Experts showcase Scotland’s history

Treasure maps and tales of war are among topics University experts will explore at a history festival this month.

Academics and students are taking part in workshops, debates, exhibitions and lectures - uncovering and sharing numerous aspects of Scotland’s history.

A hands-on workshop exploring how to chart key moments in history allows festival-goers to delve into some of the University’s medieval documents, such as treasure maps and title deeds.

Academics in English Literature will also host an event that considers changing representations of war in the work of Scottish writers.

Ongoing partnership

More than 300 events will take place around Scotland from 12 to 29 November as part of Previously… Scotland’s History Festival.

The University sponsors the 15-day series of events as part of an ongoing partnership with the festival.


Details of all events can be found on the 'Previously... Scotland's History Festival' website.

Previously... Scotland's History Festival

The Great War examined

Other programmed events include an exhibition exploring women’s role in warfare and the development of medical techniques during the war.

The exhibition - Words and Deeds, Weapons and Wounding - was developed in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons and the University’s Scotland’s War Project. It takes place in Leith Library from 12-30 November.

On 11 November, Yvonne McEwen will deliver a Remembrance Day Lecture in the Surgeons Hall, examining the role of nursing during the war. This will be followed by a book signing of In the Company of Nurses, published by Edinburgh University Press. Academics from the School of History are taking part in a day of talks and discussions with school pupils about the Great War. The historians will also answer questions on how to make a career from researching the past.

History research student Patrick Watt will deliver a lecture on the 4th Cameron Highlanders and their role in the First World War on 29 November.

Further highlights

Professor Ian Deary will deliver a lecture on the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947, discussing how they are now being used in pioneering studies of the ageing brain. The lecture takes place on 20 November in the University's Department of Psychology.

On 19 November Gregg Walker, Regius Professor of English Literature, will take part in a panel discussion about how theatre can engage with the past.

Head of History Dr Trevor Griffiths will take part in an event exploring changing family patterns in Edinburgh. His 20-minute lecture on 22 November, Entertainments for All the Family?, will focus on the population’s cinema habits.

On 20 November, emeritus Professor Sir Tom Devine will contribute to an event that takes a fresh look at the Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The festival provides fantastic opportunities for our researchers to engage with audiences in a number of exciting ways, connecting our study of the past with present-day concerns and debates.

Dr Trevor GriffithsHead of History at the University of Edinburgh

Celebrating Robert Louis Stevenson

University staff and students will discuss and interpret the use of travel in Robert Louis Stevenson’s fiction and poetry at an event in Teviot Dining Room on 17 November to.

The event has been curated to mark a week-long celebration of the illustrious writer’s work from 13 - 17 November.

Related Links

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