Lecture Programme

The Goudie Lectures
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Although it is wonderful to have our own permanent home, we soon realised that we had our own permanent overheads as well… As we were very reluctant to charge our members and supporters more than they already generously gave, we discussed other ways of filling our coffers. We eventually hit on the idea of a monthly Lecture Programme, open to the general public. This has been a huge success and goes a long way towards making the ends meet!

We call the Programme ‘The Goudie Lectures’, in remembrance of the Museum’s greatest benefactor, Dr. George Goudie, without whose very generous financial help, we would have been unable to buy our Burntisland home.

We started by aiming high… The very first Goudie Lecture in January 2009 was given by Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government, whose talk ‘Having Fun Communicating Science’ set a very high standard.

We are delighted to say that this high standard has been maintained, with some lectures being fully booked in advance. We keep the topics as varied as possible, so as to appeal to a wide audience – we’ve had talks about everything from scientific work in Antarctica to shipwrecks, linoleum, code-breaking, film making, the replacement Forth River Crossing and the Aurora Borealis!