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The Cambridge Friends of the National Trust for Scotland is one of the latest Members' Centres to be established. A programme of meetings has been arranged throughout 2018.

Our talks are held in the Lucy Windsor Room at Newnham College and start at 7:30pm with wine and conversation for an 8pm talk. They are usually finished about 9:30pm. There is usually ample parking nearby.Tickets may be obtained for each talk at a price of £7 per head if pre-ordered or £8.00 on the door. It is better to apply for tickets in advance to ensure availability.
Please make cheques payable to "Cambridge Friends of The National Trust for Scotland".

Please note that tickets for the the meetings in February and April (Whisky tasting and Scottish cheeses) are £15 each and must be pre-booked in advance.

To apply for tickets, you may:

A printable application form for tickets, in PDF format, may be downloaded by following this link.

Programme for 2018

Wednesday 21st February 2018
Picture of whisky congeners Pictures of Islay whiskiesKaty Kennedy of Elixir Distillers: "Tasting Six Islay Malt whiskies"
Islay is home to some of the most renowned and exciting whiskies in Scotland: with rich smoky, peaty and seaside flavours.
Katy will lead us in a tasting of six Islay malts including unique whiskies made from a few choice casks. Bread and Scottish water will be provided to clean the palate.
This is a great opportunity to taste some Scottish heritage. The malts will all be available for sale afterwards at Cambridge Wine Merchants.
This event is limited to sixty people and booking is essential.
Wednesday 21st March 2018
Aerial photograph of Spitsbergan Dr Bill Block on "Spitsbergen".
Largest island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen is home to 2600 people, polar bears, valuable minerals and a burgeoning tourist industry.
Dr Block will tell us about the history, geography, flora and fauna of the island. We will hear about the pioneering work of William Spiers Bruce, the Scottish oceanographer, in his exploration for minerals and about current important scientific research.
Bill is a former member of the British Antarctic Survey and an emeritus fellow of Wolfson College. He has a long experience of cold places and a long list of publications - and is a member of our group!
Wednesday 25th April 2018
Pictures of The Cambridge Cheese Company shopJacky Sutton-Adam on "Five Scottish Cheeses".
Scotland boasts many fine cheeses and Jacky of the Cambridge Cheese Company plans to bring five of the best for us to taste. Bread and suitable wine will be provided. When she came three years ago we sold out: so book early.
This event is limited to sixty people and booking is essential.
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Picture of John BuchanDr Kate Macdonald on "John Buchan".
Journalist, diplomat, President of the Oxford Union, Governor General of Canada, this Perth-born man is best remembered as a master story teller: especially the ever popular The Thirty-Nine Steps.
Dr Kate Macdonald will tell us about his life and times and his last classic short story collection The Runagates Club.
Kate is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading and has taught in universities across Europe. She has published many works on Buchan and other authors.
Wednesday 27th June 2018
Pictures of Malcolm Archibald and book coverMalcolm Archibald on "Scottish Whaling".
From 1750 until 1914, Scottish ports sent ships to hunt the whales. It was a time of high adventure and deep tragedy, a time of huge profits and terrible losses as ships vanished under the ice and men died of frostbite and shipwreck. It was a time of heroes such as Captain William Adamson who freed an ice-bound ship, of drunken brawls on land and mutiny at sea, of wild songs and tender friendship with the Inuit. It was a time of wooden ships and iron men.
Malcolm Archibald is an author of many books on this terrible industry, which is part of our heritage.
Wednesday 17 October 2018
"Mingulay: an island and its people", a talk by Ben Buxton.
Wednesday 21 November 2018
"Arran, a mystery and a microcosm", a talk by Dr Eamonn Butler.
Wednesday 5 December 2018
"Scotlandís gold", a talk by Chris Sangster.

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