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2014 T.C. Smout Lecture in Scottish History Announced
On 2 October (5:15, Arts Lecture Theatre) Professor Chris Whatley of the University of Dundee will deliver the T.C. Smout Lecture on ‘“Burns by an Englishman is impossible”: sculptors, statues and the contested memory of Robert Burns’. The lecture will be chaired by the Principal of the University, Professor Louise Richardson. All welcome.

Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams to take up BA postdoc
The ISHR is delighted to welcome Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams from the University of Oxford who will take up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in autumn 2014 to work on a project, Writing Scotland: Antiquarianism, Confessionalism and National Identity in Early Modern Europe

ISHR to welcome Dr Norman Reid
The ISHR is delighted to welcome Dr Norman Reid, Head of Special Collections in the University Library, to the position of ISHR Senior Research Fellow. Dr Reid will join the institute in August.

ISHR Director awarded RSE Medal 
The Director of the ISHR Dr Katie Stevenson has been awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Thomas Reid Medal for 2014. For more, please visit the School blog

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St Andrews Institute of Scottish Historical Research
University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s Lodge,
The Scores,
St Andrews Fife,
United Kingdom
KY16 9AL
Phone: +44 (0)1334 462890
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462927

Welcome to the St Andrews Institute of

Scottish Historical Research


St Salvator's Quadrangle, St Andrews University
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.


Seminar programme

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