Following the success of the series of annual conferences held at various Scottish universities since 2007, the Modern British History Network will host an eighth major Conference on Modern British History at the University of St Andrews on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June 2014. 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 9 May 2014 to Dr Angela Bartie ( 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. A limited number of B&B places are available at the Agnes Blackadder Hall at a special discounted rate.

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 9 May 2014. Our confirmed keynote speakers this year are:

Professor Devine's topic will be 'The ''Death'' and Reinvention of Scotland'. It will focus on changing identities within the union state from 1707 to 1914 and so should be of special interest this year.

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 School of History and the Institute for Scottish Historical Research of the University of St Andrews.


For further information or any queries, please contact Dr Angela Bartie at

You can download programmes from previous conferences: 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.