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An Archaeology of Memory: Scotland’s Early Saints

14 January, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0

Catherine Mooney will talk on the places and environments associated with Scotland’s early Saints using photography by Thomas Joshua Cooper


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Catherine Mooney has been visiting sites of the early Celtic saints (up to 750AD) for the last seven years. She has been accompanied by her husband, Thomas Joshua Cooper. They research a location associated with a person like St Kessog or St Mungo. They visit the site, take notes and often take a photographic record. The end result of this project will be a book for the National Galleries of Scotland. Despite the present restrictions they are almost finished visiting the relevant sites in Scotland sites and the North of England. More than a thousand locations have been visited and around two-hundred and fifty pictures taken.

Catherine will present some of her research and a selection of Thomas Joshua Cooper’s photography. 

The lecture will be shown as part of a Zoom event and will be followed by a Q&A for which you can send in questions before the broadcast.


Catherine Mooney since graduating from Glasgow School of Art I have worked at worked in art galleries, publishing, at University of Glasgow,  and Glasgow School of Art in Historical and Critical Studies. This is the first collaboration between Thomas and Catherine. 

Professor Thomas Joshua Cooper Senior Researcher in Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art. Landscape photographer. Most recent exhibition  ’The World’s Edge’, Los Angeles County Art Museum 2019. To be shown at the National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh in July 2021.