Hendrick's Parlour Bar

Hendrick's Parlour Bar

“Immersive theatre productions tend to operate in dynamically fluid settings, allowing the audience a more active, voyeuristic, and central role, while also individualizing their experiences” (Adam Green)... 

The Quintessential Anthology of Gin

The Quintessential Anthology of Gin

Hendrick’s brand ambassador for Northern Europe Duncan McRae takes us through a “cocktail of cultural and curious occurrences,” as he informs the audience about the world of gin, from its cultural history through to its scientific make-up and how it's made... 

Fear and Loathing

Fear and Loathing

'Are you coming to a lecture?' an inquisitive young man dressed in Georgian clothes asked in his most refined English accent. 'Yes' I replied, stirring the delightful gin cocktail that had been delivered to me just minutes before... 

The Theatre of Dissection

The Theatre of Dissection

The nineteenth century marked the golden age of death in art. Built on the dead bodies of the poor, Dr Richard Barnett of the Welcome Trust, tells the story of this revolution in medical art and the challenges in bringing these sometimes disturbing images to a wider audience... 

Portrait of a Serial Killer

Portrait of a Serial Killer

Serial killers walk unseen amongst us. Propelled into celebrity, caricature and myth by their crimes and extraordinary trials, they have often previously lead humdrum lives. But what characteristics allowed well respected Edinburgh citizens to callously kill their fellows for money? Psychotherapist Caroline Dunford and criminal psychologist Dr Gisli Gudjonsson explore the nature of men and women behind the death masks... 

The Anatomy of Murder

The Anatomy of Murder

With the increase in anatomy schools in the eighteenth century, a growing demand for bodies for dissection provided ideal conditions for the infamous body snatching serial killers, Burke and Hare... 

A Genteel Tipple Through Gin in Literature

A Genteel Tipple Through Gin in Literature

‘I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I'm under the table, after four I'm under my host.’ So said Dorothy Parker. Gin has fuelled legendary writers, unforgettable characters and gripping plots... 

The Art of Voodoo

The Art of Voodoo

In 1836 seventeen tiny dolls were unearthed in Edinburgh that appeared to correspond to the tragic victims of Burke and Hare’s murderous spree. To this day no one knows who made the dolls or why, but many believe them to be linked to black magic... 

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Workshop

Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Workshop

Dabble in dissection and preservation as you learn the process behind basic taxidermy from skinning and preserving to mounting and positioning the animal. Discover the curious art of anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics to animals, plants or non-living things in this fascinating workshop that lifts the lid on the intriguing world of taxidermy... 

Zombies I Have Known and Loved

Zombies I Have Known and Loved

Famed for their obsession with brains zombies have long been part of the mainstream. Over a zombie-making workshop, author Frank Swain takes us through the science of zombies, from dog heads brought back to life without their bodies to military interrogation techniques... 

Consciousness

Consciousness

Are you awake? Are you dreaming? How much of our world is a construction of our brain, a mere figment of our imagination? Join neuroscientist Anil Seth as he reveals what science can and cannot tell us about the mysteries of consciousness... 

Jelly Brain Dissections

Jelly Brain Dissections

How can a three pound mass of jelly that you can hold in the palm of your hand imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos? Join us for a delectable dissection of the baffling brain and discover which parts of the brain are responsible for different things as we reveal the amazing inner architecture that gives rise to all we are, think and feel... 

Memory Clinic Installation

Memory Clinic Installation

‘Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, paints pictures of the past and of the day.’ Voyage into the wondrous world of recollection at the Memory Clinic Installation – a curious construction of memory filled test tubes that reflect the intricacies of the brain and the complex areas that are involved in memory processing... 

The Power of Smell

The Power of Smell

Mice can undergo smell-induced abortions. Horses can tell how related they are to other horses by sniffing them. What about humans? Encounter the sensational power of smell with scientist Ed Bracey as he explores how our marvellous brains interpret scent, how we compare with other animals and how smell actually works... 

Carnival of Lost Emotions

Carnival of Lost Emotions

Travel back in time and explore long obsolete emotions from history, with the help of an amazing machine. Discover how the emotions we have been able to experience are fundamentally historical and ever changing as you to get to grips with the richness and complexity of feelings throughout the ages... 

5x15

5x15

Five speakers, 15 minutes, one high-octane evening of enlightening, and inspirational spoken word cabaret. Join 5x15 for their signature event, bringing speakers from diverse backgrounds to reveal their most innovative ideas and abiding passions... 

Pillow Talk and Sweet Nothings

Pillow Talk and Sweet Nothings

Ernest Hemingway - Boxer, bullfighter, soldier … romantic? Naomi Wood explores the four marriages, inflammatory letters, billet-doux and sensual telegrams that reveal the softer side of renowned hard-man Ernest Hemingway... 

Carnival of Curious Animals

Carnival of Curious Animals

Discover the bizarre stories and examine specimens of some of the world’s most celebrated and strangest animals, from Lonesome George the bachelor tortoise, Chi-Chi the pre-eminent panda to Ham the astrochimp... 

A Forensic Investigation

A Forensic Investigation

Join forensic expert Professor Sue Black OBE as she discusses her fascination with the astounding inner workings of the human body and her illustrious career in forensic science. From identifying human bodies in Kosovo to uncovering evidence for the UN’s War Crimes Tribunal, listen in awe as she recounts her fascinating exploits and reveals the techniques and methods used to disclose the mysteries of anatomy... 

The Hour

The Hour

'When evening quickens in the street, comes a pause in the day's occupation that is known as the cocktail hour'. So said Bernard de Voto. The Cocktail Hour is the most delightful ritual, and one worth considered cogitation... 

A Novel Cure

A Novel Cure

In need of life rejuvenation? Join School of Life bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud as she offers advice and inspiration from the world’s most renowned writers and prescribes much needed literary tonics to cure life’s ills and ails. 

The Martini Cocktail - Stirred, Not Shaken

The Martini Cocktail - Stirred, Not Shaken

Shaken or stirred? Gin or vodka? Olive or twist? Is the Martini the king of drinks, or an amusing antique? The Silver Bullet as it is affectionately known is perhaps the most celebrated cocktail that has ever been... 

Advice for Humans

Advice for Humans

After an unusual incident, Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him, clothes confuse him and his loving wife and teenage son feel repulsive to him... 

Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge

Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge

If knowledge is the food of the soul, then let us Feast! This travelling parlour of enlightenment combines exceptional experts and erudite amateurs in a fiesta of learning and fine cocktails... 

Create Your Own Comic

Create Your Own Comic

Create your very own comic strip in this unique, fun art class, led by Creative Director of Graphic Scotland, Ariadne Cass-Maran. With live models and inspiring stories, Ariadne will help bring your characters to life and enlighten you on the techniques required to create your very own comic strip...