We are pleased to announce that registration for our conference is now open. You can register now on our website.
For all other queries please contact the Conference Secretary, Dr Claire Hawes, at [email protected]
The conference will bring the work initiated under the Scotland and the Flemish People project to a conclusion, on Thursday 16 June and Friday 17 June 2016.
There will be two parallel tracks. One will focus on the relationship between Scotland and Flanders and will examine the economic, political, cultural interchange, primarily in the medieval era. This track will draw largely on research undertaken by academic historians. The other track will focus on the various phases of Flemish immigration to Scotland, where the immigrants settled, what they did, and the impact they had. This track will draw on local and family history resources as well as genealogical and DNA evidence. Participants will be able to attend sessions from either track. Plenary sessions on topics of common interest will straddle both tracks.
There will be scope for various organisations, interest groups and families to showcase their work at tables immediately outside the lecture halls.
The conference will be open to the general public. It will be of interest to academic and local historians, family historians, genealogists, and genetic genealogists. The conference may also appeal to members of families who believe they may have Flemish roots. It is expected that in the order of 120 – 150 people will attend.
We are very grateful to the Government of Flanders for its sponsorship of the conference and to the P F Charitable Trust for its funding of the underlying research.
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As a reader of Dorothy Dunnett's fine historical novels, this looks very appealing. Please keep me up to date on the project. Best regards Sheila Browning
My interest is largely generated through my membership of the Dorothy Dunnett Society. Her 8 volume historical series, the House of Niccolo, has as its protagonist a Flemish dyer's apprentice in the 15th century, and his rise through the manifold commercial and political ranks in Renaissance Europe. Scotland is central to the story. Of further interest to yourselves is the Dorothy Dunnett History Prize, open to post-graduate students, worth £1000. No doubt you are aware of this, but, if not, please contact the Society for further details.