Monday, 10 October 2011

Article on re-discovering a French cemetery through smartphones

A great idea and one that could be done throughout any burial ground.....

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Cast Collection Conference

I will be presenting a paper entitled: The Monument, The Image and The Zeitgeist at the Cast Collection Conference at Edinburgh College of Art on the 10th September. This will discuss the development of the National Monument, from an exploration of the concept of the Parthenon and its association with the origins of the phrase "The Athens of the North," up to the present day.
Further information on the Cast Collection can be found here, and a programme for the whole conference can be found here.

Friday, 8 July 2011

5 Graveyards Project

I recently completed some research for the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and the World Monuments Fund on the historical background of 5 of the Burial Grounds found within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site. This was for the 5 Graveyards project - see

This included background research on Greyfriars, Canongate and St Cuthbert's Kirkyards and Old and New Calton Burial grounds, using primary and secondary sources. The results of this work is to be published in the Autumn.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Lincoln Monument in Old Calton Burial Ground

Ever wondered about this monument and how it came about? A book available on published in 1893 - at the time of this monument's unveiling - gives an interesting background to the history and meaning behind one of the few statues of Lincoln to be found outside of the United States.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Burns, Bombay and the British Empire

I will be presenting a paper on my research from India, and the connections to Calton Hill in a conference entitled the 'Object of Poetry' at the University of Dundee on the 26th March. This is the culmination of the AHRC and Beyond Text project entitled "Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory, 1796-1909," which was carried out collectively between the University of Glasgow and the University of Dundee. The full programme for the can conference can be found here.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

ICOMOS Conference on Buildings Archaeology

I am presenting at a conference in November, commenting on the processes involved in Buildings Archaeology in the UK. Further information and a programme is available on line here, and the presented paper will be available in a forthcoming ICOMOS publication.