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Reveal and Connect: African and Caribbean Collections in Scottish Museums

Beadwork belt, South Africa.

© University of Aberdeen CC-BY

Our collaborative project will publish a national review of African and Caribbean collections held in museums across Scotland, and establish a network of interests to encourage engagement with these collections.

Last updated: 10 June 2022

About the project

Wide-ranging collections from Africa and the Caribbean are held in museums across Scotland. This partnership project will publish a national review of African and Caribbean collections and develop guidance and training materials to support museums and communities to gain the knowledge and confidence to understand, care for and make best use of these collections.

The project will establish a collaborative network to enable collection holders to engage with museums in Africa and the Caribbean and people of African and Caribbean descent in Scotland. These partnerships will explore provenance, colonial histories and legacies and the relevance of the collections to descendent and diaspora community interests today.

It is hoped the legacy of this work will be co-production of exhibitions, events, online resources and outreach activities which will promote wider access to and engagement with the collections.

The project is funded by Museums Galleries Scotland and led by a consortium of National Museums Scotland; Glasgow Life, Museums; The Hunterian, University of Glasgow; and Museums and Special Collections, University of Aberdeen. The group will work in partnership with organisations across Scotland which hold African and Caribbean collections, museums in Africa and the Caribbean, and communities in Scotland of African and Caribbean descent.

Project details

Project title

Reveal and Connect: African and Caribbean Collections in Scottish Museums

Project active

2022 - 2023

Research theme

Colonial Histories and Legacies

Research Programme

Identities and Cultural Contacts

Contributors

Dr John Giblin, Keeper of Global Arts, Cultures and Design, National Museums Scotland.

Jilly Burns, Head of National & International Partnerships, National Museums Scotland.

Nikki Grout, Project Curator, National Museums Scotland.

Hazel Williamson, National Programmes Manager (National Fund for Acquisitions), National Museums Scotland.

Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections, Glasgow Life.

Steph Scholten, Director, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

Dr Giovanna Vitelli, Head of Collections and Curatorial, The Hunterian.

Neil Curtis, Head of Museums and Special Collections, University of Aberdeen.

Dr Lisa Collinson, Academic Engagement and Research Lead, University of Aberdeen.

Sheila Asante, Project Manager: Empire Slavery & Scotland’s Museums, Museums Galleries Scotland.

Dr Shani Roper, Museum Curator, The University of the West Indies.

George Juma Ondeng, Keeper Antiquities, Sites and Monuments – Western Region, National Museums of Kenya.

Dr Désha Osborne, Assistant Professor, Department of African, Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York.

Abiti Adebo Nelson, Curator Ethnography, Uganda National Museum.

Gimba A Muhammad, Director Museums, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria.

Annelize Kotze, Curator Social History Collections, Iziko Museums of South Africa.

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