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Empire, Slavery & Scotland's Museums

This project, sponsored by the Scottish Government, will explore how the story of Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire, colonialism, and transatlantic slavery, should be told using museum collections and spaces.

Empire, Slavery & Scotland's Museums

The social, economic, and cultural impacts of colonialism are entrenched in our society. Scotland’s museum sector is increasingly vocal in their commitment to use their collections to acknowledge and confront our history. This project, sponsored by the Scottish Government, will explore how the story of Scotland’s involvement in the British Empire, colonialism, and transatlantic slavery, should be told using museum collections.

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) recognises the impact that empire and colonialism has had on our institutions and their collections, and stands with anti-racist education worldwide. As the National Development Body for Scotland’s museums and galleries MGS has a responsibility to encourage and support museums to challenge and critically interrogate their own practices and collections.

This nationwide project will build on existing work from within the equalities sector and from across Scotland’s museums, to explore the mechanisms of how Scotland can confront challenging histories within museum spaces.