NMS receives £390k to explore the imperial past of 130 military collections 9/3/2017

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has given National Museums Scotland £390k to expand knowledge of 130 military collections from across the UK relating to the British Empire. ‘Baggage and Belonging: Military Collections and the British Empire (1750–1900)’ will look at how objects were acquired and what they reveal about relationships between British forces and non-European peoples. NMS writes “these are the proceeds of looting, trophy-taking or souvenir hunting on the one hand and co-operation, diplomatic exchange and scientific enquiry on the other.” The project will include training for staff at military museums around interpretation and display. The results of the research will also be reflected at major museums including the National Army Museum and National War Museum. NMS