School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Scottish History seminars

The Scottish History research seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all.

Time and location

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars take place on Thursdays at 5.15pm online. All are welcome! To receive links to the seminars please email Dr Alasdair Raffe,

Event schedule

Semester 1, 2020/21

Date Speaker Topic

Thursday 1 Oct

Professor Steve Boardman (University of Edinburgh)

‘Scotland in the Gough Map (c. 1400)’

Thursday 15 Oct

Dr James Smyth (University of Stirling)

‘“In all countries where the babies make the laws and customs…”: Infant mortality, c. 1860s to 1920s, a transatlantic study of public health and climate’

Thursday 29 Oct

Dr Helen Newsome (University of Sheffield)

‘Secrecy, spies and hidden networks of exchange in the correspondence of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots (1489-1541)’

Thursday 12 Nov

Robbie Johnston (University of Edinburgh)

‘Rediscovering the Union: Margaret Thatcher, the Conservatives and Scotland, 1974-c. 1990’

Thursday 26 Nov     

Karie Schultz (British School at Rome)

‘Political thought and two kingdoms theology in Civil-War Scotland, 1637-1646’

Organised in association with the Scottish History Society

Thursday 3 Dec

Sonny Angus (University of Edinburgh)

‘Jugs, mugs and banners: The material culture of Scottish Radicalism, 1820-1884’

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Further information

Please contact the organiser, Dr Alasdair Raffe, for further information.


Dr Alasdair Raffe

Lecturer in History

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

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