Winter Lectures (on Zoom):

You need to contact Ian Holland at with your email address. He will email you a link which if you double-click will bring up the meeting. Join it with audio and check that your video link is on (camera). The host will let you in. It is important when you load-up Zoom that you insert your name instead of the tablet, etc names. Your name will then come up with your video which will make it easier when we come to question time. On laptops there will be an icon at the top right of the box which you click to gallery view. On tablets you swipe either left to right or right to left to get gallery view. Smart phones may work differently.

Because of the numbers there will be a strict regime. The site will open from 7.00pm to allow time to let people enter. No one will be allowed in after 7.30. After that point everybody except the president will be muted. He will welcome everyone and introduce the speaker who will then take over, he will share his screen in order to bring up pictures, etc.

At the end of the talk, the president will open it up for discussion. Now this is where we need to stick to the rules. If you wish to speak then either raise your hand or show a hand by tapping/clicking on “Reactions”. The host will speak your name and you then un-mute yourself and ask your question. When you have finished please mute yourself again. It will then be the next person’s turn. If you wish a second question, then repeat the process. If you speak too long or forget to re-mute yourself then the host will mute you.

Programme 2020 – 2021



Prof Gerard Carruthers, University of Glasgow.




Saving Red Squirrels.

Giuliana Sinclair. Saving Red Squirrels.


Farms & Wildlife.

Ian Cornforth, Scottish Natural Heritage.


The Caithness Broch Project.

Kenneth McElroy, Caithness Broch Project.


Social Evening by Zoom.

Entertainment by Ayrplay (our own group!)



‘Bloody Knives and Body Snatchers:
Tales from the Collection of Surgeons’ Hall’.

Cat Irving, Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh


Dendrochronology in Scotland’s archaeology, buildings and landscapes

Dr Coralie Mills of Dendrochronicle


Archaeological Methods

Dr. Tessa Poller, University of Glasgow


Viking and Norse Shetland

Dr Andrew Jennings, Shetland Campus, University of Highlands and Islands


‘Materialising Mary at the National Museum of Scotland’

Dr Anna Groundwater, NMS, Principal Curator for Renaissance and Early Modern History, National Museum of Scotland

A short AGM will follow this presentation.

Past programmes:

10th October 2019
Iraia Arabaolaza, GUARD
A Roman Marching Camp in Ayr


Following this fascinating talk you can find more information and detail by clicking on the following link to see/download the above Report:

24th October 2019
Hayley Douglas, Clyde Muirshel Park,
Tag’n’Track Lesser Black Back Gulls

14th November 2019
Anne Crone BA PhD MCIFA FSA Scot
The Black Loch of Myrton

Excavations at Black Loch of Myrton in Dumfries and Galloway in 2015, 2016 and 2017 have yielded stunning new information about life in the Iron Age.


28th November 2019
Dr. Stephen Harrison, University of Glasgow
Viking Burial Practices in Britain and Ireland

9th January 2020
Dr. Douglas G. Lockhart, Scottish Local History Forum
Bazaars, Buildings and Benevolence: 1830s to 1930s.

The word ‘bazaar’ was first used to describe a sale of work in 1813 in London and spread throughout the developed world in the 19th century. By the 1870s they were huge extravaganzas lasting several days, with entertainments, such as puppet shows, theatrical performances and displays of novelties such as electric light, early moving pictures, and motor cars.  At their peak between 1880 and 1910 there were probably over 300 bazaars a year in Scotland. Extravagant bazaars fell out of fashion with the start of World War I.

Local businesses sponsored advertisements in bazaar books, and some supplied materials, such as flour for baking competitions. At one bazaar Sunlight Soap provided soap for washing competitions where men had to wash clothes. Meanwhile women had to whistle or hammer in nails.

Bazaars raised funds for good causes, such as children’s charities, or for the sick. Many public buildings were funded by subscription, but if there was a shortfall, bazaars were held to pay off the debt. About two thirds were for church buildings and halls of various kinds (town, village, drill, masonic, church). There were also bazaars for bridges, harbours, libraries, music and students’ associations. Others were held to raise funds for the work of organisations, such as the Highland Associations, or political parties, and of course many were for sports club funds, including golf, tennis, bowling, curling, rugby, cricket, cycling.


23rd January 2020
(Change of programme due to illness)

Denis Rattenbury, Secretary, AANHS
Enlightenment Edinburgh,
seen from the bottom of a beer glass


13th February 2020
Kirsty Archer-Thompson, Abbotsford Trust

Managing the maintenance, conservation, interpretation and visitor experience at one of the most important writer’s homes in the world, and curating an internationally renowned object collection, archive and library. Passionate about championing literary and creative places as a distinct form of cultural heritage and exploring authorial and artistic legacies and what they mean today.
Studied at Queen’s University, Belfast and University of York.
Previous to working at Abbotsford, Kirsty worked for the York Archaeological Trust as well as working at ‘York Chocolate Story’

“A Delilah of his Imagination”: Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford


27th February 2020
Dr. Alison Cathcart, University of Glasgow
‘The reparatioun of the said harborie is most necessaire and expedient for the honnour creditte and benefeit of the whole cuntrey’: Ayr and plantation in Ireland, c.1550-1625


26th March 2020 … cancelled
Dr Stephanie Johnstone
Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, Ecology and Conservation of Red Squirrels

This presentation will be followed by the 2020 AGM.

Thursday 9th April 2020 … cancelled
The AANHS Social Evening

This was our programme for 2018-2019:

11   October
The Neolithic of Ayrshire in its Wider Context
Dr Ann McSween, Historic Environment Scotland

 25 October
Duping the Luftwaffe – Bomber Decoys of WWII

Niall Logan

15 November
Films of Ayrshire from the Past
Scottish Film Archives

 29 November
Scotland’s Rock Art Project
Dr Tertia Barnett, University of Edinburgh

 10 January
In Search of Robert the Bruce
Dr Martin McGregor, University of Glasgow

 24 January
Culzean Caves: Recent Excavations
Ian Joyce, National Trust for Scotland

14 February
Recent Excavations around the Mediaeval Burgh of Ayr
Tom Rees, Rathmell Archaeology

 28 February
Listen to the Stones: Unleashing the storytelling potential of Scotland’s Carved Stones
Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling

 14 March
Shining a Light on Scotland’s Textile Past
Anita Quye, University of Glasgow

For your information, this was our programme for 2017/2018:

Thurs 12th October
The Botany of Ailsa Craig
Bernard Zonfrillo, Honorary Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Thurs 26th October
St. Ninian and the Sea: New Work on Early Christian Whithorn
Dr. Adrian Maldonado, University of Glasgow

Thurs 9th November
The Lowland Clearances
Peter Aitchison & Andrew Cassell, University of Glasgow

Thurs 23rd November
People and Water at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney
(Buchan Lecture sponsored by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland)
Caroline Wickham-Jones, University of Aberdeen

Thurs 11th January
Neolithic to Art Nouveau: Conservation Projects at AOL Archaeology
Natalie Mitchell, AOC Archaeology

Thurs 25th January
Nature Reserves in Ayrshire
Gill Smart, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Thurs 8th February
Ardrossan Castle
Tom Rees, Rathmell Archaeology

Thurs 22nd February
Discovering the Prehistoric Settlements of Ayr
Kevin Paton, AOC Archaeology

Thurs 8th March
The King under the Care Home: James I and the Perth Charterhouse Project
Professor Richard Oram, University of Stirling
Followed by short AGM

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