After a successful and interesting 2017/18 session PSNS is taking a Summer break from lectures. Our sections have organized a number of outings and you can find details on the relevant pages on this site. Anyone is welcome to join an excursion by contacting the relevant section secretary. Our Winter programme of lectures, talks and other activities resumes in October.

We have a great programme lined up and details will be posted soon on this website.

Our flagship ‘Curious Minds’ lecture series will return for its third season and we have some great speakers lined up. Here’s a sneak preview.

To kick off the season we have invited Alison Sheridan, from the National Museum of Scotland to talk about ‘Projet Jade’. 5000 years ago a number of beautifully carved stone axe heads made their way from the French Alps to Scotland. Several of them were found in Perthshire. Find out about their remarkable journey on Friday 12th October.


The 2018/19 programme, with ticket information, will be announced soon on the Curious Minds page.

Each PSNS Section has its own programme of talks and excursions listed on their individual pages on this site (see header for links).

PSNS 2018 Summer excursion

The PSNS Summer outing is organised courtesy of the A&H Section and takes place on Sunday 15th July. The destinations are Linlithgow Palace and Torphichen Preceptory. Linlithgow Palace is, arguably, the most impressive piece of renaissance architecture in Scotland.  A short distance away lies Torphichen Preceptory, not regularly open to the public, to which the Knights of St John carried the heart of James I from Malta. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy both these historic sites in beautiful settings under the expert guidance of Adrian Cox of Historic Environment Scotland. An opportunity not to be missed. If time allows we may visit St Michael’s Church.

Linlithgow Palace – Adult £6, concession £4.80, HES members free.

Torphican Preceptory – Adult £2, concession £1.50, HES members free.

Meet Broxden Park and Ride at 9.15am

Car pooling will be organised with return times agreed by car occupants.

To book, contact Eva Bennett at