Our Anglo Scots Branch Meetings

Invited Speakers and Social Meetings

OUR PLANNED MEETINGS FOR 2021

 

For the forseeable future, all Anglo Scots branch meetings will be held online via Zoom. If national restrictions are eased, please check on this page for more information.

Scroll down to see details of our planned meetings or go to where we meet (in normal times).

 

The Great Tapestry of Scotland: Sue Whitaker

15 May 2021 - online

The author Alexander McCall Smith initiated the idea of creating a tapestry that would cover 12,000 years of Scottish history. Creation of this tapestry – twice as long as the Bayeux Tapestry – involved numerous embroidery groups across the length and breadth of Scotland and over a thousand volunteers of all ages, the panels taking on average 500 hours of work each to complete. Sue Whitaker worked on Panel 116 and will talk about the creation and stitching of the tapestry, supported with photographs, and also the complexity of managing and volunteering in such a large project. This talk will appeal to many of us, from historians and project managers to artists and embroiderers. Booking will be essential so please check the Eventbrite link for booking details.

  • Date: 15th May 2021
  • Saturday, 2.00pm
  • Venue: online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Sue Whitaker
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Free to members
  • £3 to non-members

The Mitchell Library and its Holdings, by Dr Irene O'Brien

19 June 2021 - online

Irene O’Brien will bring to life for us the extensive holdings of the library and how they can help us with our family and regional research. The library building also has an interesting history, being named Stephen Mitchell, a wealthy tobacco producer. The library's earliest collection was originally gifted to the University of Glasgow in 1874 by the Glasgow philanthropist William Euing; the foundation stone of the new buildings was laid by Andrew Carnegie in 1907 and the building was opened by Lord Rosebery in 1911. The statue “Literature” on the dome was the work of Thomas Clapperton and the architectural competition for the build was won by William B Whitie. Now we look forward to hearing from Irene O’Brien about the library’s holdings of over one million volumes!

  • Date: 19th June 2021
  • Saturday, 2.00pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Dr Irene O’Brien
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Free to members
  • £3 to non-members

Gems of Manchester Walking Tour, by Jonathan Schofield

17 July 2021 - St Peter's Square

This year we trust, not only that July will bring us the ideal weather for a stroll around Manchester, but that restrictions have eased. This year we will join Jonathan Schofield for a walking tour that takes in the Free Trade Hall, the Midland Hotel and the Refuge Building. These are three iconic buildings, full of architectural and social history interest, and a walk that should suit everyone. We shall meet in St Peter's Square, in front of the library, assuming that events such as these are able to take place safely.

  • Date: 17th July 2021
  • Saturday, 2.00pm
  • Venue: Manchester Central Library
  • Speaker: Jonathan Schofield
  • Booking: Eventbrite – members only
  • Cost: to be confirmed

Where we meet

Our Meeting Rooms

Light and airy, purpose built for meetings and events, and ample room to spread out the seating to comply with any restrictions that might be in place when meetings resume. All meeting rooms at Manchester Central Library are easily accessible.

Our Venue

The recently refurbished Manchester Central Library is our usual venue for our monthly meetings. Situated in the cultural heart of Manchester, the Metrolink station is at the front of the building and is the central part of a public transport system supporting the city and its outlying districts.


Important things to know

Meetings

In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Other local events and the availability of speakers may cause a change of date.

Covid-19

Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will, of course, be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. It remains possible that our calendar of events might be rescheduled.

Booking

Booking on Eventbrite is essential for meetings with invited speakers. Please follow us here, on Eventbrite and on social media to confirm dates and, for most meetings, check when booking opens on Eventbrite.

Booking Costs

*Booking costs for non-members are generally fixed at £3. If a meeting includes additional costs (such as admission fees to another venue) these will be payable by all attendees and not refundable.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and advice) In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December; usually these meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Scottish heritage.

These are our next planned meetings. We hope we can hold them on the dates stated but, where possible, we have reserved alternative dates should the need arise. Booking on Eventbrite is essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so follow us on this page, on our social media and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. Until then – stay safe and keep well!


Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

All of the Society meetings since November 2020, when meetings recommenced online. Where available, speakers notes are kept by each section.

17 July 2021. Jonathan Schofield: Gems of Manchester Walking Tour. Image: Hilary Hartigan. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

19 June 2021. Dr Irene O'Brien: The Mitchell Library and its Holdings. Image Andeggs-commonswiki placed in public domain by the creator. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

15 May 2021. Sue Whitaker: The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Image courtesy of theourier.co.uk. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

ARCHIVED MEETINGS

15 April 2021. Social Meeting: Ancestral Breakthroughs. Image: Hilary Hartigan 2021. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

20 March 2021. Dr Alan Crosy: The Scots Elite in Liverpool 1780-1850. Image: Hilary Hartigan 2021. Online via Zoom. Monthly meeting.

20 February 2021. AGM + Chris Paton: Tracing the Irish in Scotland. Image: Hilary Hartigan 2021. Online viz Zoom. Monthly meeting.