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Wicker Tam o’Shanter at Burns celebration, Whitesands, Dumfries, 2009. Photograph by: Alison Burgess.

Dumfries and Galloway: A Regional Ethnology

The aim of this innovative study is to explore the everyday lives and culture of the people of Dumfries and Galloway, past and present.

An important and exciting aspect of this study is the collection of primary source material. This is being achieved by:

  • Recording the spoken memories of people
  • Transcribing and contextualising diaries, account books, memoirs etc.

The results of this work are being published on this website.

Written work on topics relevant to the ethnology of the region is also being encouraged. This will result in a range of scholarly publications, from journal articles to books.

Taken together, these outputs will provide a lucid account of life across Dumfries and Galloway through time.

This study is being conducted by the European Ethnological Research Centre in partnership with the people of Dumfries and Galloway, and has been made possible by the financial support of the Scotland Inheritance Fund (Scottish Charity SC 011836).