Some of our members contributed to a great attendance at the Scottish Rock Art Project training day at the Whithorn Trust – and on site – with Dr Tertia Barnett. There were some amazing discoveries – panels recorded which had not previously been in the record, even on known rock art sites.
Teams will be recording sites of their choosing over the winter and submitting them to the brand new Scottish Rock Art website, learning photogrammetry and other recording techniques as they progress.
ACCORD was an AHRC funded research project that took place from October 2013 to March 2015 and was a collaboration between the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Manchester, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland.
The ACCORD team worked with The Kirkcudbright History Society on the 4th and 5th of October 2014. Together, in Kirkcudbright Kirkyard, the inscriptions of two grave monuments were modelled and recorded using photogrammetry and the technique of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI).
The three grave monuments included one dedicated to the traveller Billy Marshall who died in 1792; an 18th Century gravestone with one face completely occupied by raised lettering; and an ornate tablestone grave dedicated to Samuel Herries who died in 1793. For more information on this project please see the ACCORD website:-
Kirkcudbright History Society’s second meeting of the autumn took place on Wednesday 11th October, when guest speaker Dr. Janet Brennan gave a thorough and inspiring talk on The Castles of Kirkcudbrightshire. Dr. Brennan is well placed to speak with authority on the subject, being the former Chair of the Scottish Castles Association, a board member of Historic Environment Scotland, and the author of Scotland’s Castles: rescued, rebuilt and reoccupied. She and her husband are also well known locally for their commendable work, together with that of their architect, in the recent restoration of Barholm Castle from a state of ivy-clad ruin, to an impressive home.