A two-day conference is being held on 24-25 September 2005 at the Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling (Stirling, Scotland) to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the execution of William Wallace, the National Hero of Scotland, and the same anniversary (2006) of the inauguration of Robert the Bruce as King of Scots.
The idea behind the conference is to explore the changing perceptions of these figures from contemporary times to the present day. In this way, it is hoped that a fuller understanding of these figures can be achieved in both an academic and popular context. Speakers will cover a wide range of perspectives, and will include both postgraduates at the University and established historians such as Archie Duncan, Steve Boardman and David Caldwell, a curator at the National Museum of Scotland. As part of the festivities, we will be holding a conference dinner and ceilidh on the first day, and possibly a visit to the National Wallace Monument at the close of the second day.
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