For details of events by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the Scottish Place name Society and the Dumfries and Galloway Society, see the links below the list of our own lectures.
Highlight Talks at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum are also listed below.
AANHS Winter Lectures – Session 2021-22
These will all be on Zoom and held on Thursdays at 7.30pm.
Thursday 14th October 2021
‘Qwhen we goe in the shape of ane haire’, Therianthrophy (Human-Animal Transformation) Belief In Early Modern Scotland
Nicola Cumming, University of Strathclyde
Thursday 28th October 2021
Rethinking Ayrshire’s Lost Neolithic
Dr Kenneth Brophy, University of Glasgow
Thursday 11th November 2021
Garnock Connections: Mitigating Climate Change and Building Biodiversity.
Neal Lochrie, Natural Heritage Project Officer – Garnock Connections
Thursday 25th November 2021
Monuments on the Merging of Empire – Decorating the Antonine Wall Distance Sculptures
Dr Louisa Campbell, University of Glasgow
Cutting-edge research carried out on Roman carved reliefs found at the Antonine Wall has revealed they were once painted in vibrant colours, and were designed to send out a message to the ancient tribes who called the region home. Dr Louisa Campbell of Glasgow University’s archaeology department, spent eight months painstakingly analysing trace elements in the sandstone slabs using X-Rays and lasers to reveal how they would have looked to Roman eyes.
Thursday 13th January 2022
The Scottish Parliament, Maritime Security and the Problem of Piracy in the War of the Three Kingdoms, c. 1639-1651
Dr John Young, Strathclyde University
Thursday 27th January 2022
Thursday 10th February 2022
The Lost Royal Tomb of Robert the Bruce
Dr Ian Fraser, HES
Thursday 24th February 2022
Plagues and Providence in 17th Century Ayr
Dr Michelle Brock, Associate Professor of History, Washington & Lee University, Virginia
Thursday 10th March 2022
“You too could be digging up castles in North Ayrshire”
Dr Simon McGrory, Project Officer (Heritage) – Garnock Connections
How to join one of our Zoom presentations
You need to contact Ian Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Other Societies’ Events
Rhind Lectures, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Highlight Talks at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
All talks are on Wednesdays at 2.30pm in the Robertson Room except for Alan Beck’s on the 24th November at 3pm.
27th of October: Hugh Farrell Welcome Back To Robert Burns – Forget the Biographies, Hear what Robert Burns had to say of himself and of his times.
24th November: Alan Beck, RBWF Senior Vice President, gives a talk entitled A Sincere Disciple: Colin Rae Brown in which he explores the life and times of this important Burnsian and Scottish Patriot with reference to his achievements in the field of Burns memorialisation.
8th December: the Immediate Past President of RBWF, Marc Sherland’s talk is Folklore at Christmas.
Other talks arranged to date in the current series are –
19th January: John Hutcheson Gie Me A Spark Of Nature’s Fire: Songs and Poems of Robert Burns to Celebrate The Bard’s Birthday.
10th February: John Rattenbury on The Burrell Renaissance Project.
18th March: Myra McLanaghan When An Honest Man Became A Doonhamer.
27th April: Mark McLean Scotch on the Rocks: Scotticisms in the Enlightenment.
Scottish Place name Society Autumn Conference 2021
Dumfries and Galloway Society Syllabus 2021 – 2022
|8 October 2021 AGM||Alexander Gibbons||Clay dabbins|
|22 October 2021||Dr Alan Gibbs||How to travel in space and time: the geology of Dumfries and Galloway|
|5 November 2021||Angus E. Rex, President The Galloway Association of Glasgow||The Galloway Association of Glasgow – 1791 to 2021|
|19 November 2021||Claire Williamson, Rathmell Archaeology||The revelations of teacups and taxes at a ruined farmstead on the Raiders Road|
|3 December 2021||Martin Goldberg, National Museums Scotland||The Galloway Hoard|
|14 January 2022||Professor Alistair Alcock||John Campbell, the Kirkbean boy who changed the world of navigation|
|28 January 2022||Jim Tildesley, former director of Scottish Maritime Museum||The saving of The City of Adelaide|
|11 February 2022||Borders Forest Trust||Carrifran Wildwood and beyond!|
|25 February 2022 Members Lecture||John Pickin||The mining archaeology of Dumfries and Galloway|
|11 March 2022||Adrian Maldonado National Museums Scotland||The Whithorn Cold Case project|
|25 March 2022||Sam Gallagher Operations Manager Ben Lomond, Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow, National Trust for Scotland.||Threave Landscape Restoration project|
Last year’s programme 2020 – 2021, which was fully on Zoom:
THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2020
Prof Gerard Carruthers, University of Glasgow.
THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 2020
THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 2020
Saving Red Squirrels.
Giuliana Sinclair. Saving Red Squirrels.
THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2020
Farms & Wildlife.
Ian Cornforth, Scottish Natural Heritage.
THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2020
The Caithness Broch Project.
Kenneth McElroy, Caithness Broch Project.
THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER 2020
Social Evening by Zoom.
Entertainment by Ayrplay (our own group!)
THURSDAY 14 JANUARY 2021
‘Bloody Knives and Body Snatchers:
Tales from the Collection of Surgeons’ Hall’.
Cat Irving, Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh
THURSDAY 28 JANUARY 2021
Dendrochronology in Scotland’s archaeology, buildings and landscapes
Dr Coralie Mills of Dendrochronicle
THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2021
Dr. Tessa Poller, University of Glasgow
THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2021
Viking and Norse Shetland
Dr Andrew Jennings, Shetland Campus, University of Highlands and Islands
THURSDAY 11 MARCH 2021
‘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.
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
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:
The Neolithic of Ayrshire in its Wider Context
Dr Ann McSween, Historic Environment Scotland
Duping the Luftwaffe – Bomber Decoys of WWII
Films of Ayrshire from the Past
Scottish Film Archives
Scotland’s Rock Art Project
Dr Tertia Barnett, University of Edinburgh
In Search of Robert the Bruce
Dr Martin McGregor, University of Glasgow
Culzean Caves: Recent Excavations
Ian Joyce, National Trust for Scotland
Recent Excavations around the Mediaeval Burgh of Ayr
Tom Rees, Rathmell Archaeology
Listen to the Stones: Unleashing the storytelling potential of Scotland’s Carved Stones
Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling
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
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