The Jennie Lee Podcast Series with The Open University in Scotland

The Jennie Lee Podcast Series is out now, exploring the life of the Scottish founder of The Open University in Scotland. The episodes are 5-12 minutes long and include rare clips of Jennie Lee.

I’m delighted to share this podcast celebrating the life of the courageous and spirited coal miner’s daughter Jennie Lee.

Sincere thanks to Louise Davidson of The Open University and to The Open University Archives.

Our Lockdown Film Premiere

Did you miss the Our Lockdown Premiere?

I am so proud to have been involved in this labour of love with Lisa Dendy of Rainbow Lion Wellbeing and Gavin Hugh of Midgiebite Media. Thank you sincerely to all of our contributors who shared their stories of Our Lockdown.


If you can please support the crowdfunder for Raploch Community Partnership and Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy

OnFife Women In Fife 2021

I’m delighted to be hosting Women in Fife 2021 as OnFife marks International Women’s Day 2021 with a packed programme celebrating and showcasing women artists and creatives in Fife on Saturday, 6th March!

 We will hear from four inspiring and creative women in Fife: Emma Lynne Harley Rachael Jayne Eilidh Ellery and Rachel Louise Lee sharing their work, their story, and how their creative practice has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tickets for this event are £3 and advance booking is essential. To book tickets, please go to

Our Lockdown

Introducing: #OurLockdown! 

MidgieBite Media, Lisa Dendy Massage Therapy / Rainbow Lion Wellbeing and Stories with Lisa May Young have teamed up to bring you a new project exploring our shared experiences of lockdown life in Scotland during 2020.

We’re living in momentous times, and we believe everyone’s story deserves to be told. We want you to send us your stories, so we can look back in the years to come on the people of Scotland living their lives in lockdown.

Show us your new daily routines; working from home, ordering groceries, daily exercises, keeping in touch with friends…

Show us how you’re keeping busy; your walking routes, any new skills you’re learning, the books that you’re reading…

And, if you’re comfortable, tell us about your mental and physical health. We know it’s not easy, but we hope by sharing our experiences we can offer each other support and remind ourselves that we’re not alone.

Send us your clips from now until Friday 31st July. Send us your submissions to – and if the file sizes are too big, try WeTransfer or get in touch. If you’re having any problems sending us your files, just let us know!

Clips sent to us will be compiled together into a video which shows what life was life in 2020. Contributors can send as few or as many submissions as they like – though we’d ask submissions to be in a landscape (16×9) format where possible. Please note that we might not be able to use all the clips, we’ll need your consent to use the clips, and terms and conditions will apply.

We hope this project will allow us to share our stories, bring all of us a little closer together, and be something that we can all look back on in the years to come. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

#whatsyourstory? #lockdown #lockdownlife #lockdownscotland #scotland

Our Hayden at the Scottish Parliament

Photo shared with kind permission of © Dalgetty Images
Photo shared with kind permission of © Dalgetty Images

Holding the Space’s Roving Reporter, 10 year old Hayden Dalgetty, was a special guest at the Scottish Parliament on 19th December. 

Hayden won the Christmas Card Competition of David Torrance MSP and was invited to the Scottish Parliament for a tour and lunch. 

Not only did Hayden spent time in the Debating Chamber witnessing historical debates she also met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Hayden said, “I enjoyed the visit to see David with my Mum and Dad and thank you for Wilbur the penguin!” 

Look out for more of Hayden’s Roving Reporter adventures on Holding the Space in 2020. 

Well done Hayden!! 

Scottish Ancestral Records recommended by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

I’m absolutely thrilled to share the news Scottish Ancestral Records has been recommended as Podcast of the Month by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine!!

 Britain’s bestselling family history magazine.

A great testament to Ken Nisbet of the Scottish Genealogy Society and Scottish Association of Family History Societies and all those history sleuths who help others find their family story. It also officially confirms my status as a history geek. 

Scottish Ancestral Records is available wherever you get your podcasts. The latest episode on Statutory Records is available here!

Next month, Ken and I will be discussing Census Records.