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What fired your interest in your subject? - Tony Pollard
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AB_SGI_01_TONY_POLLARD_Q_02
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Tony Pollard
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41004
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
subjectinterest

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Tony Pollard answers the question:

'What fired your interest in your particular area of expertise?'

'I was always interested in military history as a kid and when I did archaeology doing military stuff was very, very unfashionable, and was not heard of really, but then I realised when I got my PhD that I could marry the two because there was work being done in America on sites like Little Big Horn. So I bit the bullet and got some money and went to South Africa to do a project on the Zulu War from 1879, when the British Empire was fighting the Zulu Empire, and then I came back and we did Culloden as part of a TV series - Two Men in a Trench - that I did with Neil Oliver, back in 2001 to 2003, something like that, and never, never been able to draw myself away, really. And found, of all the periods I did, that sort of eighteenth century Scottish history was, was really very interesting and I still feel that, even though I work on projects all over the world, I think that will always be the core, really, of my interest.'


BIOGRAPHY

Dr Tony Pollard is a leading battlefield archaeologist and Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. He is a senior lecturer and convener of the MLitt course in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology. He was co-presenter of the BBC television series 'Two Men in a Trench', which brought battlefield archaeology to a worldwide audience. He has carried out battlefield projects in the UK, Africa and South America and has directed several seasons of fieldwork at Culloden, the results of which did much to inform the recently opened Visitor Centre and revised battlefield interpretation. Tony has also carried out projects on the Jacobite battlefields at Killiecrankie and Prestonpans and the siege site at Fort William.

Tony is co-editor of the Journal of Conflict Archaeology and has written widely on archaeology and history for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent publications include the forthcoming 'Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle' (Pen and Sword) and his first novel, 'The Minutes of the Lazarus Club' (Penguin 2008).

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What fired your interest in your subject? - Tony Pollard

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; subjectinterest;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Tony Pollard answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'What fired your interest in your particular area of expertise?' <br /> <br /> 'I was always interested in military history as a kid and when I did archaeology doing military stuff was very, very unfashionable, and was not heard of really, but then I realised when I got my PhD that I could marry the two because there was work being done in America on sites like Little Big Horn. So I bit the bullet and got some money and went to South Africa to do a project on the Zulu War from 1879, when the British Empire was fighting the Zulu Empire, and then I came back and we did Culloden as part of a TV series - Two Men in a Trench - that I did with Neil Oliver, back in 2001 to 2003, something like that, and never, never been able to draw myself away, really. And found, of all the periods I did, that sort of eighteenth century Scottish history was, was really very interesting and I still feel that, even though I work on projects all over the world, I think that will always be the core, really, of my interest.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Dr Tony Pollard is a leading battlefield archaeologist and Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. He is a senior lecturer and convener of the MLitt course in Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology. He was co-presenter of the BBC television series 'Two Men in a Trench', which brought battlefield archaeology to a worldwide audience. He has carried out battlefield projects in the UK, Africa and South America and has directed several seasons of fieldwork at Culloden, the results of which did much to inform the recently opened Visitor Centre and revised battlefield interpretation. Tony has also carried out projects on the Jacobite battlefields at Killiecrankie and Prestonpans and the siege site at Fort William. <br /> <br /> Tony is co-editor of the Journal of Conflict Archaeology and has written widely on archaeology and history for both academic and popular audiences. His most recent publications include the forthcoming 'Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle' (Pen and Sword) and his first novel, 'The Minutes of the Lazarus Club' (Penguin 2008).