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 Scottish Parliament 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. Staff working in the ISHR regularly attract research funding and grants to further their research into Scotland's history.
The Institute runs a popular research seminar program with visiting speakers delivering papers on a broad range of topics.
The full seminar series programme for 2012/13 can be found here
Inaugural TC Smout Lecture
The inaugural TC Smout Lecture in Scottish History took place on Thursday 26th September at 5.15 in the New Arts Lecture Theatre.
Professor Fredrik Jonsson (Chicago): Enlightenment's Frontier: the Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism.