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Historian receives lifetime achievement award

Scotland’s pre-eminent historian Sir Tom Devine has received a lifetime achievement award at the House of Commons.

Tom Devine receives award
Sir Tom Devine receives his award from Nick Thomas-Symonds, MP alongside Catherine Devine

Sir Tom, Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh, was honoured by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History.

He is the first Scottish historian to win the group’s lifetime achievement award, now in its eighth year.

Deep understanding

Sir Tom has written and published on all aspects of Scottish history, from the middle ages through to the modern day. He is a frequent media commentator on issues including Scottish independence, Brexit, and Scotland’s diaspora.

“Sir Tom has long been a top authority on the history of Scotland and expert at weaving a deep understanding of Scotland’s past into the debates that will shape its present and future. I am delighted that he is the first Scottish historian to receive the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s Lifetime Achievement Award and that his wife Catherine is able to join us in accepting it.”

Nick Thomas-Symonds, MPPrincipal Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History was established in 2010 and has around 80 members. It is a cross-party, non-partisan body that aims to support the record-keeping sector and promote the study of history.

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