Archaeological & Historical Section programme 2022-3.

All talks will take place at 7.30 in the Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library.






Wed 12 Oct 22

John Borland

Images of Warriors and War on Pictish Sculpture

John Borland, President of the Pictish Arts Society, has had a long career recording Scotland’s archaeological heritage. He will talk about hunting scenes, hand-to-hand fighting, pitched battles and much else.

Wed 9 Nov 22

Liam Devlin

The Public Register

The Rothesay Herald, Liam Devlin, will tell us about the Lyon Register of all the coats of arms in legal use in Scotland, the standing court that regulates it and some of the fascinating stories recorded in this  “national memorial cairn”.

Wed 30 Nov  22

David Strachan

The King’s Seat Excavations

David Strachan is Director of Perth Heritage Trust. He will talk about recent excavations that unearthed a Pictish power centre and major site of metalwork & textile production with significant links to continental Europe.

Wed 18 Jan 23

Mark Hall

The Perth Literary and Antiquarian Society 1784-1914: collecting Scotland, collecting the world.

Dr Mark Hall is Collections Officer for Culture Perth & Kinross. He will tells us about a local offshoot of the Scottish enlightenment whose interests and collections came to encompass the entire globe.

Wed 15 Feb 23

Sophie Nicol

The role of Historic Environment Manager at Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust

At PKHT the archaeologist, Sophie Nicol, has managed all the archaeology and built heritage projects of the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme, and done much else besides. What are the responsibilities and challenges of her current role? What can she tell us about particular projects?

Wed 15 March 23

Bruce Keith


Bruce Keith, a surveyor, is the author of ‘Bridgescapes’, a comprehensive history of Scottish bridges. From the Bridge of Balgownie to the Queensferry Crossing, he will tell us about Scotland’s bridges and engineers like Mylne, Rennie and Telford, as well as their world-wide influence.