• Lorimer Society

PAST EVENT - The Lorimer Society Annual Lectures 2020

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Saturday 24 October 2020, 10.00-12.00

Free tickets are available via Eventbrite



Normally our Annual Lectures take place in June at Kellie Castle, Fife. However, in the light of the COVID-19 crisis, the lectures for 2020 are delayed until Saturday 24 October and will take place remotely via Zoom.


The theme of this year's lectures is 'Archives'. Our speakers will focus on the archives of John Henry Lorimer and Hew Lorimer at Kellie. This year's eminent speakers are Antonia Laurence-Allen and Ian Riches.


Antonia Laurence-Allen

'Kellie Castle: John Henry Lorimer’s Haven'

Looking closely at JHL’s paintings, it is clear that he opted for an artistic re-interpretation of Kellie Castle using doors and windows, ceilings and fittings to suit his compositions, which tend to be idyllic views of a time caught in aspic. This talk looks at why that might be and how Kellie framed JHL’s career.


Antonia Laurence-Allen is the National Trust for Scotland’s Regional Curator for Edinburgh and East. As well as Kellie Castle, she looks after the interiors and collections at a range of properties, from the Palace at Falkland to a merchant house at Culross. Antonia has a PhD in the History of Photography and MA/MLitt/BA in the history and theory of art. She has worked as a curator, educator and interpretation manager in North America, Canada and Scotland.


Ian Riches

'The Lorimer Archive at Kellie Castle'

Ian's talk will focus on the Hew Lorimer archives at Kellie Castle, the establishment of the archive room, the contents of the archives, and Hew's involvement with the National Trust for Scotland.

Ian Riches has been the Archivist for the NTS since 2002 after spending the two previous summers guiding at two 'Lorimer' properties - Kellie and Tarvit. His main responsibilities are to look after the Trust's corporate archive as well as the collections of historic papers and manuscripts at a number of Trust properties, including Kellie. He graduated from St Andrews Uni in 2002 with an MA Joint Hons degree in Ancient History and Art History and then subsequently gained a postgraduate in Archives Administration from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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