Members of the team have been interviewed on radio: Annmarie Hughes on BBC Scotland’s, ‘Call Kay’ (see below), discussing the rise in single person households). On television Eleanor Gordon has featured on BBC Alba documentaries:‘Of Diabolical Purpose – Sgeulachd Monsieur Chantrelle’ & Ever Believe Me: Sgeulachd Madeleine Smith’.  The Madeleine Smith documentary, fully in English, has been shown on STV’s Scottish Murder Mysteries.

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In January 2015 Eleanor also featured in the documentary Baby Killer? Sgeulachd Jessie King, concerning the case of an Edinburgh woman accused of murdering infants who had been procured through ‘baby farming’.

Jessie KingIn March 2015 Eleanor Gordon participated in the Radio 4 programme, ‘Voices from our Industrial Past: Women’.

VoicesIn November 2015 Jeff Meek acted as historical adviser and interviewee to the BBC Scotland/Hopscotch Films documentary ‘Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Gay Scotland’.

Coming OotJeff also provided the Sunday Herald’s ‘Essay of the Week’, ‘Before the Enlightenment: The Battle for LGBT Rights in Scotland’,  on the 29th of November.

Our appeal for wedding photographs, letters and diaries has also appeared in a number of Scottish newspapers including Aberdeen Now, Glasgow Now, Edinburgh Now,  the Galloway Gazette , the Clydebank Post and the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser. For further details of our media engagements thus far please scroll down to the bottom of this page, where you can also listen to Eleanor Gordon’s talk on the history of  irregular marriage in Scotland.


We have been active on Twitter, thanks to Jeff Meek, our research fellow, and in writing blogs for the webpage, which have included such diverse topics as, Food Parcels, Poverty and Poor Relief; Welfare Dependency and Poverty; The birth of the Royal baby; Personal Ads.  Our next project was to provide an interactive map of areas in Govan with overseas immigrants, and this can be found here. The interactive map has proved highly popular and we are adding  interactive maps for Blairgowrie & Auchterarder in Perthshire in 1911 and Govan in 1911. ImmSnapshot 

The website is now host to a growing gallery of wedding, partnership and family photographs from the mid 19th century through to the 1970s.  See the gallery here, and find out how you can be part of this wonderful resource.

Over the next few months we will be adding excerpts from the oral history interviews we have been undertaking for the project.

 Media Coverage



On the 8th of May research undertaken by project members Annmarie Hughes and Jeff Meek featured in the national edition of The Times newspaper. This research examined the hidden cost of the Great War on women, and families in Scotland.

Article from The Times on the hidden cost of the Great War in Scotland, 8 May 2014
Article from The Times on the hidden cost of the Great War in Scotland, 8 May 2014

Aberdeen Now, Glasgow Now, Edinburgh Now, the Kilmarnock Standard, the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser, and the Galloway Gazette all carried our appeal for Scots to donate images to our wedding, family and partnerships photo gallery. Browse a selection of this coverage below.

Article from The Herald, 1st April, 2013

Golden age of the family? It’s a modern-day myth

The Halcyon days of Scotland’s traditional family may never have existed, with family breakdowns and single parents commonplace in the 19th century, according to new research…

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Podcasts & Interviews

Professor Eleanor Gordon on Irregular Marriage

Listen to Professor Eleanor Gordon’s podcast on the history of irregular marriage in Scotland.


Download: Prof Eleanor Gordon


Annmarie Hughes on Single-Person Households

This interview took place on the 25th of March with Kaye Adams on the Radio Scotland ‘Call Kaye’ programme. The topic of the interview was the recently released Census for Scotland 2011 statistics which reveal that single-person households are now the largest form of household in Scotland. For further information please visit our blog.


Download: Radio interview with Annmarie Hughes

Eleanor Gordon on ‘wife selling’

In November 2009 Eleanor Gordon was interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ programme on the different histories of marriage and divorce in England and Scotland. Making History consulted Eleanor Gordon who explained that the notion of wife-selling is a difficult one to quantify.