Winter Lectures – Session 2018-19

In the winter there is a series of lectures which are usually illustrated. They are held on Thursdays at 7.30pm in Ayr Town Hall.

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 Barnet, 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

Followed by short AGM


11 April          Social Evening in Loudoun Hall


For your information, the following 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


Thurs 12th April

Social Evening in Loudoun Hall

Informative entertainment and buffet