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Meet our curators and staff

Looking for someone? You'll find our staff listed by Collections area below. For general enquiries contact Laura Kondrataite, Departmental Administrator, on the number or email below.

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Dr Stuart Allan

Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology

Dr Stuart Allan is head of the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology. He is responsible for the department, its staff, collections and projects. His research interests lie in imperial military collecting and appropriation practices, material histories of the Enlightenment, the material culture of Scottish Romanticism, and the culture of irregular warfare.

Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology

Dr Fraser Hunter
Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology

Responsible for: The Prehistory section, Iron Age and Roman collections.

Research interests: Iron Age and Roman material culture; decorative metalwork and Celtic art; jet and related materials; interactions between Rome and the indigenous population.

E: f.hunter@nms.ac.uk

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Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark
Senior Curator, Early Prehistory

Responsible for: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic collections.

Research interests: Upper Palaeolithic to Neolithic material culture, especially lithics; the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition; mobility and temporality of settlement in prehistory; deposition practices and structured deposition; rock art and associated artefact assemblages, the post-medieval gun flint industry in Britain.

E: h.anderson-whymark@nms.ac.uk

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Dr Matthew Knight
Senior Curator, Early Prehistory

Responsible for: Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections

Research interests: The production, use and deposition of Bronze Age material culture particularly metalwork; the deliberate destruction of Bronze Age objects; the relationship between memory and material culture in prehistory.

E: m.knight@nms.ac.uk

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Jim Wilson
Assistant Curator, Early Prehistory

Responsible for: Co-ordinating and supervising access to the Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology collections by visiting scholars, students and TV crews; maintenance of our displays in the Early People Gallery at National Museum of Scotland; facilitating temporary loan requests from borrowing museums for exhibitions.

E: jim.wilson@nms.ac.uk

Dr Gemma Cruickshanks
Post-excavation Officer

Responsible for: Post-excavation projects – coordinating specialist work and writing reports.

Research interests: Material culture c.1000 BC – AD 1000, particularly the development of ironworking and iron objects throughout this period.

E: G.Cruickshanks@nms.ac.uk

Medieval Archaeology and History

Dr Martin Goldberg
Principal Curator of Medieval Archaeology and History

Responsible for: Early Historic and Viking collections.

Research interests: Material culture in Northern Britain from Later Prehistory to the Early Historic period; silver – use and manufacture from Roman to Viking period; material culture approaches to the holistic study of ancient religion and ritual practice.

E: m.goldberg@nms.ac.uk

Dr Alice Blackwell
Senior Curator, Medieval Archaeology & History

Responsible for: Late medieval collections.

Research interests: Early to late medieval material culture, including Anglo-Saxon archaeology; the archaeological interpretation of stray finds; the use of heraldry in material culture; the medieval in contemporary society.

E: a.blackwell@nms.ac.uk

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Craig Angus

Responsible for: Graphic and digital imaging for media/publication; co-ordinating department loans and department photographic requests; maintenance of our displays in National Museum of Scotland; support to all curators from Early Prehistory and Later Prehistory sections whenever object movement is required.

E: c.angus@nms.ac.uk

Dr Adrián Maldonado
Galloway Hoard Researcher

Responsible for: Supporting the delivery of academic and public engagement outcomes as part of the AHRC-funded research project Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard as well as contributing to the wider research of the Galloway Hoard project.

Research interests: Early medieval Scotland, the Viking Age, early Christianity, the archaeology of death and burial, medievalism in pop culture.

E: a.maldonado@nms.ac.uk

Renaissance and Early Modern History

Dr Anna Groundwater
Principal Curator, Renaissance and Early Modern History

Responsible for: The Renaissance and Early Modern section’s collections of the material culture and history of Scotland from c.1450-1750. This encompasses the Scottish Renaissance, applied arts, Scottish weaponry, early modern history, society and culture.

Research interests: The material culture of Renaissance and Early Modern Scotland; the blood feud; networks and communities; Anglo-Scottish relations; public and participatory history; mapping the early modern world; travel writing; cultural exchange and transmission; object biography.

E: a.groundwater@nms.ac.uk

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Lyndsay McGill
Curator, Renaissance and Early Modern History

Responsible for: Collections from the early Stuart kings to the Enlightenment including: applied arts, numismatics, horology as well as objects surrounding Mary Queen of Scots, the Jacobites and the Scottish church post 1560.

Research interests: Silver and jewellery, Scottish goldsmiths, clocks and their makers, the history and insignia of the Order of the Thistle pre-1750, and Scottish heritage.

E: l.mcgill@nms.ac.uk

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Modern and Contemporary History

Dr Sarah Laurenson
Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary History.

Responsible for: Contemporary collecting; twentieth and twenty-first century Scottish collections; Scottish jewellery from 1750 to the present day.

Research interests: Contemporary collecting and the history of collecting; the relationship between material culture and the Scottish landscape; cultures, identities and industries in the Highlands and Islands; Scottish decorative arts, and the historical development of craft skill.

E: s.laurenson@nms.ac.uk

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Dr Georgia Vullinghs
Curator, Modern & Contemporary History (maternity cover)

Responsible for: Modern and Contemporary Scottish history collections, with an emphasis on collecting material that reflects current and recent Scottish politics, culture, and society.

Research Interests: How the Scottish past is engaged with in the present; Jacobite material culture; women’s experiences; gender histories.

E: g.vullinghs@nms.ac.uk

Dr Calum Robertson
Curator, Modern & Military History

Responsible for: Scottish history collections, c.1750 to 1850; the military collections c.1750 to the present; and the bagpiping collections.

Research interests: Arms and armour; bagpipes and bagpiping traditions; the material culture of faith and migration; Scotland in the age of Enlightenment; museum and collecting histories.

E: ca.robertson@nms.ac.uk

Dr Ailsa Hutton
Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary History

Responsible for: Supporting all curatorial activity across the Scottish Modern & Cotemporary History Section, with an emphasis on those collections from 1750 to c.1918.

E: a.hutton@nms.ac.uk

Dr Rosie Waine
Postdoctoral Researcher

Responsible for: Research associated with ‘Reclaiming Romance: highland dress and the material culture of the Highland Revival, c.1750- c.1900’, a four-year project funded by the William Grant Foundation. The aim of this project is to survey and reinterpret the tartan and Highland dress collections held by National Museums Scotland, interrogating aspects such as materials, dating, appropriate categorisation, and past ownership.

Research interests: The cultural history of textiles in Scotland; the commercial history of tartan; the ‘revival’ of Highland dress in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; the material culture of Jacobitism, with a focus on dress and personal adornment; patriotic identities in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries.

E: r.waine@nms.ac.uk

Research Associates

Dr Henrietta Lidchi
Research Fellow, AHRC Baggage & Belonging Military Collections and the British Empire (1750-1900)

Dr Henrietta Lidchi is a Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology.

E: h.lidchi@nms.ac.uk

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Dr Nicole Hartwell
Research Associate

Dr Nicole Hartwell is a Research Associate.

E: n.hartwell@nms.ac.uk

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Dr Alison Sheridan
Research Associate

Dr Alison Sheridan is a Research Associate.

E: a.sheridan@nms.ac.uk

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Treasure Trove

Emily Freeman
Treasure Trove Manager

Responsible for: Daily running of the Treasure Trove Unit operation, outreach.

Research interests: Numismatics, the Romans in Scotland and the impact of metal detecting on museum collections.

E: e.freeman@nms.ac.uk T: 0131 247 4025

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Ella Paul
Treasure Trove Officer

Responsible for: Daily running of the Treasure Trove Unit operation, outreach.

Research interests: The value of unprovenanced antiquities in museum collections; Scotland’s Bronze and Iron Age material culture; classical Greek history and archaeology. Late medieval seal matrices, Bronze Age metalwork in northern Britain (including later prehistoric miniature axeheads).

E: e.paul@nms.ac.uk T: 0131 247 4082

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Sophie Flynn
Treasure Trove Officer

Responsible for: Daily running of the Treasure Trove Unit operation, outreach.

Research interests: Palaeolithic archaeology, palaeolithic collections in museums, finger rings (especially Medieval).

E: s.flynn@nms.ac.uk T: 0131 247 4120

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