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Scots Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop at the opening of the

THE Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, has helped launch a conference at the University of Stirling.

“The Landscapes of Conflict” event opened today (Friday) and continues tomorrow (Saturday 8 June). It is being held in our Pathfoot Building, on our main Stirling Campus.

Fiona Hyslop with Alistair Peebles.The free event - open to the public – looks at how landscapes influence both civil and military conflicts, today and in the past. Everything from Bannockburn to the modern-day conflicts over wind farms will be discussed.

Dr Catherine Mills, who helped to organise the event - said: “The event is open to everyone – from the general public to post-graduate students and senior academics.  We hope local people will drop in for some or all of the sessions.  The full programme is now online at . There’s no need to pre-book, just come to our Pathfoot building on the day.”

To tie in with the conference, a new exhibition called “Blueprints” has been launched at the University, featuring the work of Orkney-based artist Alistair Peebles.

Top picture shows (from left) artist Alistair Peebles; Dr Paul Adderley, the Director of the University’s Centre for Environmental History and Policy (CEHP), which organised the conference; Fiona Hyslop MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs; and Dr Catherine Mills, Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental History and Policy.

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