The Society hosts the prestigious Rhind Lectures each year, a series of six academic lectures by a single expert over the course of a weekend. The speaker is agreed some years in advance, and the number of lectures allows the lecturer to visit a topic in great detail. The Rhind lectures began in 1874 after the death of Alexander Rhind who left the residue of his estate to endow a lectureship in the Society, and this has come down to us over 133 lectures evolved into the discrete series presented today. Alexander Rhind's portrait can be seen on the Programme banner and here, and an introductory communication is traditionally read out at the beginning of each series, a copy of one such is available here.
Since 2009 the Society has recorded the Rhind lectures and makes these available to everyone across the web.
‘magnificent for the beauty and extent of its buildings and worthy of everlasting fame’ - the architecture of the Scottish late medieval Church
03 May 2013 - 05 May 2013
The Rhind Lectures by Professor Richard Fawcett OBE FRSE FSA FSA Scot, University of St Andrews
13 Apr 2012 - 15 Apr 2012
The Rhind Lectures presented by Professor Kevin Edwards MA PhD FRGS FSA FRSE FSA Scot, University of Aberdeen
Friday 13 April to Sunday 15 April 2012, Edinburgh
29 Apr 2011 - 01 May 2011
The Rhind Lectures presented by Dr Stuart Needham
Friday 29 April 6pm to Sunday 1 May 2011 Edinburgh
23 Apr 2010 - 25 Apr 2010
The Rhind Lectures presented by Professor Martin Carver, University of York,
Friday 23rd April to Sunday 25th April 2010
03 Apr 2009 - 05 Apr 2009
The Rhind Lectures presented by Emeritus Professor Trevor Watkins FSA FSA Scot, University of Edinburgh
Friday 3rd April to Sunday 5th April 2009
The Rhind Lectures are recorded live and edited to provide the best quality online experience, the intellectual property rights remain with each lecturer, but the recordings themselves are copyright of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.