Previous Programme 2015-2016

Previous programme 2015-16

Most meetings are held at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW, or the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2LJ, where tea is available from 5:15 before events. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings, and may also attend dinners and visits if places are available.

17 SEPTEMBER 2015. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Dr Jamie Reid Baxter
‘James Melville 1556-1614: the Great Unknown of Jacobean Scotland’.

TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 2015. 6:00 P.M. NLS Boardroom
Professor Derek Pearsall
‘The Auchinleck Manuscript: What the Boys in the Backroom Were Up To’.
Joint EBS and NLS event. For EBS places email:

19 NOVEMBER 2015. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Chris Fleet
‘Maps of Edinburgh from the 16th century to the present – their engravers, printers, publishers and readers’.

21 JANUARY 2016. 5:450 P.M. Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh
Dr Kirk McAuley
‘Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740 – 1800’.
Joint EBS and Centre for the History of the Book event.

18 FEBRUARY 2016. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Professor Alasdair MacDonald
‘George Lauder (d. 1670), the poet whom Scotland forgot’.

24 MARCH  2016. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Annual Business Meeting
followed by
Dr Karen Attar
‘Rare Books and Special Collections: The Scottish Scene’.
Annual dinner
, dedicated to the libraries and collectors of Scotland. Contact the Secretary by 18 February if you wish to attend.

28 APRIL 2016. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Dr Heather Holmes
‘Selling the Steam Revolution: The Scottish Agricultural Press and Steam Ploughing, 1855-1920’.

12 MAY 2016. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Anthony Davies
‘“But Do You Actually Read Them?”: Forty Years of Collecting Fine Bindings’

2 JUNE 2016. 5:45 P.M. Quaker Meeting House
Dr Ian Spring
‘The Miscellanea of the Rymour Club and other publications of William J Hay’.

ANNUAL VISIT: details of the 2016 Annual Visit will be announced later in the year.