The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's leading academic society, has long recognised that the leaders of Scotland's academic, business and professional communities are concentrated in the four major cities and that those living at some distance from the big urban centres have limited access to the country's expertise, particularly as represented by the Royal Socity of Edinburgh's Fellows.
RSE@ is a series of educational outreach programmes, launched in 2008, with the intention of bringing that expertise to schools and communities which are remote from the big cities and the major seats of learning. RSE@Inverness will run throughout 2018 and 2019 and consists of approximately 30 events in each of the two years taking place in Inverness-shire, Easter Ross, Nairn, Moray and Highland Perthshire. This follows similar programmes based in Arbroath, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and Lochaber.
The Royal Celtic Society has already sponsored an author-led event in conjunction with the Scottish Book Trust, led by Ian Rankine FRSE. The Society has now agreed to support a series of further initiatives in the programme, beginning with a Family Day at Inverness on 2nd June, when the Royal Celtic Society will sponsor the story-telling part of the day, which will be led by Alison Galbraith. The Society will have an exhibition stand at this event where all are welcome to come and discover more about our work.
During the remainder of the programme, between now and the end of 2019, the Society will sponsor a further series of author-led events, a further story-telling session with Professor Jeremy Smith, and will contribute towards a Family Day next year dedicated to the traditional arts of the Highlands.
We are delighted and privileged to be part of this most valuable programme.