New home for Pictish Arts Society’s lectures

Brechin Town House Museum
Brechin Town House Museum

The Pictish Arts Society is to move its winter lectures to a new home in Brechin once Pictavia closes on October 31.

The Society has always enjoyed a close relationship with Angus Council over recent years, not least as a home for winter lectures at Pictavia.

However, the closure of Pictavia at the end of October means that the location will no longer be available for these talks and the lecture on October 17 will be the last at that site.

The relationship with Angus Council is, however, set to continue with the Society pleased to announce that, in association with Angus Council Museums, the upstairs gallery at Brechin Museum in the High Street will host future talks. This new chapter for the Society will be marked with their first talk in the museum on November 21.

A spokesman for the Pictish Arts Society said: “News of the closure of Pictavia was a sad day for the Society but the welcome offer of a new home for our lectures at Brechin Museum was gladly accepted. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with Angus Council Museums.”

The final talk scheduled for Pictavia, which takes this Friday (October 17), will be given by Dr Clare Ellis. The title of talk is Early Historic Baliscate, Isle of Mull: the archaeological evidence for a monastic establishment.

The talk will look at the archaeological evidence for existence of an Early Historic period monastery at Baliscate, near Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull.

The talk will explore the various archaeological elements that indicate that Baliscate may have been a monastic establishment as opposed to a native field cemetery and settlement.

Dr Clare Ellis has run Argyll Archaeology, a small commercial archaeology unit, for the last 11 years. Before that she worked for many years for an archaeology unit in Edinburgh.

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