School of Scottish Studies Archives

Archive news & events

Recent events and updates from the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

School of Scottish Studies Archives Relocation

The School of Scottish Studies Archives has re-opened to visitors. Please make an appointment with the Curator, Cathlin macaulay, if you would like to visit.

Dr Cathlin Macaulay

Theatre Inspired by the Archives

Internationally acclaimed, multi award-winning Song of the Goat Theatre (Fringe First winners in 2012 & 2004) have been commissioned by Summerhall to create a new performance drawing on Scotland’s ancient musical traditions partly inspired by the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

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Remembered/Imagined

Artists performing

During Autumn 2013 three pairs of writer/musician collaborators visited the School of Scottish Studies seeking inspiration for the creation of new works based on recordings of traditional music, songs, stories and oral history held in the Sound Archive. Amble Skuse and Angus Peter Campbell, Ailie Robertson and Rebecca Sharp, Mike Vass and Charlotte Murray worked together interweaving music and words to create surprising and innovative compositions which will be be performed by Mr McFalls Chamber with singer Maeve MacKinnon and writer Angus Peter Campbell in March 2014 in Edinburgh and Plockton.

Wed 12 March, 7.30, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Friday 14 March, 7.30. Plockton High School, Ross-shire

Follow the artists' comings and goings on their blog:

Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin Archive Project

Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin in the Archive Search Room

With funding from Creative Scotland, Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin have started a project to involve some of their members in the Archives. The main aim is to enable young people to get a meaningful understanding of the content of the Sound Archives and the context of the recordings, and then creatively respond.

They will be assisted in this by local musicians and staff from the archive including Dr Mairi McFadyen, Alasdair Roberts, Mike Vass and Matheu Watson.

Artists in the Archives

Artists in the Archive

In 2011, Alasdair Roberts, Aileen Campbell, and Drew Wright embarked on a twelve-week commissioning residency in the School of Scottish Studies Archives at the University of Edinburgh. During their residency they listened to recordings, sifted through photos, conducted their own fieldwork and developed new performances from their findings. You can follow their explorations on the Archive Trails website.