The Pictish Arts Society





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Pictish Arts Society

May 2018


The Pictish Arts Society was founded in 1988.

It is the purpose of the PAS to raise public awareness of the Pictish stones, history and culture and to encourage various arts inspired by Pictish design. Membership is open to one and all from across the globe for anyone who has an interest in the Pictish stones and arts.



All photos by Bob Henery, Strathclyde University or David McGovern

Moray and Beyond

PAS Annual Conference 2018




Moray and Beyond

PAS Annual Conference, Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October 2018

Friday 5 October

Private view of Elgin Museum 19.00-21.00

An opportunity for conference delegates to mingle and enjoy exclusive access to Elgin Museum’s collections, including a splendid array of Pictish sculpture from Moray. Refreshments included. Advance booking required.

Saturday 6 October

Conference and AGM 09.00-09.30 Registration (with tea/coffee) 09.30-09.40 Welcome

Elgin Museum Hall, 1 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1EQ


09.40-10.20 Steven Birch

Rosemarkie Caves Project

10.20-11-00 Dr Jane Geddes

The St Andrews Sarcophagus and the Kinneddar David: tombs for anointed Pictish Kings

11.00-11.30 Tea/coffee

11.30-12.10 Derek Jennings

Let Dear be its name from now onwards: the search for the monastery of Deer 12.10-12.50 Craig Stanford

Norse Interactions in Moray

12.50-14.00 Lunch

Bring a packed lunch or dine in one of Elgin’s many eateries

14.00-14.40 Dr Gordon Noble

Recent excavations at Burghead Pictish Fort

14.40-15.30 Dr Oisin Plumb

Beyond the range of human exploration: Cormac and the ‘North’ in the seventh century 15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee

16.00-17.00 Dr Nicki Scott & Steve Farrar

Pigments of imagination? Recent HES interpretation of Pictish stones 17.00-1715 Closing Remarks

17.30-18.00 AGM

Sunday 7 October

PAS Conference Field Trip to Moray and Beyond

Coach departs from Elgin Cathedral at 09.00 sharp and aims to return there by 17.30. Stones included on the itinerary include Sueno’s Stone, Rodney’s Stone (Brodie Castle), and symbol stones at Ballintomb, Inverallan, Advie, Inveraven, Mortlach and Arndilly. A number of these stones are in private ownership and are therefore not readily accessible to the public. Participation in the field trip is by coach only and spaces are limited so advance booking is required. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised. Delegates are advised to bring appropriate footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch although there will be an opportunity to get something to eat in Grantown-on-Spey.