Weekly Digest 28 April 2017

Our blog post this week comes from Dr Helen Young from the University of Stirling. Helen’s post discusses her research on Scotland’s rural schools and communities from the Protestant Reformation the twentieth century. In her post, Helen examines education as a central element for change in society and culture.

This week you will find more additions to events and exhibitions continuing across Scotland, as well as several new CfP. Also, be sure to scan through the variety of PhD studentships and jobs connected to Scottish history. Closing dates are within the next few weeks, so be sure to check them 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

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

Month of May: Various themed tours, National Museum of Scotland

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

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

6 May: Scottish Life Archive, National Museum of Scotland

Register Now:  Iron: Origins and Destinations, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 6 May

Register Now: Alan Borthwick, ‘Family History from Medieval Charters’, New Register House, Edinburgh, 10 May

Register Now: Beyond the Wall: Scottish Inspirations in the Game of Thrones Universe, Canongate, 24 May


Ongoing: Clyde Life Exhibition, Riverside Museum.

3 May: Michael Hannon, Tobacco Merchants and Shipbuilders, Scottish Civic Trust

12 May: Gender & History’s Annual Public Lecture, ‘The Political in Question: Slavery Abolitionism in India’s Twentieth Century‘, Glasgow University

Register Now: Centre of Gender History, ‘Parenting and the Law:’ Public Engagement Workshop, Glasgow’s Women’s Library, 22 May


Register Now: ‘The Information Landscape in Scotland: 1600-1900’, University of Dundee, 1 July

Highlands and Islands

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

Through Sun: Kingussie Heritage Festival, Kingussie

20 May: First World War Discovery Day, Highlanders’ Museum, Fort George

Larkhall & Hamilton

6 & 13 May: Avon Water Salmon Homecoming Celebration


6 May: 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, 24 May


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

6 May: Gallery of Memories Sharing Day, Aberbeen Treasure Hub Museum Centre

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

New Publications
Matthew L. McDowell, “Scottish Football and Colonial Zimbabwe: Sport, the Scottish Diaspora, and ‘White Africa,’” Journal of Scottish Historical Studies (April)

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

CfP: ‘Our Islands, Our Past’, University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute Conference, deadline 7 May

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

CfP: The Reformation: 500 Years On, European Reformation Research Group Annual Meeting, University of Liverpool, deadline 26 May

CfP: British Society for the History of Medicine Congress, Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh, deadline 31 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: Out of Place: Vagrancy and Settlement, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, deadline 30 June

CfP: Building the Scottish Diaspora: Scots and the Colonial Built Environment, 1700-1920, University of Edinburgh, deadline 24 July

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

CfP: ‘The Many Faces of War- Changing Perspectives on Armed Conflict’, BCHM New Research in Military History Conference, Cambridge, deadline 1 September.

CfP: Society for Renaissance Studies 8th Biennial Conference, University of Sheffield, deadline 1 September

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
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

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

Fellowship: Jenny Wormald Junior Research Fellowship in Women’s History, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, closes 1 June

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


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