The Dalrymple Lecture Series 2019/2020

The 2019/20 Dalrymple Lecture Series will be delivered by

Professor Adam T. Smith, Cornell University


Glasgow Archaeological Society is pleased to announce that the 2019/2020 Dalrymple Lecture Series will be given by Professor Adam T. Smith, on the subject of The Civilization Machine.

Further details will be added to this page and to our events calendar as they become available.

This series of lectures is held over four consecutive evenings, starting on Monday, November 18th, 2019, and finishing on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Unlike our usual lecture programme, the Dalrymple Lecture Series are held in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre on the corner of Gibson Street and University Avenue. Lectures on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday start at 6:30pm, while Thursday's lecture starts at 7:30pm. 

There is no need to book tickets in advance for this event; attendance is free of charge and open to members and non-members of Glasgow Archaeological Society alike.



About The Dalrymple Lecture Series

This prestigious lecture series was instituted by James Dalrymple Gray of Dalrymple. James Dalrymple was born in July 1852 in Newcastle-upon Tyne to the Reverend Thomas Gray and his wife Mary Dalrymple. He later assumed his mother’s family name when, on the death of his uncle, he succeeded to the estates belonging to her family. He studied law at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, and subsequently practised in Glasgow.

In 1877 he became the Honorary Secretary of Glasgow Archaeological Society which was in decline at the time. With the help of others he succeeded in re-invigorating the Society and held the post of Secretary for some 25 years. He introduced the regular monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month (a practice still in force today) and often presented papers on a range of topics, particularly castles and churches. He became President of Glasgow Archaeological Society in 1904.

Established in the years 1907-1912 by the annual covenant of James Dalrymple to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Society, and subsequently endowed by his bequest which ensures its continuance today. In 1935 it was decided to appoint a permanent Lecturer and, in alternate years, a Special Lecturer for that year only. The Fund is administered by a Board of Curators, four appointed by the University Court and three by the Council of the Glasgow Archaeological Society.

The subject was to be ‘some branch of European archaeology’ and the Dalrymple lectures have been delivered by many of the most distinguished figures in twentieth and twenty-first century archaeology.

1907 Robert Carr Bosanquet, M.A.
1908 Sir George MacDonald, M.A., LL.D.
1910 Robert Munro M.A., M.D., LL.D.
1911 Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister M.A.

1937 Robert Eric Mortimer Wheeler M.C. M.A. D.Litt
1938 Reginald Allender Smith B.A.
1939 Ian Alexander Richmond M.A.

In 1939, the lectureship was associated with duties in the Hunterian Museum:

1940 Anne Strachan Robertson M.A., D.Litt

In 1944 provision was made for a visiting lecturer to give a Dalrymple lecture in alternate years:

1945-46 Gerhardt Bersu
1947-48 Charles Frances Christopher Hawkes M.A.
1950-51 Victor Eric Nash-Williams M.A. D.Litt.
1952-53 William Douglas Simpson D.Litt.
1955-56 John Grahame Douglas Clark M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D., F.B.A.
1956-57 Ian Alexander Richmond M.A., D.Litt., LL.D., F.B.A.
1958-59 Courtenay Arthyr Raleigh Radford M.A., D.Litt., F.B.A.
1960-61 Rupert Leo Scott Bruce-Mittford B.A.
1964-65 Jocelyn Mary Catherine Toynbee, M.A., D.Phil., F.B.A.
1966-67 Stuarty Piggott, B.Litt, D.Litt., F.B.A.
1968-69 Kathleen Mary Kenyon, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., F.B.A.
1970-71 David Mackenzie Wison, M. A.
1972 Geoffrey William Dimbleby, B.Sc., M.A., D.Phil
1972-73 Eric Birley, M.B.E., M.A., F.B.A.
1974-75 A.Colin Renfrew M.A., Ph.D.
1976-77 Robert Barron Kerr Stevenson, M.A., F.S.A., F.M.A.
1978-79 Professor M.J. O’Kelly
1981 Professor M.W. Barley
1983 Professor P.R.Giot
1984 Professor Peter S Wells
1985 Dr K Kristiansen
1986 Professor J Sasel
1987-88 Professor Martin Biddle
1988-89 Professor Alexander Fenton
1990-91 Professor Martin Carver
1991-92 Professor Charles Thomas
1992-93 Professor Vassos Karageorghis
1993-94 Professor Rosemary Cramp
1994-95 Professor Emannuel Amati
1995-96 Professor Michael Fulford
1996-97 Professor George Bass
1997-98 Dr John Hume
1999-00 Lord Colin Renfrew
2000-01 Professor Chris Stringer
2001-02 Dr Patrick F Wallace
2002-03 Professor Anders Andren
2003-04 Professor Richard Bradley
2004-05 Dr Philip Freeman
2005-06 Professor Martin Millett
2006-07 Sir Barry Cunliffe
2007-08 Professor Ian Hodder
2008-09 Professor Richard Hodges
2009-10 Professor David Breeze
2010-11 Professor Roberta Gilchrist
2011-12 Professor Ian Ralston
2012-13 Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
2013-14 Professor Mike Parker Pearson
2014-15 Professor William Hanson
2015-16 Emeritus Professor John C Barrett
2016-17 Emeritus Professor Roger Stalley
2017-18 Professor Roger Wilson 
2018-19 Professor Gavin Lucas