The History Scotland Lectures

** PLEASE NOTE: The History Scotland Lectures were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and their future is as yet uncertain. We have retained this page in the meantime as an archive of past events **

About the History Scotland Lectures

The History Scotland Lectures are the Centre for Scottish Culture’s flagship public engagement platform.

Established in April 2018 in collaboration with History Scotland, the world’s leading Scottish history magazine, the Lectures are held twice yearly. They are hosted both in Dundee itself and in locations around the country. Free and open to all, the Lectures offer members of the public an opportunity to hear from leading academics and to engage with cutting-edge thinking about Scottish History. The History Scotland Lectures are set to develop into Scotland’s premier series of historical talks and one of the country’s most important and dynamic fora for public history.

The History Scotland Lectures are organised by the Centre’s steering-committee member, Dr Allan Kennedy, who is also Consultant Editor of History Scotland. Inquiries about the Lectures, or about History Scotland, can be addressed to him at

On this page you will find information about upcoming instalments of the History Scotland Lectures, as well as our video archive of past events.

Upcoming Events

**PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to reschedule in due course** 

LECTURE 4: For Glory, Riches and Honours: The Rocky Road to the Declaration of Arbroath

Dr Fiona Watson (chaired by Professor Michael Brown)

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, 28 April 2020

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Video Archive

LECTURE 3: Global Scotland in the Age of Brexit

Professor Tanja Bueltmann (chaired by Professor Graeme Morton)

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, 11 April 2019

LECTURE 2: Coastal History in Scotland.

Dr David Worthington (chaired by Professor John M. MacKenzie)

Highland Archive and Registration Centre, Inverness,  30 August 2018.

LECTURE 1: Who were the Jacobites and what did they want for Scotland?

Professor Murray Pittock and Professor Chris Whatley

Apex Hotel, Dundee, 24 April 2018

NB: During the Q&A, it was implied that the 1701 Act of Succession was repealed by David Cameron’s government. This is incorrect; all that has changed is that British monarchs can now marry a Catholic