Following the success of the series of annual conferences held at various Scottish universities since 2007, the Modern British History Network will host a ninth major Conference on Modern British History at Strathclyde University on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 June 2015. The event is particularly aimed at members of the Scottish universities and the northern English universities although all historians are very welcome. Previous conferences have attracted delegates from across the UK and from overseas.

Proposals for papers or registration to attend the event are now invited from researchers working on all aspects of modern British history. The conference aims to represent work covering the whole period since the late eighteenth century with topics in social, cultural, political, economic, intellectual and religious history. Proposals of papers should be submitted by Friday 15 May 2015 to Dr Emma Newlands ( Over two days there will be three main papers from senior academics and short papers by other academics and postgraduates, who are equally welcome to speak. The conference will begin with lunch at 12 on the Tuesday and conclude around 5 on the Wednesday.

We are able to offer some bursaries to Scottish-based postgraduate students covering all or part of travel and accommodation. Below are a registration form and an application form for PG bursaries. Again please apply by Friday 15 May 2015. Our confirmed keynote speakers this year are:

The conference is part of the Modern British History Network, established in 2007 at the Universities of Strathclyde and Stirling and initially funded by the Carnegie Trust. The Network aims to serve as a means of communication and a focal point for those working in the field of modern British history, supporting both postgraduates and established scholars in new collaborative research projects. This year we are pleased to be generously co-sponsored by the Department of History at Strathclyde University.


For further information or any queries, please contact Dr Emma Newlands (

You can view programmes from previous conferences: 2014 (pdf 102kb). 2013 (pdf 102kb). 2012 (.doc, 36KB). 2010 (pdf 103kb). 2009 (pdf 109kb). 2008 (pdf 117kb), 2007 (pdf 118kb),


Colloquium on Religion and Society, March 2011

From the Sources To the Discourses: Postgraduate Research Seminar Series, 2010

27 March 2010 Religion and Society symposium. Download more information (.pdf)

4 September 2009 Migrants and the Making of Modern Scotland: comparing historical accounts of migrant life. Click here for more information (on the University of West of Scotland Website)

25 February 2009: Material Culture and Modern British History Symposium, co-hosted by the Modern British History Network and Glasgow Museums. Click here to download the programme (pdf, 58kb)

7 February 2009: Postgraduate Symposium, Stirling Click here to download the programme. (pdf, 58kb)


Suggestions for future events are always welcome. Please contact Juliette Pattinson ( if you wish to discuss an idea.