Modernity and rurality in Scotland: land and people, 1746 to the present – some initial reflections

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 18:00
Seminar Room, First Floor, Iontas Building, North Campus

Dr Annie Tindley is Senior Lecturer in modern British History and Academic director (Newcastle), and Consortium director for AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium DTP School and History, Classics & Archaeology Newcastle University.

This talk will explore a new project that Dr Tindley is about to start, which aims to produce the first complete history of land ownership in Scotland, from the end of the last Jacobite Rising in 1746 to the present day. It hopes to re-centre rural society as a site of modernity, innovation and experimentation, dislodging perceptions of it as peripheral to the historiography of modern Britain. It will track the impact of constitutional change (from the 1707 Union to the European Union), underpinned by environmental, cultural and gendered histories of land ownership. The talk will sketch out these issues, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities of starting new research projects.