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26 July 2017 - former MSc student awarded PhD position

Sophie McDonald (graduated from MSc Environment, Heritage and Policy in 2016) has been awarded a PhD position at Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, under the supervision of Dr Derek Hamilton. She will work on Scottish Upland Expansion in the Bronze Age. Well done Sophie!

30 May 2017 - Historic Environment Scotland Director appointed as Honorary Professor

Dr David Mitchell has been appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling. David is Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body for the historic environment in Scotland where he is responsible for the conservation of over 300 iconic heritage sites and collections, and for technical and scientific research, climate change and the Engine Shed in Stirling, Scotland’s building conservation centre which will open in 2017. David has degrees from the University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh. His particular areas of interest relate to technical conservation, industrial heritage and history and the application of digital technologies in the heritage sector.

He said:

I am honoured to be appointed to this role at the university where I started my career and in my home town. This is an exciting time to be involved in the heritage sector in Scotland as we face a broad range of challenges and opportunities. Research and education underpins all that I do in my role at Historic Environment Scotland, and I look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with colleagues at the University.

Prof Richard Oram, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Medieval and Environmental History said:

David comes into the team at Stirling at a hugely exciting time for Heritage Studies at the University.  His unique subject knowledge and sectoral experience adds breadth and depth to our specialist interdisciplinary research and teaching in heritage conservation and interpretation, and strengthens the existing partnership between HES and the University with The Forbidden City in Beijing.  My colleagues and I look forward to working with David on research projects that will confirm HES and the University as world leaders in heritage conservation.

14 May 2017 - evidence delivered to Scottish Parliament

Dr Annalisa Savaresi (Law and Philosophy) and Professor Gavin Little (Law and Philosophy) gave evidence on the impact of Brexit on environmental protection in Scotland at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on 14 March 2017. See recording of the meeting on the Parliament's live streaming channel:

19-20 April 2017: Conference - Connecting with a low-carbon future

shutterstock Connecting with a low-carbon future – the challenges for the arts and humanities

Save the dates - call for papers  - register

This conference is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network in the Arts and Humanities Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland, and is hosted by the University of Stirling Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy(CEHP).

If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract of up to 250 words to by 24 March 2017. It is possible that conference presentations may be published in an edited monograph collection of essays of 6000 – 8000 words. If you are interested in this, please contact Professor Gavin Little at by 1 February 2017.

February 2017 - two MSc students awarded bursaries

Environment, Heritage and Protection students Julieann McHale and Liam Boyle have both been successful, after interview, in being awarded £500 bursaries from the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, match-funded by the University of Stirling Faculty of Arts and Humanities and History and Politics Division.

9 Jan 2017 - Launch of The Archers in Fact and Fiction

Archers Co-edited by the Centre's Dr Peter Matthews, with Dr Cara Courage and Dr Nicola Headlam, The Archers in Fact and Fiction: Academic Analyse of Life in Rural Borsetshire, is now available from all good bookshops for £22.99 (ISBN 978-1-78707-119-3). 

If you have ever wondered about the ethical implications of Dr Richard Locke’s affair with Shula Hebden Lloyd, or whether the ergonomic design of tractor seats could have prevented Tony Archer from getting a bad back, then this book is for you. Leading academics from across the United Kingdom use storylines from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers to examine life in rural Borsetshire, bringing their academic research to new audiences. Is Lynda Snell a middle-class warrior? Can Rob Titchener be compared to Iago? The irreverent but thought-provoking contributions will have you laughing and thinking.

On 9 January, Dr Matthews presented the book to the pleasure of Archers fans (and others) at John Smith's bookshop at the University of Stirling - but only after first listening to the Monday repeat of Sunday's broadcast, of course. 

15 Dec 2016: Brexit, environmental law and Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe

A report was released today about environmental law implications of Brexit for the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe, co-ordinated by the Centre's Dr Annalisa Savaresi. See

25 January 2017 - Heritage and Conservation Seminar

Welcome Current issues in heritage and conservation: challenges and opportunities

Sponsored by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling, this free half-day seminar was attended by up to 70 University of Stirling students and staff, and heritage professionals, mainly members of the CIfA. 

Leading practitioners (see below) explore current issues in heritage and conservation:

Susan Bain (Western Isles Manager, National Trust for Scotland), St Kilda: find the balance. Managing a natural and cultural World Heritage Site

Sue Walker (Communications Officer, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative), The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative: the importance of forging links between natural and cultural heritage

Ian Riches (Archivist, National Trust for Scotland), NTS historic property archives – challenges and opportunities

Fiona Fleming (Interpretation Manager, Historic Environment Scotland), Stories in Stone

Dr Ewan Hyslop (Head of Technical Research and Science), Climate change and the historic environment

Euan Leitch (Director, Built Environment Forum Scotland), Heritage rhetoric vs heritage policy

Dr Ann MacSween (Head of Strategic Heritage Management, Historic Environment Scotland), Managing change in the historic environment: what is a sustainable outcome?

25 November 2016 - Graduation of MSc students

ENHPP Sophie McDonald (photographer), Niamh O'Driscoll and Joanna Turska celebrate their graduation from the Environment,  Heritage and Policy MSc at the University of Stirling. Sophie is now Digital Content Officer at Historic Environment Scotland's Engine Shed in Edinburgh, Niamh has joined Scottish Natural Heritage, and Joanna continues to work for National Trust Scotland. Duncan Scott (class of 2014-15) has moved from Historic Environment Scotland to the National Railway Museum in York, where he has a permanent job as a 'diligent explainer'. Congratulations to all!

23 November 2016 - articles on environmental protection in Scotland and Brexit

The Centre's Dr Annalisa Savarisi contribute to two articles published in the Herald this week: Addressing issues of enforcement and addressing air pollution litigation

23 September 2016 - Anna Savaresi at Take Action Festival, Edinburgh

The Centre's Dr Anna Savaresi was a discussant at the film Fractured Land, presented at the Take Action Festival in Edinburgh. See details at

24 August 2016 - Launch of Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland

Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland: A Research Framework was launched by the Centre's Sally Foster, and Dr Katherine Forsyth of Glasgow University, at Govan Old Church in Glasgow. Published as part of the Scottish Archaeological Framework, it is the outcome of a project started in February 2015, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Historic Environment Scotland per the National Committee on Carved Stones in Scotland.

16 June 2016 - Publication of Death in Modern Scotland, 1855-1955

The Centre's Honorary Research Fellow, Dr Susan Buckham, is co-editor with Peter C. Jugg and Julie Rugg of Death in Modern Scotland, 1855-1955: Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices, which has just been published in Peter Lang's Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland series. Details, including how to order a copy, here.

30 May 2016 - MSc student awarded PhD scholarship at Aberdeen

Congratulations to Stephanie Garrison, a student on the Environment, Heritage and Policy MSc Programme, who has won a PhD studentship in Religion Studies at Aberdeen University, funded through the Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. Her PhD topic, with the working title of 'Sacred Landscapes in Scotland: the commodification of sacred sites in Scotland through modern tourism practices', will be supervised by Dr W B Taladhar and Dr Elizabeth Curtis.

23 May 2016 - BA Heritage and Tourism student begins internship

Mary Laing, a 3rd-year student studying towards a BA (Hons) Heritage and Conservation, has been selected for the archivist internship at the Dr W.H. Welsh Education and Historical Trust. She will prepare an inventory and database of materials held in the Stirling Council Archive, Bridge of Allan Library and Allan Centre. Mary says 'I am hopeful that this project will provide me with valuable experience in archiving and cataloguing which I can apply to my future study and career goals. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m very grateful'.

2 May 2016 - Professor Siân Jones joins the Centre


The Centre is delighted to welcome Professor Siân Jones to the University of Stirling. She is joining us as Professor of Environmental History and Heritage from the University of Manchester, where she was Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research brings together archaeology, history and social anthropology. Her research interests include: cultural identity and ethnicity; archaeology and the modern nation-state; monuments, memory and place; conservation, authenticity and social value; the material, social and environmental history of urban public parks; and community heritage. For a detailed profile with links to projects and publications see here.

8 March 2016 - Women in Politics roundtable

To celebrate International Women’s Day the Scottish Political Archive and the Students’ Union are hosting a Women in Politics roundtable.  This roundtable is part of a debate series held in advance of the May 2016 Scottish Elections.  The series is supported by the University of Stirling’s Stirling Fund.  Speakers: Zara Kitson, Ellen Forson, Sheila Mechan, Johanna Boyd and Jen Stout. Tuesday, 8th March, 2016. 6pm. Lecture Theatre B4, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling. Further details here.

29-31 January 2016 - Death and Identity in Scotland conference

Dr Susan Buckham,  our Honorary Research fellow, is organising the Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern: Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices conference that is taking place at New College, Edinburgh. Programme here.

28 January 2016 - Echoes in Stone seminar and exhibition

The Centre and the University Art Collection  are hosting ‘Echoes in Stone: Creative Visualisation on Scotland’s National Forest Estate’. Matt Ritchie (FSA Scot MCIfA, Forest Enterprise Scotland Archaeologist) will be discussing the exhibition on 28 January in Pathfoot Building D1 at 4pm and the exhibition will be on display until March 2016 in the Art Collection. This event is free and is open to all staff, students and members of the public.

February 2016 - MSc graduate joins Historic Environment Scotland

IonaCM Duncan Scott (MSc Environment Heritage and Policy 2014-15) is joining Historic Environment Scotland as a visitor operations steward at Iona Abbey. The role includes responsibility for delivering a world-class service to visitors, while ensuring the safeguarding of Scotland’s historic environment. There is a team of 12 based at the Abbey, which receives some 60,000 visitors a year, with summer being the high point for island tours and pilgrimages.

16-17 January 2016: Celtic Revivals conference, London

The British Museum is hosting a conference on Celtic Revivals: Authenticity and Identity as part of it and National Museums Scotland's Celts exhibition. Although the Celtic Revival is usually associated with the late 19th century, this conference will demonstrate how it constitutes a whole series of revivals, beginning in the medieval period and continuing into the modern. The Centre's Sally Foster is speaking on 'Celtic collections: the curatorial appetite for 'Celtic crosses' in nineteenth century Scotland'. Programme and details of how to book here.

January 2016 - visitor from Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle

The Centre is pleased to welcome Mohamed Alhassane as a visitor for a few weeks, a student at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris – part of the Sorbonne – and a colleague of Dr Paul Adderley on work in the desert at Gobero. He is interested in geomorphology and archaeology and will be looking at how to use cultural soil information and our geoarchaeological methods for future studies in the region.

January 2016 - New book for Alasdair Ross

Land Assessment and Lordship in Medieval Northern Scotland has been published by Brepols, as volume 14 in its The Medieval Countryside series. It re-examines the ancient landscape divisions of medieval northern Scotland and discusses these in a European context. Details, including how to order, here.

16 December - Landscape Encounters lecture series - final lecture

28 October-16 December 2015: Landscape Encounters public lecture series at Smith Museum and Art Gallery 

Centre staff will be delivering a second series of Landscape Encounters: Exploring Environmental and Heritage Histories of Scotland at the Smith Museum and Art Gallery. The five free public lectures are designed to showcase current and past research to a wider audience.  

  • 28 October:  Glen Almond: Landscape palimpsest (Richard Oram)
  • 4 November: Bannockburn 1314: What did the place look like? (Richard Tipping)
  • 25 November: Medieval climate change in Scotland: 1250-1350 (Alasdair Ross)
  • 9 December: An illicit whisky chaser: Rediscovering the hidden history of whisky production in 18th and 19th century Scotland (Clare Wilson)
  • 16 December: Picts, Scots and Gaels: What’s new? (Sally Foster)

4 December 2015 to 29 February 2016 - Students curate exhibition

Visit the John Grierson: the GPO Years and Norman McLaren: Drawing Sound exhibitions, curated by University of Stirling students as part of the new Exhibition and Interpretation Design module within History and Politics. Further information here.

30 November 2015 - Article wins prize


The inaugural St Andrews Trust Preservation Trust Murray History Prize 2015 was awarded to Sally Foster on 30 November for her article in Journal of Victorian Culture with Alice Blackwell and Martin Goldberg, 'The legacy of nineteenth-century replicas for object cultural biographies: lessons in duplication from 1830s Fife'. This new prize is to be awarded biennially to a member of staff or postgraduate of a Scottish university for an outstanding piece of original research on the history or historical heritage of St Andrews.

November 27 - Environment, Heritage and Policy students graduate


Congratulations are due to our MSc Environment, Heritage and Policy students who graduated at the end of November 2015. Pictured here are Gregor Adamson, Jane Flieshart, Juan Ferrando Ortiz and Ciaran Lenthall.

November 2015 - Lairg report now available online

Richard Tipping's The Lairg Project 1988-1996: The Evolution of an Archaeological Landscape in Northern Scotland, co-edited with Rod McCullagh, is now available online - download here.

December 2015 - comments sought on research framework structure


The fourth and final workshop of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Historic Scotland-funded project on Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland met in Stirling on 28 October 2015. Comments are now invited by 11 December on the proposed structure for the Future Research on Carved Stones in Scotland Framework. For details see here.

27-28 November 2015: Unfolding Argyll’s Archaeological Story

Unfolding Argyll’s Archaeological Story: Research Framework Symposium at the Kilmartin Museum, Kilmartin. This two-day symposium on pointing towards future research needs in archaeologically rich Argyll will include a keynote talk on the Friday evening on Argyll's changing environment from the Centre's Dr Richard Tipping, as well as the input of Dr Sally Foster. Details here.

21 November 2015: book online - and free - for UK African Archaeology Research Day

Registration is invited for the UK African Archaeology Research Day, which comes to Scotland for the first time on 21 November 2015.  Hosted by the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling, and organised by the Centre's Director, Dr Paul Adderley, the AARD meeting aims to provide a unique forum at which established international scholars, MA and PhD students can present their research. Robin Law FBA (author of The Horse in West African History) will deliver the keynote. For further details see

Having obtained generous support for the meeting, registration is free - see

5 November - former student defends PhD on Medieval Scottish Parks

We are delighted to report that our former MRes Environmental History student, Kevin Malloy, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on The Medieval Scottish Park: A New Approach to the Study of a Complex Human Landscape, on 5 November 2015.  Kevin developed this topic as a PhD subject at the University of Wyoming out of his MRes dissertation research on three Scottish medieval parks – Buzzart Dykes near Blairgowrie, Durward’s Dyke at Lintrathen and Kincardine Park near Fettercairn – and continued the interdisciplinary methodology that he had developed in the course of his Stirling Master’s degree.  His research programme resulted in a number of ‘firsts’ – the first excavations at any Scottish medieval deer-park site; the first excavation of a medieval hunt-hall (at Buzzart Dykes); the identification of the largest medieval longhouse building yet found in Scotland (again at Buzzart Dykes); and the first excavations undertaken within the medieval royal castle ruin at Kincardine – and his publications on that work have already begun to transform understanding of hunting and deer-management in medieval Scotland.  His research incorporated and built upon pioneering work by John Gilbert undertaken in the 1970s through the development of ‘an informal model that fluidly incorporates historical, archaeological, and palaeoenvironmental data in order to examine the question of why medieval parks were integrated into the Scottish landscape’.  Kevin intends to continue with his research into Scottish park landscapes and their unique environments and is looking to develop a postdoctoral research project that will examine the different development trajectories of parks located across wide altitudinal ranges and on areas of significantly different land quality.

28 October 2015: 20th Anniversary Woodland History Conference

Tracing the decline of the 'Caledonian Forest' over four millennia. This one-day conference at Battleby, Perthshire, on woodland loss in Scotland will include as a speaker Richard Tipping, analysing from pollen analyses the long-term decline in the native woods of Scotland and trying to define the reasons. For more information see here.

21 October 2015: All welcome to guest lecture from Professor Ian Rotherham


7 October 2015: Picts and their art feature in new BBC Two Scotland series

Presented by the artist Lachlan Goudie, the first episode in this gloriously filmed four-part series of The Story of Scottish Art covers prehistory to the Renaissance. To be broadcast on 7 October 2015: Look out for the art of the Picts (and the Centre's own Dr Sally Foster, author of Picts, Gaels and Scots).

September 2015: Publication of report on New Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland research workshop

The third in a series of research workshops took place on 26 August 2015 in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, part of a strategic effort to link, inspire, mobilize and help direct the efforts of all those with an interest in or responsibility for carved stones in Scotland. The report is now published . For details of the Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland project and how to get involved, see here.


June 2015 - MSc students discovering archaeology - and a bronze ring!

Environment, Heritage and Policy students are working with Orkney College on the excavation of a broch at Cairns in South Ronaldsay. Day Eight (24 June)  - Hazel Ramage reports on her experiences and star find -  a bronze ring!

August 2015: The Lands of Éogain Festival, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

After two years of fieldwork with the Bernician Studies Group (BSG), the Centre's Richard Tipping was a speaker at the first conference on Early Christianity archaeology and history in the region, a three-day event including a research colloquium, conference and site visits co-ordinated by Colm O'Brien and Max Adams of the BSG. See here.

June 2015 - Comparative Island Ecodynamics - work in Greenland and Iceland

ComparativeIslandsEcodynamics  The Centre's Professor Ian Simpson reports on projects he is involved with as a project leader in the Comparative Island Ecodynamics Project funded by the US National Science Foundations.

April-June 2015: Britain from Above exhibition and free public lecture

In April 2015 and throughout May and June, the University of Stirling's Art Collection will be showing 'Britain from Above'. The Britain from Above exhibition showcases images from the Aerofilms Collection. This collection is a unique archive of aerial photographs dating from 1919-2006.

Set up in the early years of aviation, Aerofilms' founders were pioneers of the air establishing the world's first commercial air photographic business. The Collection contains over 1 million images and presents an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the 20th Century. The exhibition features key photographs from this collection including images from the Stirling area.

Lesley Ferguson, Head of Collections at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland will be delivering a free public lecture on Britain from Above in the Pathfoot Building, lecture theatre C1 on 7th May between 3pm and 4pm.

For further information about Britain from Above:

For more information on the exhibition, please see:

May 2015: Free graveyard interpretation workshop - 29 May, Edinburgh

Our Honorary Research Fellow, Dr Susan Buckham of Kirkyard Consulting, is lead contributor to a day workshop on graveyard interpretation entitled 'Whos' telling the stories?'. The event is aimed at 'friends of' groups, heritage societies and practitioners with an interest in the interpretation of burial spaces. See further detail, including how to book your free place, here.

June 2015: New blog for Histories of Emotion project

The Centre's has created the blog for Histories of Emotion. From Medieval Europe to Contemporary Australia.

June 2015: Understanding Landscapes of the First Millennia seminar

The Centre's Alasdair Ross and Richard Tipping are both speaking at the First Millennia Studies Group Seminar in Edinburgh on 23 June. The event is free and open to all, but please see programme for advance booking details.

May 2015: Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland - report of meeting of second workshop


The second in the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland workshops took place in Govan Old Parish Church on 1 May 2015, an initiative that is co-organised by Dr Sally Foster, University of Stirling, and Dr Katherine Forsyth, University of Glasgow. See the project website for the report of the meeting and details of the project's aims and outcomes to date.

April 2015: Former MSc student wins PhD studentship

James McKean, who graduated from the  MSc Environment, Heritage and Policy programme in 2014, has just been awarded a fully-funded PhD studentship from September 2015 at the University of Stirling. This is attached to Dr Dale Townshend’s (English Studies) AHRC-funded project Writing Britain’s Ruins, 1700-1850: The Architectural Imagination.

February 2015: Ochils Landscape Partnership publishes MSc student research

The Ochils Landscape Partnership has published research undertaken for their dissertations by two of the first in-take of Environment, Heritage and Policy MSc students in 2013-14:

  • James McKean Hidden Legacies of Mineral Extraction at Silver Glen
  • Jennifer Geller Coal Mining, Management and Mitigation on the River Devon, 1792-2014

Their reports can be downloaded from Ochils Landscape Partnership website.

December 2014: Funeralscapes exhibition: Re-experiencing sound and rites in a Viking and Christian landscape

Join researchers from the Universities of Stirling and Aberdeen as they share how findings from a multi-disciplinary project conducted on the Island of Eigg are providing unique insights into the historical use of sound and landscape in this area. We’ll explore the reconstruction of these funerary traditions through photography, videography, and soundscapes accompanying the talk. 

The accompanying exhibition runs until Christmas 2014 in the Pathfoot building.

This event is free and all staff, students and members of the public are welcome to attend.  Audience members are invited to join the speakers for a drinks reception after the talk (18:30 - 19:30)

For further information, visit

Venue: Room C1/C2, Pathfoot building



CARMEN (Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network) is a worldwide network of medievalists. It links a number of research institutions, universities, interest groups and individuals with common scholarly interest in the study of the Middle Ages. While based in Europe, it reaches out to all continents to create an open and truly international platform of co-operation in the field of medieval research and teaching. We bring together scholars from universities and academic organisations who are actively involved in research on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 AD/CE). We access half of the global body of about 20,000 researchers, with important contributions from Europe, North America, East Asia, Australasia and Latin America. CARMEN successfully promotes the construction of major scholarly collaborative projects. Its Executive Group directs strategies, disseminates information, reports to national associations and major conferences, and organises an annual meeting. It assists nascent projects to reach critical mass and tries to pro-actively shape research agendas.

'L’actualité du Moyen Age, elle réside dans cette présence de l’autre qui oblige à le comprendre: un autre dans le temps, différent de nous comme le sont aussi, par ailleurs, tous ces autres qui peuplent le monde ‘global’ dans lequel nous vivons aujourd’hui.'

[Jean-Claude Schmitt]

Between 11 and 14 September 2014 CARMEN is holding its Annual General Meeting in Scotland, the first time it has visited this country. The meeting is being hosted by Dr Alasdair Ross (University of Stirling) and CARMEN is grateful to acknowledge financial support from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies (both University of Stirling).

Industrial Devon Exhibition 2014


Picture drawn by Aimee Burgess, P6 Tillicoultry Primary School 

This is an exhibition of the work of six Hillfoot’s primary schools exploring the industrial and environmental history of the River Devon corridor.

It is a public engagement initiative by the Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling in collaboration with the Ochils Landscape Partnership (OLP), the University of Stirling's Art Collection, primary schools within the OLP’s catchment area and post-graduate and undergraduate student volunteers from across a variety of academic disciplines. The project was funded by the Strathmartine Trust.

Venue: Pathfoot Building, Gallery 4
Exhibition launch: 7 June 2014 2-4pm

Gallery open 9-5 Mon-Fri and 11-3 at the weekend.

Bannockburn 2014

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2014 is the 700th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn, fought across 23 and 24 June 1314. It stands out in the pre-1707 history of Scotland as one of the few instances when the Scots won a decisive victory over a much larger invading army, and the only one when they did so in the open field. Bannockburn was also only the second time in European history that an army consisting of mostly of infantry won victory over a mounted host; it was a victory against the odds which gave Scotland valuable breathing space and a new dynasty.

To celebrate the anniversary of the battle the University of Stirling has organised this conference where renowned speakers will be delivering papers on a series of Bannockburn-related topics that range from the archaeology of the battlefield to the historiography of the actual event.

For further information please contact the conference organiser, Dr Michael Penman, via e-mail.

NAMHO Conference 28 June - 1 July 2013, Aberystwyth, Mining Legacies


Image: Cwmystwyth Dressing Floors


The National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) www.namho.orgis the co-ordinating body for mining history interests in Britain and Ireland, covering areas such as access, conservation and the maintenance of archives. A current focus of that work is on the development of a Research Framework for the Archaeology of the Extractive Industries in England, working with English Heritage to review our knowledge of past mining and quarrying activity, its history, archaeology, technology and cultural impact, and what action can be taken in the future to improve that knowledge.

The Conference

Since its formation in 1979, NAMHO has held an annual event, be it a lecture based conference or a field meeting, every year to bring together the members of its constituent organisations, introducing them to new areas and informing them on current research into mining and quarrying. Each event is organised/sponsored by one or more of our constituent groups, sometimes with organisational support from the NAMHO executive. The theme and the structure of the event is decided by the organising group(s) but in recent years has usually taken the form of a lecture programme with field trips (surface and underground) running in parallel - thus catering for all interests.

2013 in Aberystwyth (28 June - 1 July) was no different and was supported jointly by the Universities of Exeter and Stirling. The theme of the conference focused on Mining Legacies, the archaeological, environmental and cultural impact of the mining and quarrying industries, with supporting field trips across mid-Wales co-ordinated  by the RCAHMW Metal links Project (surface) and the Cambrian Mines Trust (Underground). The uplands of mid-Wales are rich with examples of metal mining from the Bronze Age through to the 20th century. Its historic landscape has been moulded by the activities of man over thousands of years and the interpretation of its archaeology, and the environmental and cultural impact, tells a story which is relevant across a much wider area. This conference brought together mining historians and archaeologists from across Britain, Ireland and further afield to share their research and their experiences, to socialise and to enjoy a rich mining heritage.

The lecture programme included papers on the archaeology of mining at Strata Florida; mining in southern Spain; the Landscape of north Wales and its mining archaeology; the use of XRF in surveying metal working sites in mid-Wales; Penmaenmawr and its quarrying landscape; Neston Collieries, east Cheshire and the Wirral; the legacy of lead and zinc mining in Flintshire, Lead dressing at Glendalough and Glendasan in Co. Wicklow; the impact of mining sediment release in the northern Pennines; the Environment Agency and current work in mid-Wales; pre-historic mining archaeology; the archaeology of dressing floors in mid-Wales; Minera and its archival record; combining traditional historical research with the environmental record at Tyndrum; Queensland silver, ore processing in a frontier environment and recent developments at the historic mines on Mynydd Paris.

RCAHMW Metal links Project

Metal Links is a European-funded project that brings together former mining communities in Ireland and Wales. The project is a joint initiative which aims to develop environmental and economic sustainability, to enhance community well-being and pride of place, and to provide opportunities for the present and future. The communities will be able to exchange information, knowledge and experiences, and will benefit from guidance and training in techniques in archaeological, palaeo-botanical and geological field research.

Cambrian Mines Trust

Cambrian Mines Trust was incorporated in March 2012 with its main objective to advance the education of the public by securing the preservation restoration improvement enhancement and maintenance of features and objects relating to the working of minerals, slate and stone in Wales and the Borders. To this objective the Trust will work to reopen and recreate surface and underground associated features for the benefit of the public and, where appropriate, could promote and set up museums and other facilities. 


April 2013: postgraduates present at Toronto conference

Congratulations to our post-grads (both past and present) who presented papers at this year's American Society for Environmental History April conference in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Tim Newfield, current Stirling postdoctoral fellow, moderated a panel on 'Animals and Byproducts in Medieval Europe,' while recent Stirling PhD graduate Dr. Stuart Morrison chaired 'Fruits and Insects in the Early Middle Ages.' Dr. Newfield and Dr. Morrison also presented their research, as did Stirling PhD candidate Anne Dance. CEHP representatives were also delighted to meet up with York University PhD candidate Tyler Chamilliard (Stirling MRes 2011) and York University’s Professor Emeritus Richard Hoffman (University of Stirling-York University Leverhulme Fellow, 2011). The ASEH Conference, which featured a number of superb field trips, a special plenary session on the Alberta oil sands, and over four hundred speakers, ran from 3-6 April 2013. 

CEHP presenters at the 2013 ASEH Conference included:

  • Anne Dance 'Mind the Gaps: Reclaiming the Athabasca Oil Sands and Sydney Tar Ponds' (Ellen Swallow Richards Travel Grant, ASEH and History and Politics Divisional funding, University of Stirling)
  • Dr. Stuart Morrison, 'Transitions on the Icelandic Coastline, AD 1000 to c.1400' (Morgan and Jeanie Sherwood Travel Grant, ASEH)
  • Dr. Timothy Newfield, 'Locust swarms in first-millennium Europe, environmental contexts and human responses'

Landscapes of Conflict


The Centre for Environmental History and Policy is organising a free event for the public, post-graduate students and senior academics to discuss and explore how civil conflict may be invoked by land management, how landscapes influence conflict and what is the landscape legacy of past and present military conflicts. 

The event takes place on 7 and 8 June 2013 in the Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling.

The meeting will be opened by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs and comprises of a series of three themed interdisciplinary sessions  ‘Heritage, Identity and Place’, ‘Access and Resources’ and  ‘Military Spaces’, each followed by round table discussion. A corresponding series of printed works by Orkney-based artist Alistair Peebles  entitled 'Blueprints' will be exhibited by the University of Stirling's Art Collection

If you would like and further information please contact

Paul Adderley:, telephone 01786 467861 or Catherine Mills:, telephone 01786 467583

October 2012: Director of the Centre delivers lectures in York and Bangor

  • Landscapes of Majesty and Monument: Settlement and Early Urbanisation in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa at the University of York.
  • Past landscapes during the rise and fall of kingdoms: Case studies from Greenland and the Horn of Africa at the University of Bangor.

Spring 2012: Landscape Encounters Lecture Series in Stirling


In combination with the Stirling Smith Art Gallery, staff affiliated to the Centre delivered a series of six free lectures in Spring 2012 along the following theme, Landscape Encounters: Exploring Environmental Histories of Scotland and Beyond.

Environmental history is the study of changes over time that have resulted from society’s complex relationship with nature. The environment is one of the most pressing concerns of the twenty-first century and this long term perspective on change is key to current debates. Researchers at the Centre for Environmental History and Policy, the University of Stirling, have adopted a unique interdisciplinary approach that combines the arts and the sciences to advance knowledge and understanding of the spaces and places in which we live, work and play.

November 2011: Award of Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University

The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on Friday 25 November 2011 in recognition of Donald Worster's outstanding contribution to the field of Global Environmental History.

In the area of Environmental History, there are few figures who command greater respect than Professor Worster, who is widely regarded as one of the founding figures of the modern subject, playing a central part in establishing the subject as a credible academic discipline. His latest book 'A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir,' won the Homecoming Award for 2009 given by the Saltire Society at the National Library of Scotland.

June 2011: Award of Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University

t44772568038376919964 The Centre is pleased to announce that Professor Karl Butzer has just received the award of Doctor of the University for his services to geomorphology, archaeology, and environmental history. Karl Butzer is the Dickson Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, Austin and a distinguished scholar in the field of Geoarchaeology and Environmental History.  In his early career he focused on modelling the paleoecology of early humans and since 2000, he has re-examined past understandings of the lives of people in ancient Egypt and in Mexico, and developed methods to examine the impact of climate change in these regions.

While here, Professor Butzer took some time to visit a number of local historic sites including Culross and Stirling Castle. The photograph below was taken on the site of the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Culross (est.1218).

From left to right we have Professor Butzer and his wife Elisabeth, Dr Paul Adderley, Jason Hall, Kate Buchanan,Teresa Devor, and Anne Dance.

Eighth International Mining History Congress, Redruth, Cornwall, 12 – 15 June, 2009


Congress delegates at King Edward mine. Photograph Ainsley Cocks, Research and Information Officer, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Cornwall County Council

The Mining History Congress is a continuing series of triennial international meetings that began in Australia in 1985, aiming to bring together practitioners of mining history across all disciplines, to exchange recent research findings, and to consider how the subject area might be developed to satisfy new interests and demands. Although the Congress has managed to develop a strong global perspective regularly attracting delegates from Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, India, Brazil, Japan and Europe it has no permanent structure, and is entirely funded by external sources.

The eighth congress was held in Redruth, Cornwall and was a collaborative venture between the Universities of Exeter and Stirling, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site (Cornwall County Council), Geevor and King Edward Mining Museums, the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) and the Workers Educational Association.  This was the first time the Congress has been held in Britain, and Cornwall provided an ideal location, as much of the surviving mining landscape has recently been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status. The Congress was co-organised by Professor Roger Burt, (Exeter), Dr. Peter Claughton (NAMHO) and Dr. Catherine Mills (Stirling), and ran from 12-15 June 2009.  The meeting attracted around 120 international delegates from a variety of academic disciplines, industry, the public sector; heritage charities, independent scholars and interested amateurs.

An integral part of the eighth congress was the inclusion of early-career researchers with the explicit aim of providing a formal platform to integrate this new generation of scholars more fully into established research networks.

The event was opened by Ainsley Cocks, research and information officer of the World Heritage Site Office (Cornwall County Council Council’s Environment and Heritage Service). Field trips included key locations within the World Heritage Site such as Geevor and Levant mines in West Penwith, and King Edward mine in Camborne.  Forty five peer reviewed papers were delivered across the three days reflecting a wide variety of themes, such as geological exploitation; population and diaspora; labour and conflict; social and cultural impacts; environment and health; personalities and institutions and archaeology and heritage interpretation.

A selection of the papers edited by Dr. Peter Claughton (Exeter) and Dr. Catherine Mills (Stirling) entitled Mining Perspectives: The Proceedings of the Eighth International Mining History Congress 2009 were published by the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Cornwall County Council in 2011.

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