Weekly Digest 8 April 2016



Scottish History Network Weekly Digest

8 April, 2016

Welcome to the Scottish History Network’s weekly digest. As always, we’ve tried to include as much information as possible about news, events and opportunities relating to Scottish history. If we have missed anything, or you have something you’d like us to include in the future, please get in touch at scottishhistorynetwork@gmail.com, on Twitter @ScotHistNetwork or via our Facebook page.

Our inaugural event, ‘Scottish History: A Public Future?’, is fast approaching and will take place on Wednesday 27 April at 5:30pm at the University of Edinburgh. We have some very exciting speakers taking part in what promises to be an interesting and lively discussion about the relationship between Scottish history and the public. The event is free but please do register here. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible later in the month!
In addition, during the day on 27 April, we are hosting a workshop, entitled ‘Scottish History: The State of the Field’.  For more information on attending as a day delegate, and to see our full programme, please visit our website.

Please note that nearing the end of the Spring academic term, university-held seminar series also draw to a close to be restarted during Autumn term.

– The Scottish History Network Team

Exhibitions and events


Saturday 9th April: Scottish Parliament, ‘First World War Living History’

Wednesday 20th April: Museum of Edinburgh, Tours of the Canongate in partnership Scottish Brewing Heritage

Until Sunday 10th April: National Museum of Scotland, Dolly the Sheep 20th Anniversary Events


5th – 29th April: Glasgow Caledonian University, ‘Forward to Freedom: Scotland’s role in the Anti-Apartheid Movement’

Public lectures and seminars, 8 – 14 April


Wednesday 13th April: University of Dundee, Moira Greig, ‘The Mason’s Mark Project’


Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th April: National Museum of Scotland, Dr Fraser Hunter, ‘Celts: Art and Identity’

Thursday 14th April : University of Edinburgh, Dr Aimée Little, ‘Tracing the Biographies of Objects from Mesolithic Northwest’

Register now, Tuesday 26th April: Blackwells, ‘ Christopher Harvie: No Gods and Previous Few Heroes’

Register now, Tuesday 3rd May: National Library of Scotland, ‘Alistair Moffat: Scotland – a history’


Tuesday 12th April: New Glasgow Society, ‘The Social Histories of Ice Cream and the Urban Environment’

Register now, Friday 10th June: University of Glasgow, ‘Publishing for Historians: a workshop for advanced postgraduates and early career researchers’

Book now, Thursday 21st April: Glasgow Women’s Library, Scottish Museums Federation Conference 2016 – ‘Dealing with Difficult Issues: Controversy, Collections and Communities’

Mid Scotland and Fife

Tuesday 12th April: Dollar Academy, Prof Richard Oram, ‘Medieval Pestilence, Plague and Climate Change’

Thursday 14th April: Elie and Earlsferry History Society, Alastair Durie, ‘Early days of Discovery of Tourism in Scotland’

Friday 15th April: Aytoun Hall (Auchterarder), John Young, ‘Branch Lines of Strathearn – Tourists, Tatties, and Trains’

West of Scotland

Thursday 14th April: Paisley Museum, John Moore, ‘Renfrewshire Surveyors and Estate Plans in the 18th Century’

Thursday 14th April: John Walker Bond (Kilmarnock), Barbara Graham ‘Flora MacDonald’

Calls for Papers

Shakespeare Institute (Stratford-upon-Avon), Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment, 1500-1750

Glasgow, Scotland’s Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion (SCAPE)/Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) Conference, ‘From land to sea: steering a seamless course’

King’s College London, Culture, Media and Creative Industries: ‘(In)Visible Cultures’

University of Edinburgh, British Society of Sports History Conference 2016

University of the Highlands and Islands (Orkney College, Kirkwall), ‘Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Conference (CHAT) 2016 – Rurality’

New Publications

Jacqueline Riding, Jacobites: A New History of the ‘45 Rebellion (Bloomsbury). Release Date: 7 April 2016.

Dan van der Vat, The Grand Scuttle: The Sinking of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919 (Birlinn): Release Date: 7 April 2016.

Peter Berresford-Ellis and Seamus Mac A’ Ghobhainn, The Radical Rising: The Scottish Insurrection of 1820 (Birlinn). Release date: 14 April 2016.

John W. Arthur, Brilliant Lives: The Clerk Maxwells and the Scottish Enlightenment (John Donald). Release date: 14 April 2016.

R. Andrew Macdonald, Outlaws of Medieval Scotland: Challenges to the Canmore Kinds 1058-1266 (John Donald). Release Date: 14 April 2016.

News and miscellany

Newly available digitisation of the Journal of the Sydney Society for Scottish History in association with the University of Sydney

N.B. Call for submissions due 20 June.

Registration now open for Scottish Archeology Month (1-30 Sept 2016)

Job vacancy: Freelance Fundraiser with Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

Job vacancy: Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, University of Birmingham

Job vacancy: Facilitator with Historic Environment Scotland

Job vacancy: Communications and Operations Officer with Scottish Council on Archives (SCA)

Job vacancies: Various Roles with Historic Scotland

Traineeship Programme: Evaluation of the Heritage Horizons with Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS)

Trustee vacancies: Edinburgh World Heritage

Apply to be part of the 2016 Building Conservation Working Party



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