Heriot-Watt experts educate and entertain Pentlands Book Festival audiences Date:

An audience of 35 people drawn from the villages of the upper Water of Leith enjoyed an entertaining and educational scientific supper on Tuesday 21 November.

At the supper, guest speaker Professor Andy White of Heriot-Watt University described his research on the conservation of the red squirrel population in Scotland.

The spread of the grey squirrel population into Scotland is being slowed by the work of conservationists and interpretations taken from the mathematical model Andy has built. Attendees heard how the red squirrel is making a come back with the unlikely help of the pine martin.  Those at the supper went away better informed and aware how Mathematics can play a role in preserving our native species.

Heriot-Watt also welcomed 16 visitors from the Pentlands Book Festival on Tuesday 28 November to the event featuring records from the University archives. Selected highlights from the Gibson-Craig estate papers included a title deed for Riccarton from 1514, estate and Calder Road Trust maps and a 17th century tailor’s account. Numerous photographs from the John Tweedie collection of Kinleith Mill, Currie and Juniper Green  were also available to browse.

The University collections are available for use by appointment by contacting 0131 451 3218 or emailing heritage@hw.ac.uk. The catalogue is available on-line at https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/heritage-information-governance.htm.

More information on both these events is available on the Pentlands Book Festival website, where details of the other events are also on show.