The History Society’s Annual Interdepartmental Quiz 2013

Each year a handful of only the bravest tutors make their way to the History Society’s Interdepartmental Quiz (IDQ). The quiz pits the brains of Ancient, Mediaeval, Modern and Scottish tutors against each other in a battle to be crowned IDQ champions.


The teams this year were: Dr Jon Coulston, Mr Risto-Matti Sarilo  & Mr Emerson Stevens for Ancient History; Professor Chris Given-Wilson, Dr Justine Firnhaber-Baker and Dr Katie Stevenson for Mediaeval History; Professor Conan Fischer, Dr Kate Ferris and Mr Nick Blackbourn for Modern History (defending champions) and for Scottish History, Professor Colin Kidd, Dr Christine McGladdery and Dr Jacqueline Rose.

There were five rounds; four based on the respective historical periods of the teams and a general knowledge round. Each team was given the chance to answer questions relating to their own historical period. If a team could not answer the question the other teams could use their buzzers (in this case a tambourine, a horn, a bell and a frying pan) to grab double points.IDQ_Nessie

After a hard fought battle, and some dodgy historical re-enactments by the History Society committee, Scottish History took the lead with an impressive 24 points, beating Medieval (19pts), Ancient (18pts) and Modern (5pts) and claiming IDQ victory for 2013.IDQ_ScottishWinners

Can Scottish hold on to their victory or will someone else claim supremacy in 2014? We’ll have to wait and see.


History & the St Andrews Evening Degree

Evening Degree Field Trip 2013[1]The Evening Degree programme has been offered by the University of St Andrews since September 2000 and takes mature students who may not have engaged with study recently, through a number of Arts, Science and Social Science modules to a General  Degree, allowing them to fulfil their academic and intellectual potential. History has been engaged fully with the Evening Degree since 2001 and currently offers four modules ranging from first to third level. For 2012-13 these include SC1901: Medieval Scotland, 1100-1513; MO2901: Europe in the Twentieth Century; SC3901: Castles and Lordship in Medieval Scotland and MO3910: The Reformation in Europe.  Third-level modules on offer in the next academic year will be SC3902: Heroes or Villains? The impact of personality in the study of Scottish History, and MO3908: The Tudors: Power and Piety in Sixteenth Century England.

Six students from the Evening Degree module SC3901: Castles and Lordship in Medieval Scotland, went on a field trip with their tutor, Dr Christine McGladdery, on Saturday 6 April 2013. We visited Blackness castle (where the students are pictured at the symbolic ‘prow’ of the castle’s battlements), Linlithgow Palace, Doune and Stirling castles.  We were fortunate to have a beautiful sunny day on which to visit the monuments and it was certainly a good physical workout!

Evening Degree Linlithgow-chivalric ordersThe focus of the field trip was to apply the knowledge and understanding of developments in castle design and function learned during the course of the full-year module in a practical visualisation of features, context and scale. The students particularly appreciated the visual impact of James V’s chivalric orders displayed on his re-modelled entrance to Linlithgow palace.


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