Lecture on South Uist for Pictish Arts Society

Pictavia, near Brechin, is set to host another Pictish Arts Society (PAS) lecture on Friday, November 15, with the speaker named as George Geddes.

The title of the George’s lecture is ‘Rediscovering landscapes of the 1st millennia AD in South Uist’.

The settlements of the wild east coast of South Uist were mostly abandoned in the 20th century, but there is significant evidence of a major settlement in the later Iron Age, important parts of which have recently been rediscovered.

George was born in Inverness and studied in Edinburgh and York with a focus on brochs and vernacular architecture.

He worked in the private sector as a building surveyor for five years, then on St Kilda for the National Trust for Scotland and now for five years as an archaeological investigator at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) on projects in Bute, Uist, North Rona, Lewis and elsewhere.

As previously announced, the PAS season of talks at Pictavia will have a slightly different timetable. As usual, they will be held on the third Friday of the month (7 for 7.30 p.m.) but they will now run from September to November before taking a three-month break (so that speakers and members don’t have to risk travel in winter). They will then resume in March until May.

Doors open at Pictavia at 7 for a 7.30 p.m. start. Refreshments will be available before and after the talks. Talks are free to members and £2.50 to non-members.