Listed below are some of the more remarkable projects and events I have had the opportunity to be involved with:
‘Wish You Were Here’ Originally planned for the year 2020, this exhibition of Scotland’s coast and sea at the Coastal Communities Museum in North Berwick is now open to the public having been delayed by the pandemic. The six large scale graphics panels I produced to accompany the exhibition focus on holiday activities that people can participate in at and around North Berwick. The translucent panels that the images are mounted upon sit snugly into the alcoves of the museums’ windows, and as such, create a dramatic ‘stained glass window’ effect. To see the images in person please book your visit at the museum’s website here: www.coastalmuseum.org.
Teaching session at Longniddry Primary School. I was invited to speak about medieval Pilgrimage to year 3/4 pupils at Longniddry Primary. I gave a short illustrated talk about the nature of pilgrimage, specifically focusing on the cult of St Andrew. The pupils could then make their own pilgrim badge of St Andrew as well as play a roll-and-move board game in which they assumed the role of pilgrims journeying to Jerusalem. In addition, they could both assemble, colour and design a variety of patterns for tiles which would have decorated medieval places of worship, such as St Andrew’s cathedral. The Firth of Forth featured important staging posts for pilgrims travelling north to St Andrews, having the ports of both Queensferry and North Berwick on its south shore. Also of interest was the fact that the only medieval tile kiln found in Scotland was similarly located nearby in North Berwick.
An Engraved Landscape: Rock carvings in the Wadi al-Ajal, Libya. The two volume publication, (synthesis and gazeteer), of Libyan rock art which features many of my line illustrations has now been published by the Society for Libyan Studies to a warm reception.
Scottish Genealogy Society Publication. My rendering of a communion token was used on the cover of one of the Society’s recent publications.
Family History Day with East Lothian Council at the John Gray Centre Haddington. Activities included tile jigsaws and colouring in images seen upon Pictish stones.
A colour reconstruction of an earlier image I produced for East Lothian council: Mesolithic house at Barns Ness, East Lothian. This is for the summer exhibition at Dunbar Town House Museum entitled ‘Digging Up Dunbar’.
Teaching Archaeological Illustration techniques to students at the University of Edinburgh with Dr Guillaume Robin.
Survey, excavation & public engagement in collaboration with Nick Garry Archaeological Services: Goods Corner, Edinburgh
The Society for Libyan Studies: Rock Art monograph
The National Trust for Scotland Interpretation Leaflet: Fair Isle: Five Thousand Years
Forestry Commission Scotland: Learning Resource: The Picts
Forestry Commission Scotland: Learning Resource: Recumbent Stone Circles
CIfA special interest group: Graphics Archaeology Group (GAG) website
Leith Garrison Fort
Exhibition of local archaeology at the John Gray Centre, Haddington: ‘Footprints in the Landscape’
The National Trust for Scotland: Keill Prayer Stone, Isle of Canna, Small Isles
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre: Decorated Samian Bowl
Touring British Museum exhibition at Leeds City Museum: ‘Pharaoh: King of Egypt’