We are pleased to present the draft programme for the annual Society for Folklife Studies conference, 2022. This year the conference will be held at Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 8-11 September.

We will update the draft programme over the coming months.

The programme is set out below. It can also be downloaded.

The booking form is set out below. It can also be downloaded.

The Society for Folk Life Studies

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland

8-11 September 2022

* Power to the People *

The conference will be based at Biggar Museum,156 High Street. Biggar, ML12 6DH

The conference accommodation is a choice between: The Kirk Style Hotel 72 High Street, Biggar ML12 6BJ (The Kirkstyle Hotel, Biggar | Homepage) or The Elphinstone Hotel, 145 High Street, Biggar, ML12 6DL www.elphinstonehotel.co.uk

Please indicate your preference on booking form,

accommodation will be booked by the conference organiser.

PROGRAMME

[Draft at 30-4-2022]

THURSDAY 8 September

17:00 – 18:30              Registration at The Elphinstone Hotel

18:30 – 20:00             Dinner at The Crown (tbc) 

20:00                           Lecture 1 (Speaker tbc)

An introduction to South Lanarkshire

FRIDAY, 9 September

09.30                           Assemble at Biggar Museum, 156 High Street, Biggar 

09.35-09.40           Steph Mastoris (President, Society for Folk Life Studies) Welcome to the 2022 annual conference 

09.45-10.00                 Elaine Edwards (Biggar Museum) Welcome to Biggar

10.00-10.45                 Lecture 2.

Janice Kirkpatrick  Powering Ahead: the continuing story of the Clydesdale horse

10.45-11.15                 Coffee

11.15-12.00                 Lecture 3

John Burnett  Celebrating the Work, Celebrating the People: public utilities in South Lanarkshire 

12.00-12:45                 Lecture 4

Stefan Sagrott, Senior Cultural Resources Advisor, Historic Environment Scotland Gas!  (working title) 

13:00 – 14:00             Lunch venue tbc 

14.15-1700                  Excursion 1

                                    Biggar Museum and environs 

18.30 – 20.00              Dinner at the Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar 

20:00                           Claudia Kinmonth Post publication discoveries part 2: Readers’ responses to Irish country furniture and furnishings 1700-2000

SATURDAY, 10 September

09.30                           Assemble at Biggar Museum

09:45 – 10:30              Lecture 5

Neil Johnson-Symington (Glasgow Museums) The Albion Motor Company

10.30 – 11.15              Lecture 6 

Heather Holmes Power and innovation: Lanarkshire agricultural implement and machines makers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

11:15 – 11:45               Coffee

11.45 – 12.30               Lecture 6

David Eveleigh  Old Ways, Old Things – When Connoisseurship discovered ‘Ordinary Folk’

(Folk life collecting etc. Part 2)

                                    Excursion 2 

12.30                           Travel to Leadhills Mining Museum        

                                    Lunch on arrival followed by tour of the mine, museum & historic library

18.00                           Return to Biggar

19.00-20.30                 Dinner (The Barony Restaurant, Biggar

20:30                           Entertainment: The Mighty Joes

SUNDAY, 11 September

09.45                           Assemble at Biggar Museum

10.00-11:00                 Annual General Meeting of the Society for Folk Life Studies 

11:00 – 11.20              Coffee 

11.20 – 12.15               Lecture 7

Jim Ness Mills of South Lanarkshire or (Speaker/Film tbc) The Common Riding        

12:15-12:20                Concluding remarks and thanks

12.30                      Buffet Lunch at Biggar Museum 

End of conference

The Society for Folk Life Studies

ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 2022

Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland:

8th to 11th September

**Power to the people**

The Society’s annual conference for 2022 will be held in Biggar. The theme of the conference has been inspired by the social and economic development of the area.  It will examine the sources of power which drove the industrialization of Lanarkshire, from the Clydesdale horse to the Albion car and truck company and so much more. The conference sessions will be based in Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum, with excursions exploring the town and its environs and to the Wanlockhead lead mine and museum. The conference accommodation will be at the Kirk Style and Elphinstone hotels. 

Biggar is a thriving town in the Southern Scottish Uplands lying between the river Clyde and the river Tweed. Occupied since Mesolithic times, the present-day High Street (A 702) follows the line of a Roman road. In the 12th century the Normans came to the area. Built around 1150CE there are remains (you’ll need your magnifying glass though!) of the motte and bailey castle in the town, which belonged to Baldwin of Biggar who had emigrated from Flanders in France. Biggar was made a burgh of barony in 1451 which allowed it to hold a market on Thursdays and the town has retained its medieval layout of a wide road running through the centre to allow markets and fairs to be held, with closes running to parallel back streets and buildings with long gardens. The town prospered in the 18th and 19th centuries. During this time a number of banks opened, fairs were held each year, the Gasworks was established, the rat-infested Meal House was replaced with the Corn Exchange and a new parish school was built. Most of all, Biggar’s prosperity was helped by the coming of the railway in 1860. Large country houses became a feature in and around the town. The railway made a daily journey to Glasgow easy for industrialists, professionals and trades people alike.

Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum opened to visitors in 2015. It has a gallery illustrating the history of the area from early times up to the 20th century, a street of shops recreated from the town and furnished from the collection, and a special exhibition room which can house items loaned from national collections.

If you wish to attend this year’s conference, please complete the application form attached and send it by 30 June 2022 with a non-returnable deposit of £100, to:

The Conference Secretary (Steph Mastoris)

National Waterfront Museum,

Maritime Quarter, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3RD, Wales, UK.

The closing date for all bookings is 8th August 2022 and final payment will be required by this date.

The cost of attending the whole conference will be:

  • £420 per person with accommodation and meals for single occupancy of a room.
  • £370 per person with accommodation and meals for two people sharing a room.
  • £240 per person with meals but NO accommodation 
  • Day rates for the conference (with lunch and dinner, but NO accommodation) are available:
    • £80 EACH DAY for Friday 9th and Saturday10th September

BOOKING FORM

The Society for Folk Life Studies

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland:

8th to 11th September 2022

I/We wish to attend the 2022 annual conference:

Name/s: ………………………………………………………………………………………….

Address: …………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………………………

Telephone: ……………………….. E-mail: ………………………………………..

I/We understand that the total cost of the conference will be:

WITH ACCOMMODATION:   £420 for single occupancy of a room

£370 per person for two people sharing a room

Please indicate your preferred hotel (the conference organiser will book your room)

Kirkstyle Hotel     www.kirkstylehotel.com/ or Elphinstone Hotel      www.elphinstonehotel.co.uk/

WITHOUT ACCOMMODATION:        £240 per person

DAY RATES (with lunch and dinner, but NO accommodation) are available at:

  • £80 EACH DAY for Friday and Saturday 9th & 10th September.

Please book ….. place(s) with / without accommodation and I/we enclose a non-returnable deposit of £100 per person.

I understand that the remainder of the conference fee will be due for payment by 8th August 2022.

Dietary requirements: ……………………………………………………………..

Mobility requirements: …………………………………………………………………………

Please return this form with payment or notification of BACS transfer to:

Steph Mastoris, National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD (steph.mastoris@museumwales.ac.uk)

Please pay either 

by cheque, payable to The Society for Folk Life Studies, or UK BACS transfer to the Society’s bank account: Sort code:  40-35-18               Account number: 11226363

International transfer details:

Account No: GB61HBUK40351811226363;  Branch code: HBUKGB4108N

(Please identify the transfer as ‘Conference 2022 + [your surname]’)