BAA Aberdeen Conference: Student Scholarship Deadline this Friday!

The British Archaeological Association offers generous scholarships for students who wish to attend its annual conference, which this year will be held in Aberdeen. All students with an interest in medieval art and architecture are warmly encouraged to apply.

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The British Archaeological Association’s annual conference for 2014 will be held at Old Aberdeen (19 – 23 Jul 2014). The conference will be based in the medieval surroundings of Aberdeen University with extended trips throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray. Aberdeen University was founded in 1495 by Bishop Elphinstone and 2014 is the 500th anniversary of his death. Papers and tours will cover aspects of his architectural patronage. Highlights will include visits to Elgin Cathedral (the ‘Lantern of the North’) and Pluscarden Abbey, the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose. Secular architecture will feature 13th-century Kildrummy Castle, the innovative tower house at Huntly, and lavish Fyvie Castle. Aberdeen offers the well-preserved St Machar’s Cathedral with its castellated towers and heraldic ceiling, and King’s College Chapel, the only complete medieval church interior surviving in Scotland. Historical overviews will be provided, particularly tackling the moderate Aberdeenshire response to the Reformation which allowed the middle ages to linger into the seventeenth century.

The scholarships will cover the entire conference fee, which includes lectures, site visits, sandwich lunches, teas and coffees and dinners, maps and plans. Applicants who live beyond commuting distance from Aberdeen may also apply for accommodation at Hillhead. Depending on demand, some support for travel money may also be available.

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