Getting a chance to catch up with colleagues and meet new people is always central to the success of the IfA annual conference, and the 2014 event will be no different.
We will kick off the conference with an evening reception at Glasgow’s City Chambers, with a Civic welcome and wine reception. This free event will be followed by our ticketed evening dinner at the same venue. You can book to join us for a three-course meal on your conference booking form.
The City Chambers are located on the east side of the city centre, about 20 minutes walk from the Glasgow Marriott. The venue is within easy reach of other bars and restaurants, such as those in Merchant City area, Buchanan Street and Queen Street.
Thursday night will begin with our second wine reception hosted at the Hunterian Museum. The Hunterian is part of the University of Glasgow, Scotland’s oldest public museum and home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums. Delegates are invited to have a look around the Scottish Gold exhibition (see below).
Out wine reception will be followed by an informal social at the Hillhead Bookclub where we will be taking over the top floor for the evening. The venue is a short walk along the Byres Rd from the Hunterian, and there are lots of places to eat and drink en route! This is an open event for conference delegates, although there will be a ticketed buffet available for those who want it (make sure you tick the box for the Thursday night buffet on the booking form!)
14 February 2014 – 15 June 2014
Hunterian Art Gallery
This new exhibition features a spectacular array of Scottish gold items from the Bronze Age to the present. Featuring a large selection of the finest gold specimens and objects made and used in Scotland, the exhibition brings together items from The Hunterian collection and other museums across the UK.
Focusing on the occurrence of gold in Scotland and Scottish gold mining, Scottish Gold offers a unique opportunity to learn about the precious metal as part of the natural history of Scotland and its historical uses.
For the first time, several of the largest known Scottish gold nuggets will be displayed together and the surviving gold torcs from the large hoard found at Law Farm, Moray, in 1857 will be reunited. Other key objects include a gold chain and badge of Order of the Thistle, Scottish gold coinage and medals, and superb racing cups.