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AGM - 31 October 2015

The Foundation AGM will be held on Saturday 31 October at 131 High Street, Burntisland. Papers will be sent out to members during week commencing 5 October. Proxy votes are available.

The AGM will be followed at 11:30 by The Harry Matthews Memorial Lecture and conclude with a full buffet lunch. 

A full AGM report will appear in the next edition of Transmitting - due out Mid-November.


Our summer exhibition has now closed, but our 2016 exhibition is already in discussion!.Any bright ideas? - Let us know!

James Clerk Maxwell Light Baton

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt. Rev. John Chalmers, receives the Light Baton from our Chairman, Prof. Tom Stevenson, who helped to design it.

2015 has been declared 'The UN International Year of Light', to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory of light, on which much of modern physics is built. Maxwell was one of the world’s greatest scientists. His discoveries in the 19th Century helped to usher in the era of modern physics, laying the foundation for such fields as special relativity and quantum mechanics. 
His research led to the discovery of radio waves. He showed that Saturn's rings are made of rocks and also took the first ever colour photograph - all in a life of only 48 years. He is regarded, along with Newton and Einstein, as one of the greatest physicists of all time, yet he  was also a humorous and warm-hearted man who loved writing poetry. 
A 'Light Baton', resembling the Olympic torch, has been specially commissioned as a tribute to Maxwell. to be carried and displayed at every Science Festival in Scotland during the year, thanks to sponsorship from the Church of Scotland. 
Created by Mike Stoane Lighting of Loanhead, it is technically very sophisticated, using the latest LED technology and in its base is a tablet which scrolls Maxwell's equations.






Forthcoming Lectures at the Museum:-

Tuesday 20 October at 7.30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: Our lecture - The Work of the North Queensferry Heritage Trust' by James Lawson, has had to be postponed until 2016.

Saturday 31 October at 11.30 am - The Harry Matthews Memorial Lecture
'Listening in - The 'Y' Service in World War II'
David Brown

Saturday 12 December at 11.30 am with lunch
Annual Christmas Special
'James Clerk Maxwell - a man of Science, Poetry and Music'
A biographical lecture, with poems set to music
Tom Stevenson with Andy & Flora Munro, Dave Elliott

To book a seat, please contact or phone 01506 823434.

Lectures are very popular and pre-booking is essential and as always, will be treated on a 'First come, first served' basis.


Ian Archibald chats with Diana and Norman Richardson after his Burntisland's Heritage Lecture. (Diana is the daughter of John Logie Baird)

Ian Archibald, Convener of Burntisland Heritage Trust gave a lecture entitled Burntisland's Heritage, at the Museum on Tuesday 14 April 2015.

Burntisland was once poetically described as having its head to the hills and its feet to the sea. This is a fair description with the Firth of Forth lapping its shores and the Binn rising majestically above it to the north. It has always been a vital township situated directly across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. The Royal Burgh of Burntisland right up to the present day has a rich and varied history that is out of all proportion to its size. Ian's presentation looked closely at the story of the development of the town, the people and the many aspects of its diverse heritage.

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