Find out more about current research projects at National Museums Scotland.

Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire

This collaborative research partnership with the National Army Museum reappraises motivations for military collecting. This project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Trading Places: Exploring Scotland’s commercial diaspora, past and present

This workshop seeks to expand academic knowledge and improve museum interpretation of Scotland’s commercial diaspora, focusing on the material culture of short-term economic migration. The project is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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The Fabric of Life: Early Polynesian barkcloth in context

This collaborative project combines research on one of the founding collections of the National Museums Scotland and fieldwork with contemporary makers in Polynesia to investigate the history, changing nature and present-day significance of barkcloths, many of which date back to the first European exploratory voyages in the Pacific region.

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The TWeed project: Evolution’s Missing Chapter

National Museums Scotland houses a world-class collection of Palaeozoic fishes and early tetrapods (animals with four limbs) and for many years this has been the focus of a number of major research programmes by scientists around the world.

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African Commemorative Textiles Project with Edinburgh College of Art 2016-17

This creative project opened up our African collections as an inspirational resource for students at Edinburgh College of Art.

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Revealing the Layers: the Umbrian Madonna and Child

This interdisciplinary project explored the history of a 14th century sculpture attributed to an Umbrian artist known as “Maestro della Santa Caterina Gualino”.

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Dress and Textiles from Highland South East Asia

A University of Glasgow Student Work Placement Project Jan – Apr 2017

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Scottish collectors and collecting in central Africa, 1870–1930

This project, funded by a Carnegie Trust Research Initiative Grant, is undertaking research into African collections acquired from Scottish travellers, missionaries and explorers, focusing on the period between 1870 and 1930.

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African Barkcloth: Tradition, Innovation and Change

This curatorial research project aims to find out more about the contexts of collection, production and use of the National Museums Scotland African barkcloth collection.

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Virginia Solite Quarry

Straddling the Virginia–North Carolina state-line, the Virginia Solite Quarry ranks as one of the most important Triassic (250 - 200 million years ago) sites anywhere in the world.

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ReINVENT

Dr Klaus Staubermann, Principal Curator of Technology at National Museums Scotland, has been helping to lead the ReINVENT project, which aims to explore well-known and forgotten nineteenth century Scottish manufacturing practices by reconnecting material culture evidence from historical artifacts with science and engineering evidence from historical technology.

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Glenmorangie Research Project into Early Medieval Scotland

The Early Medieval period (around AD 300 – 900) is a very important part of Scotland’s past. Coming just after the Romans left Britain and before the arrival of the Vikings, it was a time of great creativity in Scotland.
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