School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Annie Tindley

Senior Lecturer in modern British History; Academic director (Newcastle) & Consortium Director for AHRC Northern Bridge DTP

Background

Annie is a Senior Lecturer in modern British History, specialising in rural and aristocratic elites in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She joined Newcastle in September 2016 and from January 2018 is the Academic Director (Newcastle) and Consortium Director for the AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk).  

Annie completed her MA (2001), MSc by Research (2002) and PhD (2006) in History at the University of Edinburgh, her research focusing on modern rural Scottish history, with a particular focus on landed estates and aristocratic families. After a short spell at the University of Aberdeen as a temporary lecturer in early 2006, she worked from mid-2006 to 2013 at Glasgow Caledonian University as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, the University of Dundee from 2013, joining Newcastle University in September 2016.

Her particular research interests revolve around the interrogation of the aristocratic and landed classes, landed estates and their management from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, in the Scottish, Irish, British and imperial contexts. She is interested in the ways in which landed elites defined and translated their power – territorial, political, social, financial – across their estates, the domestic political world of Westminster, and into the imperial context as governors and legislators. Her first book examined western Europe’s largest landed estate in the later nineteenth century – the Sutherland estate – tracking its evolving priorities, powers and drivers under a framework of ‘decline and fall.’ As such, the book made an important contribution to the rather neglected historiography of the rural past, particularly that of landed elites.


Research

Annie's particular research interests revolve around the interrogation of the aristocratic and landed classes, landed estates and their management from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, in the Scottish, Irish, British and imperial contexts. She is interested in the ways in which landed elites defined and translated their power – territorial, political, social, financial – across their estates, the domestic political world of Westminster, and into the imperial context as governors and legislators. Her first book examined western Europe’s largest landed estate in the later nineteenth century – the Sutherland estate – tracking its evolving priorities, powers and drivers under a framework of ‘decline and fall.’ As such, the book made an important contribution to the rather neglected historiography of the rural past, particularly that of landed elites.

Annie’s current major research project, and the subject of her third (forthcoming) monograph, is to examine the imperial dimension of British landed aristocrats, their estate management, responses to land reform and the nature of imperial governance and connection, through the life and career of Lord Dufferin and Ava, an Ulster landowner and imperial governor and diplomat. Annie has also worked on a number of collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with scientists, water engineers, practising medics and design specialists, looking at areas as diverse as the impact of river morphology on social history and the history of healthcare provision in the Highlands. She has also written extensively on the nature of design and technology in the nineteenth century, in the British and imperial contexts. Her collaborative approach was recognised in 2001, when Annie was selected for the Scottish Crucible programme, and in 2014, when she was selected to become a member of the Young Academy of Scotland.

With the central aim of building up a community of scholars, communities and key rural stakeholders, in 2015 Annie established and became the first director of the Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures (www.scotlandslandfutures.org). This Centre, jointly hosted by the University of Dundee, the University of Stirling and the University of the Highlands and Islands, seeks to support and develop research, teaching and engagement/impact activities on Scotland’s land issues, primarily from arts and humanities perspectives. Annie is now an associate of the Centre and is series editor for Scotland’s Land, a new, interdisciplinary book series for Edinburgh University Press (https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/books/subjects/scottish-studies)

Teaching

Annie is an experienced and innovative teacher, dedicated to the principles of research-led teaching, and has a strong track record in developing innovative approaches, via blended and distance learning, particularly at TPG level.

Annie teaches and researches on the following key areas, and would be interested to hear from potential doctoral students and fellow academics looking to pursue research on:

  • Aristocratic history and the history of landed estates in Britain and Ireland
  • Imperial history (Britain, Ireland and the Empire)
  • British and Irish aristocrats in the Empire, c.1790-1945; researching the links between landed estate management, land reform in the international context and imperial governance.
  • Modern Scottish history (1707-1945)
  • History of the modern Scottish Highlands (social, economic, political)
  • Agricultural and rural history

Broadly then, Annie researches and teaches social and economic history, and has a strong track record in collaborative work, both with other historians, and academics from a wide range of other disciplines. This includes work on modern rural history, particularly that of landed estates, through estate archives and more recently and in collaboration, through mapping archives; the history of health and healthcare provision in remote and rural Scotland; the environmental history of the Scottish Highlands, in collaboration with scientists and engineers; the nature of creativity and innovation in Britain and the Empire in the nineteenth century, in collaboration with a design engineer.

Publications