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Women's Music in the Herring Industry

Women's Music in the Herring Industry

Learn more about Meg Hyland's research into the role of music and dance in the lives of herring gutters and packers in the British and Irish fishing industries.

This year I partnered with Fife Council, the Scottish Fisheries Museum, and the Anstruther Improvements Association to present two events for World Gaelic Week. Seachdain na Gàidhlig, or World Gaelic Week, is held every year to celebrate Scottish Gaelic language and culture. Fife Council’s Gaelic Community Development officer, Kirsty Strachan, worked tirelessly to prepare a […]

Hello everyone! I am preparing for the second fieldwork trip of my PhD research. Last summer I went to Shetland, and this summer I am going to the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man was a very important stop in the herring industry of the 19th and 20th centuries. Fishermen from Scotland, England, and […]

Hello everyone! My first peer-reviewed article on gutting songs is now available. I’m so honoured to be published in Scottish Studies, the flagship journal of the field. You will even find a photo of herring gutters on the cover of the issue, courtesy of the Scottish Fisheries Museum! The article is called “‘Tam o’ Shanter […]

Hello there! I’m Meg Hyland, a PhD candidate in Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. This blog is intended to be a resource for anyone who wants to learn more about my research. I’m supervised by Will Lamb and Lori Watson. I study the role of song and dance in the lives […]


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