The SCHC brings together three of Scotland’s national collections plus its national heritage agency, all of whom are internationally respected for their work in researching, documenting and promoting understanding of material culture.

The Consortium comprises National Museums Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and the National Library of Scotland

The aims of the Consortium are:

  • Deliver world-class research and high-quality studentships that promote collaboration between the academic community and our work and collections
  • Encourage inter- and cross-disciplinary doctoral research on material culture that contributes to the strategic objectives of the institutions and has public impact
  • Build a supportive training and professional development environment that shares skills across our institutions and promotes integrated access to our collections
  • Maximise the impact and value of the research generated by working collaboratively to provide routes for sharing both between institutions and with a wider public
  • Add economic value by providing training and opportunities that enhance the employability of the students

Doctoral research at National Museums Scotland is directed towards our collections in accordance with our Research Framework. Studentship projects are proposed by a member of our staff in collaboration with a colleague from a UK university. Proposals compete for funding on their academic strengths and on their orientation towards the Museum’s research and strategic objectives.

Header image: Gold and enamel pendant badge of the Order of the Thistle, by John James Edington, London, 1825 - 1826.

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