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Research and knowledge exchange projects

Our curatorial departments conduct research programmes across the broad range of collections disciplines.

Research in our collections directorate fits broadly under three major themes – Scotland's Material Heritage, Identities and Cultural Contacts, and Sustainability.

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Chitrali Shu

The mountainous region of Chitral in northern Pakistan is home to a pure woollen fabric called 'shu' or 'patti'. This project will document this living tradition through film and interviews.

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Entangled Knowledges

Entangled Knowledges aims to highlight Menang Nyungar knowledge embedded in a historical fish collection held at National Museums Scotland and return this knowledge to the Menang community in Western Australia.

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Reveal and Connect

Our collaborative project will publish a national review of African and Caribbean collections held in museums across Scotland, and establish a network of interests to encourage engagement with these collections.

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Materialising the Cold War

Three decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, our collaborative project explores how the Cold War is represented in museums.

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Egypt's Dispersed Heritage

Explore the legacies of the British archaeology in Egypt and the dialogue being created around these collections.

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Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard

This 3-year project aims to challenge current understanding of the process of hoarding through an interdisciplinary study of one of the best-preserved hoards found in Britain to date.

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Do Not Feed the Animals

This collaborative project looks at the roots of animal feeding, to establish the benefits and risk to humans, animals, and the environment.

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People and Plants

People and Plants will investigate the interplay between natural history and ethnography collections in museums, emphasising their value as material archives of indigenous ecological knowledge.

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Buying Power: British Archaeology and the Antiquities Market in Egypt and Sudan 1880 - 1939

This research project will investigate how archaeologists involved in British-led excavations in Egypt and Sudan engaged with the antiquities market between 1880 - 1939.

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Research themes

Research in our collections directorate fits broadly under the following three major themes:

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