Spaces and places

THE PENULTIMATE lecture in the 2012/2013 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be given at Pictavia, near Brechin, by Stratford Halliday on Friday, February 15.

The theme of Stratford’s talk will be ‘Spaces and Places in the Pictish Landscape’.

Stratford has been a kenspeckle character in the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) for 30 years.

He has evolved from a local Border prehistorian into a national landscape historian. This has formed the basis to challenge the traditional understanding of the early medieval landscape, to take Pictish symbol stones out of their art historical context and to point up other strands of their contemporary landscape, evidence of which lies widely unrecognised in archaeological and historical archives.

He is currently based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in Edinburgh University as a lead researcher for The Atlas of Hillforts in the British Isles, a major joint project by Edinburgh and Oxford Universities funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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.