Research and Engagement

Discussing James IV’s response to disease on BBC One Scotland’s Scotland from the Sky (2021)
Dressed in c.1780 clothing to present eighteenth-century dressmaking techniques to the public at National Museums Scotland, June 2019
Photo by Simon Lees; editing by Lauren Stowell
Dressed in reproduction c.1318 clothing to give a public presentation for the 700th anniversary of the consecration of St Andrews Cathedral, in partnership with the University of St Andrews and Fife Pilgrim Way, in 2018




Selected publications:

Perin Westerhof Nyman, ‘Mourning for Madeleine and Margaret: dress and meaning in the memorials for two Scottish queens, 1537 and 1541’, The Scottish Historical Review, 100:3 (2021), 359-377.

Morvern French and Perin Westerhof Nyman, ‘Dress, Décor and Identity in Scotland to 1700’, The Scottish Historical Review, 100:3 (2021), 305-313.

Perin Westerhof Nyman, ‘Livery and Dule: Dressing Life and Death in the Late Medieval Scottish Royal Household’ (PhD Thesis, University of St Andrews, 2020).

Selected Presentations

Conference presentation: Kings and Queens 10 – Royal Patronage: Material Culture, Built Heritage & the Reach of the Crown, University of the Highlands and Islands, 29 June-2 July 2021
Paper: ‘Livery, Royal Identity, and Visual Organisation in the Scottish Royal Household, 1473-1543’

Conference presentation: International Medieval Congress Leeds, University of Leeds, 1-4 July 2019
Paper: ‘Devout or Devious? The Misuse and Reinterpretation of the Archetypal Pilgrimage Outfit’

Workshop organisation: Dress and Décor in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland, University of Glasgow, 9-10 April 2019, funded by Historic Environment Scotland

Conference presentation: Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, 17-19 March 2019
Paper: ‘Finding Material and Performative Memories of James III in the Political Strategy of James IV’

Conference presentation: Kings and Queens 7, University of Winchester, 9-12 July 2018
Paper: ‘Material Mourning, Majesty, and Meaning: Political Display and Public Grief in the Dress and Décor of Scottish Royal Funerals, 1537-1542’

Conference organisation: Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700, University of St Andrews, 23-24 March 2018, funded by the Institute for Scottish Historical Research

Selected Public Engagement

Guest video presentation on Scottish evidence for early ‘French Hood’ headdresses (c.1500s-1520s)

Television Documentary Interview: Scotland from the Sky, Series Three (BBC One Scotland, aired 1-15 November 2021), viewable online.

Public presentation: Grand Tour of the West Highland Museum’s Top 100 Objects, Open Virtual Worlds/West Highland Museum, 9 February 2021

Public roundtable lectures: Heritage at Home, Smart History (online), 14 May, 12 June, & 10 December 2020

Exhibition content: Divine and Human: An Exhibition on the History of Religion in St Andrews, Open Virtual Worlds/Holy Trinity Action Group, July-October 2019

Public workshop: The Isabella Project: a 1785 Wedding Gown in a Weekend, National Museums Scotland, 29-30 June 2019

Public Lecture: ‘The Signs of a Scottish Pilgrim: Dress and Lay Devotion in Medieval Scotland’, Public Lecture for Fife Pilgrim Way, St Andrews, 7 August 2018

Public Lecture: ‘An Exceptional and Prestigious Church – A Walk Celebrating 700 Years of St Andrews Cathedral in Collaboration with Fife Pilgrim Way’, with Bess Rhodes, University of St Andrews, 1 July 2018

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