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The Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society is based at Montrose Museum and was formed in 1836, making it the second oldest Antiquarian Society in Scotland. It provides a focal point for those interested in the local history, archaeology, and the natural world of Montrose and the surrounding area. The main activity for the Society centres around a series of talks that take place on the second Tuesday of every month between September and April. These talks are open to all, not just to our members. To see the full programme of talks for the season, please click on Programme above.


Membership is open to anyone, the annual subscription being £12.00 which entitles the member free entry to all eight monthly meetings. Meetings are held in Montrose Museum at 7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome at £3.00 per meeting. School age children are admitted free. Please contact us if you wish to find out more about joining.


The next meeting of the Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 14th March 2017. The talk is entitled Beneath the Waves: the Storegga Tsunami at Montrose by Dr Sue Dawson, Reader in Physical Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee.

In her talk, Dr Dawson will describe how the tranquil marine environment of the Montrose Basin we see today belies its more catastrophic past. Evidence for a tsunami in pre-historic times exist in the coastal bluffs around the basin edge. This is the Storegga tsunami, one of the largest underwater landslides in the Arctic over the last 20,000 years, which occurred off the coast of Norway and saw a volume of sediment collapse that would cover Scotland to a depth of 260 feet. The resulting tsunami is thought to have devastated Mesolithic human cultures living on the eastern shores of England and Scotland. We will examine the nature of the evidence in the Montrose area, looking at the sediments, the fossils that lie within the sequence and the how this sits within the coastal evolution of this area of eastern Scotland.

Dr Dawson is a Reader in Physical Geography at the University of Dundee. Her research expertise lies in the areas of Holocene sea-level change, tsunami sedimentation and coastal and climate change. Present research activities include projects on Holocene relative sea level changes and tsunamis in the Maldives archipelago, Sweden, Scotland and Greenland. In Scotland, ongoing projects include the reconstruction of former sea level changes and extreme flooding events on Orkney and Shetland. A key area of research seeks to identify the nature, timing and magnitude of Holocene tsunamis in the Scotland. The research programme involves sediment coring in marine inlets and nearshore lochs to derive a history of Holocene relative sea level changes that can be linked to the chronology of palaeotsunamis over a variety of timescales.

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