Recent Projects


A History of Working-Class Marriage, 1855-1976

This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will engage with discourses regarding the formation and make-up of the ‘traditional’ family, and will explore the history of working-class courtship, marriage and marriage breakdown in Scotland in the period from the civil registration of marriages in 1855 to the introduction of no-fault divorce legislation in 1976. The project aims to establish the structure and form of the working-class family over time; to identify the basis of selection of choice of marriage partner; to examine the nature of the relationship between husbands and wives and to establish the pattern, causes and consequences of marriage breakdown.

The Development of International Financial Regulation and Supervision

The current economic crisis has emphasised the importance of developing a long term perspective on institutional change in order to understand and respond to current and future challenges in the global economic system.

This project will assess the development of international financial regulation by contrasting studies of institutional decision-making in three international financial centres - New York, London and Hong Kong - in the late 20th century (from 1961-1982) as the market and regulators responded to a series of challenges and at the same time embarked on a process of liberalisation.

The Redress of the Past: Historical pageants in Britain, 1905-16 

Subject to regular bouts of 'pageant fever', from 1905 onwards communities across England, Scotland and Wales staged theatrical re-enactments of events from local and national history that involved large sections of the population as performers, organizers and spectators. Over the course of the twentieth century many hundreds of events were mounted by communities and institutions, ranging from small churches and village communities to large cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. Though less popular now, this is a phenomenon that still continues. Research into pageants provides a vista onto the ways people across the UK have understood and engaged with the past, and affords new insights into the role played by popular historical narratives in the formation of local and national identities. Funded by the AHRC, researchers based in several UK universities are exploring this movement, including at the University of Glasgow where in depth study of Scottish historical pageants is being undertaken for the first time. 

Global History Hackathons: Doing Global History Through Local Archives and Museum Collections

What happens when you take a format more commonly associated with computer science & technology and apply it to historical thinking and heritage design? Engaging small groups of students, academics, cultural heritage professionals, and members of the public in hands-on, collaborative brainstorming events—"global history hackathons”—this project is uncovering “local” global histories in Glasgow’s archives and museum collections and finding ways to make them relevant and accessible to wider publics.

Completed projects

Employment, Politics and Culture in Scotland (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020)

The Scottish Way of Birth and Death

A socio-cultural exploration of the lives of polio survivors (January - August 2015)

Child Health in Scotland (May 2010 - June 2014)

Shareholder Democracies? The History of Corporate Governance