Galashiels Academy hosted the inaugural event of an exciting year of inspirational visits to the Borders from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).
Drawing on the area’s rich cultural, natural and social history, RSE @ Scottish Borders will offer a range of activities designed to enable everyone in the region to address issues relating to its future development and continuing prosperity.
Last Thursday, pupils from Galashiels Academy were joined by lecturers and students from Edinburgh College of Art to explore the possibilities of ‘fashioning science’.
Drawing on the town’s rich textiles history, the creative session challenged pupils to reimagine the classic shirt through the topical lenses of environmental impact and sustainability.
RSE Fellow and convenor of the programme, Professor Jan McDonald, said: “We are delighted to be taking such a varied series of events to the Borders.
“With the Borders Railway due to open in a matter of months, our programme comes at a key moment in the history and economy of the region. We have something on offer in which we hope all in the community can be engaged and I would encourage everyone to get involved.”
Led by members of the RSE’s distinguished Fellowship and other experts, events already planned cover the area’s important fishing, farming and textile industries; the place of the Borders within the Scottish Enlightenment; and the legacy of the Border Ballads. More public events will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
All RSE @ Scottish Borders events will be free to attend. Bookings can be made with the RSE Events Team on 0131 240 2780, email@example.com or online at www.royalsoced.org.uk/events.