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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 will be on Tuesday 11th November by Professor John Morrison entitled George Paul Chalmers and the Skeumorphic Harvester. He uses the model of nineteenth-century Montrose born painter Chalmers to consider the importance of images of rural life. The nineteenth century was a time of very rapid industrialisation and urbanisation. Scotland was the second most industrialised country in the world, after England. It had undergone the most rapid urbanisation ever seen and had, as a consequence, produced the worst living conditions of any contemporary nation. Why then, in that context did large numbers of Scottish painters cover acres of canvas in reaping, picking, ploughing, singling farm workers? Did these pictures depict reality or were they simply a pleasant escape from the all too well known urban horrors? In short what were they about? That is what this talk will explore.

Professor John Morrison is a historian of Scottish art and head of the School of Divinity, History & Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He has published widely on Scottish art and cultural history including Painting the Nation: Identity and Nationalism in Scottish Painting 1800-1920 (2003), A Shared Legacy: Essays on Irish and Scottish Art and Visual Culture (2005) and Landscape and Allegory (2013). His most recent book Painting Labour in Scotland and Europe 1850-1900 was published in June this year.

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