Welcome to the St Andrews Institute of
Scottish Historical Research
St Salvator's Quadrangle
The Institute of Scottish Historical Research was founded in 2007 by Prof. Roger Mason, who also acted as Director until 2013. It is the largest institute for research into Scotland’s past and holds a central place in the life of Scottish historians at the University of St Andrews. The Institute draws together the excellence and expertise of nearly twenty historians of Scotland, including Prof. T.C. Smout, the Historiographer Royal for Scotland. In 2013 the ISHR launched an initiative to attract scholars of international distinction to visit the institute for short periods to undertake intensive research.
The Institute provides an intellectual and social focus for staff and a thriving community of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers working on all periods of Scottish history from the early Middle Ages to the present. The Institute hosts a number of events throughout the year attracting delegates and speakers from all over the world, including a fortnightly research seminar series, workshops and conferences with an emphasis on new discoveries and directions in historical enquiry.
The Institute has several major collaborative research initiatives under its auspices, including the Mediaeval St Andrews Project, the History of the Universities Project, the Scotland and the Wider World Project, the Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern Europe Database, and the Scotland and the Flemish People Project. The ISHR was formerly home to the Scottish Parliament Project. Staff working in the ISHR regularly attract research funding and grants to further their research into Scotland's history.Enquiries about the work of the ISHR can be sent to the current Director, Dr Katie Stevenson.
The Institute runs a popular research seminar program with visiting speakers delivering papers on a broad range of topics.
The current seminar series programme can be found here
2014 T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History
On 2 October Professor Chris Whatley of the University of Dundee delivered the T.C. Smout Lecture on ‘“Burns by an Englishman is impossible”: sculptors, statues and the contested memory of Robert Burns’. The lecture was chaired by the Principal of the University, Professor Louise Richardson
The lecture is available to listen to online using the media player below, or if your browser does not support media playback, it is available on soundcloud.