Last updated: 8 February 2022
This project will explore how the material culture of whisky is shaped by ideas about place and history.
Whisky made in small distilleries is an iconic luxury good that shapes ideas of Scotland as a place of quality production across the world today. Objects such as whisky bottles, packaging and related craftwork speak of the Scottish past and landscape, and evoke ideas of quality and luxury. In exploring how the material culture of whisky is shaped by ideas about place and history, the student will be encouraged to develop their research with reference to a number of questions:
The project will answer these questions with an interdisciplinary methodology, drawing on social and cultural history and material culture studies. By conducting research into documentary sources, contemporary production and existing collections at National Museums Scotland and elsewhere, the student will make an original contribution to understanding the role of objects, past and landscape in creating ideas of Scotland through luxury goods. Given the wealth of material, we anticipate that a number of innovative connections between collections will emerge from the research.
Material Spirits: Objects, Past and Landscape in Contemporary Scottish Whisky | National Museums Scotland
2019 - present
AHRC Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium (SCHC) – Collaborative Doctoral Partnership
University of Edinburgh Supervisor
Professor Stana Nenadic - School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Scotland's Material Heritage