Pictures and reports from the HNS Conference in Scotland, 2018

Richard Lee

Tired but happy after a fantastic conference it is always fun to see the photographs spread over social media, the friendships consolidating on many timelines, and to read the blog reports. There were so many highlights this year – and of course no-one saw everything, with many break out sessions running concurrently. For me, I would pick out Graham Hunter’s amazingly knowledgeable and enthusiastic presentation of historical costume; Ben Kane’s humour and drive; Margaret Elphinstone’s flair for adventure and historical reportage; Margaret Skea’s vivid reading from her novel Katherina: Deliverance; the Piper at our gala dinner, and the truly impressive rendition of the Gay Gordon at the Ceilidh; Sarah Dunant’s bravura elucidation of the Borgias; and Kevin Ashman’s deeply moving and inspiring talk about his personal path to the bestseller lists. But the highlight we all share is the excitement and the friendliness, the buzz, the knowledge, the kindness and the enthusiasm of everyone you meet. HNS conferences are fabulous – and we can already start to get excited about next year in North America (June 20-22, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland near Washington D.C.) – join the mailing list here.

Here are John Jackson’s photograph albums to give a first flavour of it all.  We will add more links as we find them.

Our huge thanks go to Margaret Skea and her conference team for a supremely friendly and well organised weekend.

Conference photos, Friday evening.

Conference photos, Saturday day sessions.

Conference photos, Gala dinner

Conference photos, Sunday.

Posted by Richard Lee


  1. Margaret Skea
    August 30, 2018

    Thank you so much to John for acting as an unofficial, but very diligent, chronicler of events at the conference – I only wish he’d taken a video of that first Gay Gordons – it deserved to go viral…

  2. Jerry Bennett
    September 3, 2018

    This was my first HNS conference, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My one regret was that I couldn’t attend two or more break-out sessions simultaneously. I found all of it encouraging, helpful and quite thought-provoking, and it was certainly inspiring.

    One question for those organising the Maryland conference. What is the American equivalent of a Ceilidh?