First talk of 2013

The PICTISH Arts Society will be pleased to welcome Alice Blackwell as their first speaker of the New Year at Pictavia on Friday, January 18.

Alice Blackwell is Glenmorangie Research Officer at the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland and will take as her subject ‘Christian symbolism on the Hunterston brooch and related motifs in early medieval art.’

This lecture will explore hidden Christian symbolism embedded within some of the most elaborate and exquisite pieces of early medieval metalwork – the large pseudo-penannular brooches such as the Hunterston brooch.

It will suggest that a fundamental Christian message, that of the’ knowing’ or recognition of Christ, can be seen at the heart of the design of what have usually been regarded as secular treasures.

The implications for our understanding of the significance and symbolism of brooches in early medieval Scotland, and links to other early medieval objects and sculpture will be explored.

The Glenmorangie Research Project on Early Medieval Scotland is a pioneering partnership between the National Museums Scotland and the Glenmorangie Company which has supported a major six-year programme of research into the archaeology of Early Medieval Scotland.

New research undertaken by the Project has recently been published in a landmark new book, Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas by David Clarke, Alice Blackwell and Martin Goldberg.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before and after the talk. The talk is free to members and £2.50 to non-members.