The Study Team

Professionals from various backgrounds form the study team for the Dumfries and Galloway: A Regional Ethnology study. A study advisory board supports the progress and strategy of the study team.

The study team

Ms Alison Burgess

Alison is the Local Studies and Information Officer for Libraries, Information and Archives, Dumfries and Galloway Council and is the fieldwork coordinator in the study team. Alison has experience of oral history and its importance through her own research areas and also as part of her Local Studies post within Dumfries and Galloway. She provides training and guidance to those conducting interviews as part of the Study.

Mr John Burnett

John was formerly principal curator of Scottish Modern History, National Museums Scotland. A trustee of the European Ethnological Research Centre, he has contributed to many of its publications, including the Review of Scottish Culture and volumes 2, 6 and 13 of the Scottish Life and Society series. As well as numerous journal articles on a range of ethnological and other themes, he has written several books, including Robert Burns and the Hellish Legion (2009) and Riot, Revelry and Rout: Sport in Lowland Scotland before 1860 (2000). John will be editing the Dumfries and Galloway Study’s multi-author ethnology of Dumfries and Galloway.

Professor Ted Cowan FRSE

Ted is Emeritus Professor of Scottish History, University of Glasgow, formerly Director of Glasgow’s Dumfries campus and currently Chair of EERC.

Mr Mark Mulhern

Mark is a researcher with the European Ethnological Research Centre. He has edited a number of the volumes of Scottish Life and Society published by the EERC in partnership with Birlinn Publishing. He is also series editor of the Flashbacks books published by the EERC in partnership with NMS Enterprises Publishing. Mark manages the oral side of the Dumfries & Galloway Study.

Ms Caroline Milligan

Caroline is part of the team which looks after the archives of the School of Scottish Studies, at the University of Edinburgh. She works mostly with the Sound Archive recordings and the Maclagan manuscript collection. She looks after students who are undertaking their own fieldwork, advising them about recording equipment, fieldwork interviewing techniques and filling out paperwork. Caroline is an experienced fieldworker with a knowledge of collating and editing fieldwork interviews for publication.

Dr Kenneth Veitch

Kenneth is a researcher with the European Ethnological Research Centre. He has edited the EERC’s annual journal, the Review of Scottish Culture, and some of the volumes in the Scottish Life and Society series. Kenneth manages the written side of the Dumfries and Galloway Study.

Professor Gary West

Gary is the director of the European Ethnological Research Centre and holds a Personal Chair in Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests relate mainly to the use and meanings we make of the past within the present, and so include such concepts as heritage, tradition and revivalism. He is an active traditional musician and presents a weekly music programme on BBC Radio Scotland.

The study advisory board

  • Dr David Devereux, Curator, Stewartry Museum, Kirkcudbright
  • David Lockwood Museums, Manager, Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • John Pickin, formerly Curator, Stranraer Museum
  • Graham Roberts, Archivist, Dumfries and Galloway Council