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25 March 2019Secrets of Higgins Neuk
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28 January 2019The Forth Bridge
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29 October 2018Stirling City Heritage Trust
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27 November 2017James Watt and Kinneil
30 October 2017Mountaineering in Scotland
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27 March 2017George Forrest Plant Hunter
27 February 2017Joseph Farington in Scotland
30 January 2017Inner Forth Landscape Initiative: A River's Tale
28 November 2016Scottish War Art and Artists 1850-2000
24 October 2016James VII, King of Scots
26 September 2016Stirling's Historic Shopfronts
31 May 2016National Fund for Acquisitions
28 March 2016Medical Uses of Wild Plants
29 February 2016Putting Stirling on the Map
25 January 2016Stirling University Art Collection
30 November 2015V&A Design Museum, Dundee
26 October 2015Glasgow’s Hidden Treasures II
28 September 2015The Livingstons of Callendar House

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Secrets of Higgins Neuk
Elinor Graham
Monday 25 March 2019

Lecture at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm.

Tickets £5 (£4 for Friends) at the door, include tea/coffee and biscuits


Elinor Graham, a coastal archaeologist from the University of St Andrews and the SCAPE Trust, will talk about the hidden history of Higgins Neuk, which lies on the Forth between Airth and the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

The project, which was part of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, investigated the possibility that this area was the site of King James IV’s royal dockyard, where some of the biggest ships in Europe were maintained and repaired. The King’s flagship, the Great Michael is thought to have docked there before setting off to the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

From the search for a royal dockyard this project developed into a multi-faceted community investigation of a maritime landscape.  This talk will present some of the results and examine how this small site represents many of the aspects of the development of the wider Inner Forth estuary.