Introduction – Julia

Hi I’m Julia,

Personally, I have always been interested in race, gender and class studies and although throughout my uni experience so far I have tried to take modules which are out of my comfort zone such as those heavily focussed on politics and war, I never found myself enjoying them. I have lived in Scotland my whole life but my family is Polish and although I’m lucky enough to have quite a liberal family, it has always fascinated me how different attitudes towards gender, sexuality and race are in different parts of the world and countries such as Poland. This doesn’t ofcourse speak for an entire country, but it amazes me that such contrasts even exist.

Therefore, I would love to narrow my research on the beginnings of the civil rights movement and trying to find the most convincing catalyst for the movement or look into extracts made by women during the late 18th to early 19th century to see why feminism was born and what it was exactly that made women envision a different future for themselves and other women. This ofcourse might change completely but its a rough idea.

Introduction – Amy Anderson

Hello, my name is Amy. I come from a small place up in Moray called Speyside. I would love to do my fourth-year dissertation on the early Victorian monarchy, specifically focusing on the Prince Consort, Albert. I am excited to discuss potential routes to go down and explore different ideas with a supervisor. I am also intrigued to hear everyone else’s topics. Online learning has definitely been a new experience and one in which took a bit of getting used to. Nevertheless, by the end of Semester 5 online learning was becoming second-nature. I, like most people I imagine, miss university learning pre-Covid, but I am excited to get started with new the semester.


Introduction Post – Shane

Hello everyone, my name is Shane and I come from Greenock (near Glasgow). I am currently not certain on which topic I will undertake for my dissertation. However, I do have a few rough ideas for topic areas that I find interesting such as, feminism in the early 20th century (1900-1918), The First World War (1914-1918) and the Interwar Period (1918-1939). I have not entirely enjoyed online learning, I miss the face-to-face interactions on campus and it was difficult at first to maintain focus during seminars and lectures whilst having the distractions of my home life, however near the end of last semester I came to grips with our new way of living. Hopefully soon things will return to how they were before. Take care everyone.

Saffron Introduction Post


My name is Saffron and I’m from a small town near Newcastle in England so yes I’m a long way from home at the moment during this lockdown! For my dissertation, I would really love to a study on Mary, Queen of Scots. Either on how Mary is perceived in popular culture so looking at 20th/21st century representations or looking at gender and reputation around the time that Mary was alive. It would be interesting to look at how gender or reputation affected Mary’s life. Distance learning has been an experience, to begin with it was a lot to take in but I’ve been getting into the swing of it and I think it will be better this semester!


Introduction – Eilidh

Hi everyone 🙂

I’m Eilidh and I’m from a place called Balloch just outside of Glasgow. At the moment I’m torn between a dissertation based on environmental history or gender history but I’m hoping this module will help to make my choice easier!. I have found distance learning tricky at points and was always hopeful this semester would be different but fingers crossed everything starts to change for the better soon!

Hope everyone is safe and well, looking forward to meeting everyone 🙂


Welcome to the Blog for HISU9X6

Please use this blog to post your responses to lecture and readings, your plans for your dissertations and any useful information that you would like to share with your supervisors and peers. I will read these and invite comments or comment myself if appropriate. It is a good way to try out ideas and get responses before having formal feedback from tutors/

First of all, please introduce yourself: Tell us where you are from, what sort of history or heritage dissertation you are currently thinking of doing and how you’ve been coping with distance learning?