Previously…Scotland’s History Festival is history like you’ve never heard it before…
We celebrate history from around the world, and promote engagement with history as it’s happening in Scotland. We especially welcome interpretations that bring critical, ‘hidden’ history to light.
Through fascinating programming, we aim to get people thinking about history – and how it shapes our present and our future. Engagement with history means challenging it, proposing ideas, being the devil’s advocate, and sharing ideas. We showcase many different interpretations of issues by presenting grotesque, surprising, and little-known stories.
In order to be ‘our’ historians, speakers and workshop facilitators could be passing through, visiting, living, publishing, studying, or researching in Scotland. Previously…’s historians are people who are intrigued by the past: enthusiasts, such as researchers, writers, presenters, staff and students from universities, art and cultural institutions, or avid attendees of events and lectures and historical tv programmes.
Non-academics are welcome; they are often the un-coverers of hidden history who can tell of their ‘lived-experiences’. Although our main focus is historical eras, we throw light on history from all time periods: we define ‘the past’ as events occurring from human’s earliest times up until yesterday.
Took place 21-4th November 2019 in the gorgeous Institut Français Écosse on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Our theme was ‘Oor French Connections’, spearheaded by the formidable Marie de Guise.
Thank you to the IFE for hosting and to all our speakers and guests!
Our speakers really make Previously… special. Our 2019 programme featured:
With ENORMOUS thanks to the following organisations for their support of Previously… 2019.
Top image: Portrait of Mary of Guise (1515 – 1560), Queen of James V of Scotland and mother of Mary, Queen of Scots c. 1537 by Corneille de Lyon. Collection: Scottish National Portrait Gallery