Weekly Digest 19 May 2017

The Festival of Museums kicks off today, and there is plenty going on in museums throughout Scotland – far too much to list here, so be sure to check their website to find out what’s happening in your area!

Our blog post this week is by John Fulton, who describes how growing up at Tarbat Ness sparked a lifelong interest in Scottish history. If you’d like to contribute a post about what you do in Scottish history please get in touch.

We’re also very pleased to announce a new initiative aimed at Scottish school students doing Higher and Advanced Higher History: the Scottish History Network School Essay Prize. Thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, History Scotland and Blackwell’s Bookstore, there are a bunch of great prizes on offer, and it’s a great opportunity for any students thinking about continuing with history at university.

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


19-21 May: ‘Sacred Heritage: Archaeology, Identity and Medieval Beliefs’, Rhind Lectures, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

24 May: Beyond the Wall: Scottish Inspirations in the Game of Thrones Universe


21 MayWomen of the Gorbals Heritage Walk, Glasgow Women’s Library

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


20 May: Behind the Scenes Dundee Tours, Creative Dundee

24 May: Juliet Shields, ‘When Scotswomen Ran the Press’, Verdant Works


24 May: Mary Somerville: Self-Taught Woman of Science, Kelso Library (part of the Borders Science Festival)


25 May: ‘King Robert, the ‘Bruce”, Dr Fiona Watson, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

Highlands and Islands

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

22 May: Hugo Anderson-Whymark, ‘Capturing Neolithic Orkney in 3D’ and OAS Annual General Meeting, The Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall

23 May: Rose Street Foundry; Past, Present and Future, Highland Archive Centre

24 May: Public lecture: Ending Violence Against Women in Scotland. University of Stirling

New Publications
Northern Scotland, Special issue: Papers from ‘Land and People in Northern Scotland – the Strathnaver Conference’, September 2014

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

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

CFP: “Thinking about mythology in the 21st century”, University of Edinburgh, due 15 June

CfP: Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference, deadline 30 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: ‘The communities and margins of Early Modern Scotland’, University of Glasgow, deadline 28 July

Register:  ‘The Supernatural in Early Modern Scotland’, University of Edinburgh, 26 May

Register: Postgraduate/Early Career Study Day: Female Networks 1750-1950, University of Glasgow, 29 June.

Register: Scottish History: Works in Progress, Scottish Historical Review Trust, Dundee, 2-3 June – Bursaries now available for attending students!

Register: 400 Years in 140 Characters (Edinburgh Meetup), Scottish Heritage Social Media Group, May 31.

Register: Archaeological Research in Progress 2017, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, May 27.

News, opportunities and miscellany
Job: Director of ICT, National Records of Scotland

Job: Lecturer in Modern British Gender History, University of Glasgow, closes 20 May

Job: Eight senior positions at AHRC, closing dates various, from 21 May

Job: Director of Development and Partnership, Historic Environment Scotland, closes 26 May

Job: Director, Cockburn Association, closes 26 May

Job: Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Glasgow, closes 11 June.

Job: Three FT posts with Highland Archives

Young Sir Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Writers

Experienced diggers wanted: Ness of Brodgar dig, August

Glasgow Women’s Library Summer Programme Released


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