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Scottish Studies Lecture in Guelph

May 8, 2013 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm



Professor Morris will speak on “Patrick Geddes, Property Developer. Edinburgh 1890 to 1914.”

Wednesday May 8, 2013

3:00 p.m. in Mackinnon 227

University of Guelph

Leading urban historian Bob Morris will give an illustrated talk on Scottish intellectual and urban planner Patrick Geddes. As modernity progressed in the late Victorian period, there formed a growing realisation of the need to recalibrate the urban–rural balance. When the urban planner Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) purchased a six-storey property next door to Edinburgh Castle in 1892, he acquired a building that had previously been used as a public observatory. Geddes installed a camera obscura to allow visitors to have a panoramic view of the city and the symbolism was clearer than the weather would often allow: that to understand the city it had to be seen in the round.

Free and all are welcome. Coffee will be provided.

Professor Bob Morris’s research interests include class formation, urbanisation and urban conflict. As will be evident during his talks, he has a long standing interest in photography.

His publications include:

Scotland 1907. The many Scotland’s of Valentine and Sons Photographers (Edinburgh 2007)

Class, Sect and Party. The Making of the British Middle Class: Leeds, 1820-50 (Manchester 1990).

Men, Women and Property in England, 1780-1870 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

People and Society in Scotland. Volume II, 1830-1914 (jointly edited with W Hamish Fraser) (Edinburgh, 1990).

The Victorian City. A Reader in British Urban History, 1820-1914 (edited with Richard Rodger) (London  1993)

Urban Governance. Britain and beyond since 1750, (edited with Richard H Trainor) (Aldershot 2000)

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places, edited with Graeme Morton and Boudien de Vries (Aldershot 2006).

Our thanks to the St Andrew’s Society of Toronto for their generosity which makes these events possible.

Graeme Morton

Professor and Scottish Studies Foundation Chair

Director, Centre for Scottish Studies

Department of History

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario

Canada, N1G 2W1

Email: gmorton@nulluoguelph.ca

Tel: 519 824-4120 ext 52255

Fax: 519 766-9516

Web: http://www.uoguelph.ca/scottish/

Centre for Scottish Studies:

Email: scottish@nulluoguelph.ca

Tel 519 824-4120 ext 53209



May 8, 2013
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


University of Guelph, Mackinnon 227



N1G 2W1


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University of Guelph, Scottish Studies