The Open History Society is open to everybody and meets on the last Friday of the month between September and May to hear talks from historians and those interested in and knowledgeable about history. Speakers have included eminent academics, published authors, documentary producers, historical novelists, postgraduate researchers and Open History Society members. The subject matter may be anything from the Falklands War to medieval women, from Hugh MacDiarmid to Eamon De Valera, from Nazi feature films to Sicilian cultural history, from Bannockburn to Verdun. You are very welcome to turn up on the night of the talks at our permanent venue, the Royal Scots Club in Abercromby Place in central Edinburgh. Just ask at the reception desk for directions to the meeting room. There you will be made to feel welcome by one of our committee members.
Our Venue: The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh
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Listen to Past Speakers on this Site
If you would like to hear brief interviews of four or five minutes length with some of our previous speakers talking about their chosen subject, click on the link titled Past Talks. Explore what we have in our archive and listen freely to whatever takes your interest. Each short audio download gives a flavour of the lecture, a sense of the speakers' enthusiasm for their field of history, and a condensed version of their themes, knowledge and interpretations.
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This section is for pieces, both published and unpublished, which Open History Society members have written. These may be recent or from the distant the past, finished articles or drafts that the writer wants to try out. Each year the society also invites one of its own members to give a talk, usually at the AGM , and transcripts of these are among the works appearing here. To view these, click on the link titled Members' Articles.