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Linda Cracknell – Growing A Story from Research, ‘The Other Side of Stone’

As a writer of fiction, my stories are often underpinned by history. I love doing the ‘research’ which has included visiting a shore in the West Highlands which, when expanded at low tide, accommodated thousands of fervent worshippers who had abandoned church buildings in the ‘Disruption’ in the Church of Scotland in the 1840s. I’ve …

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YWCA interview Esther Breitenbach about ‘Scottish Women’s Right to Vote’

Our secretary Esther Breitenbach features in the latest episode of YWCA‘s podcast ‘The Importance of Being Feminist‘ entitled ‘Scottish Women’s Right to Vote’. Here’s the text from the podcast info: Just a couple of days before the Scottish elections, Iris chats to Dr Esther Breitenbach, Honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University and co-creator of the online …

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Sam Dobbie – Applying Modern Concepts to Historical Contexts: Power Couples and the French Revolution

As historians, we are often discouraged from applying concepts, with the benefit of hindsight, to times, places and spaces in which they did not exist. This is, in part, because it can complicate the ways in which we understand, and our relationships with, the past. To use a concept that did not exist in the …

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Sue Innes Memorial Lecture 2020 -Listen now!

The Sue Innes Memorial Lecture is held annually in memory of Sue Innes, feminist historian, campaigner and journalist, who died in 2005. Sue was an enthusiastic member of Women’s History Scotland (then known as Scottish Women’s History Network). She was one of the editors of The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, which is dedicated to her. Sue was a …

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Charlotte Lauder – Recovering the Biographies and Bibliographies of Women Using Digitised Resources

The ramifications of the coronavirus lockdown have demonstrated that we are now in an age of no-return when it comes to online research using digital resources. This is not to say that the path of online research is always clear (literally): dirty OCR, obscured digital images, and unclear metadata can impede the process and frustrate …

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Charlotte James Robertson – ‘It was just a time when one was hopeful’: Oral History interviewing in the time of COVID-19

A few months ago, before all of our lives were turned upside down by the coronavirus outbreak, I was excitedly planning the oral history interviews I would undertake for my PhD research. I am in my first year at the University of Glasgow researching transnational connections within the anti-domestic abuse movement in Britain. My first …

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