Spotlight on Inverness Field Club
With a history stretching back almost 140 years, the Inverness Field Club is one of the country’s oldest societies devoted to archaeology, local history, natural history and geology.
The society was founded in 1875 by HM Inspector of Schools William Jolly, whose first address included the statement ‘we are all learners’, a concept that still holds true for today’s Club members.
The group’s vice president was Alexander Ross, the noted architect responsible for designing many of the finest buildings in Inverness, including St Andrew’s Cathedral.
As well as natural history, archaeology, local history and geology, members also find architectural heritage of interest and Club members have enjoyed guided visits to historic buildings around the Highlands.
The year is divided into two sections – the winter months (October to March) when members enjoy talks on a variety of subjects – and the summer season, which is devoted to excursions and field trips. This summer’s highlights will include study excursions to Dundonell House, Lossiemouth, as well as an exploration of local evidence of World War I.
Membership is £12 per year and new members are very welcome. Lecture meetings are held at the New Millburn Assembly Hall in Inverness, and members receive a full schedule of events once membership is confirmed. Future talk topics will cover lost Highland railways and the history and natural history of island lighthouses.
For more information, visit the group's website.