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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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


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


The talk will be given by Dr Gordon Noble and will address the development of the Pictish symbol system: Inscribing identity beyond the edges of Empire.


Pictish symbols are unique to Scotland and the dating of these symbolic carvings has been debated for over a century, with much of the argument relying on art historical interpretation.  Recent excavations at key sites in the north and east, undertaken by Gordon Noble’s team from the University of Aberdeen, and direct dating of engraved bone artefacts have allowed for a more precise chronology.


In this talk, Gordon will outline this evidence and suggest that the symbol tradition extended from as early as the third/fourth centuries AD.  He will show that the tradition originates in a period broadly contemporaneous with other non-vernacular scripts developed beyond the frontiers of the Roman Empire


These symbols were probably an elaborate, non-alphabetic system for inscribing elite identities. Its origins can be seen as a Pictish response to broader European changes in power and identity during the transition from the Roman Empire to the early medieval period.


Dr Gordon Noble is Reader in the department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen and has undertaken landscape research and directed field projects across Scotland.  He was director and co-founder of Strathearn & Royal Forteviot (SERF) and now works on two major projects: Northern Picts, which is focused on the post-Roman societies of northern Britain and Comparative Kingship, which is examining the early royal landscapes of Ireland and 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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