STORM’S EDGE

September 9 → 5:15 pm6:15 pm

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

Dr John and Ann Cumming Memorial Lecture

Prof. Peter Marshall of Warwick University, born and raised in Orkney, looks into three crucial centuries that shaped the islands of today. In those years, modern Scotland, and then modern Britain, was emerging from the medieval world and being forged and tested amidst religious, political and economic upheaval. The ebbs and flows of national currents carried Orcadians along in their wake, through civil wars and revolutions, church conflicts and witch persecutions, trade expansions and farming transformations. And though Orkney itself, as he reflects in his new book Storm’s Edge, is often seen as remote from the mainstream, the remote places are where the force of the storm can best be seen. His earlier book on the English Reformation won the 2018 Wolfson History Prize.

Dr John Cumming’s career in insurance was characterised by his ability to rescue and rebuild, in particular with the recovery of the Anglo American Insurance Group when he effectively set up a full insurance organisation from scratch in just 90 days. In retirement to first Orkney with strong family connections and then Edinburgh, he and his wife Ann, an artist, both gave much time and support to community initiatives.

ARCS AND SPARKS – RECHARGED!
AND IN AN INSTANT ALL WAS LIGHT

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