A historical research group of eight core participants (one seasoned researcher, the others novice researchers) has been working together since August 2011. They made huge progress – discovering aspects of the Shaw story that have never been known before. The context of Reformation, Industrial Revolution and other historical details have been discovered and shared.
A Facebook page has been established and the next stage is to write up the findings into a usable resource for the
touring exhibition and further research.
Most importantly, the research group have been feeding findings to the team creating the exhibition and historical re-enactment. They continue to operate in this way – undertaking specific pieces of research as the other groups request it.
So much material was uncovered, that the research group held a conference in Paisley Abbey on the morning of Saturday 9th June 2012. This conference involved academics and local people sharing thoughts and theories on the phenomenon of Witch Hunting in 17th Century Scotland.
The research into Christian Shaw, her family and involvement in the Linen Thread industry in Renfrewshire and beyond continues along with research into the accused.
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