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Dorothy Kidd is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary History.

Dorothy Kidd has worked for National Museums Scotland since 1986 and is responsible for some of the areas cared for by the Modern and Contemporary History Section (c. 1750 – 2000). A graduate of the University of St Andrews, she has a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies (University of Leicester) and has been an Associate of the Museums Association (AMA) since 1992. Some of the projects of which she is most proud include: recording and exhibiting the reminiscences of former members of the Scottish Women’s Timber Corps (1992 – 1993); assisting with the exhibition on the Scottish home Over the Threshold (1996); helping to develop the first gallery devoted to contemporary history at NMS The Twentieth Century (1998); managing the Scottish Life Archive’s contribution to SCRAN ( (2000-2003) and assessing, cataloguing, packing and moving tens of thousands of artefacts over her career so far.

She is treasurer of the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group (, a Trustee of the Scottish Working People’s History Trust ( and also treasurer of the Trust’s Friends’ organisation.


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