Despite the propaganda of invincibility, Germany under the National Socialists, 1933-1945, did take defensive precautions against war. This is the story of the elaborate complex constructed in 1939 in Nuremberg, which successfully preserved the City’s art and historic treasures.

When Nuremberg was captured by the American Army in April 1945, the Bunker was taken intact and revealed among its contents one remarkable and surprising collection… It was sealed after the War, only re-examined in 2009, being opened to the public in 2014.

Glasgow Archaeological Society's President Dale Bilsland's lecture on The Art Bunker in Nuremburg will bring the GAS Lecture Promgramme of 2017-18 to a close with on Thursday, 19th April, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Sir Alexander Stone Building (16, University Gardens, G12 8QH), University of Glasgow. 

Please note the change of venue! The Sir Alexander Stone Building is located behind the Boyd Orr Building and next door to the Q.M.U. (Queen Margaret Union) Building. If you are unsure of where to go, you can view a map of the university campus here.


About the Lecturer – Dale Bilsland, MA, MRICS, FSA Scot

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Archaeology was my first serious career choice as a youth, following the inevitable train driver and astronaut! It was impractical in the 1960’s and I became a Chartered Surveyor instead, a career which I followed in various manifestations for forty-five years, at times managing Estates which featured archaeological remains with the attendant problems of balancing good management with the constraints of preservation.

I never lost my fascination with archaeology and history, and in 1999 completed the Certificate in Field Archaeology at DACE under Lionel Masters. I so enjoyed the discipline of such structured learning that I continued with similar courses in Egyptology and Classics. A co-operative employer permitted me to continue as a part-time mature Under-Graduate at Glasgow University resulting in an MA in Ancient Studies in 2005.

I have served on the GAS Council for many years, initially as an Ordinary Member, then as Editor of the Newsletter, A Touch of GAS, as Vice-President and Lecture Secretary and from 2015-2018 as President. Military History has always held a special fascination for me, particularly conflict in the Twentieth Century. I also have a life-long passion for music, specifically Opera with a particular love of the works of Richard Wagner. I retired from business in 2012 and this freedom has allowed me to indulge all these passions, perhaps to excess!