Science so­ci­ety host­ing events to mark its 150th

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Doors Open Day of­fers many in­trigu­ing in­sights to the Fair City’s his­toric and mod­ern build­ings in the third week­end of pub­lic ac­cess events put on by Perth and Kin­ross Her­itage Trust.

While you could go through the doors of the Soutar House, in Craigie, or see over St John’s R C Church in Melville Street, not all venues in­volve go­ing in­side a build­ing in­te­rior.

Many have glimpsed the lean­ing grave­stones and iron gates of Greyfri­ars burial ground , but few know the big­ger pic­ture.

To­mor­row (Satur­day), as part of Doors Open Day in Perth, there will be two guided tours of Greyfri­ars that will re­veal many of the kirk­yard’s se­crets.

Greyfri­ars be­came the burgh’s burial ground in 1580 be­cause St John’s kirk­yard was full. It had pre­vi­ously been the site of the Fran­cis­can Fri­ary, founded by 1496 and dis­solved in 1559.

In the city cen­tre burial ground there is a group of 18th cen­tury stones, with tra­di­tional winged souls, hour­glasses and skulls and cross­bones.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gist David Bowler will give a tour at 12 noon and an­other at 2pm, from St John’s Epis­co­pal Church on Princes Street. Perthshire So­ci­ety of Nat­u­ral Science (PSNS) has a num­ber of spe­cial events to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of its found­ing.

Just opened in Perth Mu­seum is ‘The Study of Na­ture’, an ex­hi­bi­tion on the his­tory of the so­ci­ety, run­ning up to Novem­ber 4.

Mu­seum vis­i­tors will be able to see many of the orig­i­nal spec­i­mens and arte­facts col­lected by PSNS.

From to­mor­row un­til the end of Septem­ber the Pho­tog­ra­phy So­ci­ety has an ex­hi­bi­tion in the newly ren­o­vated Civic Hall at 2 High Street.

This will fea­ture some orig­i­nal Mag­nus Jack­son prints from the 1860s, some of Dr Find­lay’s work from the 1960s and, of course, some mod­ern work by the so­ci­ety’s mem­bers.

On Septem­ber 22, PSNS has in­vited the fa­mous Scot­tish Pho­tog­ra­pher, Colin Prior, to speak about his work.

A talk, en­ti­tled “The Liv­ing Moun­tain”, will take place in St Matthews Church on Tay Street. Colin is one of the best known land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers in Scot­land, with his cal­en­dars in Water­stones and pret­ty­well ev­ery book­shop and sou­venir shop in Scot­land.

The talk will fea­ture Colin’s won­der­ful land­scape pho­to­graphs from Scot­land and fur­ther afield.

And fi­nally, a spe­cial guest, some­one who em­bod­ies the idea of a “Cu­ri­ous Mind”, is Dame Eve­lyn Glen­nie.

She has agreed to come to Perth for an evening of con­ver­sa­tion on Oc­to­ber 4 and will talk about how she has over­come pro­found deaf­ness to be­come one of the World’s lead­ing mu­si­cians.

This isn’t a con­cert, but she will bring some of her in­stru­ments and per­form some demon­stra­tion pieces.

The event will be mod­er­ated by James Wa­ters, of Horsecross, and the au­di­ence will be able to ask ques­tions and join in the con­ver­sa­tion.

The so­ci­ety’s Tom Ryan said: “This is a first for PSNS and a ‘one of a kind’ event for Perth. It should be a re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing evening.” Greyfri­ars burial ground Mem­bers get­ting ready for the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

Pic­ture: Ivy May McIn­tosh

Ex­plor­ing his­tory


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