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Dr Julie Holder

Dr Julie Holder
Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary History
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.
E: j.holder@nms.ac.uk

Dr Julie Holder is Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary History.

Dr Julie Holder is Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary History.

Julie is responsible for supporting all curatorial activity across the Scottish Modern and Contemporary History Section. In 2021, Julie completed an AHRC-funded PhD at National Museums Scotland in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. Her thesis title was ‘Collecting the Nation: Scottish History, Patriotism and Antiquarianism after Scott (1832-91)’. Julie’s research critically examined the interface between the development of the museum of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and wider Scottish historiography in the period 1832 to 1891. It aimed to establish the relationships between collecting, displaying and writing about the Scottish past within the Society and its museum, and consider the ways in which objects contributed to Scotland’s national narratives. Julie has previously worked at Kellie Castle, National Trust for Scotland, and was a tutor/teaching assistant at the University of Glasgow in the History, Economic and Social History, and Information Studies departments.

Current research interests include 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. In particular, Julie is interested in the development of commercial department stores and how object biographies contribute to understanding the social and economic history of modern Scottish consumer society.

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Selected publications

Selected publications

Julie Holder, ‘Collecting and Exhibiting Marian Objects in Nineteenth-Century Britain’, in Steven J. Reid (ed.), The Cultural Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

Julie Holder, ‘Joseph Anderson (1832-1916) and the Scottish Historical Collection in the Antiquities Museum, 1869 to 1892’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 151 (forthcoming 2022).

Julie Holder, ‘Women collectors, Lady Associates and the Society of Antiquaries of ScotlandHistory Journal, December 2021.

Julie Holder, ‘The Multiple Meanings of the Queen Mary Harp’, Mary Queen of Scots Project, August 2020.

Julie Holder, ‘The Sobieski Stuarts and the Garde-robe of Scotland’, History Scotland, 19:5 (2019), pp. 8-10.

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The Eglinton tournament by Julie Holder

In August 1839, Lord Eglinton held a mock-medieval tournament at his estate in North Ayrshire, Scotland.

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