On This Day, 1961: Yuri Gagarin Becomes The First Human to Journey into Outer Space

On this day, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space. … More On This Day, 1961: Yuri Gagarin Becomes The First Human to Journey into Outer Space

Who Were Burke and Hare, Edinburgh’s Infamous Killer Duo?

On 28th January 1829, a sizeable crowd gathered in the Lawnmarket area of Edinburgh. Standing before them, one of the most infamous killers in Scottish history awaited execution. William Burke, an Irishman born in County Tyrone in 1792, was one of two boys born into a middle-class family. By all accounts, he had a comfortable … More Who Were Burke and Hare, Edinburgh’s Infamous Killer Duo?

New Research to Unlock the Secrets of the Galloway Hoard

National Museums Scotland is set to lead a new research project into one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites, the Galloway Hoard.  Funded through a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the three-year project will carried out in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.  ‘Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard’ The Galloway Hoard is … More New Research to Unlock the Secrets of the Galloway Hoard

Dreams of the Past: The Indian Barrier State

The arrival of Europeans in North America heralded a dark period for indigenous populations the length and breadth of the continent. Within the space of a few centuries, the patchwork of varied, independent tribal societies that littered the modern-day mainland United States was gradually destroyed; with peoples scattered and often subjected to brutal acts of … More Dreams of the Past: The Indian Barrier State

Defeat and Humiliation: The Battle of Neville’s Cross

On the 17th October 1346, Scottish and English forces clashed outside Durham in one of the key battles of 14th-century British history.  The Battle of Neville’s Cross was a disastrous military failure for the Kingdom of Scotland which led to the capture and humiliation of King David II. Embroiled deep in the Hundred Years War, … More Defeat and Humiliation: The Battle of Neville’s Cross