Video Lectures

Fragments of the Bronze Age

This month’s featured Youtube video lecture is another presented by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. It was given in the National Museums Scotland Auditorium, on the 9th March 2020, just before lockdown, by Dr. Matt Knight.

Dr Knight, who is Curator of Prehistory at National Museums Scotland, describes his own experimental archaeological research into the phenomenon of broken items found in Bronze Age hoards. By examining how these things were damaged, he has gained some fascinating insights into the possible reasons these objects were created and deposited. Unlike what we may have been told, it turns out you can’t just break a bronze sword over your knee!

The Power of The Land

This month’s featured video is another short film from Dip In Video, whose three part film on the Picts we posted last October. In “The Power of the Land” Alan Short and Nigel Scott have produced a summary of the history of land ownership in Scotland from pre-historic times to the present day. The film is illustrated by some marvellous video while their analysis describes how Scotland’s unusually concentrated system of land ownership evolved and goes on to make the case for continued land reform today.

Burntisland Videos

Burntisland Heritage Trust had, of course, had to cancel their usual summer exhibition last year. However, they have made a whole series of videos on local history, which are available, free, to all of us on their YouTube channel.

The videos are: –
− Burntisland Now & Then – A Town in Contrast
− Burntisland Blessings 2001
− Burntisland Burgh Chambers & Andrew Young Paintings Collection
− Burntisland Common Good Restoration Project
− History of Mary Somerville
− Kirkton Church Restoration Project
− Burntisland 1883 Harbour Area – (A must for railway enthusiasts)
− Albert Gunn’s Story – (Joining the RAF in WW2 and his experiences does not do it justice)
− Burntisland Inner Heritage Trail
− ALCAN – The People & The Place
− Portrait of a Town (3 parts)

This is one of the many interesting items included in Clish-Clash 45.

Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History

This month’s video talk was given by Professor Richard Rodger and was presented to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in the NMS Auditorium on 12 December 2016. He uses digital mapping techniques to present large amounts of historical data, such as census records, trade directories and health surveys, to vividly illustrate social change as Edinburgh grew. The MESH project (Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History) has added huge amounts of new data to open mapping databases to facilitate future research and other benefits. He makes the case for the broader use of these and similar techniques in historical research, some of which he demonstrates live during his presentation.

Richard is Emeritus Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh. He was Director of the MESH project and his research interests include the urban history of the UK since 1750. He has published fifteen books including The Transformation of Edinburgh: Land, Property and Trust in the Nineteenth Century which was awarded the Frank Watson Prize for works on Scottish history.

What did the Jacobites want for Scotland?

Who Were the Jacobites and what did they want for Scotland?

This month’s video lecture was presented in May 2018, in Dundee, and was organised jointly by the Centre for Scottish Studies and History Scotland. In it, two speakers propose differing views of the motivation and intentions of the Jacobites, and their arguments and discussion gives us a deep insight into those difficult times which we still find so fascinating today.

Prof Murray Pittock, FRSE, is the Bradley Professor of Literature at the University of Glasgow where he is also Pro Vice Principal (Special Projects). He is a cultural historian with a wide range of interests ranging across Jacobitism, Romanticism, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Irish Studies and many others. He has worked in Universities in Scotland and England and held visiting appointments in Dublin, Prague and New York. He has published at least 16 books and edited many more.

Prof Christopher Whatley is Professor of Scottish History at the University of Dundee. His research interests include the economic history of Scotland, Scotland and the Union, Scots society and economy in 18th and 19th centuries and also Scottish Literature. He also has written several books including “Scottish Society 1707-1830: Beyond Jacobitism, towards industrialisation”.