Scottish Records Association 

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Annual Conference

Saturday 16 November 2019

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee


HIDDEN HISTORIES

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).

Programme

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