About Us

History Tomorrow was launched in September 2006 to fill a niche market by providing professional academic standard historical and archaeological research services to private and public businesses, local and national government agencies, schools, tourist bodies and heritage design consultants. We offer a project-managed solution to your research and interpretational needs. Since 2006 Dr Alasdair Ross (History & Politics) has managed History Tomorrow, often with the active involvement of his colleagues in various projects.

With the agreement of the university, the money generated by the activities of History Tomorrow is re-invested in post-graduate bursaries to aid research students.

In REF 2014 the University of Stirling was listed among the top 50 universities in the UK. History Tomorrow's work in re-engaging local communities with their historical environment was one aspect of our historical research submitted in REF2014. The impact of all this research was judged to be either world-leading or internationally excellent. In addition, ninety percent was assessed as carried out in an environment which nurtures world-leading or internationally excellent research.
Community Engagement

History Tomorrow has achieved considerable impacts through research undertaken for community-led projects, private companies, and Governmental organisations. The community-led projects achieve substantive social and cultural impacts through the equipping of Third Sector workers and other volunteers with new research skills. Our work for private companies involves diverse projects ranging from planning applications for wind farms to research that underpins archaeological research. Projects undertaken for Governmental organisations involve research into assorted subjects like historic harbour formation [Edinburgh City Council], commercial forestry [Forestry Commission], specific castles [National Trust for Scotland] and tourism [Historic Scotland].

Increasingly, we have become involved in Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) projects. Led by communities and their local councils, such projects often have a need to commission professional historical research and training. In two such projects [Prestongrange and the Ochils Landscape Partnership] the communities also identified a need for professional training in Oral History and in Palaeography. In such cases, History Tomorrow undertakes the pre-1600AD historical research (which often requires translations to be made from Latin), leaving the later documents (either in Scots or English) for the communities themselves to investigate once they have received professional training and after they have been introduced to the National Archives. Imparting these training skills to communities has enabled them to research their ‘own’ histories, thereby restoring a sense of possession to those communities. These training programmes effectively inculcate post-funding sustainability in local communities and our internationally excellent work in this area was recognised in REF2014.

Project list

Since 2006 our clients have included Heritage Lottery funded projects, Archaeological companies, the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, Channel 4 (Time Team), and many local museums. We also specialise in community engagement and volunteer training packages.

The comprehensive  range of expertise present within the University of Stirling covers a broad spectrum through the Arts and Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, from documentary history to specialist scientific services for archaeological post-excavational analysis.

For convenience, our list of project summaries is divided into broad two sections. First are those managed by Dr Alasdair Ross and second, those managed by Professor Richard Oram, though they have frequently worked together on various projects. Each section provides a summary of an individual project and also contains a link to the final report associated with that project. Occasionally, however, these reports are not available for reasons of client confidentiality.

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