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Special Collections

Palace Green Library Events

“Essential Agony”: the soldier’s experience of the Battle of Dunbar

3rd September 2018, 18:00 to 19:30, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

Join us for an evening talk by historian Arran Johnston, about the Battle of Dunbar. Booking essential.


Arran Johnston, Director of the Scottish Battlefields Trust


Join battlefield historian Arran Johnston, director of the Scottish Battlefields Trust, on a visit to the front lines of 17th century warfare and imagine how the Battle of Dunbar was experienced by the individual soldiers who fought there.

This illustrated talk aims to bring the battle vividly to life, bringing together the speaker’s intimate knowledge of the terrain, contemporary sources, and familiarity with the weapons and tactics of the time. Battles were won or lost not just on the decisions of great commanders, but by the actions or frailties of the thousands of men and horses they directed and the nature of the landscapes they found themselves within.

This presentation takes us across the battlefield today, highlighting the key locations and describing the events which occurred there in dramatic detail, taking the audience into the heart of the action.


Tickets are priced at £9.50 for this event. Tickets for evening talks also include a repeat visit ticket to the exhibition with exclusive after-hours access between 5pm and 6pm on the day of the talk. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

More events and activities will be added to the Palace Green Library website as they are confirmed so please check regularly for updates.

Contact pg.custodian@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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