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Scottish Society for Northern Studies Conference

  • Pentland Hotel Princes Street Thurso, Scotland, KW14 7BQ United Kingdom (map)

We're really looking forward to being involved in the Scottish Society for Northern Studies residential conference right here in Thurso from 11th-14th April based at the Pentland Hotel! Here's a brief look at the programme. For more information and to sus out how you can attend, check out the website:

Beginning with full bellies thanks to the (the best way to do something) on Wednesday 11th April, guests will enjoy a welcome buffet before the sessions begin the next morning.

*Thursday 12th April*

  • 09:30 - Session 1

Andrew Conlon, Glasgow, ‘A.O. Curle: A Wandering Antiquary in Caithness’

Maya Hoole, Historic Environment Scotland, ‘(Re)Discovering Ava: Research Results from a Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age Beaker Burial, from Achavanich, Caithness’

John Borland, Historic Environment Scotland, ‘Pictish and Early Medieval Sculpture of Caithness and Sutherland’

Oisin Plumb, University of the Highlands and Islands, ‘”Beyond the Range of Human Exploration”: 
Cormac and the “North” in the Seventh Century’

  • 14:00 - Session 2

Andrea Blendl, Institute for Northern Studies at UHI, ‘Rune-Carving in Caithness: Then and Now’

Joanne Howdle, Caithness Horizons,Thurso: New Developments at the Museum’

16:30-18:30 - Reception at Thurso Museum / Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery with guided tour by Joanne Howdle, Curator of Collections-YEY, that's us! :D

*Friday 13th April*

  • 09:30 - Session 3

Linda Ross, University of the Highlands and Islands, ‘Dounreay, People and Place in Caithness: 1954-65’

Catherine Byrne, Wick, ‘Stroma, Island Life in the 20th Century’

Muriel Murray, Castlehill Heritage Centre, ‘The Rise and Fall of the 19th Century Flagstone Industry in Caithness’

  • 14:00 - Session 4 - Open to the Public

Andrew Jennings, University of the Highlands and Islands, ‘The Other Northern Barbarians: A Trope through Time’

Kenny Brophy, University of Glasgow, ‘“Many stanes”: Revisiting the multiple stone rows of northern Scotland”

Colleen Batey, University of Glasgow, ‘Norse Caithness: An Update’

*Saturday 14th April*

  • 09:30-16:30 - Coach Tour

To include Castletown Heritage Centre, Freswick Links and Keiss area broch.

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Earlier Event: March 31
Easter Craft Market