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 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

Followed by short AGM


11 April – Social Evening in Ayr Town Hall
(the Blue Room)


Informative entertainment and buffet

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

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