The aim of our research is to translate the significance of the millions of objects in our care to a wide audience.

How we interpret our collections can increase people’s understanding of human history and the natural environment. Our research unearths the significance of the millions of objects in our care and shares it with a wide audience, in Scotland and abroad.

In recognition of our work, National Museums Scotland has been validated as an Independent Research Organisation by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

This archive enables us to make our research more widely available to all and to ensure materials are preserved to maintain access in the future.

Research repository

Recently published books and articles by National Museums Scotland staff can be found in our Research repository.

Our research is carried out over four themes:

  • Collections and Collecting
  • Understanding the Natural World
  • Material Culture: Creation and Use
  • Identities and Cultural Contacts

The archive enables us to make our research more widely available to all and to ensure materials are preserved to maintain access in the future.

You can go to the Research repository here.