DGNHAS: Meetings, publications and more

News and Announcements

  • TDGNHAS Vol 91 is now available online for public viewing.
  • TDGNHAS Vol 96 is now available on line for members only.


The Society meets fortnightly at 7.30pm on Friday evenings between October and March (with a break over the Christmas/New Year period) for a series of illustrated lectures of historical, archaeological and natural history interest. Many of the lectures have a strong local theme and one is delivered by a Society member. All meetings, unless otherwise indicated, are held The Bridge, Glasgow Road, Dumfries DG2 9AW and refreshments are available afterwards. The meetings are also available live via Zoom and a recording can be viewed on the Members Only area of this website a few days later. The Society has a reciprocal arrangement with Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society which enables members of both Societies to attend each other’s meetings via Zoom. Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society hold their meetings fortnightly on Thursday evenings over the winter period.


The Society's Transactions are published annually and members receive these as a benefit of membership. They also have online access to all the published volumes, the latest five issues being denied to non-members.

The Society also publishes or sponsors occasional works related to its activities.

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Other activities include the occasional archaelogical dig and occasional outings to places of iterest. Members should keep an eye on the latest news and event sections below for information about these.

Young Researcher Competition

This is a new competition designed to encourage youngsters to undertake research into their local heritage.

The competition is open to students in Years S4, S5, S6, or recent school leavers, who have not yet begun higher education. The aim is for the student to produce a research paper on any topic relating to the human history or natural environment of Dumfries and Galloway.

The Society very much hopes that it will prove popular with students in Dumfries and Galloway and looks forward to receiving entries.

Any queries should be directed to the Secretary.

Learn more by following the link below:

Next meeting

Nic Coombey

Lecture Programme 2023-2024


Professor Roger Crofts

Mark Cranston

Dr Fraser Hunter, National Museums Scotland

Alan Mclellan

Peter Kormylo

Nic Coombey

Dr Matthew Knight, National Museums Scotland

Orla Craig

Member's lecture

Dr Janet Brennan-Inglis, Barholm Castle

Jenny Barlow, Estate Manager, Tarras Valley Nature Reserve (Langholm Initiative)

Dr Graeme Cavers, AOC Archaeology

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Did you know that?

The Guid Nychburris festival commenced in 1932 from an idea by the town librarian Mr G.W. Shirley, who also penned the song 'Queen of the South', sung each Guid Nychburris day as part of the ceremonies. George Shirley was a stalwart of DGNHAS, acting as both its President and Editor of the Transactions, to which he extensively contributed.