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

May 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

East Lothian through the Ages

The 2024 conference will be on Saturday the 11th May 2024 at St Mary’s Haddington. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite with or without lunch. Booking is now open.


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


May 11
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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St Mary’s Church
St Mary's Church
Haddington, East Lothian United Kingdom
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