Upcoming meetings and events
We are continuing to hold our Monthly Meetings at the Eric Liddell Centre, located on the southside of Edinburgh at:
It is just past the junction of Bruntsfield Place, Colinton Road and Morningside Road. Evening parking in this area usually presents no problems and the Centre is served by Lothian buses services 5, 11, 16, 23, 45.
Generally we are in the South Wing which is on the Ground Floor, just to the right of Reception.
8th November: Maria Maclennan on Forensic Jewellery
Historically, jewellery is an artefact inherently intertwined with the subjects of death and identity; from the Ancient Egyptians to the Victorians. Increasingly, jewellery also contributes to practices surrounding identification in a number of forensic fields, assisting with the identification of human remains recovered after crime, death or disaster. Jewellery has personal, religious and cultural significance, with connection to both place and geographic region. Marks or characteristics such as inscriptions, hallmarks, engravings and serial numbers in addition to gemmological markings, can all prove useful in tracing an item’s origins or in narrowing the potential identity of a victim. This presentation will discuss some of the potential techniques for tracing and identifying jewellery recovered with human remains that may have relevance to forensic identification.
Maria Maclennan is an award-winning designer, researcher, facilitator and educator currently based in Dundee - the United Nation’s first and only City of Design. Graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) at The University in Dundee with a Bachelor of Design (with Honours) in Jewellery and Metal Design in 2010, a Master of Design (with Distinction) in 2011, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCERTHE) in 2015, her current PhD research explores the interdisciplinary area of Forensic Jewellery - the first and currently only research of its kind in the world.
Maria has previously worked alongside a number of high-profile organisations within government, law enforcement and education; deploying across the globe to assist with identifying the jewellery recovered after mass-disasters, and delivering talks worldwide to audiences that include the National Crime Agency, Library of Congress, College of Policing, European Academy of Forensic Science, Harrogate international Festivals, and TEDx Inverness. She has appeared on live television and radio broadcasts internationally discussing her development of the field of Forensic Jewellery, including BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow, BBC’s Radio 4 Live, STV’s News at 6, and Scotland Tonight.
If you would like to join us afterwards for a drink or something to eat, we will have a table booked at the nearby Cafe Grande.
29th November: Stuart Pool on Responsibly-sourced Gemstones
This talk will be about the mine-to-market journey of the gemstones of Sri Lanka, highlighting the artisanal mining and will also cover the range of stones that are found there.
Stuart Pool is a specialist in responsibly-mined and fully-traceable coloured gemstones, mainly sourced directly from mines in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He runs gem trading companies Nineteen48 (www.nineteen48.com), Rubyfair (www.rubyfair.com) and Crown Gems, as well as being a co-founder of Fair Luxury (www.fairlux.co.uk), a group focused on positive change in the jewellery industry.
Stuart works very closely with local mine owners to provide a "mine-to- market" service, from extracting the rough gem material and the cutting and polishing of gemstones, right up to the sale of gems to the end customer, both wholesale and retail.
Stuart's companies support charitable projects in both Sri Lanka and the UK and he is also committed to educating the widest possible audience about the issues within the jewellery sector. He is supportive of many initiatives and programmes within the industry which are trying to improve conditions and benefits for those involved in all stages of the supply chains for diamonds, precious metals and coloured gems.
In December we have no meeting scheduled, instead we will be gathering at the Salisbury Arms in Edinburgh on Tuesday the 12th for a pre-Christmas dinner celebration.