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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responsible for: Supporting curatorial activity across the Renaissance and Early Modern History section, with particular responsibility for assemblage material acquired through the Treasure Trove process, responding to collections-based enquiries and supervising access to the collections.
Research interests: Scottish seal matrices and personal identity; post-medieval numismatics; ships and shipwrecks.
Responsible for: The Modern and Contemporary History section, Scottish history collections from c.1750 to the present day.
Research interests: 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; colonial histories and legacies.
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.
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.
Responsible for: Scottish history collections c.1850 to 1980, working and rural life collections c.1750 to the present, as well as the Scottish Life Archive.
Research interests: Scotland's social histories; travel and tourism in Scotland; craft production in rural Scotland; history of NMS collections.
Responsible for: Research associated with ‘Reclaiming Romance: highland dress and the material culture of the Highland Revival, c.1750- c.1900’, a five-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.
Responsible for: Supporting all curatorial activity across the Scottish Modern & Contemporary History Section.
Research interests: The domestic space in late-nineteenth century Scotland, in particular the history and the material culture of lives lived in the Scottish tenement.
Responsible for: Supporting all curatorial activity across the Scottish Modern and Contemporary History Section.
Research Interests: Scottish antiquarianism; museum and collecting histories; development of material culture methodologies; Scottish social and cultural history; mapping faith collections in Scotland; representing disability in museums; and the material culture of modern consumerism.