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Imagining ancient Egypt in the age of empire: Identity and power in Scottish museum displays of Egyptian objects, 1860 to 1930

Last updated: 8 February 2022

About the research

Giulia MarinosThis constitutes the first research project to use methodologies from Museum Studies to investigate how existing ideologies in British society and Britain’s involvement in empire shaped displays about Egypt, and the ‘Orient’ more broadly, and the role museums played in educating the public about ancient Egypt as an exemplar of ‘civilisation’. A focus on Scottish museums will offer insights into the impact of imperial ideologies outside of London and the role of Scottish national interests. Furthermore, it will address key gaps regarding how elite narratives were privileged, how displays were intended to educate visitors about taste, social roles, and class structure, and the ways museum displays served to enhance the status of contributing archaeologists and donors.

 

Lead image: Photograph of ancient Egyptian objects on display, from an album ‘Photographs of the Museum of Antiquities, Royal Institution, Edinburgh 1890’ (LIB.2019.41).

Doctoral research project details

Project title

Imagining ancient Egypt in the age of empire: Identity and power in Scottish museum displays of Egyptian objects, 1860 to 1930

Student

Giulia Marinos

Project active

2021 - present

University of Glasgow Supervisors

Dr Rosie Spooner and Dr Michael Given - School of Humanities

Research theme

Scotland's Material Heritage, Identities and Cultural Contacts

Email icon Dr Margaret Maitland

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