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Last updated: 8 February 2022
From 1832 to 1892 interpretations of the Scottish past were contested and debated in both academic and public spaces. In 1832, the father of Scottish antiquarianism Sir Walter Scott died. Like many Scottish antiquaries, he was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, which had established a museum in Edinburgh. The Society’s collections were transferred to the nation in 1851. By 1891, the museum had become the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland and in 1892, had published the entire Scottish collection in a comprehensive, illustrated catalogue.
The project examined the relationships between collecting, representing and writing about the Scottish past during this period in relation to concepts of Scottish nationhood and history. By researching the archives and publications of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Julie assessed how material artefacts were used as evidence to represent and write Scottish history. The project also considered the influence of methods and ideas from Scandinavia, Europe and the rest of Britain on collecting, representing and writing national histories.
Collecting the Nation: Scottish history, patriotism and antiquarianism after Scott, (1832-91)
Dr Julie Holder
2017 - 2021
AHRC Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium (SCHC) – Collaborative Doctoral Partnership
University of Glasgow Supervisors
Dr Catriona Macdonald and Prof. Dauvit Broun - School of Humanities
National Museums Scotland Supervisors
Dr Stuart Allan and Dr Fraser Hunter - Scottish History & Archaeology
Scotland's Material Heritage
Read about some of Julie Holder's work examining the archives and publications of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.Find out more