managed to reassemble from broken pieces scattered underground in the churchyard. You can also see at its base the particularly thick and stubborn ivy which had to be removed from the walls. The pictures leap out from the walls showing the kirk's path from total ruin to renovated kirk, replete with restored and recreated tombstones

07 June 2018HUGH'S AUTOBIOG OFFER

miller the masonDON'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!

 

calum's collection of fossils

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 gavin_ingo@hotmail.com.

 

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

 

agate in nms collection

 

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."

 

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