News and Forthcoming Events


The Pilgrimage of Hadrian's Wall 2019

The next Pilgrimage will run from 20 to 28 July 2019, the first 4 days being based in Newcastle and the remainder in Carlisle. The Wall will be visited from South Shields on the North Sea to Maryport on the Solway. Pilgrims will travel in coaches between sites but there will be plenty of walking. The main themes of the tours will be the evidence for the building of the Wall and its later history in the third and fourth centuries. Eight experts in Hadrian's Wall will undertake the guiding.

A leaflet, including a booking form, is available for downloading and printing.


Fungi of Woodland with Fungal Foray

Dr Gordon Beakes will give a talk entitled Fungi of Woodland with Fungal Foray at The Mill on the Fleet on Friday, 28 September 2018, starting at 7.30 pm. This will be followed by an excursion on the following day. See the poster for more information about booking and cost.


Syllabus for 2018–19

An updated version is now available as a pdf document.


Crichton Conference

Elizabeth Crichton

The Society, in collaboration with the Crichton Trust, is organising a one-day conference A Celebration of the Crichton: Past Present and Future on Sunday 16 September 2018 at Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries.

The Crichton is a unique institution, of which Dumfries should be proud. Thanks to the philanthropy of its founder, Elizabeth Crichton, and its progressive and far-sighted medical superintendents, the Crichton Royal Hospital became widely known in the 19th century for its outstanding and ground-breaking contributions to psychiatric research and treatment of mental disorders. Today the campus is home to several academic institutions, while the magnificent buildings and beautiful grounds are available to all as a recreational area.

The Crichton is now managed by The Crichton Trust, and under its newly-appointed CEO, Gwilym Gibbons, aims to promote and further develop the campus. This conference, which is open to all, is part of that effort to make the Crichton better known, both locally and further afield.

The programme and registration form can be downloaded and printed out, the registration fee being payable either by cheque or bank transfer. In addition, there is a one-page A4 poster advertising the conference available for downloading and printing. We would like people to display this to give the conference some publicity.