Weekly Digest 7 April 2017

This week’s blog post comes from author  Barbara Henderson who explores her experiences writing historical fiction and how she conducted research into the historical events that set the scene for her novel. We have some spaces available for blog posts throughout the summer months – if you’d like to contribute a post about what you do in Scottish history please do get in touch.

Though the academic year continues to wind down there are still a number of exciting events coming up – it is the year of history, heritage and archaeology after all! And, on that note, it’s not long until the great programme of events from Dig It! celebrating Scotland’s 6 World Heritage Sites begins on April 18.

As always, 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.

– The Scottish History Network Team

Public lectures, seminars and events

Ongoing: ‘The Tomb’ Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland

Mon 10: Martin Carver, ‘Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness – barometer of European politics’, National Museum of Scotland

Tues 11: ‘From commonplace books to Facebook’, National Library of Scotland

Wed 12: Hannah Lund, ‘Enthroned: The Sitter’s Chair of Sir Joshua Reynolds 1760-1879’ and Suchitra Choudhury, ‘Fashion and Textiles: A Postcolonial Reading of Sir Walter Scott’, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

Thurs 13: Michael Harris, ‘Rocks, bones and the weather: is that all there is? – Perceptions of the Palaeolithic’, University of Edinburgh

Thurs 13: Themed Tour: Scottish Identity – Myths and Realities, National Museum of Scotland


Wed 12: Excavation of Early Medieval Longhouses at Lair, Glenshee, Abertay Historical Society, University of Dundee

St Andrews

Mon 10: Elizabeth Robertson, Craig Taylor, Bettina Bildhauer, Roundtable: ‘At the Margins of the Court‘, Parliament Hall


Tues 11: Martin Carver, ‘Portmahomack on Tarbat Ness – barometer of European politics’, Inverness Town Hall


Ongoing: ‘Aberdonians in the Americas’ Exhibition, King’s Museum

Thurs 13: Jane Pirie, ‘Cover Stories Uncovered’, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

Book Now: Andrew Gordon, ‘Henry Stuart (1594-1612), the Lost Prince’, The Sir Duncan Rice Library


Tues 11: I. Matheson, The Union of the Parliaments, Largs Library


Tues 11: Ralph McLean, Burns and the Scottish Enlightenment, Masonic Halls, Johnstone

Thurs 13: The Roman Assault of Brunswark Hill – a battle rehabilitated, Shawl Gallery


Book Now: Dig It! events celebrating Scotland’s World Heritage Sites, Various locations across Scotland, 18 April

New Publications
C. M Davison and M. Germana (eds.), Scottish Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, out nowT. M McCoog, The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland, and England, 1598-1606, out now

The Letters of Samuel Johnson, Volume IV: 1782-1784 (Princeton Legacy Library), April

P. Freeman, Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes, May

Northern Scotland Volume 8, May

Courses and Conferences
CfP: Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage, University of Stirling, deadline 17 April

CfP: Poster Session for Postgraduates and Postdoctoral Researchers as part of the ‘Political Petitioning and Public Engagement in Early Modern Scotland, Britain and Northern Europe, 1550-1795’ series, University of Glasgow, deadline 1 June

CfP: ‘The communities and margins of Early Modern Scotland’, University of Glasgow, deadline 28 July

CfP: ‘Scotland and Ireland: connecting nations, unions, and diasporas’, St Andrews, deadline 21 April

CfP: ‘Ritual and Ceremony in Medieval and Early Modern Europe’, University of Northumbria, deadline 28 April

CfP: ‘Our Islands, Our Past’, University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute Conference, deadline 30 April

CfP: Art of Power: The 3rd Earl of Bute, Politics and Collecting in Enlightenment Britain, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, deadline 1 May

CfP: ‘Contemporary British History Now’, King’s College London, deadline 19 May

Call for proposals: The Scottish History Society is looking for publication proposals

Register: Kingussie Heritage Festival, 27-30 April

Register: ‘Borders Enlightenment Conference and Dinner’, Chirnside Community Centre, 29 April

Register: ‘Britain in Europe, 1970s-present’, University of Edinburgh, 20 April

Register: Agriculture, Economy and Society in Early Modern Scotland, Edinburgh, 6 May

Register: The Clergy in Early Modern Scotland, University of Edinburgh, 12 May

News and miscellany
PhD studentship: ‘The Material Culture of Mass Politics in Scotland, c.1815-c.1914’, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Scholarship, University of Edinburgh and National Museums Scotland, closes 26 Apr

PhD studentship: “Intellectual properties: transferring science from universities to National Museums Scotland”, University of Edinburgh and National Museums Scotland, closes 28 Apr

PhD studentship: Archiving Indyref 2014, closes 8 May

Job: Research Assistant – “Living on Water: Early Iron Age lake-dwelling communities in Scotland”, University of Glasgow, closes 9 Apr

Job: Curator, Late Modern and Military Collections, National Museums Scotland, closes 16 Apr

Job: Teaching Fellow in Twentieth Century British History, King’s College London, closes 7 May

Job: Chair in Early Modern History, University of Manchester, closes 2 June

Job: Chair in Medieval History, University of Manchester, closes 2 June

Job: Archives and Special Collections Assistant (Graduate Trainee), University of Glasgow, closes 23 April

Job: Archivist, Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, closes 13 April

Volunteering: Aden Country Park Archaeological Dig

Being Human 2017: Deadline for funded applications is 10 Apr

Just launched: ScotRes: a London-based research forum exploring the debates around Scottish independence.

Consultation open for feedback on the draft Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site


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