About Us

Welcome to a Society that has been around for over 230 years, actively supporting the study and enjoyment of Scotland’s past.

Founded in 1780 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1783 the Society’s purpose is “to investigate both antiquities and natural and civil history in general, with the intention that the talents of mankind should be cultivated and that the study of natural and useful sciences should be promoted.

The antiquities that society members, like Sir Walter Scott, originally collected, form the basis of the collection at the National Museum of Scotland and were gifted to the nation in the mid nineteenth century.

Two hundred years on we continue to promote the understanding and conservation of Scotland’s historical and archaeological environment for the benefit of all. Today we are an independent charity stimulating discussion and collaboration and supporting research.

Increasingly we’re involved in helping to translate the past for a contemporary audience, highlighting its relevance today. We publish high quality books and peer reviewed papers, programme lectures and conferences featuring leading experts and administer prestigious grants and prizes.

We also act as advocates for the heritage sector, responding to government consultations and chairing meetings and symposia. We are an impartial voice for Scotland’s past and a focal point for its diverse strands.

The Society is governed by a voluntary Council and run by a small staff. It is mainly funded by membership subscription with several thousand Fellows spread around the world all connected through their interest in Scotland’s past.

Our History

Our History

For over 230 years the Society has been actively supporting the study and enjoyment of Scotland’s past.

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows

Persons eminent in any branch of antiquarian study

Trustees

Trustees

Responsible for governance and strategic direction

Aberdeen and North-East Section

Aberdeen and North-East Section

Hosts Society lectures as well as events of their own

Committees

Committees

Supporting Trustees in the pursuance of their objectives

Staff

Staff

Meet our full and part-time staff

Help us to do more

Help us: champion research; stimulate discussion; enhance public understanding; and share our extraordinary heritage. Donate directly to the Society now.