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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 2013. If you would like to present one of these lectures please get in touch with



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Wednesday 9 January 'Mapping the future for Scottish Canals heritage: 2013-38'
Dr Sabina Strachan, Senior Heritage Advisor, Scottish Canals
Thursday 14 March 'Thinking through Drawing'
Mark Cousins, Architect
Friday 12 April 'The Scottish Architectural Ironfounding Industry – a hidden success story?'
Dr David S Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Scotland
MP3 (42MB)
Friday 26 April 'Exploring the Thin Place: 30 years on from the RCAHMS Iona Inventory'
Peter Yeoman, Head of Cultural Heritage, Historic Scotland
MP3 (47MB)
Tuesday 21 May 'Conservation Work at Ness Battery'
Roger Curtis, Technical Research Manager, Historic Scotland
MP3 (30MB)
Wednesday 22 May 'Where next for Scotland’s Historic Environment Data: the SHED Strategy and PastMap'
Bruce Mann, Aberdeenshire Archaeologist & Gary Wales, RCAHMS
Wednesday 12 June 'Scotland’s Architectural Heraldry – our armorial built heritage'
Professor James Floyd, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University
MP3 (38MB)
Wednesday 26 June 'Historic Scotland - Major Projects'
Peter Buchanan, Ryan Kerr, Vajira Premadasa, Jane Rahil - Major Projects Team, Historic Scotland
Friday 12 July 'The Pictish sculpture of Monifieth: in detail and in context'
John Borland, RCAHMS
MP3 (34MB)
Tuesday 16 July 'Scotland's Places'
Andrew Nicoll, RCAHMS
MP3 (27MB)
Wednesday 24 July 'Identifying Values, Assessing Significance: Revising Statements of Significance for Historic Scotland’s Properties in Care'
Judith Anderson, Historic Scotland
MP3 (36MB)
Monday 29 July 'Taking the field: mapping archaeological sites in North Alabama'
Dr George Makowski, University of North Alabama
MP3 (28MB)
Tuesday 10 September 'Should I stay or should I go? Movement and mobility in the Hebridean Neolithic'
Angela Gannon, RCAHMS
MP3 (46MB)
Monday 23 September 'Footfall'
Malcolm Fraser, architect
Full details & booking
Tuesday 24 September 'Ebb and Flow: Scottish Artists and the Sea'
David Patterson
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Wednesday 25 September 'Sustaining the Arts: Culture and the City in a Changing Climate'
Harry Giles
Full details & booking
Thursday 26 September 'Putting Edinburgh's parks in your pocket - how was developed'
Sally Kerr
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Friday 27 September 'Calton Hill'
Dr Kirsten Carter McKee
Thursday 31 October 'Excavations at Brora Saltworks'
Joanna Hambly, The SCAPE Trust, University of St Andrews
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Friday 15 November 'In the Footsteps of Thomas Ross - the Search for his Sundials'
Dennis Cowan
Full details & booking
Thursday 28 November 'The Ultimate Paint Job – presenting the Forth Bridge to the World'
Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Scotland
Full details & booking
Tuesday 10 December 'The Folklore of Ancient Monuments in Scotland'
Stuart McHardy
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2012 Lectures


'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)