Occasionally History SPOT plays host to podcasts created beyond the IHR.  The Global History seminar  and Franco-British seminar are excellent examples of this.  Most recently, we have played host to the proceedings of a 2011 conference by the Historians of Education in Scotland.  The conference, held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 21 October 2011 investigated various elements of education in Scotland over the last 200 years.  More information can be found on the Historians of Education in Scotland website that is currently in development. 

The abstracts from the conference papers are all available on the History SPOT blog or in the form of a pdf on the podcast page.  For ease of access the list below will bring you directly to the blog post/abstract for each talk:


Robert Anderson (University of Edinburgh), ‘Edinburgh schools and Edinburgh University: some evidence from the early twentieth century’


Atsuko Betchaku (University of Edinburgh), ‘Japanese education and social welfare policies and Scottish evangelicals, 1870s to the 1920s’


Christopher Bischof (Rutgers University), ‘Pay, prestige and lifestyle: the hiring of elementary teachers in Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands, 1846-1902’


David Dick (Edinburgh Napier University), ‘How was female education affected by Scottish claims for educational and intellectual democracy?’


Helen Lees (University of Stirling), ‘A history of elective home education in Scotland’


Glenda White (University of Glasgow), ‘David Stow and teacher education’


and of the closing plenary, featuring the follow linked papers:
Ian J. Deary and Martin Lawn, ‘Reconstructing Godfrey Thomson and the Scottish School of Educational Research, 1925-1950’
Martin Lawn and Ian J. Deary, ‘The new model school of education: Godfrey Thomson, Moray House and Teachers College, Columbia’


Inclusion of podcasts from events beyond the IHR is something that we are keen to encourage.  Not only does it expand our range of resources, but it also enables historians to find podcasts that would otherwise be difficult to discover when on their own.  Only historians directly interested in Scottish educational history are likely to find the podcasts on the HEd website, yet the content of these podcasts might well be interesting to historians whose primary interest intersect that discussed in one or all of the papers.   The wider availability and findability of podcasts is something that the IHR is taking very seriously and future updates to History SPOT will reflect this. 

In the meantime if anyone has audio or video recordings from History conferences, seminars or other events that they think might fit within History SPOT then please do get in touch with us at history.spot@sas.ac.uk.