Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society


The AANHS aims to
· promote interest in archaeology, history, natural history with particular reference to Ayrshire
· encourage the study of these subjects and stimulate research
· promote the conservation of the heritage of Ayrshire
· publish regularly material relevant to the Society's objectives
· co-operate with appropriate organisations

The Society has over 170 members, mainly resident in Ayrshire but there are many members throughout Britain and the world. The membership also includes library and university bodies.

The Society publishes regularly. Two Monographs are usually issued each year, free to members, and on sale to the general public.

Meetings are held during the winter months in the Town Hall, Sandgate, Ayr. Members of the public are freely welcome to attend these meetings to see if they would like to become a member.

In the summer months, trips are organised to various places of interest.

The Society is affiliated to the following organisations:
Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies
The Scottish Local History Forum
The Council for Scottish Archaeology

Go to the website for the syllabus for the current year.


Meet in Ayr Town Hall, New Bridge Street, Sandgate, Ayr, KA7 1JX



Ian Holland
Denis Rattenbury

Events List

Date Title Town/City
28 January, 2021 - 19:00 Evening Lecture by Zoom Online
23 November, 2017 - 19:30 Buchan Lecture - People and Water in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney Ayr
24 November, 2016 - 19:30 Celts: Art and Identity Ayr
26 March, 2015 - 19:30 Giving Life to Old Bones: Reconstructing the Past through Human Skeletal Remains Ayr
26 February, 2015 - 19:30 Hillforts in Scotland and Beyond Ayr
12 February, 2015 - 19:30 A Viking Boat Burial at Ardnamurchan Ayr
29 January, 2015 - 19:30 James was Robbed! The Battle of Flodden, 1513 Ayr
15 January, 2015 - 19:30 The Kingdom of the Isles Ayr
27 November, 2014 - 19:30 Dunragit - the Prehistory of Galloway Ayr
23 October, 2014 - 19:30 Three Iron Age Sites in Ayrshire Ayr
9 October, 2014 - 19:30 Robert Burns and Biodiversity Ayr
13 March, 2014 - 19:45 What makes a Scottish Hero? Literary Depictions of the 1st Marquis of Montrose. Ayr
27 February, 2014 - 19:45 Defences of the Clyde, 1914 – 1945 Ayr
13 February, 2014 - 19:45 Treasure Trove Ayr
30 January, 2014 - 19:45 Wildlife Conservation on Ailsa Craig Ayr
16 January, 2014 - 19:45 Roman Camps in Scotland Ayr