Scottish Records Association 

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Annual Conference

Saturday 16 November 2019

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee


The Scottish Records Association is pleased to partner the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University of Dundee in a conference on the subject of the use of Scottish archives to uncover stories usually obscured by the records: hidden histories.

The Venue

The conference will take place in the Dalhousie Building, 75 Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN. It is about 15-20 minutes’ walk from Dundee railway station (via South Tay Street and Old Hawkshill Road).


09:45-10:30 Registration (tea, coffee and refreshments will be served)

10:30-11:30 Panel 1: Mental Health in the Archives

  • Welcome by Professor Graeme Morton, The Centre for Scottish Culture, University of Dundee
  • Caroline Brown and Jacqueline Eccles
    Redressing the balance in archives; using asylum records to give voice to the under-represented
  • Jessica Secmezoy-Urquhart
    The Fool Is Not Found Wanting In The Household Of The King Of Scots: the hidden history of Renaissance natural fools in the Lord High Treasurer Accounts of Scotland

11:30-11:40 Comfort break

11:40-12:35 Panel 2: Silence and Gender in the Archives

  • Louise Heren
    Sex in the City Why early-20th century sexual violence was an urban working-class issue
  • Marian Pallister
    Unlocking the Silence: giving Grace a voice (the letters of Lady Grace Campbell)

12:35-13:50 Lunch
(The AGM of the Scottish Records Association begins promptly at 12:40)

13:50-14:45 Panel 3: Archival Gaps and Silences - (non)acquisition and failure to catalogue

  • Margaret McKenzie and Peter E Ross
    Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland: a hidden community, a hidden history
  • Jane Brown
    Hidden in Plain Sight: a case closeted in the archive; how legacy finding aids conceal LGBT histories, and why this matters

14:45-15:20 Break for tea and coffee

15:20-16:20 Panel 4: Myths, Narratives and Archives – inclusion and exclusion from archives and stories

  • Gordon J Barclay and Louise Heren
    The Battle for George Square, 1919: hidden in plain sight
  • Rachel Hosker
    Who Owns History?

Concluding remarks - Professor Chris Whatley, Chair of the Scottish Records Association