Courses – Dundee History & Local Interest

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORDIE MEALMAKER (ONLINE COURSE)

Tony Cox

Starts: Monday 18 April 2.00 pm – 4.00pm,  5 weeks

Fees: £40/£35   Code: 05 303

George Mealmaker remains an almost completely unknown figure to many Dundonians, and to most Scots. He is Scotland’s ‘forgotten radical martyr, who, as a journeyman weaver, was seen as too ‘common’ and too radical to be included on the Calton Hill memorial in Edinburgh, erected in the 1850s, to the so-called ‘radical martyrs’. This small group, which included Thomas Muir of Huntershill, were leaders of the Friends of the People, and were, like Mealmaker, transported to Australia during the 1790s for the crime of demanding universal male suffrage. This course will draw on a wide range of sources to build a picture of the life and times of George Mealmaker, as a first step towards bringing this forgotten radical martyr to wider attention..

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RADICAL WALKS AROUND DUNDEE (IN-PERSON COURSE)

Tony Cox

Starts: Wednesday 1 June 2.00 pm – 4.00pm,  5 weeks

Fees: £40/£35   Code: 05 317

Five guided tours in the heart of the modern city, seeking to uncover the remains, and tell the story of, medieval and early modern Dundee.

The class meets and walks begin at the Burns’ statue in Albert Square. 

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FIELD TRIP – FOWLSHEUGH NATURE RESERVE (IN-PERSON EVENT)

Led by Keith Skene

Saturday 11 June 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Fees: £20/£18   Code: 05 312

Join Dr Keith Skene as he introduces you to the incredible bird and plant life at Fowlsheugh Nature Reserve, just north of Inverbervie at Crawton. One hundred and thirty thousand birds cling to the four-hundred-million-year-old cliffs, including puffins, kittiwakes, gannets, herring gulls, razorbills, guillemots and fulmars, and together they form one of the three largest bird colonies in mainland Britain. It’s an amazing place and we’ll discuss the biology of these species and the challenges faced by them in these turbulent times. A one-mile walk on grassy paths, a pungent aroma and a bracing wind await!

Participants must arrange their own transport and lunch.

Details will be supplied as to the exact meeting point later.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is dependent on easing of Covid-19 restrictions

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FIELD TRIP – TENTSMUIR NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE (IN-PERSON EVENT)

Led by Keith Skene

Saturday 18 June 1 pm – 5 pm

Fees: £15/£13   Code: 05 313

The finest links golf courses are found in Scotland, but just north of the Old Course in St Andrews lies the incredible Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, a natural links course, thankfully protected from development. Join Dr Keith Skene to explore ecological succession (where sand dunes become forests), the importance of this in terms of ecosystem recovery and how nature designed the best golf courses in the world, as sand dunes became bunkers and slacks became fairways. The significance of sand dune succession for our understanding of evolutionary biology will also be highlighted.

Participants must arrange their own transport to Tentsmuir for this three-mile walk on sandy paths and bring their own refreshments.

Details will be supplied as to the exact meeting point later.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is dependent on easing of Covid-19 restrictions

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