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


Our Winter/Spring series of lectures is held in the upstairs gallery, Brechin

Museum, High Street, Brechin, in association with Angus Council.  

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Everybody is welcome!

Members free.  Guests and visitors £3.00 including tea, coffee and biscuits.

If you require disabled access, please contact Stewart Mowatt on 01356 623981.


Forthcoming Events

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The next lecture will be held on Friday 16 November in the upstairs gallery of Brechin Museum in the High Street (the final one this year). Our speaker is Ali Cameron and her talk is "Let Dear be its name from now onwards: the search for the monastery of Deer".


The Book of Deer is a tenth century illuminated manuscript from North East Scotland. As the only pre-Norman manuscript from "Pictland", it provides us with a unique insight into the early church, culture and society of this period. Amid the Latin text and the Celtic illuminations there can be found the oldest pieces of Gaelic writing to have survived from early Medieval Scotland.


Written in its margin is an account of the founding of a monastery there by St Columba and St Drostan.  The exact location of that early monastery is unknown but many believe it is overlain by the Cistercian abbey founded in 1219.  A Pictish symbol stone was recorded at the site in the mid-19th century.  Bearing a rectangle over a crescent and V-rod, the stone had then been inverted and an incised outline cross carved on the opposite side. This would certainly suggest a Pictish and early Christian presence there.


The Book of Deer Project is a community-based initiative and the catalyst for renewed academic interest, research and community development in the North East of Scotland.  It has carried out 10 years of archaeological work searching for the monastery, thanks to funding from a local businessman, now sadly deceased.  The project has involved hundreds of local primary and secondary school classes, local volunteers, archaeologists and students. In 2017 the team excavated two circular structures near Deer Abbey which may be part of the monastery of Deer. In 2018, with funding from the HLF and Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service, they uncovered more of these buildings, revealing at least 3 phases of structures.  


In her talk, Ali Cameron will discuss the excavations and tell us about some of the exciting finds, including radio carbon dates placing the site firmly in the Pictish period, as well as an early gaming board incised on to a flat stone.


Ali Cameron studied Archaeological Sciences at Bradford University in the early 1980s.  After graduating, she came to Aberdeen initially on a 6-month contract to study human bones from the Aberdeen Carmelite excavation, but she fell in love with the city and decided to stay.  She joined the Aberdeen City Council archaeology unit in 1986, eventually running excavations, writing publications, doing talks and exhibitions.  In 2010 she started her own company, Cameron Archaeology, taking on archaeological work of all sorts in Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus.  She has been archaeologist for the Book of Deer Project for 5 years.


Doors open at Brechin Museum at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the talks which are free to members and £3.00 to non-members. All are welcome.


The next lecture will take place on 15 February 2019 after the winter break.





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