Steve Finan, a veteran journalist, aims to prove one point: things which were successful in the past can be successful again. Material, attitudes and values.
While compiling a book of thrifty and useful household tips from those strong, ultra-capable, very clever housewives of the 1950s: “TEA-WISE — Don’t discard empty tea packets without unfolding the bottom. About a teaspoonful of tea is generally tucked away within the folds. —Mrs M. Young, 425 Clifton Road, Aberdeen.” he came across a tip from my own grandmother, with her name and address, from 1952. This posed an odd, perhaps devastating question for Steve — was his grandmother talking to him?
It reminded him of the resourceful, clever, admirable woman she had been when she was in her pomp. It made him remember her when she was a person to be admired.
He’s a journalist of 40 years’ standing, having worked for seven newspapers and fulfilled every role it is possible to do in a newspaper. But now Steve writes and create books, all while delivering a weekly podcast on his work. This has led him to many discoveries about the falling circulations of newspapers, and the parallel drop-off in membership of institutions such as the Boys Brigade, Round Tables, and churches.
This talk ultimately poses the question: do those from the past send messages to those of the future?
It’s getting to that point — and proving it — that lies at the heart of this illuminating discussion.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Future of the Past are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.
Join Edinburgh astronomer Alan Pickup online as he highlights the signposts in the night sky that help to locate some of it’s more prominent features.
This talk by Dr Elizabeth Darling offers a different account of urban reform in Edwardian Edinburgh.
Vichaar Manthan is delighted to invite author Amish Tripathi back to our platform on Saturday 23rd January!
Join us and explore how Dharma could help Western society to rethink and reimagine the relationship between the individual, the society and nature!
This talk will examine the history of Scottish expatriates in nineteenth-century Japan and their contribution to the photography networks and communities in their adopted country.