Professor Chris Whatley
(Award Chair)

Until recently I was Professor of Scottish History at the University of Dundee, where I’m now Emeritus Professor.

Dr David Caldwell

After graduating with a degree in archaeology from Edinburgh University, Dr Caldwell spent 38 years working for the National Museums of Scotland, latterly as keeper of two of the curatorial departments – Scotland and Europe, and Archaeology. He has a strong interest in the history and archaeology of the West Highlands and Islands. From 1990 to 1997 he directed excavations at Finlaggan, Islay, and has published extensively, including A Historical Guide to Islay, Jura & Colonsay (2001 and 2011); Islay The Land of the Lordship (2008 and 2017); and (with M A Hall and C M Wilkinson) The Lewis Chessmen Unmasked (2010, 2011). He has served as President of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology and as President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is chair of Fife Cultural Trust and a board member of the National Trust for Scotland.

Professor Richard Oram

Richard Oram is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History at the University of Stirling. A graduate of the University of St Andrews, where he completed his MA (Hons) and PhD, he teaches, researches and writes on the history and environmental history of medieval Scotland and the wider North Atlantic world. 

Professor Annie Tindley  

Annie is Professor of British and Irish Rural History and since November 2020 the Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. From 2017 to 2020 she was the Consortium Director for the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership ( Annie completed her MA (2001), MSc by Research (2002) and PhD (2006) in History at the University of Edinburgh. She has held posts at the University of Aberdeen, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Dundee. Her particular research interests revolve around land ownership, land reform and the aristocratic and landed classes from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries in the Scottish, Irish, British and imperial contexts. She has also worked extensively with other disciplines, including design, water engineering and visual arts. In 2015 she established and became the first director of the Centre for Scotland's Land Futures (, an inter-institutional and interdisciplinary research centre, and established an interdisciplinary book series, Scotland's Land, with Edinburgh University Press ( She is a co-editor of the journal Rural History, a trustee of the Natural History Society of Northumberland and the Northumberland Archives Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Dr Valerie Wright

Dr Valerie Wright is a historian of modern Scotland with particular expertise in gender, social and political history. She is currently a Research Associate in History at the University of Glasgow. She is the co-author of Glasgow: High-Rise Homes, Estates and Communities in the Post-War Period (Routledge: London, 2020) and Deindustrialisation and the Moral Economy in Scotland since 1955 (Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, 2021).