Archive | July 2015

Call for Papers: Histories of Cross-Border Sport in Scotland and England

Saturday, 17 October 2015 at the Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries

The British Society of Sports History, Scottish Network, is pleased to invite you to ‘Histories of Cross-Border Sport in Scotland and England’, our annual one-day symposium, this year at the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries.

Suggested paper topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The South of Scotland, the North of England, and civic, ‘regional’, and ‘national’ identities
  • Sport, gender, and work in the region
  • Cross-Border sporting events, competitions, and leagues
  • Sport, environment, and agriculture
  • Biographies of sportspeople and sporting ‘heroes’

Papers from emerging scholars, community historians, as well as museum and heritage practitioners, would be particularly welcome.

Our keynote address will be given by Professor Tony Collins, International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, who will be discussing: ‘Rugby in the Borders and at the Borders’.

Abstracts should be no longer than 200 words, and should be sent to BSSH Scotland ( by Sunday, 13 September 2015, along with any other queries.



Programme: Scottish Sport and the Arts


Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Friday, 28 August 2015

Presented by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the British Society of Sports History, Scottish Network


9.00-9.15            Registration with tea/coffee

9.15 – 9.30         Welcome · Imogen Gibbon, Chief Curator and Deputy Director Scottish National Portrait Gallery

9.30-9.50            The Search for a Great Scottish Football Novel · Andy Mitchell, Compiler and Editor Scottish Sport History

9.50-10.10          Against All Odds: The Underdog Myth in Scottish Football Fiction · Cyprian Piskurek, Lecturer British Cultural Studies at TU Dortmund University

10.10-10.30        Gordon Williams, Straw Dogs, Gregory’s Girl and Denis Law’s Book of Soccer · Ian Scott, Curator Sport, Leisure & Newspapers National Library of Scotland

10.30-10.50        Football, Popular Culture, and Identity in the Novels of Irvine Welsh · Dr Anthony May, Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities Manchester Metropolitan University

10.50-11.10        Session discussion


11.10-11.30        Tea/Coffee/biscuits


11.30-11.50        What to Wear for Gymnastics: Thinking through Artworks and Absences in Museum Collections · Tiffany Boyle, PhD Candidate Department of Art History Birkbeck University of London

11.50-12.10        Margaret Morris: Artist, Educationalist and Remedial Therapist · Wendy Timmons, Programme Director: MSc Dance Science & Education University of Edinburgh, Iliyana Nedkova and Maria Papageorgiou

12.10-12.30        Has the Highland Fling – Flung? Interrogating the Art/Sport Binary within Highland Dancing Practice · Bethany Whiteside, PhD Candidate (Sociology of Participatory Dance) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

12.30-12.50        Session discussion


12.50-2.00          Lunch


2.00-2.20            A Rich Tapestry with many a Web and Weave · Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan, broadcaster, author and Professional Fellow Academy of Sport, University of Edinburgh

2.20-2.40            Fitba’ Daft: Scottish Sport and the Silent Screen · Maria A. Velez-Serna, Post-Doctoral Research Assistant University of Glasgow and Caroline Merz, PhD researcher University of Edinburgh

2.40-3.00            Session Discussion


3.00-3.20            Tea/coffee


3.20-3.40            ‘Papa had a famous deer hunt yesterday’: The Sporting Life of John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl (1755-1830) · Nel Whiting, PhD Student University of Dundee

3.40-4.00            Sir David Baird of Newbyth (1795-1851) in “The Golfers” by Charles Lees, RSA – “Whatever he took in hand, he steadily pursued until he acquired the complete mastery of it.”A review of his achievements by David Affleck, East Linton

4.00-4.20            Charles Lees and the Grand Curling Match on Linlithgow Loch, 1848: the portrait of a society? · John Burnett

4.20-4.40            Session discussion


4.40-4.45            Conclusion


5.00-5.30            Walkround Playing for Scotland exhibition