History events in Glasgow

View all the upcoming History events taking place throughout Glasgow below or use the calendar to find events taking place on a specific month or date.

Events in Glasgow

Curious About Glasgow

Curious About Glasgow

1st January 2020 - 31st December 2020
Various Locations Glasgow

Have fun discovering Glasgow with a self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!
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Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

Glasgow City Centre Walking Tour

1st August 2020 - 13th December 2020

This is a 2.5-3 hour tour that will take you around all the main sites of the city, giving you an excellent opportunity to find out about Glasgow's rich history and culture!
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Merchant City Music Past and Present

Merchant City Music Past and Present

Selected dates between 1st August 2020 - 31st October 2020
Glasgow City Centre

Get under the skin of Glasgow's vibrant music scene with this entertaining, guided walking tour of Merchant City and the East End from Glasgow Music City Tours!
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Historic Tours of Glasgow University

Historic Tours of Glasgow University

Selected dates between 1st September 2020 - 20th December 2020

Join a Historic Tour of the University of Glasgow the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world!
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Glasgow Central Station Tours

Glasgow Central Station Tours

2nd September 2020 - 20th December 2020

Glasgow Central Tours offer you the chance to explore behind the scenes of Glasgow's most iconic and busiest landmarks, Central Station!
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Holmwood House Re-opening

Holmwood House Re-opening

Selected dates between 12th September 2020 - 31st October 2020

Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's finest domestic creation, Holmwood House, will reopen on Saturdays from 12th September until the end of October!
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Glasgow Necropolis Walking Tours

Glasgow Necropolis Walking Tours

Selected dates between 25th September 2020 - 27th December 2020

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis run regular friendly and informal walking tours of the Glasgow Necropolis!
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GVVT Annual Open Weekend - CANCELLED

GVVT Annual Open Weekend - CANCELLED

10th October 2020 - 11th October 2020

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust's Annual Open Weekend returns for 2020 on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October!
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The Lighthouse Building Tours

The Lighthouse Building Tours

Selected dates between 7th November 2020 - 19th December 2020

The Lighthouse hold tours every Saturday, they offer a great opportunity to learn about The Lighthouse building, but also about the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the city he was born in!
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Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire

Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire

28th August 2021 - 5th September 2021
Largs

The 2021 Largs Viking Festival & Festival of Fire, marking the 1263 Battle of Largs, will be held between the 28th August and 5th September!
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Clydebuilt Festival

Clydebuilt Festival

11th September 2021 - 12th September 2021

Back for a fourth year, the Clydebuilt Festival will return to the Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship at Riverside on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of September 2021!
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Events in East Renfrewshire

Events in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Curious About Edinburgh

Curious About Edinburgh

1st January 2020 - 31st December 2020

Have fun discovering Edinburgh with a self-guided, heritage walk with a treasure hunt theme from Curious About!

Find out about Curious About Edinburgh on What's On Edinburgh
Harnessing the Power of Water - CANCELLED

Harnessing the Power of Water - CANCELLED

7th April 2020 - 25th September 2020

In Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters, join us for a new exhibition at John Sinclair House where we showcase fantastic material from the HES archives.

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Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History

Blood and Guts: The Twists and Turns of Edinburgh’s Medical History

Selected dates between 1st August 2020 - 1st November 2020

Join the Surgeons Hall Museums on their weekend walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment.

Jacobite songs

Jacobite songs

Selected dates between 3rd September 2020 - 24th September 2020

Join us at The Palace of Holyroodhouse for Jacobite inspired music every Thursday in September to coincide with the 275th anniversary of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s stay at the Palace!

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Walter Scott’s Jacobites

Walter Scott’s Jacobites

Selected dates between 4th September 2020 - 25th September 2020

Join us at The Palace of Holyroodhouse every Friday in September, for a short talk with readings exploring how Walter Scott portrayed the Jacobite cause in his novels!

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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song

5th September 2020 - 26th September 2020

Discover the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie's unusual escape over the sea to Skye in this drop-in family activity and make your very own paper boat fit for a prince!

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Exhibition: Island Dreams

Exhibition: Island Dreams

12th September 2020 - 10th October 2020

Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with maps and islands in this exhibition stretching across four centuries of cartography from Scotland and around the world.

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Leith100 : Light-Up Leith History Mural

Leith100 : Light-Up Leith History Mural

25th September 2020 - 4th October 2020

Come see the Leith History Mural in a whole new LIGHT when it returns for a run of 10 nights from 25th September!

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Doors Open Days: Trinity House - CANCELLED

Doors Open Days: Trinity House - CANCELLED

26th September 2020 - 27th September 2020

As part of Edinburgh Doors Open Day Trinity House will be opening its doors and welcoming you to this wonderful gem of Leith.

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Ranger-led Grounds Walk

Ranger-led Grounds Walk

26th September 2020

This ranger led walk will lead you through the nature and history of Hopetoun's designed landscape.

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Edinburgh Medical Detectives- The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Edinburgh Medical Detectives- The Return of Sherlock Holmes

28th September 2020

Back by popular demand our Curator returns to investigate Edinburgh’s 19th century ‘medical detectives’ as part of our Surgeons Hall Museums On Demand lecture series.

Edinburgh 1745: Life behind the Jacobite Rising

Edinburgh 1745: Life behind the Jacobite Rising

4th October 2020

Join Les Danses Antiques for this half-day online event to experience life in the Scottish capital in 1745!

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British Sign Language Tours at Linlithgow Palace - CANCELLED

British Sign Language Tours at Linlithgow Palace - CANCELLED

Selected dates between 10th October 2020

Explore Linlithgow Palace with Deaf historian John Hay, whose BSL tour will be translated into English by interpreter Linda Duncan.

By Leaves We Live: Patrick Geddes Story Tour of the Old Town

By Leaves We Live: Patrick Geddes Story Tour of the Old Town

Selected dates between 21st October 2020 - 28th October 2020

Walk in the footsteps of the great Victorian polymath, Patrick Geddes, who made his home in St James court and shaped the community and gardens of the Old Town.

Caddie Capers with Macastory

Caddie Capers with Macastory

24th October 2020

Join the Old Town Caddies as they take you for a tour of Auld Reekie in story, song and rhyme!

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SISF: Black History Walking Tour of Edinburgh

SISF: Black History Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Selected dates between 25th October 2020 - 31st October 2020

Hear the fascinating but littleknown stories of Edinburgh’s deep connections with Africa, Asia and the Caribbean over the past 500 years.

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Gun Salutes

Gun Salutes

Selected dates between 14th November 2020

Join us at Edinburgh Castle for a number of gun salutes throughout the year. Each gun salute, unless otherwise stated, takes place at 12 noon.

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Death in The Arctic: Harry Goodsir and The Franklin Expedition

Death in The Arctic: Harry Goodsir and The Franklin Expedition

23rd November 2020

From Surgeons’ Hall Museum to death in the Arctic; Prof Ken Donaldson explores the history of Harry Goodsir and the Franklin Expedition as part of the On Demand online lecture series.

Wine and War Masterclass

Wine and War Masterclass

9th December 2020

Back by popular demand, join Master of Wine Rose Murray Brown on Thursday 18th June for a fun evening of history and wine!

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Descriptive Tour for visually impaired visitors of Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s

Descriptive Tour for visually impaired visitors of Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s

9th January 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors focussing on our exhibition Bright Shadows - Scottish art in the 1920s.

Lecture: The Japan/Glasgow Connection

Lecture: The Japan/Glasgow Connection

14th January 2021

Dr Saeko Yazaki discusses the vibrant intellectual and cultural exchange between Japan and Glasgow in the 1870s.

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Lecture: Beyond Hornel: Scottish Photographers in Meiji Japan

Lecture: Beyond Hornel: Scottish Photographers in Meiji Japan

28th January 2021

This talk will examine the history of Scottish expatriates in nineteenth-century Japan and their contribution to the photography networks and communities in their adopted country.

Lecture: Broughton House & Garden

Lecture: Broughton House & Garden

29th January 2021

Join Dr Samuel Gallacher for a talk on Broughton House & Garden. The property is home to many of the paintings and photographs on display in the exhibition E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas.

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Lecture: Artist, Model, Collector: Photography in the Life and Work of Mary Cameron

Lecture: Artist, Model, Collector: Photography in the Life and Work of Mary Cameron

12th February 2021

This lecture offers fresh insights into a fascinating artist. Dr Helen Scott is Curator of Fine Art at the City Art Centre, and author of Mary Cameron: Life in Paint.

Documentation and Digitisation of Historic Photographs at the National Trust for Scotland Lecture

Documentation and Digitisation of Historic Photographs at the National Trust for Scotland Lecture

25th February 2021

In this talk, Lily Barnes will pull back the curtain on the intricacies of working hands-on with historic photographs.

Adult Creative Workshop: Introduction to Pinhole photography

Adult Creative Workshop: Introduction to Pinhole photography

28th February 2021

Join us at City Art Centre for a special half day workshop exploring pinhole cameras!

Lecture: Through the Artist’s Gaze: The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work

Lecture: Through the Artist’s Gaze: The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work

11th March 2021

Marianne Fossaluzza, a PhD student in Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, gives this lecture on The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work.

Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

12th March 2021

The 1920s was a period of contrasts: This lecture explores the events, ideas and styles that shaped Scottish art during this fascinating decade.

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Proposed and Seconded: The Royal Scottish Academy Nomination Books of the 1920s

Proposed and Seconded: The Royal Scottish Academy Nomination Books of the 1920s

13th May 2021

This talk given by Alice Strang will focus on the women artists proposed and seconded for election by male allies, including Dorothy Johnstone, Cecile Walton and John Duncan.

BSL interpreted tour of Lauriston Castle

BSL interpreted tour of Lauriston Castle

Selected dates between 15th May 2021 - 18th December 2021

Join us for a BSL signed tour of Lauriston Castle and step back in time as you experience life in Edwardian Edinburgh!

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Lecture: Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

Lecture: Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

19th May 2021

This talk will give a brief introduction of jazz as a style of music and explore the different instruments played in a typical jazz band of the 1920s.

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Curator’s Tour - Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Curator’s Tour - Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

28th May 2021

Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, provides a tour of the exhibition Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s.

Lecture: Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie

Lecture: Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie

3rd June 2021

Murdo Macdonald gives this talk on Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie at City Art Centre on Thursday 3rd June.

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Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

4th June 2021

Join Jonathan Wild, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, for this talk on the design and illustration of books during the Edwardian period.

Costumed Performance: Supporting the War Effort

Costumed Performance: Supporting the War Effort

6th June 2021

It's the year 1916 with Mr and Mrs Reid planning a major event to raise money to support the conduct of the war. Walk through the Castle on a special tour watching the performance unfold.

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Leith 2020: An Archival look at Leith

Leith 2020: An Archival look at Leith

16th June 2021

This talk at Lauriston Castle explores the rich heritage of Leith and its unique identity.

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Descriptive Tour of Lauriston Castle for Visually Impaired Visitors

Descriptive Tour of Lauriston Castle for Visually Impaired Visitors

19th June 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors around fascinating Lauriston Castle.

Leith 2020: Leith Theatre Past Present and Future

Leith 2020: Leith Theatre Past Present and Future

23rd June 2021

The joint speakers will outline the chequered history of Leith Theatre, where it is now and where it might go in the future.

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Lecture: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Lecture: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

25th June 2021

This lecture will set Charles H. Mackie’s art in the context of his life. His Scottish artistic roots underpinned his engagement with French art and continental ideas.

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Lecture: Victorian Spiritualism: The Fox Sisters and the World they Created

Lecture: Victorian Spiritualism: The Fox Sisters and the World they Created

26th June 2021

Ash Pryce is a stage mentalist and founder of the Edinburgh Skeptics society. In his first traditional lecture in more than a decade, he will be looking at the world of the Victorian Occult.

Lecture: Addressing slavery and Empire at the National Trust for Scotland

Lecture: Addressing slavery and Empire at the National Trust for Scotland

29th June 2021

Join Jennifer Melville, Head of Curatorial & Conservation Services at the National Trust for Scotland, for this lecture at Lauriston Castle!

Lecture: With the Royal Scots in Gallipoli

Lecture: With the Royal Scots in Gallipoli

5th July 2021

This lecture explores the journey of The Dardenelles - Edinburgh's Royal Scots Territorials - who were the first waves of the seaborne offensive that aimed to end WW1.

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Lecture: Playing with the Past

Lecture: Playing with the Past

7th July 2021

What can Archaeology tell us about the world’s most popular sport? Archaeology Scotland will discuss some of its and others recent work on the archaeology and history of Football.

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BSL Interpreted Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

BSL Interpreted Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

17th July 2021

Join us for a tour of our Charles H. Mackie exhibition which will have a BSL interpreter present.

Lecture: Murder, Power and … Pineapples?

Lecture: Murder, Power and … Pineapples?

21st July 2021

Come along for a talk from archaeologist Doug Rocks-Macqueen about recent excavations of pineries in the Lothians and Falkirk!

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Lecture: Playing Cricket with the Nabis: Charles H. Mackie’s French Connections

Lecture: Playing Cricket with the Nabis: Charles H. Mackie’s French Connections

30th July 2021

This lecture given by Belinda Thomson, Honorary Professor in art history at the University of Edinburgh, examines the influences of French Art in the work of Charles H. Mackie.

Lecture: A Curious Flowering: The Hydros in Scotland in the 19th Century

Lecture: A Curious Flowering: The Hydros in Scotland in the 19th Century

10th August 2021

Join Jane Neil-MacLachlan, writer and novelist under the pen name of Jane Tulloch, for this lecture on Hydropathic institutions in Scotland in the 19th Century!

Descriptive tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Descriptive tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

21st August 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors focusing on the Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light exhibition!

Lecture: Earls, Maids, Dames and Gardeners

Lecture: Earls, Maids, Dames and Gardeners

24th August 2021

Vicky Garrington shares some key pieces from Edinburgh Museums & Galleries large and important costume collection.

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Lecture: Charles Hodge Mackie and the Celtic Revival in Scotland and France

Lecture: Charles Hodge Mackie and the Celtic Revival in Scotland and France

17th September 2021

This lecture explores the influence of both Scottish and French art on Charles Mackie through a consideration of the work he produced in the 1890s.

Curator’s Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Curator’s Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

8th October 2021

Join Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, for a tour of the exhibition Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light!

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Events in Fife

Scotland’s Coasts

Scotland’s Coasts

5th December 2020 - 28th February 2021

This exhibition, drawn from Historic Environment Scotland's archives, explores Scotland's relationship to the sea and its impact on everyday life.

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Events in Lanarkshire

Tenement Through Time

Tenement Through Time

27th March 2020 - 31st December 2020

Tenement Through Time is a new, innovative and interactive exhibition which explores tenement life in New Lanark between 1881-1971!

Find out about Tenement Through Time on What's On Lanarkshire
Shop Local Exhibition

Shop Local Exhibition

17th September 2020 - 2nd October 2020

Visitors to the Tolbooth Lanark will be able to enjoy a 'blast from the past' with the 'Shop Local' exhibition, a display of advertising material from former Lanark Shops!

Find out about Shop Local Exhibition on What's On Lanarkshire
Hamilton Mausoleum Tour - CANCELLED

Hamilton Mausoleum Tour - CANCELLED

Selected dates between 4th October 2020 - 1st November 2020

Take a tour of one of the finest private tombs in the country and the town's most striking historic landmark, Hamilton Mausoleum.

Find out about Hamilton Mausoleum Tour - CANCELLED on What's On Lanarkshire

Events in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Guided Tours of Paisley Abbey

Selected dates between 5th January 2021 - 16th December 2021

Built in the 12th century and steeped in history, Paisley Abbey is a fascinating building to visit, find out more on one of the regular guided tours!

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Events in Stirling and Falkirk

Remembering Empire

Remembering Empire

21st November 2019 - 1st October 2020

Are you interested in recent history? Researchers in French studies at the University of Stirling have launched a new free online course called ‘Remembering Empire' and it's open to everyone.

Find out about Remembering Empire on What's On Stirling
Guided Building Tours - CANCELLED

Guided Building Tours - CANCELLED

Selected dates between 15th August 2020 - 5th December 2020

Join us for a free guided tour of The Engine Shed, Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, and learn all about our traditional building!

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Scotland’s National Hero - POSTPONED

Scotland’s National Hero - POSTPONED

Selected dates between 2nd September 2020 - 21st February 2021

Who was William Wallace? Listen as a costumed actor gives you an insight into the life of Scotland’s National Hero.

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British Sign Language Tours at Stirling Castle - CANCELLED

British Sign Language Tours at Stirling Castle - CANCELLED

Selected dates between 26th September 2020

Explore Stirling Castle with Deaf tour guide John Hay, whose BSL tour will be translated into English by interpreter Linda Duncan.

British Sign Language Tours at The Engine Shed - CANCELLED

British Sign Language Tours at The Engine Shed - CANCELLED

Selected dates between 26th September 2020

Explore The Engine Shed with Deaf tour guide John Hay, whose BSL tour will be translated into English by interpreter Linda Duncan.

Wallace & Europe: The Lübeck Letter - Online Presentation

Wallace & Europe: The Lübeck Letter - Online Presentation

11th October 2020

Join The National Wallace Monument on Sunday 11th October as it marks the Anniversary of the Lübeck Letter with an online presentation by Liane Cumming and Michael Cooper!

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