The Centenary Conference

The Centenary Conference of East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists’ Society

East Lothian through the Ages: Program

11 May 2024 at St Mary’s Haddington
Sponsored by McInroy & Wood

09.00-09.30     Registration

09.30-09.35     Welcome (including a brief history of the Society)

The Honorary President – The Duke of Hamilton and Brandon

09.35-10.15     The historical significance of the place-names of East Lothian
Dr Simon Taylor, Reader (Celtic & Gaelic), University of Glasgow

10.15-10.55     Hillforts of East Lothian
Professor Ian Ralston, University of Edinburgh

10.55-11.05     Questions (sessions 1 & 2)

11.05-11.25     Tea/coffee

11.25-12.05     The impact of the Romans on East Lothian
Dr Fraser Hunter, Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology, National Museums of Scotland

12.05-12.45     The changing wildlife of the East Lothian Coast
Dr Stan da Prato, East Lothian Naturalist

12.45-12.55     Questions (sessions 3&4)

12.55-13.40     Lunch

13.40-14.20     Medieval East Lothian in its North Sea world: an archaeological assessment
Dr Brian Ayers, University of East Anglia

14.20-15.00     Grand Designs & Gracious Living: The rise of East Lothian’s mansion houses
Ailsa Fortune, East Lothian based researcher

15.00-15.10     Questions (sessions 5&6)

15.10-15.30     Cutting of the Centenary Cake …with Tea/coffee

15.30-16.10     Innovation and change in East Lothian agriculture: some examples from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Dr Heather Holmes, Independent researcher

16.10-16.50     The Powerhouse of East Lothian: A Brief History of Coal and Industry
Nicola Moss, Curator of the National Mining Museum Scotland & Dr Melanie Johnson, Director CFA Archaeology

16.50-17.00     Questions (sessions 7&8) and Conference Closure

Scottish Charitable Incorporate Organisation: SC052295

Saturday 11 May 2024
at St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

You can download the program from here:

Centenary Program