Author Archives: Simon Gilmour

Society’s Dig It! Project Launches Scotland Digs 2021 Campaign

21st June 2021 | Categories: Uncategorised

The summer dig season returns with fieldwork planned from Dumfries & Galloway to Shetland. Scotland is shining a spotlight on its world-class archaeology this summer with Scotland Digs 2021. Now in its third year, the campaign will bring together live updates and events for members of the public from 21 June to 22 September. After…

Help Celebrate Composer Felix Yaniewicz

15th June 2021 | Categories: Uncategorised

An exciting project is underway to celebrate Felix Yaniewicz  (1762-1848) for his role in founding Edinburgh’s first music festival in 1815. Yaniewicz was a Polish-Lithuanian violin virtuoso and composer, who began his career in the Polish Royal Chapel, played for Mozart and Haydn in Vienna, and after spells in Italy and Paris, fled the French Revolution…

Our COVID-19 Response – 2021 Update

2nd June 2021 | Categories: Uncategorised

As the time to renew Society subscriptions approaches (due 1st July 2021), we are very aware of the financial strain our Fellows may be experiencing as a result of the continued upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, Society Trustees have agreed that any Fellow suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19 can receive a 25%…

Book Funding Appeal: Radar in Scotland, 1938–46

2nd April 2021 | Categories: Research

Do you want to learn more about the history of radar in Scotland? The Society is working with Ian Brown, an Assistant Curator of Aviation at the National Museum of Flight, on the first published history of ground radar in Scotland during WWII. We depend on publication grants for our books, usually provided by other organisations,…

Society Grants over £26,000 to Support Research into Scotland’s Past

23rd March 2021 | Categories: Research

The Society Council Trustees have awarded £26,319 to fifteen projects examining a wide range of topics from manuscript research to excavations investigating Mesolithic activity in the highlands. A key part of our charitable activity is to support and encourage research into Scotland’s past. Grants not only help create greater knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s heritage but…

Society Intervenes to Stop the Sale of Human Remains at an Edinburgh Auction House

15th March 2021 | Categories: Uncategorised

“You are talking about part of a human body, a person, someone’s son or daughter and it should be treated with respect.” – Dr Simon Gilmour, Director of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Late on Thursday 4 March, the Society was made aware that a human skull was set to be sold at an Edinburgh auction house on…

New Grant Fund Available!

4th March 2021 | Categories: Research

The Society supports high-quality research and publication relating to Scotland’s past through several grants and awards. We are extremely pleased to be able to offer a new grant fund in the name of Dr Euan MacKie to provide for scientific analyses or reconstruction images relating to Neolithic or Iron Age Scotland.  Supported by his family, the Dr Euan…

Tune in to the Rhind Lectures 2020

14th December 2020 | Categories: Lecture, Up and coming events

The Rhind Lectures 2020 have begun, with the first lecture now available to watch free on our YouTube channel. This year, the series of six lectures by Dr Alison Sheridan will offer an in-depth assessment of the current state of our knowledge about the period c.4000-2500 BC, when new ways of living and of making sense of the world appeared…

Call for Papers – Early Medieval Kingship

7th December 2020 | Categories: Conference, Uncategorised

Have something to say about early medieval kingship in Scotland? The Places of Royal Power and Ritual in Early Medieval Scotland and Europe Conference will be held in Perth on 18 June 2021, and now is your chance to take part. The aim of the conference is to explore the diverse range of evidence for early…

New Society President and Treasurer

3rd December 2020 | Categories: Appointments, Uncategorised

Following our AGM and Anniversary Meeting on Saint Andrew’s Day 2020, we are happy to announce the newly elected President and the newly elected Treasurer of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. We are very pleased to have Ian and Kenneth join our team, and look forward to working with them on several exciting new projects…

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