The Ayrshire Members' Centre has a programme of meetings throughout the year.

All meetings are held in The Education Pavillion at Burn's Cottage in Alloway. Tea or coffee will be available between 7:00-7:30.

Non-member visitors are welcome to attend these talks and are free of charge (but donations are welcome!). We would be delighted if you became a member!


Programme September 2018 to 2019

Thurs 20th Sep 2018

“Enlightenment Edinburgh: The 18th century town and its thinkers, viewed from the bottom of a beer glass!” - Denis Rattenbury

As we visit the taverns of today we recall the ideas that changed the world.

Thurs 18th Oct 2018

"The Controversy of the Robert Burns Pistols" - Alison Wilson 

Alison has been researching a set of antique guns in the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum collection that are believed to have links to Burns. She will be telling us all about the fascination results of her work

Thurs 15th Nov 2018

“Falkirk Wheel and Millennium Link” - George Ballinger B.Sc.,M.Sc.,C.Eng.,M.I.Struct.E.

The Forth & Clyde canal is the World's oldest sea to sea canal but since its closure in the early sixties it fell into neglect and near ruin with 33 physical obstructions blocking its navigation. The Millennium Link project celebrated the dawn of the new millennium by reopening this historic gem and created as its centrepiece the forward-looking Falkirk Wheel to link it to the historic but derelict Union Canal. George was the Engineer in charge of the design and construction of the project and, working with a Dundee architectural practice, the Wheel is his brainchild - as is the equally magnificent Kelpies at the canal's link to the Forth at Grangemouth. He is a Structural engineer by profession and has received the Brunel Medal for the Wheel.

Thurs 13th Dec 2018 Members only quiz night with cheese and wine (and fruit juice!)
Just for fun!
Thurs 17th Jan 2019Members only talk:
“Cliff and the Shadows: Music of the 60s” – (followed by cheese and wine)

A group of enthusiastic musicians, “The Silver Shads”, will be playing live with a light historical commentary on the Cliff Richard, The Shadows and other artists of the period. Followed by chees and wine refreshments.
Thurs 21st Feb 2019

“The Street Names of Ayr” - Rob Close

Rob has published a book on this subject and will be exploring the fascinating origin of the names of some of the streets in Alloway, Ayr and linked to Burns.

Thurs 21st Mar 2019“Burns in Glasgow” - Chris Waddell

We hear so much about Robert Burns and Edinburgh, Dumfries, Ayrshire, and other locations, but less so about his connection to Glasgow. Chris will be putting us right on that matter.
Thurs 18th Apr 2019

“A Potted History of Ceramics” - John Rattenbury

 5000 years of pottery from pre-historic coil pots to bone china.

Thurs 16th May 2019 Members only:
AGM, followed by “Update on Portencross Castle” - Isabel Garrett (followed by cheese and wine) 

After the AGM, Isabel will be updating us on the beautiful and important castle at Portencross, where she is a guide and trustee. Refreshments will follow.
Sat 9th June 2019

Members only - Summer outing to be arranged

We will be sending out details nearer the day.