Monday, 9 March 2020

John Byrne and Paisley Museum

Our next meeting is on Thursday 12 March at 7.30 in Room D133 in UWS, Paisley. Visitors are welcome, with a suggested donation of £3.00.

Aileen Strachan from Paisley Museum will talk about the reimagined Paisley Museum.

Hear about the ways John Byrne will feature in the redeveloped Paisley Museum.  We’ll share our ideas for researching and interpreting John Byrne’s work, and introduce our overall approach to making new displays as part of Paisley Museum Re-Imagined.  The project is transforming Paisley Museum into a world-class attraction housing the town's outstanding collections and bringing to the life the stories of its people, pattern, and heritage.

Please note that the AGM will be held at 7.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Paisley at the Pictures 1950

On Thursday 27 February 2020 at 7.30 pm in Room D133, UWS, Paisley, Brian Hannan will talk on the above subject. Brian describes himself as '.. an odd combination - a movie buff, a food lover (I own a cookery school) and I've been writing fiction since I was fourteen.' his talk will be based on his book of the same name.


The talk is open to visitors with a suggested donation of £3.00.


Protecting the world's 125 M contact lens users

Our next meeting  will take place on Thursday 13 February 2020 at 7.30 pm in Room D133, UWS, Paisley.

The talk will be delivered by 
Fiona Henriquez, Professor of Parasitology, School of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland.


Fiona has kindly provided a short precis of her talk:

Acanthamoeba keratitis is an emerging opportunistic infection caused by the normally free-living protist, Acanthamoeba. Contact lens wear is a major risk factor and their cases and cleaning solutions are vunerable to Acanthamoeba contamination, as this protist is found in every environment, including tap water, swimming pools and air conditioning units. Public and professional awareness is still limited and at UWS we are not only working to understand Acanthamoeba and develop new treatments and prevention measures, but also to engage with the large multinational eye-care industry, Optician practitioners and Ophthalmologists to reduce the risk of the development of microbial keratitis and in particular, Acanthamoeba infections. Interestingly, we are witnessing an emergence of other amoeba pathogens, in particular an infection that is affecting our aquaculture industry, called Amoebic Gill Disease (AGD), caused by Paramoeba. At UWS we are translating our knowledge of Acanthamoeba to Paramoeba in the effort to support the aquaculture industry to prevent heavy economic losses due to this infection. 

There is also further information available here



Guests are welcome with  suggested donation of £3.00.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Meeting 23 January 2020

Our next meeting  will take place on Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7.30 pm in Room D133, UWS, Paisley.

The talk will be delivered by Karen Herbison. Karen runs H-Arts who describe themselves as A true hub of drama & creativity. 
Playwright, Actor, Director and Facilitator Karen specialises in enabling and encouraging creativity & expression.

As well as writing and performing , Karen also carries out educational work.

Her Facebookpage is here H-Arts Facebook
If you wish to join for the remainder of the session, the cost will be half the standard price of £15.00, i.e £7.50.


Guests are welcome with  suggested donation of £3.00.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

May Donoghue, Brexit and Consumer Protection

Our first meeting of 2020 will take place on Thursday 9 January 2020 at 7.30 pm in Room D133, UWS, Paisley.

The talk will be delivered by Michael P. Clancy, OBE, Director Law Reform, The Law Society of Scotland on the above subject.


If you wish to join for the remainder of the session, the cost wil be half the standard price of £15.00, i.e £7.50.

Guests are welcome with  suggested donation of £3.00.




Sunday, 24 November 2019

Therapeutic Art - A New Tool for Mental Health Workers in Zambia

Our next meeting is on Thursday 28 November ay 7.30. The speaker will be Simon Willoughby-Booth of Zambia Therapeutic Art addressing the above subject.


The meeting will take place in Room D133, McLean Building, UWS, Paisley.

Guests are welcome with a suggested donation of £3.00.




Zambia Therapeutic Art (ZTA) is a volunteer-led Scottish charity, which aims to improve care for mental health service users by designing, developing and delivering practice based training in the therapeutic use of art to health and social care staff; working to ensure its ongoing sustainability; monitoring and evaluating the continuing practice; and conducting research.



With Zambia acting as the pilot, we aim to produce a sustainable model of training and service delivery which can be directed, owned, and managed locally, and that can be continued successfully with minimal external support.



We are registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and our charity number is SC045462. You can find our details on the OSCR website.

Simon Willoughby-Booth, is a trustee of ZTA and also the treasurer. He is a retired Art Therapist, has an MSc by Research, and held senior clinician/manager posts in the NHS in Lothian. He has experience in the public and private sectors and as a charity trustee and has been a ZTA trainer in Zambia since 2017.



Monday, 11 November 2019

Science with impact

Our next meeting is on Thursday 14 November ay 7.30. The speaker will be Brian Quinn of UWS, addressing the above.subject.

 A precis is below

What impact does research have? Or more specifically, as an academic, how do I develop research with impact? How do we define impact? Should this impact be economic, societal or environmental? Does it matter? These questions will be addressed in the Paisley Philosophical Institution lecture by Professor Brian Quinn from the University of the West of Scotland, drawing from 20 years’ experience as an ecotoxicologist working closely with regulators and industry to investigate the impact of novel pollutants on the environment and developing practical techniques to solve current issues.

The meeting will take place in Room  D133, McLean Building, UWS, Paisley .

Guests are welcome with a suggested donation of £3.00.