The next talk, on 14TH NOVEMBER, is about the Chambers brothers, William and Robert. 

Born and raised in Peebles, who significantly influenced many major intellectual and cultural developments in the 19th century.  Their publishing innovations transformed the industry in Britain and the self-education movement.  

As Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, William led a major slum clearance programme and the restoration of St Giles Cathedral.  Robert promulgated new insights into evolutionary theory, which scandalized polite society.  

Their philanthropic ethos is exemplified by William’s gift to Peebles of the Chambers Institution, acknowledged by Andrew Carnegie as an inspiration for his own support for public libraries.  

The speaker, Rosemary Hannay, will be well known to many as the Curator of the Tweeddale Museum in the Chambers Institution since 1986, until her recent retirement. 


Non members of the Society are always welcome to attend the meetings. Tickets available from the Eastgate Theatre box office.