Talks, lectures and workshops

Talks, lectures and workshops

Dr Thomson is pleased to offer talks or lectures on the subject of inscriptional palaeography, especially lettering on funerary memorials. Talks can be specifically on gravemarkers and their lettering or encompass a much wider field. The scope can be local, national or international. Current regions of expertise include, but are not exclusively Scotland, England, Ireland, … Continue reading

Inscribed in Remembrance-Gravemarker lettering: form, function and recording VERY LIMITED STOCK – NOW ONLY £12.50!

Inscribed in Remembrance-Gravemarker lettering: form, function and recording VERY LIMITED STOCK – NOW ONLY £12.50!

Lettering on gravestones and other gravemarkers, especially that of the Post-Reformation period, has been given little attention by researchers. It is barely mentioned in the literature on funerary memorials. Yet, it is a resource of immense importance in its own right and one that can inform several other disciplines including material culture, art history, archaeology, … Continue reading

Vernacular Memorials-Creativity in the graveyard

Vernacular Memorials-Creativity in the graveyard

Most studies of gravestone art tend to focus on memorials created by the more skilled masons and elaborate on their ar­tistic or aesthetic qualities. Similarly, the few works that discuss tombstone letter­ing place strong emphasis on those that are considered to be of some artistic or creative merit and ignore those that are by less … Continue reading

Lettering on gravemarkers in Britain and Ireland

Lettering on gravemarkers in Britain and Ireland

The graveyards of Britain and Ireland contain a wealth of culturally important material in the form of gravemarkers. The of choice lettering, style, interpretation and layout tells us much about the individuals who carved the letters, their skill and both the historical and cultural context within which the inscriptions were crafted. Lettering on gravemarkers is … Continue reading

Gravestones of the Basques-Atlas of illustrations

Gravestones of the Basques-Atlas of illustrations

Louis Colas was a French archaeologist who, at the beginning of the twentieth century, travelled throughout the French Basque region on foot, bicycle and mule studying, measuring and drawing funerary memorials and other artefacts of historical interest. His main focus was on gravemarkers, especially the characteristic Basque discoid stelae which abound in south-western France. He … Continue reading