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If you emigrated today, what would you miss from home? - Tony Pollard
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AB_SGI_01_TONY_POLLARD_Q_07
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Tony Pollard
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41009
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
missfromhome

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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:

'If you were emigrating today what would you miss most from home?'

'That's a very interesting question. I don't know - there's something about Scotland. What I- I miss the sea - I live in Glasgow - and I miss the sea. I spent a lot of my youth by the sea; my dad was a diver, a professional diver, and so I spent a lot of time in boats, and on the shore, and I did my PhD thesis on Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in Oban cos there's, there was a lot of activity there with shell middens and caves and things that I used to mess around with as a kid. So, I miss the sea and when we, when we finally move out of Glasgow, which is now far too noisy for me, it would be back to the sea. So, I miss that. And it's just the whole thing; it's the clearness of the air, and the smells, and the sounds.'


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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If you emigrated today, what would you miss from home? - Tony Pollard

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; missfromhome;

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 /> 'If you were emigrating today what would you miss most from home?' <br /> <br /> 'That's a very interesting question. I don't know - there's something about Scotland. What I- I miss the sea - I live in Glasgow - and I miss the sea. I spent a lot of my youth by the sea; my dad was a diver, a professional diver, and so I spent a lot of time in boats, and on the shore, and I did my PhD thesis on Mesolithic hunter-gatherers in Oban cos there's, there was a lot of activity there with shell middens and caves and things that I used to mess around with as a kid. So, I miss the sea and when we, when we finally move out of Glasgow, which is now far too noisy for me, it would be back to the sea. So, I miss that. And it's just the whole thing; it's the clearness of the air, and the smells, and the sounds.'<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).