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Research Library

The Research Library is our main reading room on level 3 of the National Museum of Scotland.

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Victoria Adams

Victoria (Tori) Adams is the Assistant Curator responsible for collections from Oceania, Africa, and the Americas.

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James VI and I

James VI and I was a hugely significant Stewart king, but has been overshadowed by his notorious relations: his predecessor in Scotland, his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots; in England, his cousin, Elizabeth I; and his successor in both kingdoms, Charles I.

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Georgina Ripley

Georgina Ripley has an MA in the History of Art (specializing in the History of Dress) from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is Principal Curator of Modern & Contemporary design and Head of the Modern & Contemporary Design section, and primarily responsible for the modern and contemporary fashion and textile collections from 1850 to the present day.

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Dr Anna Groundwater

Dr Anna Groundwater is Principal Curator, Renaissance and Early Modern History.

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Rosanna Nicolson

Rosanna Nicolson is Assistant Curator, West, South and Southeast Asia.

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W. & R. Chambers and the collection history

The research for the Democratising Knowledge project focused on archival material, the woodblocks and their production, and an analysis of the illustrations in Chambers's encyclopaedias.

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Work experience

Find out why we value work experience and what opportunities are available.

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Dr Henrietta Lidchi

Dr Henrietta Lidchi is a Research Fellow in the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology.

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Visitor comments

What did visitors say about Ming: The Golden Empire? Here’s a selection of comments from our visitors’ book and Twitter.

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Gold object of the week No. 10

The Minch torc: a treasure from the deep

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Annual Review 2016

This has been a landmark year at National Museums Scotland.

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Dr John Giblin

John Giblin is Keeper for the Department of World Cultures.

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Missionaries and Tibetan material culture

Explore how missionaries made a significant impact on gathering the materials featured within the Tibetan collections at the National Museum of Scotland, with their materials peaking between 1890-1904.

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Network members

The AHRC Gold Research Network brings together, for the first time, experts and early-career researchers from a number of disciplines and countries to share their knowledge and expertise about gold.

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Firms that made Turkey red

A number of firms tried to perfect the Turkey red process and capitalise on the demand for these brightly coloured printed cottons, but many of these enterprises were short-lived. Three firms from the Vale of Leven, however, successfully produced and exported Turkey red dyed and printed cottons and became leaders of the industry.

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