Category Archives: Lecture


250 years ago today…

10th December 2018 | Categories: Lecture

250 years ago today the first pages of Encyclopaedia Britannica were published in Edinburgh. William Smellie was one of the original founders of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and editor of the first edition of the Britannica, as well as William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine, the Scots Magazine, and the first transactions of the Society…


Event Programme 2018-2019

5th September 2018 | Categories: Lecture, Up and coming events

Our full Programme for the year is now available and bookings are open online  Download the leaflet here.


Joint NLS and Society Lecture: William Smellie

9th July 2018 | Categories: Lecture

This July the Society is joining forces with the National Library of Scotland to host a public lecture by Professor Stephen W Brown FSA Scot on William Smellie, a co-founder of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and editor of the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as the first volume of Archaeologia…

Alexander Henry Rhind

Rhind Lectures 2018: Publications Special Collection

7th June 2018 | Categories: Lecture, Publications, Up and coming events

The prestigious annual Rhind lectures will take place from 22 June to 24 June 2018. This year, John Barber will be lecturing on ‘Drystone technologies: Neolithic tensions and Iron Age compressions’. One of the highlights of the Society calendar, we have decided to mark this year’s event with a collection of our favourite related books…

“Scotland’s earliest people, their landscape and houses” – Alan Saville Memorial Conference

“Scotland’s earliest people, their landscape and houses” – Alan Saville Memorial Conference

13th April 2017 | Categories: Conference, Lecture, Research, ScARF

Conference On the 17th June 2017, there will be a day conference in honour of Alan Saville, past Society of Antiquaries of Scotland President. The day will comprise a set of brief talks but, more importantly, lots of discussion related to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic occupation of Scotland, focused on the possible dwellings and ‘houses’…

Some of the newly elected Fellows at the 2016 Anniversary Meeting

Welcome to new Fellows

1st December 2016 | Categories: Lecture

At the successful Anniversary Meeting and AGM of the Society on St Andrews Day all the proposed Fellows were successfully elected – congratulations to them all!  New Fellow packs are being sent out this week and we look forward to seeing you at future events or hearing from you at any time.  Please see the…

History Preserving the Monuments of Antiquity

2016 Rhind Lectures now online!

24th October 2016 | Categories: Lecture, Research

The 2016 Rhind Lectures by Professor Roey Sweet are now available to view from our Resources section of the website.  Head there now and enter “Rhind” into the search box! “Antiquaries, archaeologists and the invention of the historic town c.1700-1860” was presented by Professor Roey Sweet, University of Leicester, Centre for Urban History.  The lectures were…

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Prehistoric and Modern Architecture Crumble as Medieval is Crowned King

2nd February 2016 | Categories: Lecture

As part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, brochs, castles and even a high school went head-to-head at the National Museum of Scotland to determine a victor. The prehistoric, medieval and modern eras were represented by three experts, who argued for the most important architectural innovations in Scotland’s past at the event…


Edinburgh Scandinavian Studies Research Seminar

20th January 2016 | Categories: Lecture

Professor Judith Jesch – University of Nottingham Vikings Beyond Boundaries: Migration and Diaspora in the Viking Age and After The Scandinavian Studies Research Seminar Series continues on Tuesday 2 February at 5.15pm with a talk by Professor Judith Jesch from the University of Nottingham. In her talk, she will detail the overseas expansion of Scandinavians…

A Tiny Enclave of Social Action

A Tiny Enclave of Social Action – free talk 9 Dec, Edinburgh

30th November 2015 | Categories: Lecture, Uncategorised

Elizabeth Darling, Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University, will be presenting a free lecture on her research into how women contributed to the reform and transformation of urban environments from the 1890s to the 1950s. Elizabeth received a Research Grant to support her work. All Fellows are invited to attend the talk at 6.30pm,…

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