French Film Festival at the Belmont Film House, Aberdeen; 12th to 17th November 2021
tel: 01224 343 500
Summary: The affinity of France and Scotland is perhaps nowhere more evident than in architecture. In the seventeenth century, Scottish architects were familiar with French buildings and architectural treatises and Holyroodhouse, in the Canongate, was rebuilt as a French château in the 1670s. This talk will present how the French aristocratic hôtel, as it developed in Paris in the seventeenth century, became the most relevant urban model for the elite in Edinburgh.
Biography : Dr. Clarisse Godard Desmarest FSA Scot is a lecturer in British History at the University of Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens) and a fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. She holds a PhD from the Sorbonne, an « agrégation in English » and an MA in politics from Sciences Po Paris. Her work centres on Scotland in the 17th-19th centuries with a focus on architecture and landscape, collecting and the Grand Tour. Her latest publications include: ‘Mary Halket, Lady Bruce, at Kinross House in the 1680-90s.’ Architectural Heritage 27 (2017), pp. 19-42 and ‘The Melville Monument: Shaping the character of the Scottish metropolis.’ Architectural History. The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (to be published in Nov. 2018).
This year the Franco-Scottish Society biennial lecture will be held in Edinburgh
The venue is the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel, 19 Waverley Bridge EH1, the date and time Saturday 10th November 2018 at 11.00 am, with registration from 10h30 with coffee/tea available.
We are honoured to have Dr Emile Chabal, Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh as our guest speaker. His research has focused on France, especially the transformation of French politics since the 1970s, Franco-British relations in the 20th century and the legacy of post-colonialism in France.
The title chosen is Laïcité, religion and identity in contemporary France.
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Dix-huit membres de l’Association franco-écossaise arrivent de Paris le mardi 5 juin pour passer 8 jours en Ecosse avec des membres de la Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland. Tous les deux ans, les deux associations organisent une visite en France ou en Ecosse. Cette année les membres de l’association de Paris ont choisi Edimbourg et les Borders comme destination écossaise. Les Ecossais leur ont promis huit jours de visites de la ville d’Edimbourg, de monuments historiques et de châteaux aux alentours.
Bon séjour et bonnes vacances
The 18 members of the Association franco-écossaise de Paris arrived in Edinburgh nearly on time (20 minutes delay) and were welcomed at the airport by members of the Edinburgh and Glasgow branches of the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland.
In the evening the French Group was joined by other members of the Scottish Society for a “Dîner de retrouvaille” at the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel.
Nous sommes allés à la cathédrale St Gilles avec notre guide Francophone. Ensuite le Président de la Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland, Lord Brodie, nous a fait visiter l’ancien parlement , la Cour pour assister à un procès et finalement la bibliothèque de la cour – excellent!!
Nous avons déjeuné au Restaurant du musée, The Tower. La descente au palais royal à pied, la visite du palais et de l’exposition dans la Queen’s Gallery ont assuré une après-midi bien remplie avant de regagner l’hôtel.
A visit to Linlithgow to see the statue of Mary, Queen of Scots and to look around the Palace. There was time for a quick visit to St Michael’s church.
Lunch at Hopetoun House, home of the Hope Family. Magnificent weather made the day even more pleasant. A view of the three bridges across the Forth ended our sightseeing for the day.
Encore une journée ensoleillée pour notre visite à Dryburgh Abbey où sont enterrés Sir Walter Scott et Earl Haig. Un déjeûner agréable à Dryburgh Abbey Hotel suivi de la visite à Mellerstain House. Quel temps magnifique!.
The New Town is the area of Edinburgh that was constructed after the Union of the Parliaments in 1707. The visit to the Georgian House was followed by a walk to the Portrait Gallery. Lunch was served at the Sheepheid Inn, the oldest remaining Pub in Scotland and the one recently visited by the Queen!
The rest of the afternoon was spent at the Botanic Gardens where, once again, the sun was shining.