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10.30am - 12pm

The Usher Hall is Scotland's five-star concert hall, set in the heart of Edinburgh.  People have been attending concerts, gigs and other entertainments for over 100 years at this beautiful venue on Lothian Road - but how did it start,, who gave the money for this building, and why does the back of one of the toilet doors point down to the basement? Join us for walk through this Edinburgh institution’s history.

Ruth Boreham  currently works for the Scottish Book Trust on their Early Years programme called Bookbug, and is also a freelance tour guide (particularly on women’s history walking tours in Edinburgh), speaker and historical researcher.  Ruth worked worked for the National Library of Scotland as their John Murray Archive Project Curator and has done historical research for authors and tv programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are’.  Women’s history is Ruth’s passion and she is currently researching and writing a biography about Mary Somerville, and also researching the Scottish 1911 census and the suffrage movement.


Those attending this lecture will have the opportunity to sign up for an exclusive free tour of the Usher Hall on Monday 2 September at 10am. The tour will include tea/coffee and tickets for the ‘Get Organised’ Organ Concert at 1.10pm that day.

Details of how to book for this limited tour will only be sent to those who have booked for this lecture, so keep an eye on your inbox!

The History of the Usher Hall