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April Lecture and Fellowship Election

27th April 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



This will be a hybrid event hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland which will take place both in Augustine United Church and online. Immediately after the lecture there will be a drinks reception.

It may be necessary, due to any future local restrictions imposed because of the pandemic, to move certain events to fully online only. Please keep an eye on the Society website, e-newsletters and your email inbox for the latest news and further information on Society events.

This event is free and open to all.


Lecture information

This event will feature two short 20 minute presentations given by Early Career Researchers/recent PhD graduates on their research linked to Scotland’s past.


Displaying National Antiquities in the mid-19th century: Scotland, England and Ireland by Dr Julie Holder BA (Hons) MLitt FSAScot, National Museums Scotland

This lecture will compare the mid-19th century classification and display strategies of the museum of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland with the British Museum and the museum of the Royal Irish Academy. Museum displays ‘perform’ meaning through labels, catalogues and physical arrangements. A comparison of such displays reveals the priorities informing the ways in which ‘national’ antiquities were presented in the mid-19th century and how this was similar, or differed, in Scotland, England and Ireland. 

Julie Holder is an Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary History at National Museums Scotland (NMS) in the Scottish History and Archaeology department. In 2021, Julie completed an AHRC-funded PhD at NMS in collaboration with the University of Glasgow entitled ‘Collecting the Nation: Scottish History, Patriotism and Antiquarianism after Scott (1832-91)’. Julie’s research critically examined the relationships between collecting, displaying and writing about the Scottish past within the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and located this within the broader British and European context. 


‘Old Scotch’: The Early Work of David Bryce (1803–1876) by Dr Ralph St Clair Wade FSAScot, University of Cambridge

David Bryce (1803–1876) was one of Victorian Britain’s most prolific architects. His opulent, richly-modelled buildings left a lasting impression on Edinburgh, the city of his birth and practice. Working in the age of ‘Balmorality’ and building on the contributions of William Burn and R. W. Billings, Bryce led the revival of the Scottish baronial style. Based on new archival discoveries, this talk starts with an introduction to one of Edinburgh’s great architects before offering new insights into the revival of Scotland’s national architecture. 

Ralph St Clair Wade lectures in the History of Art at Cambridge University. He has recently completed his PhD at Cambridge, and was concurrently a Visiting Scholar at Edinburgh University, funded by the Paul Mellon Centre (Yale University). His current projects include short courses at the Wallace Collection, London and at the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and a sporadic contributor to Private Eye magazine. 

This event will also feature the Spring Election of new Fellows to the Society outside of our Anniversary Meeting on St Andrew’s Day.  Information on the applicants and how to vote in this election is here; ballots are sent out to those for whom we do not have an email address. Voting is now closed.

You will need to be logged into the website as a Fellow (use the red Fellows Login button at the top of the Society webpages). This will give you the opportunity to vote online for new Fellows.


April Lecture Registration



House Rules

The Society has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and bullying.

All attendees are requested to act with respect to one another during this hybrid event.

Anyone making comments which we believe to be inappropriate (e.g. offensive or abusive) will be removed from the event immediately. Equivalent procedures (e.g. with regard to spam) will apply online.


COVID-19 Precautions for attending in-person events

To ensure all attendees and members of staff have a safe and enjoyable experience at these events, please make sure you adhere to the following rules:

We request that you do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms prior to the event

Try to maintain social distancing where possible and respect those with Distance Aware badges or lanyards

Please use hand sanitising stations provided

Listen to further announcements made by members of staff



The main entrance to the church is up four steps with a handrail.

Step free access is available via a door to the right of the building – please ring the bell for attention. Please note there is a tight turn in this passageway.

A standard accessible toilet is available on the ground floor and lower level (accessible via lift).

The venue (AUC sanctuary) has a hearing loop included.

Assistance dogs are allowed inside the venue.

If attending via Zoom, captions are included.

You can find further information on Accessibility here.


27th April 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom
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