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Patron: Her Majesty the Queen


The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

5th Meeting of the 190th Session (2010-2011)

The Royal Scottish Society of Arts and Scottish Lighthouses in the Nineteenth Century

Dr A.D. Morrison-Low
Principal Curator, Science
National Museums Scotland

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 14th February 2011, at 7pm

Robert Stevenson, designer and engineer, whose name is forever associated with the building of the Bell Rock lighthouse on the notorious Inchcape Reef, was a founder member of what became the Royal Scottish Society of Arts. In this 200th anniversary year of the lighting of this oldest surviving rock lighthouse it is perhaps worth recalling the role that the Society played, acting as a forum for the discussion of developing lighthouse technology. This technology was so successful that it was exported from Edinburgh workshops to the some of the farthest corners of the globe.

Alison Morrison-Low joined National Museums of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Society of Arts in 1980. Now Principal Curator, Science, her responsibilities include the remarkable collections of historic scientific instruments and photography, as well as the outstanding collection of lighthouse technology, currently on display in the exhibition 'Shining Lights; the Story of Scotland's Lighthouses' which runs until 3 April 2011.

Location of meeting

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
Telephone: 0131 556 2161

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