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					Evening Programme
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   The Highlands
      2007-2008


 Centre for Lifelong Learning
                                 Welcome

Welcome to our evening class programme – whether you are new to the lecture
programme or have attended classes in previous years, we are sure that in this
booklet you will find something to interest you. Nowhere do past and present
come together more than in our Evening Lecture Programme. With many of the
lectures inspired by the rich and historic environment of the Highlands and
Islands, lecture topics range from the distant past to the forefront of modern
science. Whatever your interests or previous knowledge of the subjects covered,
these lectures are for you.

For many of the lectures, we join with local societies and associations, all of
whom help promote and safeguard our rich cultural heritage.

Other events include details of our part-time credit bearing distance learning
programmes, with courses on Scottish Culture, Archaeology, Christian Studies,
Philosophy, Science, Counselling Skills and our newly launched MA/BSc with
Foundation Skills programme. Each year we also run a one week’s residential
summer school. The venue for 2008 has still to be finalised but if you would like
further information please complete and return page 15 of the booklet to the
address shown at the bottom of the page. Details of the Royal Scottish
Geographical Society and Inverness Field Club illustrated lectures are also
included.

If you would like further information about any of the courses in this booklet,
please get in contact and we will assist you in any way we can.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events.




Donald Paterson
Programme Co-ordinator




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                         Programme Contents


Evening Lectures:

Venue                                      Page

Ballachulish                              8
Brora                                     3
Dunbeath                                  3
Fort William                              8
Fortrose                                  5
Gairloch                                  5
Golspie                                   4
Gorthleck                                 5
Inverie                                   8
Inverness                                 7
Kingussie                                 6
Kinlochbervie                             4
Kirkton                                   9
Lochinver                                 4
Nairn                                     6
Portree                                   9
Raasay                                    10
Sleat                                     10
Staffin                                   10
Strathy                                   4
Strontian                                 9
Tomatin                                   6
Thurso                                    3
Ullapool                                  5

Admission at the door - £3 per evening lecture

Other Events:

Inverness Field Club programme
RSGS lectures at Inverness Centre
Part Time Degree Study
Access to Degree Study
Summer School for Access




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CAITHNESS
DUNBEATH           Dunbeath Heritage Centre – WEDNESDAY – 7.30pm
                   (Sponsored by Dunbeath Preservation Trust)

21 November 2007 UNDERSTANDING THE SCOTTISH LANDSCAPE
                 Peter Reynolds

12 March 2008      17 STEPS TO THE IRON AGE UNDERWORLD:
                   EXCAVATIONS AT HIGH PASTURE CAVE, SKYE
                   Steven Birch

Details from:      Meg Sinclair – Dunbeath Heritage Centre – 01593 731233

THURSO             North Highland College – TUESDAY – 7.30pm
                   (In association with Caithness Field Club)

20 November 2007 MURDER IN THE MIST? – A MEDIAEVAL WHODUNIT
                 Dr Meg Hutchison

26 February 2008   ST KILDA – VICTORIAN VISITORS AND THE LAST
                   DAYS
                   Donald Paterson
Details from:      Marion Owen – Secretary Caithness Field Club – 01847 892999


SUTHERLAND
BRORA              Brora Community Centre Lounge – MONDAY &
                   THURSDAY – 7.30PM

Thursday           WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE SCOTTISH
25 October 2007    HIGHLANDS
                   David Whitaker

Monday           MURDER IN THE MIST? – A MEDIAEVAL WHODUNIT
19 November 2007 Dr Meg Hutchison

Monday             17 STEPS TO THE IRON AGE UNDERWORLD:
17 March 2008      EXCAVATIONS AT HIGH PASTURE CAVE, SKYE
                   Steven Birch

Details from:      Shirley Maclean or Trish Matthews – Brora Community Centre –
                   01408 622707



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GOLSPIE           Community Room, Golspie H. School – THURSDAY
                  – 8.00pm

8 November 2007   GARDENING THE COUNTRYSIDE
                  Dr James Merryweather

6 March 2008      SCOTTISH RAPTORS
                  Roy Dennis, MBE
Details from      Lawrence Jamieson – Community Learning – 01408 633500

KINLOCHBERVIE High School, Kinlochbervie – WEDNESDAY – 7.30pm


24 October 2007   WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE SCOTTISH
                  HIGHLANDS
                  David Whitaker

12 March 2008     AURORAS: THE SCIENCE, MYTH AND MAGIC OF
                  THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
                  Dr Kenny Taylor
Details from:     Michael Otter – 01971 521729

LOCHINVER         Community Room, Lochinver Village Hall – THURSDAY –
                  7.45pm
                  (In association with Assynt Field Club)

18 October 2007   17 STEPS TO THE IRON AGE UNDERWORLD:
                  EXCAVATIONS AT HIGH PASTURE CAVE, SKYE
                  Steven Birch

17 April 2008     GETTING TO GRIPS WITH FERNS
                  Dr James Merryweather

Details from:     Ian Evans – Assynt Field Club – 01571 833241

STRATHY           Strathy Hall – TUESDAY – 8.00pm
                  (In association with Strathy & Armadale Local Studies Group)

23 October 2007   WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE SCOTTISH
                  HIGHLANDS
                  David Whitaker
Details from:     Robert Mackay – 01641 541219




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ROSS & CROMARTY
FORTROSE             Fortrose Community Library – THURSDAY –
                     8.00pm

25 October 2007      CLIMATE CHANGE – CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES,
                     CURES?
                     Ian MacNab

6 December 2007      THE VIKINGS: INVADERS, TRADERS & RAIDERS!
                     Dr Susan Kruse

GAIRLOCH             Gairloch High School Complex – WEDNESDAY – 7.30pm

14 November 2007 ST KILDA: TWO DECADES OF DIGGING AND
                 SCRAPING
                 Dr Jeff Stone

16 January 2008      ST COLUMBA AND ST MAOLRUBHA: THE
                     IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A GOOD SPIN-DOCTOR
                     Norman Newton

Details from:        Fiona Downie, Gairloch Community Learning Centre – 01445 712383

ULLAPOOL             Assynt Room, Macphail Centre – THURSDAY – 7.30pm
                     (In association with Lochbroom Field Club)

22 November 2007 UNDERSTANDING THE SCOTTISH LANDSCAPE
                 Peter Reynolds

13 March 2008        LATEST NEWS OF OSPREYS AT HOME & ABROAD -
                     TRAVELS OF A LIFETIME
                     Roy Dennis, MBE

10 April 2008        ST COLUMBA AND ST MAOLRUBHA: THE
                     IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A GOOD SPIN-DOCTOR
                     Norman Newton
Details from:     Chris Brotherston / Fran Harrison, Macphail Centre – 01854 613336

INVERNESS & DISTRICT
GORTHLECK            Stratherrick Village Hall – TUESDAY – 7.30pm

30 October 2007      A HIGHLAND JOURNEY
                     Stephen Wiseman

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26 February 2008   CLIMATE CHANGE – CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES,
                   CURES?
                   Ian MacNab
Details from:      Hugh Nicol – 01463 224781 (day) / 01456 486350 (evening)

KINGUSSIE          Talla nan Ros – TUESDAY & FRIDAY - 7.30pm

Tuesday           LOST IN THE MYTHS – THE HIGHLAND CLANS AND
20 November 2007 JACOBITISM
                 Andrew Ferguson

Friday             FARMING IN SCOTLAND 5,000 YEARS AGO!
29 February 2008   Donald Paterson

Details from:      Keith Bootle – Area Community Learning Office, Aviemore –
                   01479 810164

NAIRN              St Ninian's Church Hall – FRIDAY – 7.30pm
                   (In association with Nairn Literary Institute)

26 October 2007    A PEOPLED LABYRINTH OF WALLS – THE MAGIC OF
                   VENICE
                   Lis Thoms

23 November 2007 CALEDONIAN CANAL AND THOMAS TELFORD
                 Norman Newton

25 January 2008    TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE – EAST MEETS
                   WEST
                   Johanna Schuster

22 February 2008   FLYING EGG WHISKS
                   Peter Donaldson
Details from:      Pat Forbes – 01667 453824

TOMATIN            Strathdearn Hall – THURSDAY – 7.30pm

22 November 2007 TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE – EAST MEETS
                 WEST
                 Johanna Schuster

28 February 2008   ST KILDA – VICTORIAN VISITORS AND THE LAST
                   DAYS
                   Donald Paterson
Details from:      Vivian Roden – 01808 511355
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 INVERNESS                Inshes Primary School, Inshes – TUESDAY– 7.30pm

                        TRAVELS AT HOME & ABROAD
An illustrated series of talks which will provide an alternative look at travel, both “at home,
and abroad”! From the Aberdeenshire railway tracks, many closed in the 1960s, to Lady
Aberdeen’s tour across Canada with one of the first Kodak box cameras and a look at
colonial life at an interesting point in history, this series will consider travel in the past, and
also in the present. If the thought of ski-ing up hill, walking in South America, cycling at high
altitude, or walking round Mont Blanc stimulates interest, then meet those who have done it.
See countries which we hear about but rarely see – whether it be Malawi, with strong
Scottish links, or the “other” part of China – what is Taiwan like, and what are relationships
like with red China?


23 October       Trekking in Patagonia                                  Stephen Wiseman

30 October       Taiwan – The Other China                               Douglas Willis

6 November       Malawi & the Scottish Connection                       Douglas Willis

13 November      The Haute Route for Oldies! – Walking the
                 Swiss Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt                    Norman Newton

20 November      Ski-ing uphill in Scotland & the Alps                  Peter Reynolds

27 November      Through Canada with a Kodak                            Dr Marjory Harper

4 December       Altitude with Attitude – cycling across the
                 roof of the world                                      Gordon Casely

11 December      The Railways of Aberdeenshire – the way
                 we were                                                Gordon Casely


Cost:                £24.00 for series
Venue:               Inshes Primary School, Inshes, Inverness.          7.30pm – 9.00pm


Registration is required and places are limited. To book a place or for further details, please
contact Mandy Thomson, University of Aberdeen, B5 Etive House, Beechwood Park,
Inverness, IV2 3BW.

Phone: 01463 718718, or email cll-inverness@abdn.ac.uk




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LOCHABER
BALLACHULISH       Shinty Pavillion, Ballachulish – THURSDAY – 8.00pm

25 October 2007    WITH BOOTS & BAGUETTE – WALKS IN THE
                   FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE
                   Douglas Willis

8 November 2007    EMIGRANT SCOTS
                   Dr Marjory Harper
14 February 2008   SKYE BIRDS
                   Bob McMillan

20 March 2008      CONQUEST OF THE HIGHLANDS
                   Andrew Ferguson
Details from:      Doreen Buttery – 01855 821455


FORT WILLIAM       Nevis Bank Hotel – THURSDAY – 7.30pm

22 November 2007 MEDIAEVAL TOWNS OF EUROPE
                 Lis Thoms

24 January 2008    ST KILDA – VICTORIAN VISITORS AND THE LAST
                   DAYS
                   Donald Paterson

13 March 2008      AURORAS: THE SCIENCE, MYTH AND MAGIC OF
                   THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
                   Dr Kenny Taylor

Details from:      Doreen Buttery – 01855 821455


INVERIE            Village Hall – MONDAY – 7.30pm

15 October 2007    WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE SCOTTISH
                   HIGHLANDS
                   David Whitaker

Details from:      Jon Sellers, Sandaig – 01687 462916




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STRONTIAN         Àrainn Shaineirt, The Sunart Centre – WEDNESDAY –
                  8.00pm

3 October 2007    BAGPIPES WITH TWO CHANTERS
                  Dr James Merryweather

28 November 2007 GEOLOGY OF THE WEST HIGHLANDS
                 Noel Williams

Details from:     Martin Sampson, Lochaber Learning Centre
                  01397 709221 – Martin.Sampson@lochaber.uhi.ac.uk




SKYE & LOCHALSH
KIRKTON           Kirkton Church Hall – FRIDAY – 8.00pm
                  (In association with South West Ross Field Club)

18 January 2008   JACOBITE UPRISINGS: CULLODEN
                  Jill Harden

14 March 2008     A HIGHLAND JOURNEY
                  Stephen Wiseman

11 April 2008     UNDERSTANDING THE SCOTTISH LANDSCAPE
                  Peter Reynolds

Details from:     James Merryweather – 01599 566291


PORTREE           Tigh na Sgire Hall – TUESDAY – 7.30pm
                  (In association with the Portree Local History Society)

13 November 2007 ST KILDA: TWO DECADES OF DIGGING AND
                 SCRAPING
                 Dr Jeff Stone

Details from:     Nanette Muir – 01470 532308




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RAASAY            Day Care Centre – FRIDAY – 8.00pm
                  (In association with Raasay Heritage Trust)

9 November 2007   17 STEPS TO THE IRON AGE UNDERWORLD:
                  EXCAVATIONS AT HIGH PASTURE CAVE, SKYE
                  Steven Birch

18 January 2008   RAASAY IN NAMES & STORIES
                  Rebecca Mackay

Details from:     Rebecca Mackay – 01478 660207


SLEAT             Somerled Rooms, Armadale Castle – FRIDAY – 8.00pm
                  (In association with Sleat Local History Society)

9 November 2007   UNDERSTANDING THE SCOTTISH LANDSCAPE
                  Peter Reynolds

7 December 2007   WHISKY ON THE ROCKS – THE GEOLOGY OF
                  DISTILLING
                  Dr Stephen Cribb
Details from:     Maggie Macdonald – 01599 534454 (daytime)


STAFFIN           Columba 1400 Centre – FRIDAY – 7.30pm
                  (In association with Staffin Community Trust)

9 November 2007   EMIGRATION FROM THE HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS
                  Dr Marjory Harper

18 January 2008   WEST HIGHLAND GALLEYS
                  Denis Rixson

14 March 2008     SCOTTISH OTTERS
                  Dr Paul Yoxon

Details from:     Meike Schmidt – Staffin Community Trust – 01470 562255




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                           Calendar 2007-2008
  Lectures in Millburn Academy Hall, Diriebught Road, Inverness - 7.30pm
2007
17 October *      TRAILBLAZERS: SCOTS IN CANADA
                  David Forsyth, Senior Curator, Scottish Social History and
                  Diaspora, National Museums Scotland

21 November * A SWING THROUGH TIME
              Olive M. Geddes, Senior Curator, Manuscript Collections,
              National Library of Scotland

12 December * THE ILL YEARS OF THE 1690s: HARVEST FAILURE
              AND FAMINE IN THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS
              Dr Karen Cullen, UHI Centre for History, Dornoch
2008
16 January        UNDERWATER PIXELS
                  George Brown, Inverness
                  In association with Inverness Sub-Aqua Club

                  BURSARY LECTURE
20 February       CLIMATE CHANGE IN SCOTLAND – 350 MILLION
                  YEARS AGO
                  Steven Andrews

                  PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS
19 March          A HISTORY OF HIGHLAND HEALTH SERVICES: A
                  TRIBUTE TO 60 YEARS OF THE NHS
                  followed by AGM

* Lectures arranged in association with Highland 2007

                                    ADMISSION
  MEMBERS FREE, NON MEMBERS £2.50, CONCESSIONS £1.50, STUDENTS 50p
                          ALL WELCOME

For further information, please contact Hon. Secretary, Mrs Gwyneth Cameron, Tel:
01463 831057, email: invernessfieldclub@btinternet.com
Website http://www.invernessfieldclub.btinternet.co.uk/

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Illustrated Talks for RSGS Inverness Centre 2007/08
7.30pm in the Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.
(Non members welcome – admission £4 (students - free))

1st OCTOBER – DAVID MUNRO – ‘South with Shackleton’
RSGS Director Dr. David Munro travels south in the footsteps of polar explorer Sir Ernest
Shackleton, Secretary of RSGS 1904-05.

5th NOVEMBER – JOHN HARE – ‘China’s Gobi Desert’
RSGS Mungo Park medalist John Hare describes two expeditions into the Gobi Desert in
search of the endangered Bactrian camel. The first, in 1999, resulted in the establishment of
the Lop Nur Wild Camel National Nature reserve in a former Chinese nuclear testing area. On
a return visit in 2005 John Hare encountered the devastating results of illegal mining for gold.

10th DECEMBER – MARTIN MORAN – ‘Kamet – India’s Lonely Giant’
An account of a recent attempt to climb the remote 25,447-foot summit of Kamet on the Indo-
Tibetan frontier, with insights into the first ascent by Frank Smythe’s British party in 1931 and
the 1937 attempt by an untrained group of British soldiers on leave.

7th JANUARY – KENNETH THOMPSON – ‘From Crater Lake to Paradise – The Cascades
Volcanoes’
Geographer Dr. Kenneth Thompson explores the calderas, chasms, glaciers, vistas and
volcanoes of Oregon and Washington States, one of the most fascinating and beautiful
landscapes of the American West.

4th FEBRUARY – ANN GLEN – ‘Switzerland by Rail and Steamer’
Geographer, writer and railway enthusiast Ann Glen travels by rail and boat through
Switzerland’s central plateau, a natural setting for communications, commercial and cultural
activity.

10th March – BRUCE GITTINGS – ‘Exploring Deseret’
Geographer Bruce Gittings travels through the mountains and valleys of Utah, Arizona, Nevada
and California where landscapes range from the grandiose monuments of the still-isolated
Mormon culture to the tranquility of Yosemite in the snow and the vast urban sprawl of Los
Angeles.

For further information, please contact: Hazel Macfarlane, Secretary, on 01667 452667 or
email hazel.macfarlane@btinternet.com
Website www.geo.ed.ac.uk/rsgs/
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                    Opportunities for Part-Time Study

The University of Aberdeen offers courses in the following programmes by
various modes of delivery at study centres throughout the Highlands and
Islands during Session 2007-8. Courses can be taken for pleasure or credits
can be accumulated for Certificate, Diploma or Degree awards.

Access to Degree Studies                 Counselling Skills COSCA validated
BTh (Bachelor of Theology)               Certificate in Philosophical Studies
Certificate in Science
Certificate and Diploma in Christian Studies
Certificate, Diploma and MA in Scottish Archaeology
Certificate, Diploma and MA in Scottish Cultural Studies

Courses are available at study centres throughout the Highlands and Islands:
Fort William, Gairloch, Golspie, Inverness, Kingussie, Kinlochbervie, Mallaig,
Plockton, Portree, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Stornoway, Thurso and Wick and are
taught by audio or video conferencing and by face-to-face teaching. Some
courses are also available at home via the Internet. Fee waiver and
generous fee abatement available.

For further details of the various courses in any these programmes in which
you are interested, please telephone the Inverness Office of Centre for
Lifelong Learning on 01463 718718 or email cll-inverness@abdn.ac.uk or
visit the department’s website on www.abdn.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/


           Counselling Skills – Inverness, Tain and Aberdeen

   The Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Aberdeen offers a
counselling skills programme for the wide variety of people who wish to know
 more about counselling skills and a ‘counselling approach’ either for use in
    their work or personal development. Classes are usually held on one
  evening or morning a week for 12 weeks or can be attended on an all day
 basis on Saturdays for 5 or 6 sessions. The Certificate in Counselling Skills
is awarded after the successful completion of the programme of Counselling
 Skills 1, 2, 3 & 4. There are no formal requirements for entry to Counselling
    Skills 1. Each course currently costs £153.00 but fee abatements are
                                    available.

 If you are interested in further details of the programme either in Aberdeen,
     Inverness or Tain, please phone Mandy Thomson on 01463 718718.



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       Access and MA/BSc with Foundation Studies Programme

   As part of its commitment to widening access to higher education, the
University of Aberdeen offers a bridge to degree level study through its part-
   time Access and MA/BSc with Foundation Studies Programme. This
   Programme provides a preparation and qualification for degree study.
    Successful completion guarantees the offer of a degree place at the
 University of Aberdeen and can be used to support applications to other
                                institutions.

   It may be possible to gain help with fees through the fee waiver or fee
                             abatement scheme.
For further details please contact the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University
         of Aberdeen on 01224 2722448 or email access@abdn.ac.uk




                     SUMMER SCHOOL FOR ACCESS

 The Summer School for Access provides a preparation and qualification to
gain entry to degree study for people whose qualifications do not reflect their
   true potential. Applications are accepted from school leavers, college
                   students and adult returners of all ages.

 You will be a full-time student of the University, resident in Aberdeen for ten
   weeks, from mid-June until late August. In many cases, bursaries are
available to cover tuition and halls of residence fees. Satisfactory completion
guarantees the offer of a degree place at the University of Aberdeen and can
          provide admission to colleges and universities elsewhere.

                     Further details from: Tracy Bonsall
University of Aberdeen, Kings College, Regent Building, Aberdeen AB24 3FX
           Tel: 01224 273724 or email: ssa-aberdeen@abdn.ac.uk




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                              Further Information

Please send me information on the following: (tick all that apply)

Access to Degree                   Scottish Cultural Studies
Studies
Scottish Archaeology               Certificate in Science
Christian Studies                  Philosophical Studies
Counselling Skills –               Summer School for Access
COSCA validated
Summer School (venue
to be finalised)
Please add me to your              Please remove me from
mailing list                       your mailing list



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Please complete and return this form to:

                                Mandy Thomson
              Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Aberdeen
                       B5 Etive House, Beechwood Park
                              INVERNESS IV2 3BW
                    Tel: 01463 718718 Fax: 01463 714794
                        email cll-inverness@abdn.ac.uk
                       www.abdn.ac.uk/lifelonglearning/



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