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Wemyss Circle - programme of events

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Recent events

Thursday 20th February, 6-7.30pm, Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6RY

As an Hon. Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of Edinburgh University, Professor Purdie has a deep understanding of Scottish history. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Burns Encyclopaedia and The Heart of Midlothian, and also Editor of a new edition of Scott’s Ivanhoe, published in 2012. He is presently collaborating with colleagues at Oxford University on a book describing David Hume’s collisions with the Kirk over his writings on organised Religion.


As a lecturer and public speaker, he has been described as ‘One of our very best of the moment’ (The Daily Telegraph), so we are delighted he has agreed to speak to the Wemyss Circle on his central interest: the Scottish Enlightenment, specifically the Life and Works of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and David Hume.


David has supported the Trust for many years, so we are very pleased to be able to hold this talk at Newhailes, home of the Dalrymple family who were a leading light in the Scottish Enlightenment. Wemyss Circle participants will also be taking an exclusive tour of Newhailes House to see behind the scenes of this exceptional property and how it is carefully conserved as it ‘sleeps’ for the winter months.

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Wednesday 8 May, 10am-12pm, Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

A hands-on workshop, led by NTS Conservator, Suzanne Lamb, will be provided on ‘caring for textiles’, before a complimentary lunch. The afternoon will be left free to explore Pollok House at guests own leisure.

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Thursday 5th June, 6-7.30pm, No.5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

The Wemyss Circle aims to bring our most significant supporters closer to those working within the many diverse areas of conservation in the Trust, so that together we can successfully protect the heritage of Scotland. We will be joined by some of the young people volunteering in a few of the diverse areas of conservation carried out by the Trust, who will each talk a little about the opportunities and challenges they face in their work. Throughout the evening guests will have the opportunity to talk to them further and find out more about their roles within the Trust.


Our volunteers:


David, who began volunteering with the Trust in 2012 at Gladstone's Land as a room guide, before moving on to set up a relationship between the Trust and the University of Edinburgh. He works now as a Battlemaster at Bannockburn.


Bethan, who began as a volunteer in the Georgian House, before being promoted into the paid position of ‘Senior Visitor Services Assistant’ in the property. This has allowed her to now volunteer in another area for the Trust – archaeology.


Cristina, who volunteered at the Georgian House, before recently being appointed as the new Senior Assistant at Newhailes. She is still volunteering, as she is currently cataloguing the many letters and documents stored in Newhailes for the Curatorial department.

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Wednesday 17 September, 12-4pm, Craigievar Castle, Alford, Aberdeen AB33 8JF

Our Chief Curator Emeritus, Ian Gow, will be taking us on a private tour of Craigievar Castle, revealing some of the hidden stories uncovered within its 50 years in the Trust’s care. As a pre-eminent authority on Scotland’s architectural heritage who regularly lectures in London and the USA, we are delighted Ian will be taking us on what promises to be a fascinating tour of one of our most enchanting properties.

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Thursday 16 October, 10am-1pm, The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street, Helenburgh G84 9AJ

The event will give you a special tour of this magnificent house designed and furnished by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.  You will have the chance to meet and talk to the property staff and Trust curators and learn about the ongoing work to save the furniture collection inside, and to tackle the issues of conserving a 20th century building in perpetuity.


This is a special opportunity for donors and supporters in the area to explore one of the finest domestic interior settings in Scotland - on their doorsteps.


Guests are invited to arrive at 10am for morning tea and refreshments before we escort two groups on the property tour.  This will be a private tour to allow invited guests the time and space to appreciate the stunning details of this house.

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Thursday 20 November, 6-7.30pm, NTS, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF

Join us for a talk with the National Trust for Scotland’s archivist, Ian Riches. Some of you will have heard Ian speak before, and will know he has many fascinating stories to tell about the scores of personal histories found within the Trust and the properties in our care.


We are holding this talk at our head office, where the majority of our archives are kept, and so Ian will be able to bring out some of the intriguing documents found within the nooks and crannies of the Trust for our guests to see and hold for themselves. Conservation gloves will be provided!

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Thursday 5 March, 6-7.30pm, NTS, Hermiston Quay, 5 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF

Guests are invited to hear about some the latest findings from the archaeological digs by the National Trust for Scotland, as well as view some of the results hand on!

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Wednesday 22 April, 10am-3pm, Ben Lomond, Rowardennan, by Drymen G63 0AR

Wemyss Circle participants are invited to learn as they walk, on a private tour of Ben Lomond with Property Manager, Alasdair Eckersall. The walk itself takes about two hours, and will be followed by lunch.

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Thursday 4 June, 6-7.30pm, Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Our Annual Reception provides guests with the opportunity to meet our President, Lord Lindsay, as well as some of the young volunteers who work so hard to help conserve the heritage of Scotland.

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Thursday 17 September, 10am-4pm, Culzean Castle, Maybole, SOuth Ayrshire KA19 8LE

Private tour of Culzean and Stonemason's yard.


The Stonemason team at Culzean has grown, having just gained two new apprentices in January this year. They will take Wemyss Circle participants on a behind-the-scenes tour of the stone yard, with demonstrations of the highly skilled work they do. The morning will be followed by lunch, and a private tour of the Castle. Spaces are limited, so book early!

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Wednesday 18 November, 10am-2pm, Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6RY

As Newhailes is “put to bed” for the closed season, NTS Conservator, Pat Wigston, will be showing Wemysss Circle participants top tips used by the team on how to protect your treasures from the rigours of Scottish winter. Lunch will be provided, following the workshop.

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