Clyne Heritage Society

Clyne Heritage Society

Lectures 2018-19

During the winter months the Society organises evening lectures, which are usually held in the Brora Community Centre at the rear of Brora Primary School, unless otherwise advised. All talks begin at 7.30pm and most are held on a Thursday. Lectures are open to all and there is usually a raffle (donations always welcome) - refreshments and admission are free. Anyone wishing to join the Society will be made particularly welcome. Information on the Society's activities can be found here or on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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  • October 18th, 2018 – The Jellicoe Express
    Robert Foden - local historian, Kirkwall.
    A talk about the troop train that rattled through Brora on its journey from London to Thurso during World Wars 1 & 2.
  • November 15th, 2018 – The Far North Line - then, now and the future
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    Mike Lunan - Former Convenor of ‘The Friends of the Far North Line.’
    The railway line north of Inverness began in 1860 when Dingwall, then Invergordon were reached. An extension to Bonar Bridge followed in 1864, then it was extended to Golspie by 1868. The line to Helmsdale was completed in 1870 and then on to Wick and Thurso by 1874, thereby completing the Far North Line. What lies in store for our lifeline railway in the future?
    Mike has lived in Thurso since 2005; before moving there he lived on Arran for many years, and was Convener of the Rail Passengers’ Committee for Scotland until the RPC network was abolished in 2005.
  • November 29th, 2019 – R.I.P. can also mean Restoration in Progress
    Simon Green - Historic Environment Scotland
    An illustrated talk to prompt a conversation about the buildings of BRORA & BEYOND. Can you help the BUILDINGS AT RISK REGISTER promote the regeneration and restoration of the historic buildings of Sutherland?
    Simon Green is an architectural historian in Historic Environment Scotland's Survey & Recording Team. He manages the Buildings at Risk Register and is passionate about Scotland’s buildings. Over the last 30 years he has published and lectured widely on numerous aspects of the historic environment.
  • February 21st, 2019 – The design for Old Clyne School - and the thinking behind it
    James Maxwell, Managing Director of Maxwell & Co, Architects, Inverness
    Having appointed Maxwell & Co as architects for the Society's Old Clyne School redevelopment project, James Maxwell will be revealing the proposed design and explaining the thinking and rationale behind it. This multi-million pound flagship project will be an iconic addition to the resources of Brora and will form an impressive landmark at the northern gateway to the village, when the Society will operate it as its community heritage hub.
  • March 21st, 2019 – Clyne Heritage Society’s Coming of Age
    Dr Nick Lindsay - Chairman.
    What we have done and what we shall do. As the Society turns 21 years old, Nick Lindsay will tell the history of the Society, from when it was created as a brainchild of Hamish Bruce, who became the first Chairman, and Willie Gunn, now both sadly passed away. At the first public meeting in January 1998, the 18 attendees decided that the new heritage entity should be called Clyne Heritage Society, to reflect the parish-wide heritage and 26 members joined in that first year. They would be astonished to learn that membership has risen annually to an incredible 214 since then.

    The current Chairman will reminisce about how the Society has grown and then speculate on what it will do in the future, including its major ongoing project, the multi-million pound Old Clyne School redevelopment, which will be an iconic addition to the resources of Brora and will form an impressive landmark at the northern gateway to the village, when the Society will operate it as its community heritage hub.
  • April 18th, 2019 – The Kilt at War
    Dr Tom Greenshields - military historian and author.
    Dr Greenshields, from London, details the mystique and tradition of the kilt and its practicality in the Great War.
  • May 16th, 2019 – The Iron Duke
    Dr Anne Tindley - Senior Lecturer in History, Newcastle University.
    A welcome return from Dr Tindley who will tell of land reclamations and aristocratic decline in Sutherland, from c.1869 - 1884.
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Previous lectures have included: Drove roads, Sciberscross, Art & Landscapes, Land Boundaries, Volunteer Troops, Crofting, The Western Front, Kilfeddermore, Brora Golf Club, Melvilles in Clyne, Historic Landscapes of Sutherland, Clearance of Strathbrora, Secret Sutherland and Patrick Sellar.

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