National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland

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National Museums Scotland cares for collections of national and international importance, including archaeology, history, decorative and applied arts, world cultures, science, technology and the natural world. We hold an African collection of around 9,000 objects which includes a small but important collection of Malawian material. We worked with Museums of Malawi to share knowledge and expertise around the David Livingstone Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in 2012/13. Drawing on the collections of National Museums Scotland and the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre and working closely with Museums of Malawi, it offered new perspectives on Livingstone's relationship with Africa. Staff from Museums of Malawi visited Edinburgh and there was a reciprocal curatorial visit in 2012. We have a partnership agreement with Museums of Malawi to support this, which also aspires to develop the relationships between the two institutions beyond the period of the exhibition. Specifically, we want to develop opportunities which can improve Museums of Malawis' contribution towards the Millennium Development Goals they are tasked with, particularly in relation to cultural tourism. We hope to further our relations with Museums of Malawi, and by proxy their audiences and priorities, by sharing our knowledge and expertise and potentially working together on joint projects.