Past Talks

Since winter 2020/21 we have hosted online events and recorded those we thought would be of interest over time. 

Previous talks can be found on the Museum's YouTube Channel. Thanks to our speakers for allowing us to share these talks.


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Wednesday 28 July, 2021, Online 

The Minch torc and its place in Bronze Age Britain and Ireland with Matt Knight

In 1991, fishermen pulled up a Bronze Age gold torc while dredging for scallops in the Minch, off the Shiant Isles in the Hebrides. 

Matt Knight, Senior Curator of Prehistory at National Museums Scotland, explores the significance of the Minch torc and sets it in the wider context of other seabed discoveries and the role of gold in Britain and Ireland.

Minch Torc

From Prehistory to the Present: Surveying the Coastal Archaeology of Wester Ross by Dr Steph Piper

Around every peninsula and sea loch of Atlantic Scotland there are remains of coastal communities that span millennia, waiting to be recorded and uncovered before they vanish into the sea. This talk presents the preliminary results of a coastal survey and archaeological excavation at Loch Ewe, Wester Ross, undertaken in search of the Highland’s prehistoric inhabitants. 

Gairloch and the Mackenzies by Dr Karen Buchanan

Mackenzie families have owned the lands of Gairloch since 1494 and many sites throughout the parish are associated with the history of the Mackenzies of Gairloch.  Dr Karen Buchanan, Curator of Gairloch Museum, takes us on a journey around some of these sites, telling the stories of the Lairds and their families through objects in Gairloch Museum’s collection.

Londubh Burial Ground by Jim Buchanan

The Londubh Burial Ground, Poolewe, together with its ruined chapel and Pictish symbol stone are recognised to be very special. They are thought to date back prior to any local written history, into at least the mediaeval period and possibly to the earliest Christian period. Local resident Jim Buchanan helped survey the site and shares his conclusions. 

Revealing Tantallon Castle

Archaeologist Adrian Cox talks about Tantallon Castle, a dramatic 14th-century fortress overlooking the Forth Estuary, describing some of the recent conservation, archaeological research and interpretation work that has helped us to understand it better.

The Poolewe Hoard

In 1877, a hoard of nine bronze objects was recovered from a peat bog at Poolewe, Scotland, including axeheads, rings and an ornament. The hoard is now on display at Gairloch Museum. Dr Matthew Knight, Senior Curator of the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections at National Museums Scotland, considers the wider context of the hoard in Scotland and Britain. 

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