'Crime and Policing in Scotland: Past and Present' as We Enter a New Era of Scottish History

‘Crime and Policing in Scotland: Past and Present’ research and knowledge-exchange project is a collaboration between the Scottish Institute for Policing Research led by Professor Nick Fyfe, School of Environment and the School of Humanities where two historians, Dr Murray Frame and Dr Anja Johansen, are conducting research on the history of European policing, notably in France, Germany and Russia.

The main aim of the project, which is funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts & Humanities Network Award, is to provide a forum for historians and academics from a range of other disciplines to engage with crime and policing professionals, with a view to sharing and enhancing mutual knowledge and research agendas.  In the process, the network aims to encourage and develop research on the history of crime and policing in Scotland in ways that will place the Scottish experience in a historical, trans-national and interdisciplinary context, and also inform debates about contemporary crime and policing issues.

Since its launch in 2011, the project has sponsored several activities including a series of workshops and the RSE-funded phase of the project will culminate with a two-day conference on ‘Cultural Representations of Crime and Policing: Past and Present’ on 16th and 17th April 2013. The aim of the conference is to explore the ways in which crime and policing have been understood and portrayed in popular culture from the Enlightenment to the present day. The focus will be on both the Scottish experience and the wider international context.  

The event will conclude at 4.30pm on Wednesday 17th April with a free public session, ‘Crime Fiction and Science’, in which Professor Sue Black (University of Dundee, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, and star of BBC TV's History Cold Case) will be in conversation with the crime novelists Stuart MacBride and Linda Stratmann.  Further information about the conference and public session can be found here

An exhibition on the history of policing in Scotland showcasing modern Scottish policing artefacts since 1800 will also be launched on 1st April in the Lamb Gallery in the University of Dundee’s Tower Building and the Central Library, Dundee whilst the Abertay Historical Society will host a presentation by Murray Frame, Sam Bannerman and Anja Johansen ‘The History of Scottish Policing: Tayside and Beyond’ on 10th April 2013.

As we enter a new chapter of policing in Scotland with the creation of a single Scottish police force from 1st April these events will look back on how Scottish policing has developed through history.  

For further information please contact Murray Frame, m.frame@dundee.ac.uk or visit the Scottish Policing History blog.