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.


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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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PICTISH ARTS SOCIETY FEBRUARY LECTURE                                          


The next lecture of the 2018/2019 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be held on Friday 15 March in association with ANGUSalive Museums & Galleries. The venue is the upstairs gallery of Brechin Museum in the High Street for this latest event of 2019.


Dr James Bruhn will consider “Roman frontiers and the creation of new societies in the lands beyond: A shift to pastoral farming and social re-structuring caused by the building of Hadrian’s Wall.”


Previous scholars have argued that the Roman conquest of what is now northern England and southern Scotland encountered a densely settled agrarian landscape, and that this was largely abandoned around the time of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall in the early second century AD.  In this talk, James Bruhn will consider the type of settlements and social structures which emerged to replace former societies north of the Wall.  


Sites can now be recognised in Northumberland and south-west Scotland which are characteristic of the period following the establishment of Rome’s imperial border in northern Britain.  These successor sites, which include Castle O'er Fort in Dumfriesshire, are not as numerous and are markedly different to their predecessors.  None have the heavily enclosed rectilinear form typical of the later Iron Age in this region.


Instead they have complex ditch systems for funnelling, controlling and housing animals, indicating a shift to an economy where wealth and power was increasingly based on the control of cattle as a commodity traded to, or requisitioned as a tax by, the Roman imperial authorities.  In fact we might see a similar transition at Elginhaugh in Lothian.  Abandoned around AD 86, this Roman Fort was remodelled into a stock enclosure, arguably for holding livestock that was being collected as a form of taxation on a population that was still subject to, but no longer under direct Roman occupation.


This shift in settlement pattern indicates a severe disruption to society, bringing an end to a stable social structure and resulting perhaps in the rapid emergence of new centres of authority in the land immediately north of the Wall.  James will conclude by looking for evidence of similar social transformation beyond other permanent Roman fortification lines of the 2nd century AD.


Dr James Bruhn works for Historic Environment Scotland, where he is Deputy Head of Casework, covering the south of Scotland.  In a wide-ranging career, he has excavated on a variety of archaeological sites in Scotland, England and North America.  He has worked in the private and public sector, including a commercial archaeology unit, RCAHMS and HES’ predecessor, Historic Scotland.  His PhD examines the impact of the Roman occupation on southern Scotland.


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.








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