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Events in Edinburgh

Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Antiquaries Exhibition

9th November 2023 - 1st October 2024

Historic Environment Scotland Archives acquired the Rosslyn Album in 2021 and this exhibition presents images from the archive collections relating to Rosslyn Chapel and the contents of the album.

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Daily Tours at St Giles’ Cathedral

10th December 2023 - 1st December 2024

Join a volunteer guide for a 45 min to 1 hour glimpse into the history, heraldry and life of our historic Cathedral and Thistle Chapel!

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Curious About Edinburgh - Quirky Heritage Walks for the Curious!

1st January 2024 - 31st December 2024
Various Locations Edinburgh

Have fun discovering Edinburgh on this award-winning, quirky, self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!

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Abbey Strand Book Club

Selected dates between 8th March 2024 - 6th December 2024

Explore spaces and objects which have shaped history and inspired fiction at the Abbey Strand book club!

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Treasures of the National Library of Scotland

30th March 2024 - 30th April 2025

The National Library of Scotland's permanent exhibition provides a unique insight into Scotland’s history, culture and people and its place in the world.

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Arthur’s Secrets

16th April 2024 - 26th September 2024

Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur's Seat's turbulent past, created by fire and ice!

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Arthur’s Adventure

Selected dates between 21st April 2024 - 23rd June 2024

Come along on a more challenging guided walk to learn about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice!

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Arthur’s Amble

Selected dates between 28th April 2024 - 7th July 2024

Come along for a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch and learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice!

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Edinburgh Rising from the Ashes: 200 Years of the Scottish Fire Service

3rd May 2024 - 22nd September 2024

Journey through two centuries of firefighting legacy with our special exhibition created in partnership with the Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage.

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Edinburgh Castle Gun Salutes

Selected dates between 6th May 2024 - 14th November 2024

Edinburgh Castle hold a number of gun salutes throughout the year to mark various special occasions!

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Ghosts - Tales of Terror at Lauriston Castle

Selected dates between 25th May 2024 - 28th September 2024

Come along and see the sights of Lauriston Castle as never seen before – hear the history of the castle and ghostly tales of the city!

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Rhind Lectures 2024

31st May 2024 - 2nd June 2024

In their most anticipated event of the year, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland's 2024 Rhind Lectures return from 31st May to 2nd June.

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Pride History Tours at The Real Mary King’s Close

Selected dates between 1st June 2024 - 29th June 2024

The Real Mary King’s Close is hosting educational and thought-provoking ‘Pride History Tours’ in June, designed to reveal the hidden histories of LGBTQIA+ community life in Edinburgh.

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Roman Takeover Day at Museum on the Mound

1st June 2024

Trimontium Museum will be taking over the Museum on the Mound’s gardens for a fun, free afternoon filled with Roman soldiers, dancing, and activities for all the family.

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In remembrance of the Scottish Witch Hunts

2nd June 2024

The Weaving Creative Threads Event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre features an evocative blend of artists, storytellers, singers, and speakers gathering to remember Scotland's accused witches.

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Singing Sea Shanties with Joss Cameron

9th June 2024

Join us in the warm and welcoming Storytelling Court for a fun opportunity to learn some Sea Shanties, the history of seafaring songs, and the traditions and nature of maritime language!

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Concealed Connections - LGBT + History at The Georgian House

20th June 2024

To celebrate Pride at The Georgian House this June, join us for an immersive experience of 18th century Edinburgh beyond the binaries of sex and gender.

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Dressing Children in the 18th century

21st June 2024

Join Assistant Curator Lucy Peter as she explores an important philosophical shift in attitudes towards childhood and children’s fashion in the 18th century!

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Two Houses and a Castle Walk

23rd June 2024
South Queensferry

Join Hopetoun House for the return of our much loved annual event the Two Houses and a Castle Walk on 23rd June!

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Lunch Time Talk - The Rise of Edinburgh’s Medical Institutions

24th June 2024

Join Surgeons' Hall Museums Head of Museum, Learning and Interpretation Thomas Elliott as he discusses the rise of Edinburgh's medical institutions.

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150 years of women writing medicine

26th June 2024

Join three specialists for a discussion on the writing of women doctors, past and present at Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 26th June!

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Spectacular Jousting

29th June 2024 - 30th June 2024

Hear the thunder of hooves and the clashing of lances at the annual jousting tournament at Linlithgow Palace on 29th and 30th June!

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The Dark Side of Edinburgh

1st July 2024 - 1st September 2024
Edinburgh Old Town

The Dark Side of Edinburgh is a historic tour of the city that doesn't leave out all the gory details. Are brave enough to learn the truth?

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Hands On History

Selected dates between 8th July 2024 - 26th August 2024

Join us in the Family Room at The Palace of Holyroodhouse to get up close to some historical and replica objects.

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Midweek makes: Collage crowns

Selected dates between 10th July 2024 - 28th August 2024

Join us in the Family Room at The Palace of Holyroodhouse to discover the stories behind some special crowns. Get creative by decorating your own crown to wear as you visit the rest of the Palace.

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Cold War Scotland

13th July 2024 - 26th January 2025

Exploring Scotland’s critical position on the frontline of the Cold War, a new exhibition will tell the stories of the Scots at the centre of this global conflict.

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Pied Piper Walking Tours

Selected dates between 10th August 2024 - 25th August 2024
Edinburgh New Town

Join us on a gentle walking tour of the Georgian New Town as we explore Edinburgh's illustrious music, literary and film history with live Scottish folk music from our resident 'Pied Piper' on fiddle.

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Recycled fashion: Family workshop

10th August 2024

Take part in a fun family workshop exploring fashion in Georgian Britain at The Palace of Holyroodhouse on 10th August!

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Textile Orientalisms: Paisley Shawls in Literature

6th September 2024

Join the National Trust for Scotland on Friday 6th September at the Georgian House to welcome the author, Suchitra Choudhury, for a presentation of her work and wider discussion!

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Siege on the Forth

7th September 2024 - 8th September 2024

Siege on the Forth takes place at Blackness Castle from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September.

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Celtic Crag

22nd September 2024

Come along on a guided walk to learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice!

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History Events in East Renfrewshire

History Events in Fife

Here's a selection of History Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Fife:

43rd Festival of Historic Transport

43rd Festival of Historic Transport

16th June 2024

The 43rd Festival of Historic Transport is taking place at The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum on Sunday 16th June!

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St Andrews Memories

St Andrews Memories

Selected dates between 25th January 2024 - 3rd December 2024

Drop in to The R & A World Golf Museum and have a chat whilst looking at photographs, objects and film footage from our collections!

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Heritage Tour: East End of St Andrews

Heritage Tour: East End of St Andrews

Selected dates between 25th May 2024 - 28th September 2024

Enjoy a fascinating Heritage Tour of the East End of St Andrews and explore the rich history of this beautiful area with knowledgeable and local guides!

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History Events in Glasgow

Here's a selection of History Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Glasgow:

Glasgow Music City Tours: Merchant City Tour

Glasgow Music City Tours: Merchant City Tour

Selected dates between 30th March 2024 - 28th September 2024

Get under the skin of Glasgow's vibrant music scene with this entertaining, guided walking tour of Merchant City and the East End from Glasgow Music City Tours!

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Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

13th January 2024 - 15th December 2024

This is a 1.5 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!

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Behind The Scenes Tour of GMRC

Behind The Scenes Tour of GMRC

Selected dates between 15th January 2024 - 18th December 2024

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is home to over a million treasures, come and see for yourself on one of their regular Behind the Scenes Tours!

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History Events in Lanarkshire

Here's a selection of History Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Lanarkshire:

Summerlee Museum Model Railway Show

Summerlee Museum Model Railway Show

15th June 2024 - 16th June 2024

The annual Summerlee Model Railway Show is being held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June, come along and see model railway layouts, model vehicles and more!

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Music In The Museum: Strike! - An Evening of Poetry and Song Reflecting on the 1984 Miners’ Strike

Music In The Museum: Strike! - An Evening of Poetry and Song Reflecting on the 1984 Miners’ Strike

19th July 2024

Step into the heart of history and journey back 40 years to the tumultuous 1984 Miners' Strike at Summerlee Museum's Music In The Museum event!

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The Third 50th Anniversary Talk -  ‘Dead Lead:- Lead, The Funeral Furnishing Trade 1600-2000’

The Third 50th Anniversary Talk - ‘Dead Lead:- Lead, The Funeral Furnishing Trade 1600-2000’

17th August 2024

Join Julian Litten, FSA for the third of five talks celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Museum of Lead Mining.

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History Events in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Here's a selection of History Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Renfrewshire:

Sma’ Shot Cottages

Sma’ Shot Cottages

Selected dates between 1st April 2024 - 30th September 2024

The Sma' Shot Cottages are a major attraction in the Renfrewshire area, providing visitors with an insight into two distinct periods of Paisley's weaving history!

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Celebrating The Life And Works Of Robert Tannahill On His 250th Birthday

Celebrating The Life And Works Of Robert Tannahill On His 250th Birthday

3rd June 2024

Join OneRen at Paisley Central Library for an evening celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Paisley poet Robert Tannahill.

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Sma’ Shot Day

Sma’ Shot Day

6th July 2024

Paisley's annual Sma' Shot day event, one of the oldest workers' festivals in the UK, will take place this year on Saturday 6th July!

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History Events in Stirling

Here's a selection of History Events you can find over on our sister site, What's On Stirling:

Stirling Ghostwalk

Stirling Ghostwalk

5th January 2024 - 21st December 2024

Join Stirling Old Town's most grumblesome Ghoul, the Happy Hangman, Jock Rankin, on a creepy, comic guided ghostwalk!

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Talks at The Smith: The Stirling Heads

Talks at The Smith: The Stirling Heads

29th May 2024

Dr Rush, a consultant during the restoration of the royal palace at Stirling Castle, introduces the cast of characters depicted in the Stirling Heads.

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Talks at The Smith: Sherlock, Darcy and friends revisited

Talks at The Smith: Sherlock, Darcy and friends revisited

26th June 2024

Jo Ross-Barrett revisits characters from classic fiction and applies the lens of what we know now to their experiences and behaviours.

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Events in Other Areas

History of Prestwick Airport Walking Tour

History of Prestwick Airport Walking Tour

28th December 2023 - 31st October 2024

Prestwick Airport, just 30 miles south west of Glasgow has had a colourful history since aviation activity was first recorded over 110 years ago in 1913, find out more on one of these walking tours!

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Highlight Talks

Highlight Talks

Selected dates between 3rd April 2024 - 26th June 2024

On selected days throughout the year the team at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and volunteers hold a Highlight Talk exploring the life and works of Robert Burns!

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Popular Events

Meadows Festival Edinburgh
Edinburgh's free volunteer-run music & community Meadows Festival returns on the 1st and 2nd June 2024.
(Nearly) Full Moon Herb Walk & Tea Tasting
Come and join Grass Roots Remedies Co-op on 18th July for the third in a new series of herbal workshops offered on and around the 100 acre Lauriston Agroecology Farm in North West Edinburgh.
Johnny Hates Jazz
For the first time in 36 years, Johnny Hates Jazz will be embarking on their first ever headline tour of the UK and overseas! Don't miss them live at the Voodoo Rooms on Wednesday 29th May!
Soundhouse: Modern Vikings
Modern Vikings play music with a strong emphasis on melody with the added grooves, urgency and colours of the American jazz tradition. Catch them at the Traverse Theatre on 23rd September!
The Great Big Charity Yard Sale
Come along and support great causes when The Salvation Army Donation Centre opens up the car park on Saturday 1st of June to host 'The Great Big Charity Yard Sale'!

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