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News: contribution to Association of Critical Heritage Studies 2024 international conference

The first formal presentation on my Fellowship research-in-progress took place at ACHS 2024 Galway on 5 June. The conference theme was ‘Custodianship’, my paper assigned to a session on ‘Responsibility: Cultural Stewardship across Borders – Navigating the Complexities of Global and Local Heritage Responsibilities’. I addressed the part that changing custodianship and movement plays in

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Destiny’s magnetism for Scottish artist George Wyllie

an artist with something to say (source: Wyllieum) So, the good news is that Scottish artist George Wyllie (1921-2012) had lots more to say in relation to the Stone of Destiny than I had previously recognised (see first project blog). I am grateful to the artist’s daughter, Louise Wyllie, co-author of Arrivals and Sailings: The

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My life is in pieces – new life for fragments from the Stone of Destiny

Tiny fragment of the Stone of Destiny / Stone of Scone. Copyright Scottish National Party

The Stone of Destiny has two enduring characteristics. One is to galvanise the nation of Scotland and the other is to twist the knickers of the British establishment. Last week, that celebrated lump of sandstone has demonstrated its power yet again (Alex Salmond cited in The Daily Record, 7 January 2024) Scottish nationalist Salmond’s assertion

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Bonkers but brilliant – a week in the life of a researcher

People attend a research workshop with Perth Museum's 3D replica of the Stone of Destiny / Stone of Scone

Bonkers but brilliant is how I would need to describe my last, six-day week. It included four days of ethnographic work in different places and with high varied subjects and methodologies: semi-structured interviews, short interviews, participant observation and two different workshops. That’s the bonkers bit – don’t try this every week! But the brilliant bit

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Inaugurating the project – Stage 2 fieldwork highlights

Models of the Stone of Destiny made by Perth schoolchildren in a research workshop

The Authenticity’s Child project stepped up this summer with Small Grant funding from the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust for research costs, the start of which coincided with the summer Coronation of Charles III. The Stone therefore moved from Scotland to London and back to Edinburgh Castle, with a short peregrination to St Giles Cathedral.

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The Stone of Destiny – a moving story

George Wyllie artwork referencing the Stone of Destiny. Copyright Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Stirling

I love how the artist George Wyllie’s Stone of Destiny wittily captures essences of the story of this contested national icon: its portability (which enabled repeated movement) and propensity to be copied. This concrete and aluminium artwork is on temporary display in the Pathfoot Building, my workplace and the home of the University of Stirling’s

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Theme by the University of Stirling