06 June 2008
International Lecture in Kirkwall
The Society of Antiquaries in Scotland will present the Lindsay Fischer Lecture in Kirkwall on 11 June, in association with Orkney Heritage Society and the Orkney Norway Friendship Association. The event is part of the Rognvald 850 programme. Dr Ola Storsletten will present a comparison between earlier datings of the stave churches based on stylistic and historical criteria and the latest dendrochronological results. Ola Storsletten is an architect working as a research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) He has written a Doctorate thesis on Norwegian medieval roof constructions, carried out considerable research in this area and published a book on the subject in 1993. Norway’s stave churches are distinctive timber buildings of post and beam construction. Once common across Northern Europe, 29 survive in Norway with only two others elsewhere. The Lindsay-Fischer lectureship was founded in 1980 by Ronald Cant in honour of Ian Gordon Lindsay (1906-66) and Gerhard Fischer (1890-1977), both for their work on the historic architecture of Scotland and Norway respectively and for their achievement in promoting cordial relations between Scottish and Norwegian Scholars. The Lindsay-Fischer Lecture is given in Scotland by a Scandinavian scholar and the Fischer-Lindsay Lecture is given in Oslo by a Scottish scholar. At the instigation of Dr. Barbara Crawford, The Strathmartine Trust has provided support to allow the Society to bring the lecture to Kirkwall for the first time.