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A Cultural History of UFOs in Scotland

19 July.7:00 pm-8:30 pm

19th July | 7pm – 8:30pm | £5 | In-Centre

Flying saucers and UFOs have been part of Scottish cultural life since the early 1950s. Leaving aside extraordinary explanations for UFOs, this talk traces a history of Scottish UFOs from the 1950s to the 1990s. It looks at the different ways in which people have experienced, understood, and made use of UFOs, and the wider histories into which these stories are woven.

What To Expect

The talk will cover some well-known Scottish UFO narratives, such as the Dechmont Woods encounter of 1979 and the Bonnybridge Triangle of the 1990s. But it will situate these stories in a broader and less familiar context that includes Cold War anxieties, the utopian aspirations of contactee groups, the scientific ambitions of UFO investigation, and the memorials and rituals that surround UFOs. This talk arises from Gavin’s research project on the history of UFOs in Scotland. More information can be found here.

Meet The Host

Gavin Miller

Dr Gavin Miller is Reader in Contemporary Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Glasgow. Alongside the history and culture of UFOs, his research interests include science fiction, the history of the psychological disciplines, and the history of Penguin Books.


19 July
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
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