Weekly Digest 21 April 2017

Our blog post this week comes from Dr Elizabeth Ewan from the University of Guelph. Elizabeth’s post considers the development of her own involvement in Scottish Women’s history in both research and teaching. Elizabeth also links to a number of great initiatives that are doing their part to bring women back into the popular history of Scotland.

Though the academic year continues to wind down, there are plenty of events and exhibitions continuing across Scotland as detailed below. There are also a large number of PhD studentships and jobs connected to Scottish history with closing dates over the next few weeks so be sure to check these out.

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

All week: Various themed tours, National Museum of Scotland

Wed: Charlotte Bassett, ‘Lady Margaret Hamilton: Patroness of Hopetoun’ and Amy Boyington, ‘Elite wives and architecture in eighteenth-century Britain’, University of Edinburgh

Thurs: Professor Paul Dukes, ‘Scottish Enlightenment, old and new, and the Problem of the Anthropocene’. University of Edinburgh

Register Now: Alice Taylor, ‘William the Lion: Scotland’s forgotten king’, New Register House, Edinburgh, 2 May

Register Now: Dauvit Broun and Joanna Tucker, ‘A guided visit to the exhibition ‘Scribes and Royal Authority: Scotland’s Charters 1100-1250”, General Register House, Edinburgh, 5 May


Ongoing: Clyde Life Exhibition, Riverside Museum.

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

Mon: Postgraduate fair, National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall

Tues: Julie Gardham, ‘The Glasgow Incunabula Project: The City’s Earliest Printed Books Revealed’, Mitchell Library

Highlands and Islands

Ongoing: Alison Scott, Geoprophesy (exhibition on the history of geological exploration in Scotland), Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

Thurs: Martin Carruthers, ‘The Life and Death of a Broch‘, King Street Hall, Kirkwall

Thurs – Sun: Kingussie Heritage Festival, Kingussie


Sat: Scottish Association of Family History Societies Annual Conference and Family History Fair, The Bay Hotel

Thurs: Ian Bradley and Doglas Galbraith, ‘Singing the Protestant Faith: the Musical Legacy of the Reformation’, University of St Andrews


Sat: Writings from Scotland before the Union, University of Dundee


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


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


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

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

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
Call for Researchers: ScotRes, a new London-based research forum is looking for researchers to share their work

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

Register: ‘Speaking when they’re spoken to? Re-integrating the experiences and perspectives of children into historical research’, University of Edinburgh, registration closes 1 May

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: Screening of ‘The Battle of the Somme’ film, UHI, 17 May

Register: ‘A Journey through Scotland’s Past: Age of Warriors (Picts and Celts)’, Longmore House, 18 May

Register: ‘Rural Settlement Workshop’, University of Edinburgh, closes 4 June.

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.

Register: Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice: Britain and Ireland, c.1100-1750, 28-29 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: MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “wordpress.us12.list-manage1.com” claiming to be “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

Collaborative PhD studentship: Engineering ‘Modern’ Scotland: The Stevenson Maps and Plans and Scotland’s Built Infrastructure, c.1800-1900, University of Edinburgh and National Library of Scotland, closes 19 May

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

Job: Lecturer in History, London South Bank University, closes 23 April

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

Job: Department Administrator, Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland, closes 26 April

Job: Project Conservator, Highland Archive Centre, closes 5 May

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


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