Who we are ...
Welcome to Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society. The 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 the right. We are happy to welcome our sister organisation - Montrose Basin Heritage Society - to our website. Details can be found on the main menu.
Membership is open to anyone, the annual subscription being £12.00 which entitles the member free entry to the 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 talk is by Jane Geddes on 10th March 2015 entitled The Gore and the Glory: interpreting a Pictish cross-slab at St Vigeans. This talk examines the enigmatic sculpture on one of the stones at St Vigeans Museum, Arbroath. It appears to show a young Christian community wrestling with remnants of paganism, while pointing the way towards a more humane and enlightened way of life. The Picts have left no documents about their views on religion. This sculpture demonstrates that the clergy at St Vigeans were nonetheless fully aware of the latest texts and arguments emanating from Rome and Northumbria in the 8th century.
Professor Jane Geddes is Chair in History of Art at Aberdeen University, specialising in the art of the Middle Ages