Rosanna Nicolson received an MA (hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography from the University of Oxford. After completing her studies, Rosanna was employed as a Researcher for The Penrose Collection and volunteered in several collections roles. Prior to joining National Museums Scotland, Rosanna was Cataloguing Assistant at the Pitt Rivers Museum and an Archives Assistant at the Bodleian Library. Rosanna is a currently Secretary of the Native American Art Studies Association.
Rosanna joined the Department of World Cultures in March 2014 working as a Research Assistant on a short project called ‘Material Encounters – Reassessing Military Collecting in North America and Tibet’ funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme, which drew on both material culture and military history to reassess military collecting during these two campaigns. A blog post on this project can be found on the Museum Ethnographers Group Blog.
In June 2014 Rosanna took up the post of Assistant Curator, working with collections from the Middle East and South Asia three days a week and supporting the work of department across all regional sections for two days a week. In 2014 Rosanna worked on the temporary exhibition Indian Encounters, which opened on 14 November 2014 and closed on 1 March 2015.
Rosanna is currently working on three different 20th century missionary collections from South Asia, a Scottish Episcopal Church Mission Association collection from India, a Salvation Army collection from Sulawesi in Indonesia, and an Overseas Missionary Fellowship collection from Thailand, as well as processing new acquisitions, assisting with enquiries and research visits, and upgrading documentation.