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Empire, Slavery & Scotland's Museums Project Research

The Empire, Slavery & Scotland's Museums project, sponsored by the Scottish Government, explored how Scotland's museums can contribute to our understanding of the legacies of empire, colonialism, and historic slavery. In 2021- 2022 a national consultation was held to establish public and expert perspectives on how museums can contribute to our understanding of the legacies of empire, colonialism, and historic slavery. As a result of this project, and based on the evidence gathered, the project Steering Group have made a set of recommendations to the Scottish Government.

In developing the recommendations, the Steering Group looked broadly at potential mechanisms for addressing the legacies of empire, colonialism, and historic slavery in museum spaces and through collections. They were supported by the following bodies of research:

Glasgow Museums

Intercultural Youth Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland

Rachel Forrest

The Diffley Partnership

Download Chattel Slavery Survey Final Report Rachel Forrest, December 2021 (PDF, 2MB) Download Empire and Colonialism Survey Final Report (PDF, 1MB) Download Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums: Report of Museums/Heritage Workforce Groups, Museums Galleries Scotland, February 2022 (PDF, 378KB) Download ESSM Intercultural Youth Scotland Report Final (PDF, 4MB) Download ESSM Public Research Full Report - The Diffley Partnership (PDF, 1011KB) Download Glasgow Museums LSE Doing Justice Past And Present Report FINAL (PDF, 960KB) Download Empire, Slavery and Scotland's Museums Recommendations (PDF, 580KB) Download Empire, Slavery and Scotland's Museums Guide on the Consultation (PDF, 2MB)
Published May 2022