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RCAHMS Lunchtime Lectures

Come and find out more about Scotland’s architecture, archaeology and industry in our series of lunchtime lectures. Open to all, these lectures are presented by experts in their field on a wide range of subjects. Held in the RCAHMS Conference Room, the lectures start at 1pm and last for up to 1 hour including time for questions.

All talks are free of charge but must be booked in advance since places are limited. Book online using the links below, or see the full list on Eventbrite.

We are currently putting together the lecture schedule for 2016. If you would like to present one of these lectures please get in touch with


Previous Lectures


'The Scottish Architectural Ironfounding Industry – a hidden success story?'
Dr David S Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland
MP3 (42MB)
'Exploring the Thin Place: 30 years on from the RCAHMS Iona Inventory'
Peter Yeoman, Head of Cultural Heritage, Historic Scotland
MP3 (47MB)
'Conservation Work at Ness Battery'
Roger Curtis, Technical Research Manager, Historic Scotland
MP3 (30MB)
'Scotland’s Architectural Heraldry – our armorial built heritage'
Professor James Floyd, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University
MP3 (38MB)
'The Pictish sculpture of Monifieth: in detail and in context'
John Borland, RCAHMS
MP3 (34MB)
'Scotland's Places'
Andrew Nicoll, RCAHMS
MP3 (27MB)
'Identifying Values, Assessing Significance: Revising Statements of Significance for Historic Scotland’s Properties in Care'
Judith Anderson, Historic Scotland
MP3 (36MB)
'Taking the field: mapping archaeological sites in North Alabama'
Dr George Makowski, University of North Alabama
MP3 (28MB)
'Should I stay or should I go? Movement and mobility in the Hebridean Neolithic'
Angela Gannon, RCAHMS
MP3 (46MB)
'Information Matters: The Secret Life of the Database'
RCAHMS Data and Recording staff
MP3 (28MB)
'Discovering Cé: Excavations at an undocumented Pictish power centre at Rhynie, Aberdeenshire'
Dr Gordon Noble, Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Aberdeen
MP3 (43MB)
'Recognising Traditional Lime Mortars'
Roz Artis-Young, Director Scottish Lime Centre Trust
MP3 (53MB)
'Working Place and Social Space: The Lives of the Scots Herring Girls 1900-1950'
Dr Jill de Fresnes, Skills for the Future Project Manager, RCAHMS
MP3 (41MB)
'Recreating Magnificence: the research background to the Stirling Castle Palace Project'
Peter Yeoman, Head of Cultural Heritage, Historic Scotland
MP3 (48MB)
'Rosslyn Chapel'
Brian Park, Page \ Park Architects
MP3 (38MB)
‘Britain from Above’
Ashley Beamer and Brian Wilkinson, RCAHMS
MP3 (36MB)
'The determination of public value of heritage'
Paul Jardine, Jura Consultants Ltd
MP3 (42MB)
'The National Collection of Aerial Photography'
Andreas Buchholz, RCAHMS
MP3 (53MB)
'Britain from Above. The Aerofilms Photographic Collection 1919-1953'
Brian Wilkinson, RCAHMS
MP3 (39MB)
'Pointhouse: an illustrated history of the site of the new Riverside Museum in Glasgow'
Professor John Hume, RCAHMS Chairman
MP3 (44MB)
'On the March: Roman Camps in Scotland'
Dr Rebecca Jones, RCAHMS
MP4 (40MB)
'Kyleakin and the Ring Net: a Highland fishing community'
Professor Will Maclean
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'An antiquarian friendship: Alexander Carmichael, Captain Frederick Thomas, and the archaeology of the Outer Hebrides'
Dr Donald William Stewart and Guinevere Barlow, Carmichael Watson Project
MP3 (46MB)