Talking post-referendum at Newbattle

Jackie Robertson, Administration Manager Newbattle Abbey College ; Joe Wallace, Lord Provost;  Joyce Connon, Trustee;  Bob Constable, Deputy Leader ' Midlothian Council. Ann Southwood Principal Newbattle Abbey College.
Jackie Robertson, Administration Manager Newbattle Abbey College ; Joe Wallace, Lord Provost; Joyce Connon, Trustee; Bob Constable, Deputy Leader ' Midlothian Council. Ann Southwood Principal Newbattle Abbey College.

Newbattle Abbey College has launched a five-year programme to debate post-referendum Scotland.

The programme aims to promote academic debate and public discourse on Scotland’s history and its current political awakening.

Over the next five years, the programme will feature a variety of annual lectures and seminars on topics relevant to the post-referendum political situation in Scotland.

One of the major highlights of the programme is an international conference that will be held in the Spring of 2020 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

And the venue for the conference could not be more appropriate as The Declaration of Arbroath was drafted at Newbattle in 1320.

The first annual lecture will be held on Tuesday, November 3, and is to be delivered by Professor Neil Ascherson, one of Britain’s most respected journalists. The lecture is entitled ‘Scotland into Europe – high and low roads’.

Welcoming the opening of the conversation at the Scottish Parliament, Jean Urquhart MSP said: “There is nowhere more appropriate for these conversations to take place than Newbattle Abbey College.’

“And there is no one more appropriate to start the conversation off than Professor Ascherson who brings a lifetime of experience to placing Scotland in the wider context of the future of Europe.”

Ann Southwood, the Principal of Newbattle Abbey College added: “In our work at the college we constantly make our connections between the past and the present; our students understand the contemporary world partly by looking at our history.”

“We are proud of our heritage and particularly our links to the Declaration of Arbroath.”

She added: “We are even more interested in our future. These conversations are about where our country is going.”

“By bringing distinguished thinkers together with a broad range of views we hope to stimulate new conversations at this critical stage in Scotland’s history.”

Tickets can be purchased by emailing JulieT@newbattleabbeycollege.ac.uk.