Explore past research projects at National Museums Scotland.
Turkey red pattern

Colouring the Nation

Discover the beauty of our Scottish Turkey red collection through this collaborative project between National Museums Scotland and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Democratising knowledge: Chambers's Encyclopaedia

Discover how the Scottish publishing firm of W. & R. Chambers pioneered the use of images in encyclopaedias and dictionaries, embedded within the body of the text.

Tibetan collection

Explore how collectors used Tibetan objects to construct both Tibet in the western imagination and to further their personal, organisational (missionary or military) and imperial desires and expectations.

Wha' bears a blade for Scotland?

Since 2012 National Museums Scotland and the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh have been engaged in a research workshop entitled Wha' bears a blade for Scotland?: the construction of Scottish diasporic military identities, c.1880- present day.

Pacific Collections in Scottish Museums

Explore Pacific collections through this partnership project focusing on objects from across the region housed in Scottish museums.

Material Encounters

This project reassessed military collecting through a pilot study of two British military campaigns, the Seven Years' War in North America (1754-63) and the Younghusband Mission to Tibet (1903-04).

Hidden in Plain Sight

This project brought together specialists from the fields of anthropology and military history to appraise the state of research into non-European military collections.
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