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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The final lecture of the 2017/2018 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be held on Friday 18 May in association with AngusALIVE Museums & Galleries. The venue is the upstairs gallery of Brechin Museum in the High Street. The lecture, entitled Discovering and Recovering Inchinnan 5:Digital Imaging in the study of Early Medieval Carved Stones, will be given by Megan Kasten.


The large and impressive collection of carved stones from Govan Old Church is well-known to many.  The church itself is dedicated to Constantine, son of Kenneth MacAlpin, who died in battle defending Pictland from an invading Norse army in 877.  Constantine’s sister was married into the Strathclyde royal family and it is speculated that the stunning sarcophagus at Govan may have held the relics of the martyred king.  The sculpture at Govan certainly displays strong stylistic similarities with Pictish sculpture, notably in the recurring theme of the mounted warrior.


Perhaps less familiar is the associated but much smaller group of stones from nearby Inchinnan.  As part of a recent community project carried out by the Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, archaeologists commissioned specialist photographic recording on the three early medieval carved stones and the twelve later medieval stones located just outside Inchinnan church.  After careful examination of the results, Megan Kasten discovered that one of the later medieval stones was originally an early medieval stone, exhibiting worn interlace patterns very similar to those used in the 'Govan School’ of carving.  This lecture will discuss the discovery of that previously unidentified early medieval stone from Inchinnan.


Megan is a PhD student in her third year of study at the University of Glasgow.  She is researching the use of digital imaging – laser scanning, photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) – and its applications for recording and analysing the Early Medieval sculpture of Govan.  As a part of her PhD research, she has developed a method of using digital imaging to recover worn decorative patterns.  In her talk, she will discuss the different digital imaging techniques she uses and demonstrate how they were implemented in the reconstruction of decorative patterns at both Govan and Inchinnan.


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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