Weekly Digest 23 June 2017

Summer is officially here, at least for our readers in the northern hemisphere, and we are in the midst of our summer schedule. Last week’s blog was by our own Laura Harrison. Laura discusses the upcoming Netflix film on Robert the Bruce, ‘Outlaw King’, and the impact and effect of pop culture on the perception of historical events. It is an interesting topic and obviously connects to wider historical discussions, including Laura’s own PhD work on commemorations of the first Scottish War of Independence from 1800-1939. If you’d like to contribute a post about what you do in Scottish history please get in touch.

Our Scottish History Network School Essay Prize, aimed at Scottish school students doing Higher and Advanced Higher History is ongoing. There are some great prizes offers available, thanks to Historic Environment Scotland, History Scotland and Blackwell’s Bookstore. This is a great opportunity for any students thinking about continuing with history at university so spread the word.

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

Various: Themed tours at the National Museum of Scotland

Opens 23 June: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, National Museum of Scotland

27 June: ‘Spotlight On Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites‘, National Museum of Scotland

29 June: ‘Gaelic in Edinburgh’, City Art Centre

2 July: Guided Walk: Arthur’s Secrets, Historic Environment Scotland, Arthur’s Seat

7 July: Pub Quiz, National Mining Museum


24 June: East End Women’s Heritage Walk, Mercat Cross

9 July: Necropolis Women’s Heritage Walk, James White Monument in Cathedral Square


28 June: ‘Relive your sporting memories’, Highland Archive Centre


30 June: ‘A Walk with Words: Dundee’s Literary Streets’, Central Library


Opening 13 June: ‘The Scottish Warrior’ exhibition, King’s Museum

Portsoy & Banff

24-25 June: Scottish Traditional Boat Festival


29 June: ScotRes, ‘Liberalism versus nationalism? Scottish Home Rule in the late 19th Century’, The Hoop and Grapes

New Publications
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)

Angela McCarthy and John M MacKenzie, eds. Global Migrations: The Scottish Diaspora Since 1600. (July- paperback)

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

Courses and Conferences
CfP: Early Modern Orders and Disorders: Religious Orders and British and Irish Catholicism, deadline 28 June

CfP: Litigating Women: negotiating justice in courts of law, c.1100-1750, deadline 28 June

CfP: Editors and Editing of Scientific Periodicals: Constructing Knowledge and Identity in Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, University of St. Andrews, deadline 30 June

CfP: ‘The 1970s: The High Tide of British Anti-Racism?’, Edgehill University

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

CfP: Celebration, Commemoration, and Collaboration: Milestones in the History of Education, deadline 31 July

CfP: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, Griffith University and University of Queensland, deadline 1 August

CfP: Scottish Records Association Conference, New Register House, Edinburgh, deadline 20 August

CfP: Attending to Early Modern Women: Action and Agency, deadline 15 November

CfP: Scottish Studies Roundtable Series, University of Guelph, open call

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

Register: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Summer Excursion, 1 July

Register: Slavery and the Scottish Country House, University of Edinburgh, 14 July

News, opportunities and miscellany
Job: Curator, Museum of Edinburgh, closes 26 June

Job: Librarian & Research Assistant, Scotland National Portrait Gallery, closes 30 June

Job: Learning Program Coordinator, Scotland National Portrait Gallery, closes 2 July

Job: Curator, V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, closes 6 July

Fellowship: Three Month Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Modern and Contemporary History, University of Edinburgh, closes 30 June

Volunteer: Researchers for MS Fettercairn papers, National Library of Scotland, 19-30 June

Prize: The Public History Prize, Royal Historical Society, closes 30 November

Opportunity: H-Albion invites applications for editors, closes 1 July

Young Sir Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction Writers


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