The Pictish Arts Society





On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across Europe.  It introduced stricter requirements on the way we handle data.


Positive consent from our members is necessary before we, the Pictish Arts Society Committee, can communicate with them by email or by post or by phone.  Members can withdraw their permission at any time by contacting


Personal data supplied by our members is kept on file and is used solely to communicate with members.  The Sign-in book at lectures also contains names and addresses of those attending lectures.  Personal data will not be shared with any third parties.


Members’ names and addresses/email addresses are kept for distributing our Newsletters by post/email, sending information about the PAS Conference/AGM and Brechin lecture series, occasional items of interest, and reminders about subscriptions.  Phone numbers are kept in case of last minute changes or cancellations, e.g. if a speaker falls ill shortly before their talk.


Data will be deleted once it becomes clear that membership has ended after reminders about late payment have been sent.


Members have the right of access, referred to as subject access, to obtain a copy of their personal data. This is obtainable, subject to proof of identity, from the Membership Secretary.


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


PAS Annual Conference 2019





PAS Annual Conference

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October 2019

Reid Hall, Castle St, Forfar DD8 3HX


Friday 4 October

Private view of the Meffan Institute,

20 West High Street, Forfar DD8 1BB


An opportunity for conference delegates to mingle and enjoy exclusive access to the Meffan’s superb collection of Pictish sculpture from around Angus.  Refreshments included.  Advance booking required.


Saturday 5 October

Conference and AGM

09.00-09.30 Registration (with tea/coffee)

09.30-09.40 Welcome

09.40-10.20 Dr Rebecca Jones

Rome’s North Western Frontier: The Antonine Wall

10.20-11-00 Dr Neil McGuigan 

Cats, Orcs and Irishmen: the Northern Pictish Church after AD850

11.00-11.30 Tea/coffee

11.30-12.10 Dr Cynthia Thickpenny

The Pictish Seat: Rider Position in Relief Carved Equestrian Scenes

12.10-12.50 Dr Alex Woolf 

Picts and Other Britons: Ethnic Identity in Roman and Late Antique Britain

12.50-14.00 Lunch

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

14.00-14.40 Jamie Barnes

Hogbacks and/or kindred monuments 

14.40-15.30 Dr Barbara Crawford

The Hirdmen in Orkney, and an early recorded use of the term 'handsel'

15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee

16.00-17.00 Norman Atkinson

The Picts: Angus and Gowrie

17.00-1715  Closing Remarks

17.30-18.00  AGM


Sunday 7 October

PAS Conference Field Trip - Around Angus

Coach departs Myre Street car park, Forfar at 09.00 sharp and aims to return there by 17.15.  Stones included on the itinerary are Glamis Manse, Eassie, Brechin Cathedral, St Vigeans, the Camus Cross and Pitmuies.  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.  Spaces are limited and we recommend early booking.  Delegates are advised to bring appropriate footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch although there will be an opportunity to get something to eat in Brechin.