The Mann the Myth conference

A conference to celebrate the life and times of Ludovic Mann will be held at the University of Glasgow on 5th October 2019.

Venue: Debating chamber, Glasgow University Union, University Avenue, Glasgow

Registration opens at 9.45am. Please email if you intend to come along.

Entry fee (cash on the day): £10 general entry, £5 GAS members, students and concessions. Entry fee covers tea, coffee, biscuits and a unique Mann zine.

Conference info & programme

Organisers: Kenny Brophy (University of Glasgow), Katinka Dalglish (Glasgow Life) and Jim Mearns (Glasgow Archaeological Society)

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Glasgow’s great eccentric antiquarian and amateur archaeologist Ludovic Mclellan Mann (1869-1955). A controversial figure during his lifetime, Mann nonetheless carried out important excavations, was Scotland’s first ‘rescue archaeologist’ and lived a life committed to public archaeology and heritage education. He is well known for his colourful books on ancient measurements and Earliest Glasgow, and his excavations at the Druid Temple, Clydebank in 1937-9. But what is his legacy? How should we view his eclectic activities and ideas? What role did he play in the development and professionalisation of the archaeology in Glasgow, Scotland and beyond? And what about his non-archaeological interests?

We plan to publish contributions, both spoken word and images, in a special edition of the Scottish Archaeological Journal in 2020.

The conference is supported by the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow; Glasgow Archaeological Society; and the Glasgow University Student Archaeology Society.