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Last updated: 8 February 2022
This 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.
Imagining ancient Egypt in the age of empire: Identity and power in Scottish museum displays of Egyptian objects, 1860 to 1930
2021 - present
University of Glasgow Supervisors
Dr Rosie Spooner and Dr Michael Given - School of Humanities
National Museums Scotland Supervisors
Dr Margaret Maitland and Dr John Giblin - Global Arts, Cultures and Design department
Scotland's Material Heritage, Identities and Cultural Contacts