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April 2015

Lecture in Edinburgh: Antiquaries & archaeologists in the depiction of the hard edges of time

13th April 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Plan of the Broch of Lingro (1870) @RCAHMS Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk

Stratford Halliday, FSA Scot, University of Edinburgh. The Society has a long tradition of archaeological fieldwork, creating drawings that chart the evolution of survey and investigation in the field over the last two hundred years.

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Lecture in Aberdeen: Antiquaries and archaeologists in the depiction of the hard edges of time

14th April 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Plan of the Broch of Lingro (1870) @RCAHMS Licensor www.rcahms.gov.uk

Stratford Halliday BSc FSA Scot, University of Edinburgh.
The Society has a long tradition of archaeological fieldwork, creating drawings that chart the evolution of survey and investigation in the field over the last two hundred years.

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The Rhind Lectures Day 1- British Archaeology: its progress and demands

24th April 2015 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
event-rhind-cover-2015

Expert panels and lectures at the 2015 Rhind Lectures will present and discuss topics aimed at setting an agenda for 21st century archaeology. Please join us for a fascinating weekend of sessions. All sessions are free and no ticket required.

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The Rhind Lectures Day 2 – British Archaeology: its progress and demands.

25th April 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
DNA Strands

Exploring the resilience of archaeology and the application of DNA science

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The Rhind Lectures Day 3 – British Archaeology: its progress and demands.

26th April 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Alexander Henry Rhind

An exploration of how archaeology tells the story of the past. As archaeologists become ever better at recovering data, how do we communicate what we find?

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May 2015
£35 - £40

Archaeological Research in Progress 2015

30th May 2015 @ 9:15 am - 5:00 pm
Research on Mesolithic and Neolithic activity in the Cairngorms. Copyright:University of Aberdeen

Our national conference in collaboration with Archaeology Scotland examining recent and ongoing archaeological projects

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August 2015
£35 - £45

Summer Excursion 2015 Sunday 30th August

30th August 2015
Stobs Camp, Nr Hawick Copyright: Courtesy of RCAHMS. Licensor www.rcahms

This year we head to the Borders. Professor Richard Fawcett will guide us round medieval Dryburgh Abbey followed by a visit led by Allan Kilpatrick to Stobs Camp and military training ground. Dr Chris Bowles, local archaeology officer will be onboad our bus to highlight key historic sites in the area.

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£5.00

Photography: A Victorian Sensation Talk & exhibition visit for Fellows Mon 31 August

31st August 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mrs Elizabeth (Johnston) Hall by Hill + Adamson

Meet the pioneers of photography in the company of curator Dr Alison Morrison Low FSA Scot. After an introductory talk in the seminar room you will be able to browse the exhibition with Alison on hand to answer your questions.

Tickets only £5 (normal exhibition entry £10) places limited book now!

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October 2015

A War of Words: propaganda in the wars of the Rough Wooings – Edinburgh 12 Oct

12th October 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lecture by Dr Amy Blakeway, University of Kent Between 1543 and 1550 England and Scotland were at war. Both sides, however, used the pen as well as the sword, and the war of words which ensued was given a particularly fierce edge as whilst Scotland remained Catholic England had embraced Protestantism. This lecture will explore propaganda produced by both sides, ranging from poems to proclamations, to shed new light on this important moment in Anglo-Scottish relations. Please scroll down to…

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A War of Words: propaganda in the wars of the Rough Wooings – Aberdeen 13 Oct

13th October 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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MQS Seal NMS1

Lecture by Dr Amy Blakeway, University of Kent   Between 1543 and 1550 England and Scotland were at war. Both sides, however, used the pen as well as the sword, and the war of words which ensued was given a particularly fierce edge as whilst Scotland remained Catholic England had embraced Protestantism. This lecture will explore propaganda produced by both sides, ranging from poems to proclamations, to shed new light on this important moment in Anglo-Scottish relations.  

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November 2015

Lifting the lid – Tour for Fellows Wed 4th November Fully Booked!

4th November 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Library of Scotland,
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh , EH1 1EW United Kingdom
Bird's Custard advert 1920s. From Lifting the Lid. 400 years of food and drink in Scotland exhibition at the National Library of Scotland.

Join curator Olive Geddes, for a guided tour of the National Library’s summer exhibition Lifting the Lid: 400 years of food and drink in Scotland.  Learn more about Scotland’s changing relationship with food and drink over the centuries which is explored using the Library’s rich collections of manuscript and printed recipe books.  Among the fascinating items on display are historic recipe books, some dating as far  as the 17th century, household accounts and tradesmen’s bills, and amateur and government films about…

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The Forth Bridge: the World Heritage journey – Edinburgh 9 Nov

9th November 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lecture by Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Environment Scotland On Sunday 5th July 2015, The Forth Bridge was inscribed onto the World Heritage list by UNESCO at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee.  This lecture describes how the Bridge came to be Scotland’s 6th World Heritage Site, and how it was the first successful UK nomination since 2009. Please scroll down to book!

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The Forth Bridge: the World Heritage journey – Aberdeen 10 Nov

10th November 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Lecture by Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Environment Scotland     On Sunday 5th July 2015, The Forth Bridge was inscribed onto the World Heritage list by UNESCO at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee.  This lecture describes how the Bridge came to be Scotland’s 6th World Heritage Site, and how it was the first successful UK nomination since 2009.

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Tour of St. Nicholas Church, Aberdeen

21st November 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
View of St Nicholas Church, Aberdeen

The Aberdeen and North East Section of the Society invite you to a tour of the historic Mither Kirk of Aberdeen. Led by various experts, attendees will discover the history of the building and learn about the lives of medieval Aberdonians from the scientific analysis of over 1,000 skeletons excavated from the East Church. This event is joint with with the University of Aberdeen and student volunteers from Robert Gordon University. Book online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tour-of-st-nicholas-church-tickets-18736178414  

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The Anniversary Meeting (Annual General Meeting) 30 Nov

30th November 2015 @ 4:30 am - 7:00 pm
panel-about-honorary

Followed by a short address by Jane Ryder OBE FSA Scot, Chair, Historic Environment Scotland: 'Protecting the past, shaping the future'. Drinks reception

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December 2015

Crannogs and Castles: The artificial island of north-east Scotland. Aberdeen- 1 Dec

1st December 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
Castle Island, Loch Kinord

Speaker - Michael Stratigos, University of Aberdeen In conjunction with the Society of Antiquaries Aberdeen & North East Section, Michael Stratigos discusses the presence of Crannogs in the North East as part of the evening lecture series. Crannogs are often considered a western or Atlantic phenomenon in Scotland, despite the presence of a handful of crannogs in north-east Scotland. This region has been consistently over-looked, but new work has shown that there were probably many more crannogs in this region…

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Sir Robert, The Royal Incorporation and the Festival of Architecture 2016 – Edinburgh 14 Dec

14th December 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
15 Rutland Square (c) RIAS1

Lecture by Neil Baxter, Hon FRIAS, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Founded in 1916 at a dinner honouring Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was, with Holyrood Palace, a main beneficiary of Anderson’s Will, five years later. For its centenary, the Incorporation is preparing the largest celebration of the ‘mother of the arts’ ever seen – with public events the length and breadth of Scotland, highlighting the crucial importance of a quality…

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Sir Robert, The Royal Incorporation and the Festival of Architecture 2016 – Aberdeen 15 Dec

15th December 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New Kings 10,
High Street
Old Aberdeen, AB24 3EB United Kingdom
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15 Rutland Square (c) RIAS1

Lecture by Neil Baxter, Hon FRIAS, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Founded in 1916 at a dinner honouring Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was, with Holyrood Palace, a main beneficiary of Anderson’s Will, five years later. For its centenary, the Incorporation is preparing the largest celebration of the ‘mother of the arts’ ever seen – with public events the length and breadth of Scotland, highlighting the crucial importance of a quality…

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January 2016

The Bronze Age Neolithic? Problems of Continuity and Chronology – Edinburgh 11 Jan

11th January 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duggleby Howe

Lecture by Dr Alex Gibson, Reader in Prehistory, University of Bradford In association with The Prehistoric Society   For some time it has been commonly acknowledged that Bronze Age ceramics developed from Neolithic forms. Radiocarbon chronology, however, has shown that there was almost a millennium between the demise of Impressed Wares and the advent of Food Vessels and Urns. Given this chronological gap, how do we explain the undeniable similarities? A closer inspection of Bronze Age culture and customs suggests…

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The Bronze Age Neolithic? Problems of Continuity and Chronology – Aberdeen 12 Jan

12th January 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Duggleby Howe

Lecture by Dr Alex Gibson, Reader in Prehistory, University of Bradford In association with The Prehistoric Society   For some time it has been commonly acknowledged that Bronze Age ceramics developed from Neolithic forms. Radiocarbon chronology, however, has shown that there was almost a millennium between the demise of Impressed Wares and the advent of Food Vessels and Urns. Given this chronological gap, how do we explain the undeniable similarities? A closer inspection of Bronze Age culture and customs suggests…

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Plague!

25th January 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Library of Scotland,
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh , EH1 1EW United Kingdom
PlagueRat

Join Dr Anette Hagan on a curator led tour of “Plague!” The new exhibition at the National Library of Scotland showcases eight contagious diseases that have ravaged Scotland over the last 700 years, and relates the cultural and social history of responses to such epidemics. It highlights government and public health measures, personal accounts in diaries and letters, moral and practical reactions by church people, responses in folk medicine and literature, and through medical investigation. For Fellows only.  Free but…

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February 2016

6,000 Years of Architecture, Innovation and Design

1st February 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 logo

A journey through Scottish architecture from the earliest buildings to today's tower blocks.  Our three speakers have each been given a period of Scotland’s past and presented the challenge to choose their three examples of architectural innovation and design that changed the face of Scotland.  Come and hear their choices and contribute your own! Chair: Prof. Karen Forbes (Edinburgh University) Prehistory (earliest people to 600 AD): Dr Tanja Romankiewicz (Edinburgh University) Medieval (600 AD to Union of the Crowns): Prof. Richard Oram (Stirling University) Modern…

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Fortifying rulership in Pictland: the results of excavations at three fortified enclosures in Northeast Scotland’

9th February 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Excavations underway on top of Dunnicaer Image University of Aberdeen

Dr Gordon Noble, University of Aberdeen, will present this lecture at the Regent Building Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen, hosted by the Aberdeen and North East Section of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. This talk will outline recent results of the University of Aberdeen’s Northern Picts project which involves undertaking surveys and excavations on Pictish sites from Aberdeenshire to Easter Ross. In this presentation Dr Noble will focus on the work at three fortified sites: Dunnicaer and Rhynie, both Aberdeenshire and Burghead,…

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The Literary Forgeries of ‘Antique Smith’ Edinburgh 15 Feb

15th February 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Library of Scotland,
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh , EH1 1EW United Kingdom
Defendants in the Antique Smith trial1

Lecture by Dr Ralph McLean, National Library of Scotland This talk examines the career of Alexander Howland Smith ‘Antique Smith’ who rose to notoriety in the 1890s through his forgeries of famous Scots such as Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott. By looking at the Society of Antiquaries extensive Smith collection this talk will investigate Smith’s techniques, provide examples of his forgeries, and relate his eventual discovery and downfall. This event is now fully booked!  

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A founder’s workshop from the Bronze Age? Excavations in the shadow of Hunterston – Inverness 17 Feb

17th February 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery,
Castle Wynd
Inverness, IV2 3EB United Kingdom
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Excavations to the rear of Hunterston A&B1

Lecture by Mr Tom Rees, Consultant Archaeologist, Rathmell Archaeology Limited Investigations during construction of the Western Link Convertor Station at Hunterston in Ayrshire (http://www.westernhvdclink.co.uk/) revealed a small area of intense prehistoric activity. Excavation revealed a sequence of enclosures bounding a hollow within which were dense pit clusters, working surfaces and post-holes. Field evidence for bronze and iron smelting, founding and smithing (respectively) combined with late Bronze Age pottery suggests a remarkable discovery – an open air workshop from the Bronze…

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A founder’s workshop from the Bronze Age? Excavations in the shadow of Hunterston – Glasgow 18 Feb

18th February 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lecture Theatre 2,
Boyd Orr Buildings, University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ United Kingdom
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Excavations to the rear of Hunterston A&B1

Lecture by Mr Tom Rees, Consultant Archaeologist, Rathmell Archaeology Limited Investigations during construction of the Western Link Convertor Station at Hunterston in Ayrshire (http://www.westernhvdclink.co.uk/) revealed a small area of intense prehistoric activity. Excavation revealed a sequence of enclosures bounding a hollow within which were dense pit clusters, working surfaces and post-holes. Field evidence for bronze and iron smelting, founding and smithing (respectively) combined with late Bronze Age pottery suggests a remarkable discovery – an open air workshop from the Bronze…

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March 2016

White, Black and Grey: recent discoveries in Aberdeen’s friaries

8th March 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Parsdon Gordon map of 1651 which shows friary

Alison Cameron of Cameron Archaeology will present this lecture at the Regent Building Lecture Theatre hosted by the Aberdeen and North East Section of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Three of the four Aberdeen medieval friaries have now been subjected to archaeological excavation, the Carmelite, Franciscan and Domincan. This talk will pull together what we now know about these important religious institutions. There are human remains from all sites and this includes the recent 25 individuals excavated at Robert Gordon's on…

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Living and dying at Auldhame, East Lothian – Edinburgh 14 March

14th March 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Excavation in progress at Auldhamea

Lecture by Dr Anne Crone, Project Manager, AOC Archaeology Excavations on the headland at Auldhame have uncovered a millennium of burial activity, from the 7th century to the 17th century AD. The earliest phase saw the establishment of a monastic settlement probably associated with the Anglian saint, Balthere. A grave with Hiberno-Norse connections signaled the end of this settlement, possibly violently, and the site subsequently became a parish church and graveyard, finally ending up as a family burial aisle or…

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Living and dying at Auldhame, East Lothian – Aberdeen 15 March

15th March 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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Excavation in progress at Auldhamea

Lecture by Dr Anne Crone, Project Manager, AOC Archaeology Excavations on the headland at Auldhame have uncovered a millennium of burial activity, from the 7th century to the 17th century AD. The earliest phase saw the establishment of a monastic settlement probably associated with the Anglian saint, Balthere. A grave with Hiberno-Norse connections signaled the end of this settlement, possibly violently, and the site subsequently became a parish church and graveyard, finally ending up as a family burial aisle or…

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April 2016

Celts: art and identity – Edinburgh 11 April

11th April 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
t.1968.L

Lecture by Dr Fraser Hunter, National Museums Scotland The idea of Celts is a potent, popular and enormously varied one, applied to many different types of evidence in different contexts. Coinciding with a major exhibition on Celts at the National Museum of Scotland, this talk will consider the many different things which get called Celtic art. It will consider what these different “Celtic arts” say about connections and differences across Europe, and consider the role of decoration in making powerful…

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Celts: art and identity – Aberdeen 12 April

12th April 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Regent Building Lecture Theatre, Aberdeen,
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX United Kingdom
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t.1968.L

Lecture by Dr Fraser Hunter, National Museums Scotland The idea of Celts is a potent, popular and enormously varied one, applied to many different types of evidence in different contexts. Coinciding with a major exhibition on Celts at the National Museum of Scotland, this talk will consider the many different things which get called Celtic art. It will consider what these different “Celtic arts” say about connections and differences across Europe, and consider the role of decoration in making powerful…

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May 2016

Rhind Lectures: Antiquaries, archaeologists and the invention of the historic town c 1700-1860 6th, 7th and 8th May

6th May 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8th May 2016 @ 5:00 pm
History Preserving the Monuments of Antiquity

Friday 6th May, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm, Saturday 7th May, 11. am - 5.00 pm, Sunday 8th May, 2. 00 pm - 5.00 pm   Professor Roey Sweet, Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester The historic town today is a clichéd mainstay of tourism and place-branding; its credentials go back to the eighteenth century when antiquaries first began seriously to study the physical remains of the past and to single out towns as of particular historical interest. These…

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Archaeological Research in Progress

28th May 2016 @ 9:15 am - 5:00 pm
The Volunteer Hall,
St John Street
Galashiels, Scottish Borders TD1 3JK United Kingdom
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This year's event is being organised by Archaeology Scotland at the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels This joint Archaeology Scotland and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland day conference provides an annual opportunity to hear up-to-date accounts of Archaeological Research in Progress in Scotland. Registration for the event will be from 9.15 am on Saturday 28th May at The Volunteer Hall, St John Street, Galashiels, Borders, TD1 3JK. A buffet lunch is included and there will be an opportunity to  pick up your…

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June 2016
£2 - £12

Celts Exhibition and Curator Talk

Blair Drummond gold torcs

This major NMS exhibition, organised in partnership with the British Museum, unravels the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name "Celts" through the extraordinary art objects they made and used.  Join Dr Fraser Hunter, NMS principal curator of Iron Age and Roman collections in the NMS Auditorium for an introductory talk about the artefacts before touring the exhibition yourself. Open to Fellows and non-Fellows - everyone is welcome to attend and learn about this…

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July 2016
£40.00 - £45.00

Summer Excursion 2016 – Saturday 30th July 2016

30th July 2016 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
st-vigeans-stones-main

More than 1,000 years ago the sleepy Angus village of St Vigeans was the centre of a royal estate and of huge religious importance. The most important indications of the village’s powerful past can be found in two adjoining sandstone cottages. Within their walls in Historic Scotland’s newly refurbished museum are housed 38 carved stones which are among the last and very finest expressions of Pictish art, making them tremendously important – part of our national collection of the earliest…

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August 2016

Scottish History and Design – a sale preview

11th August 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lyon & Turnbull Ltd,
33 Broughton Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3RR United Kingdom
LyonTurnbull

We are delighted to collaborate with our friends in Lyon & Turnbull to offer Fellows the opportunity to attend an evening lecture event. Hear three experts discuss their areas of interest (weapons, glass and silver) with a focus on Scottish design and material culture. Relax with a drink and socialise while previewing the upcoming Scottish Silver & Applied Arts auction items.  Booking is essential, scroll down to book your ticket now. In association with Lyon & Turnbull

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October 2016
£30 - £120

Sir Walter Scott the antiquary: conference celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of The Antiquary

7th October 2016 @ 9:00 am - 8th October 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Bust of Sir Walter Scott

Venue: Friday 7th October, Auditorium, NMS, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF Venue: Saturday 8th October, Abbotsford House, Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 9BQ Join us in this unique event to uncover a different side to Sir Walter Scott, the antiquary and collector and the physical culture surrounding and inspiring him, to be held in collaboration with Abbotsford House. Expert talks and discussion will explore and assess Scott’s interests in Scotland’s past and will celebrate 200 years of The Antiquary. Published in…

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“The creation of archaeology as a science in Scotland in the mid 19th century” – Edinburgh 10 October 2016

10th October 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Easter Aquorthies Recumbent Stone Circle

This lecture explores how Daniel Wilson’s ideas to recognise the practice of archaeology as a science were taken forward through the investigations of stone circles in north eastern Scotland.

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