The School of History at the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce the hosting of a one-day workshop, to be held on Friday 27 April, that will examine the political and constitutional impact for Scotland of the two referendums held regarding the relationship between the United Kingdom and Europe. Alongside contributions from academics working across a range of disciplines, the event will feature contributions from politicians, journalists and civil servants, including Catherine Stihler MEP, Alex Neil MSP, Jim Sillars, Neal Ascherson and Professor Jim Gallagher. Please see the attached programme for the full schedule.
The event is free and a buffet lunch will be provided, but places are limited. If you would like to attend, please email Dr Malcolm Petrie ( by 5pm Monday 23 April to register.

Face to Face: Stories from the Asylum

Face to Face: Stories from the Asylum
An exhibition on the lives of Victorian patients at Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum

reproduced with permission of University of Dundee Archive Services

Tower Foyer Gallery, University of Dundee
23 March – 9 June 2018: Mon – Fri 09:30 – 19:00 Sat 13:00 – 17:00
Admission free

Currently on display at the University of Dundee, Face to Face: Stories from the Asylum is a new exhibition exploring the lives of nine patients admitted to Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum around the turn of the twentieth century. Researched and curated by St Andrews PhD student Morag Allan Campbell, the exhibition aims to promote awareness and discussion about present day mental health issues by uncovering the experience of mental illness in the past, and is a collaboration between the University of St Andrews and University of Dundee Archive Services.

Using photographs and information from their case notes, the exhibition tells each patient’s story – where they came from, the circumstances that brought them to the asylum and the dilemmas faced by their families. Their diagnoses and treatment are explained within the context of how mental illness was understood during that period, and their stories are also placed within the local historical background of late nineteenth/early twentieth century Dundee.

reproduced with permission of University of Dundee Archive Services

The exhibition is one strand of a wider project, Promoting Mental Health through the Lessons of History, based at the University of St Andrews and led by Prof. Rab Houston of the School of History. The project also includes Rab’s highly successful podcast series exploring the history of psychiatry in Britain and Ireland since 1500, currently available on SoundCloud and now into a third series.

Face to Face: Stories from the Asylum, will be on display in the Tower Foyer Gallery from March 23 until June 9th, and a number of associated events are planned, including talks, a panel discussion and a creative writing workshop.

Further information is available on the exhibition website:

You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook @FacetoFaceStA

Immortalized Memory: Iterations and adaptations of the work of Robert Burns

Thursday 25th January 2018, Old Class Library, St John’s House, 70-72 South Street, St Andrews.

Institute of Scottish Historical Research.

Please join us for a special workshop, marking the anniversary of Robert Burns. This half-day event, sponsored by the St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research, offers an interdisciplinary discussion of the social, cultural, and political memorialization of Robert Burns.

The event is free and open to all. However, for catering purposes, please register your interest with Dr Sean Murphy,

2.00 – 2.50pm, Panel I: Nineteenth-century perspectives.

The Kirk’s Alarm: Burns and the Church in mid-Victorian Scotland.
Professor Christopher Whatley, (University of Dundee).

A pre-emptive legacy? Robert Burns, the Pennsylvania ‘Scots-Irishman’, and the ‘Rustic Bard’ of New Hampshire.
Dr Sean Murphy, (University of St Andrews).

Tea and coffee break.

3.10 – 4.00pm, Panel II: Burns in post-war politics and writing.

‘See yonder poor’: Burns and the Welfare State (1940s-1950s).
Paul Malgrati, (University of St Andrews).

‘Fiction is not concerned with conclusions’: How James Barke remembered Robert Burns.
Kevin Gallagher, (University of Glasgow).

Tea and coffee break.

4.15 – 5.10pm, Panel III: Robert Burns and contemporary Scots poetry.

Why I write in Scots.
Mhairi Owens, (University of St Andrews).

Selected readings and concluding remarks.
Professor Robert Crawford.

Wine (and whisky) reception.

Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700

23-24 March 2018, St John’s House, University of St Andrews

The Institute of Scottish Historical Research (University of St Andrews) is pleased to invite papers for Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700, an interdisciplinary workshop to be held at the University of St Andrews in March 2018 as part of ISHR’s tenth-anniversary celebrations. With panel discussions and four diverse keynote presentations, the conference will seek to bring together a wide range of researchers from the burgeoning fields of Scottish history and dress and textile history in an interdisciplinary environment.
We hope to include a wide range of perspectives on the study of material culture history, including speakers from academic institutions, museum professionals, archaeologists, and historical crafts practitioners, and we welcome postgraduate students and early career/unaffiliated researchers.
Proposals for papers of 20 minutes in length will be accepted until 15th December 2017. Please see our CFP for submission details.

Historical Conversations Series – University of Glasgow

A free public programme of talks, interviews and panel discussions hosted by the University of Glasgow. Each event will include pop up exhibitions with items from the Glasgow University Library Special Collections.

All events will be held in the lecture theatre of the Kelvin Hall on Tuesdays, starting at 5.30.

For full details and to register click here.


19 September 2017: Opening Conversation, Semester 1
T.C. Smout
Chair: Catriona Macdonald
This event is followed by a wine reception sponsored by the Hunterian Museum.

10 October 2017: Medieval Panel
Steve Boardman; Dauvit Broun; Stephen Driscoll
Chair: Thomas Clancy

31 October 2017: Early Modern Panel
Keith Brown; Roger Mason
Chair: Ali Cathcart

14 November 2017: Modern Scotland: cultural, political and social perspectives
Callum Brown; Richard Finlay; W. Hamish Fraser
Chair: Catriona Macdonald

5 December 2017: Eighteenth Century Scotland
Allan Macinnes; Murray Pittock; Chris Whatley
Chair: Stephen Mullen

16 Jan 2018: Opening Conversation, Semester 2
T.M. Devine
Chair: Brian Taylor (BBC)

30 Jan 2018: Highland History
Ewen Cameron; James Hunter
Chair: Martin MacGregor

20 Feb 2018: Gender History
Lynn Abrams; Eleanor Gordon; Jane Rendall
Chair: Catriona Macdonald

13 March 2018: Scotland’s Empire/ Scotland’s Diaspora
Marjory Harper; John M. MacKenzie; Graeme Morton
Chair: Andrew Mackillop

24 April 2018: Scottish History and Scottish Literature
Henry Marsh; James Robertson
Chair: Ted Cowan
This event is followed by a wine reception sponsored by the Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

15 May 2018: Archiving Scotland
Irene O’Brien; George MacKenzie; John Scally
Chair: Lesley Richmond
This event is followed by a wine reception sponsored by Glasgow University Library.