Weekly Digest 14 April 2017

There are plenty of interesting local events going on over the next few weeks, listed below, as well as three fully-funded PhD studentships newly advertised at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This week, our blog post comes from PhD student Ciaran Jones. Ciaran is working on an innovative, interdisciplinary project about witchcraft and demonic belief in early modern Scotland — do have a read.

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 get in touch.

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

18 April: Leith Local History Society, Customs and Excise in Leith in the 18th and early 19th century. Leith Community Education Centre, 7:30pm.

18 April: Public meeting on the draft management plan of the Edinburgh Old and New Towns World Heritage Site, National Museum of Scotland (details TBC).

27 April: Professor Paul Dukes, ‘Scottish Enlightenment, old and new, and the Problem of the Anthropocene’. Teviot Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh, 5:15pm.


Ongoing: Clyde Life Exhibition, Riverside Museum.

19 April: Discover maps online at the Moving Image Archive (free, booking required), Kelvin Hall, 2:00-3:30pm

19 April: Library Resources for Family History (free, booking required), Mitchell Library, 2:30-3:45pm

24 April: Drop-in information event for potential community curators. Glasgow Women’s Library, from 1pm.


20 April: Alistair Dinsmore, ‘The History of Glasgow Police’, Paisley Museum, 7:30pm.


6 May: Scotland’s Urban Past, ‘Unlocking the Tower’, St John’s Tower, Bruce Crescent.


24 May: Public lecture: Ending Violence Against Women in Scotland. University of Stirling, 5:30pm.

St Andrews

20 April: Public lecture: Prof Nadine Akkerman, ‘The Activities of She-intelligencers, 1647-1667: ”intrigues, which at that time could be best managed and carried on by ladies”’. Arts Lecture Theatre, 5:30pm.


22 April – 3 June: Alison Scott, Geoprophesy (exhibition on the history of geological exploration in Scotland), Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.


22 April: Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference and Fair. Bay Hotel, 9:30-4:45pm.


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

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


19 April: George Dalgleish, ‘Jacobite Relics, Myths and Realities’, Selkirk Parish Church Hall, 7:30pm.


21 April: Kinmont Willie’s Sword: Launch Event (pre-booking required, see p.xv),Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, 6:30-8:30pm.


19 April: John Moore, ‘Glasgow’s Cartography; the Growth and Development of the City through its Maps‘. Best Western Eglinton Arms Hotel, Eaglesham, 7:30pm.


22-23 April: Search for the lost village of Bunkle! Pre-booking required. Bunkle Castle.


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

New Publications
Philip Freeman, Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes, (25 May)

Northern Scotland Volume 8 (May)

Ann Rigney, The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move, (6 July)

Linden Bicket, George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination (July)

Gilbert Markus, Conceiving a Nation: Scotland to 900 AD (July)

Andrew R.C. Simpson and Adelyn L.M. Wilson, Scottish Legal History, vol. 1, 1000-1707 (July)

Peter Hopkins (ed.), Scotland’s Muslims: Society, Politics and Identity (September)

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

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

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

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

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

Register: ‘Writings from Scotland before the Union’, University of Dundee, 22 April

Register: Kingussie Heritage Festival, 27-30 April

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

Register: Community Archives: Opportunities and Challenges, Lews Castle, Isle of Lewis, 14-15 June.

Register: Scotland’s Earliest People, their Landscape and Houses, Edinburgh (venue TBC), 17 June.

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

Two PhD scholarships: Fully funded, University of Glasgow, closes 7 May

PhD studentship: Archiving Indyref 2014, closes 8 May

PhD studentship: “Consumption, commerce and custom: historical and archaeological evidence for the social, cultural and economic position of salmon in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, c.1400-c.1800”, UHI, closes 8 May

PhD studentship: “Archiving the Nuclear Past: Exploring the Nuclear Energy Industry and its Community Impact in Britain”. UHI, closes 8 May

PhD studentship: “The origins and history of distilling and whisky production in the Scottish Highlands and Islands: an historical and archaeological approach”, UHI, closes 8 May

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

Job: Research Associate in International Economic History, University of Glasgow, closes 17 April

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

Job: Postdoctoral Researcher, “Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire (1750-1900)”, National Museums Scotland, closes 24 April

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

Job: Lecturer in Social Subjects (Modern Studies and History), University of Strathclyde, closes 9 May

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

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

Volunteering: Community Curators at Glasgow Women’s Library, closes 25 April

Volunteering: Aden Country Park Archaeological Dig

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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