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my PhD research

Postby mhairi13 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:13 am

Hi everyone,

I’d like to introduce myself to the forum members and my explain reason for joining. I am a PhD student from the Geography department of Glasgow University studying dry stone walling practice in the past and in the present.
As part of my research I want to develop a hands-on understanding of the walling craft and I’m looking for opportunities to get out and about and work with wallers or walling groups on any kind of project. I’m based in Glasgow, so things in Scotland would be best for me, but I’m also happy to travel further afield too. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions of projects or works taking place over the next 12 months then do please let me know.

I’m also looking for historical information (documents, books, photos) relating to the lives of the wallers and dykers from the 1700s to the present day. If anyone has any information on this (or knows where such materials are held) then it would be great to hear from you.
My email address is: m.paterson.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Many thanks in advance!
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Re: my PhD research

Postby SteveRowe » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:49 am

As for coming to help on site , id be happy for you to help on patching work ive got to do , but its a fair trip for you as i am down in the borders , im sure they'll be wallers nearer to you that will be happy to help , i know one but wont say his name intill hes posted here or ive asked him ,
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And ull build a good wall

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Re: my PhD research

Postby jim scott » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:52 pm

Hi Mhairi,the West of Scotland branch,of the DSWA is based in and around Glasgow,they are very active in the training and project fields,that would probably be your best bet,the contact person is Paul Webb,Tel 01360312212,or e mail Secretary@wsdswa.org.uk hope this helps,

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Re: my PhD research

Postby mhairi13 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:45 pm

Hi Steve and Jim,

Thank you both for you replies and suggestions. I was planning on contacting some of the nearby branches so its great to have your encouragement on that front.

Steve, if I am not able to make a trip down to work with you, would you be happy to do a mini interview with me on the telephone sometime? It would just be talking about your walling work, how you got into it, why you think it is important, stuff like that. I haven't quite finalised all of my questions yet so it would be a good few weeks down the line, but if you'd be happy to do that then just let me know.

Likewise if there are any other wallers out there - hobbyists, professionals, etc - that would be happy to talk on the phone for 30-45 mins about their interest in walling, then it would be great to hear from you.

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Re: my PhD research

Postby SteveRowe » Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:02 pm

Not a problem Mhairi , happy to help in anyway sounds a very interesting thing your doing , just drop me a pm when yer ready
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Re: my PhD research

Postby mhairi13 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:26 pm

Thanks Steve! I'll drop you a line when I'm all organised.


Any other wallers and dykers out there that would like to do a telephone interview sometime??


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Re: my PhD research

Postby George Gunn » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:47 pm

Mhairi has been on three of my courses in Scotland. Her research will be very helpful , I think. :)
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Re: my PhD research

Postby mhairi13 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:15 pm

Thanks, George! I sure hope it will! :D
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Re: my PhD research

Postby SteveB » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:03 am

Feel free to give me a call as well mhairi, I've not as much experience as some on here but I still love a good chat about walling :)
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Re: my PhD research

Postby mhairi13 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:09 pm

Hi there Steve,

Thanks very much for offering to take part too - I'll be in touch over the next couple of weeks.

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Re: my PhD research

Postby waller 69 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:08 pm

feel free to contact me as well if you like.....its all good if it helps :wink:
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Re: my PhD research

Postby mhairi13 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:42 pm

waller 69 wrote:feel free to contact me as well if you like.....its all good if it helps :wink:


Excellent, thanks! I'll be in touch soon.

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