About the National Museums Scotland research repository

The National Museums Scotland Research Repository is an open access repository for the research produced by staff and research associates of National Museums Scotland.

Research informs and supports almost every aspect of our work, be it curation, staging exhibitions, collecting, conserving and preserving objects, cultural programming or learning.  Staff research enables others to discover and better understand our collections and we want to make our research outputs accessible to all.  Research at National Museums Scotland covers a range of disciplines, including archaeology, decorative arts, Scottish history, world cultures, the history of science and technology and the natural sciences.


Repository aims

The aims of the repository are to:

     1.Provide a reliable source of information about research undertaken by National Museums Scotland staff, individually or in collaboration with other research organisation

     2. Provide a single point of open access to our full-text research outputs wherever possible

     3. Make our research easier to find, and enhance the contribution we make to UK and international research

     4. Respond to the open access expectations of our research funders.

Material not produced by or in association with National Museum Scotland staff is not eligible for inclusion.


Content in the repository

The repository houses material such as peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters, reports, datasets, video and blog posts. Where the full item cannot be added, metadata about the research output is provided together with a link to the full item where possible.

The repository is currently a pilot (beta) service and is being developed gradually and is not (yet) a comprehensive record of all National Museums Scotland research.  Please check back regularly to see the latest developments and newly added content.


Shared repository service

The repository is part of a Shared Research Repository pilot service, encompassing the research outputs of a small number of UK cultural and heritage institutions: the British Library, British Museum, Tate, National Museums Scotland, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our six separate repositories can be visited each in turn or explored together via a single search through the collaborative Shared Repository page. The British Library manages the shared repository service. In the current beta phase, we welcome your feedback as we explore options to move to a full shared repository service.


The other repositories can be found here:

British Library research repository

British Museum research repository

Kew research repository

MOLA research repository

Tate research repository



The repository is built using Samvera Hyku, a rapidly developing open source repository software in which multitenancy is a key feature. The British Library’s shared repository pilot project is an early adopter of the Hyku platform and the Library looks forward to sharing its experience around scalability, multi-tenancy and user experience.


The repository metadata is available for harvesting via the OAI-PMH protocol. The base URL is https//:nms.iro.bl.uk/catalog/oai.