Museum and Moray Society Activities


Friday 24th February, 2017

7.30pm, Elgin Museum Hall (Doors open at 7.00pm)

The Moray Society Lecture Series: Winter 2016/17

The Pattern and Distribution of Early Medieval Sculpture on the Spey: Pictish symbol stones and the influence of Christianity

John Borland, Measured Survey Manager, Historic Environment Scotland

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50



Friday 31st March, 2017

7.30pm, Elgin Museum Hall (Doors open at 7.00pm)

The Moray Society Lecture Series: Winter 2016/17

What is Europe? The cultural landscape of its peoples

Dr Lester Borley, CBE, former Sec. Gen. of Europa Nostra

Dr Lester Borley’s presentation on the nature of Europe will be fully illustrated and will stress the fact that Europe is not divided west to east (which is the common misconception), but is really divided north to south. He will illustrate this by reference to the geomorphology, and the religious and cultural interrelationships which have developed over time.

Entry: £3, members £2, students £1.50


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Saturday 1st April, 2017

Elgin Museum 2017 Season Opening


Friday 28th April, 2017

6.30pm, Elgin Museum Hall

Moray Society AGM

Followed by a talk from Professor Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh and Friederike Voigt, Senior Curator, Middle East & South Asia, National Museums Scotland.

A taste for Indian sculpture: India, Moray and Elgin Museum

From the late 18th century, the growing European scholarly interest in ancient India, its language and religion informed the collecting of Indian sculptures by Scots in the military and civil service of the Honourable East India Company. Learned societies at home were competing with each other to acquire Hindu and Buddhist sculptures for their own collections.

In this talk Roger Jeffery will provide a historical context to understand the people from Moray who went to India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Where did they come from and what did they do in India? What kinds of effects did these people have on the land of their birth? Against the background of a wider interest in Indian sculpture at their time, Friederike Voigt will talk about the lives of two men, James William Grant and Dr James Taylor, who donated their Indian and Indonesian sculpture to Elgin Museum. She will also outline the work which has been undertaken since the transfer of these sculptures to National Museums Scotland.

Free entry – donations welcomed!

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