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Exhibition-related eventWalter Scott was Scotland’s first historical novelist. Through his works he celebrated the history and landscapes of Scotland, with a string of popular books that dominated the nineteenth century’s best-seller lists. He was also an avid collector of Scotland’s material past, a collection which was essential to his inspiration and...
Groundwater, Anna ; Wood, Lucy ; Dalgleish, George
Research reportThe opportunity to conduct a review of the East Asian collections in Scotland arose alongside the development and opening of a new gallery, Exploring East Asia, at National Museums Scotland. Initial research revealed that, although there were East Asian collections of fine and decorative arts, archaeology and dress across Scotland,...
Research reportSeveral reviews of collections have been conducted historically, though they have not been focused in the same manner as that under discussion presently. For example, in 1887 the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland conducted a report on local museums in Scotland, funded by a financial gift. The report, published in...
Potter, Daniel M
LectureStuart’s title features David Stewart of Garth as Scott’s ‘Highlander of the Old Stamp’, which I believe is a quotation from a letter of Scott’s to J. G. Lockhart of 14 July 1828. The name rings a particularly sharp bell for me personally, since later that year Stewart, on the...
LectureJoin Lisa Mason, National Museums Scotland’s Assistant Curator in Modern and Contemporary Fashion and Textiles, and Kate Grenyer, Exhibitions Curator at Dovecot Studios, for a behind the scenes look at Dovecot’s upcoming exhibition co-curated by National Museums Scotland, Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop! Enjoy an exclusive preview into the world...
Mason, Lisa ; Grenyer, Kate
Blog postFriederike Voigt explains how research carried out 200 years ago has helped her piece together the lost history of sculpted deities brought to Scotland from India
Learning objectUntil March 2021 we will be working with museums across Scotland to increase engagement with natural science collections. With generous funding from the John Ellerman Foundation, this project will advance curatorial expertise and improve collections care with the aim of enhancing the impact of locally held natural science materials for...
Bearsmore, Susan ; Thomson, Jo
Collecting Covid-19 part 2: Exploring the methodological approaches and practices to collecting objects and how they changed in 2020The Covid-19 pandemic continues, but it wasn’t the only event of 2020 that has impacted and shaped our view of the world as movements like Black Lives Matter gained traction and statues of slave owners were toppled. Over two seminars we will look at the ways museums have been recording...
Miles, Ellie ; West, Rosamund Lily ; Laurenson, Sarah ; Goggins, Sophie
Exhibition Review: Mary Quant, Curated by Jenny Lister and Stephanie Wood for The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, England and V&A Dundee, Scotland, 27 August 2020–24 December 2020Curated by Jenny Lister and Stephanie Wood for The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) London, England and Dundee, Scotland. Reviewed by Georgina Ripley
BookIn 2015, #RhodesMustFall generated the largest student protests in South Africa since the end of apartheid, subsequently inspiring protests and acts of decolonial iconoclasm across the globe. The performances that emerged in, through and around #RhodesMustFall make it clear how analytically fruitful Alfred Gell’s notion that art is ‘a system...
Wingfield, Chris ; Giblin, John ; King, Rachel