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

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 Matter of Slavery in Scotland

This collaborative research project in partnership with the University of Edinburgh explores the history and legacy of Scotland’s connections with the transatlantic slave trade through objects in public collections.

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Women’s Identity, Textiles and Heritage: Coastal Style in Mozambique (WITH Coastal Style)

Women’s Identity, Textiles and Heritage: Coastal Style in Mozambique (WITH Coastal Style) is a one-year project (June 2019 – June 2020), researching and promoting women’s identities and concerns linked to marine heritage in Katembe District, Maputo, Mozambique.

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Reclaiming Romance: Highland dress and the material culture of the Highland Revival, c.1750–c.1900

The aim of this two-year research project is to survey and re-interpret the Highland dress and tartan fashion holdings of National Museums Scotland, assessing them for further research and display potential.

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CRYOARKS: Establishing a UK-wide zoological biobank

This UK-wide collaboration aims to create the UK’s first comprehensive zoological Biobank for research and conservation. The BBSRC (BBR) funded initiative is a consortium of Museums, Zoos, Academic Institutions and Biobanks.

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