National Museums Scotland

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Member type

Contact's name
Jilly Burns

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Areas of partnership
Primary and Secondary Education


Scottish local authority
City of Edinburgh Council

National Museums Scotland cares for collections of national and international importance. Collections take in everything from Scottish and classical archaeology to decorative and applied arts; from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world. Our collection includes an African collection of around 9,000 objects which includes a small but important collections of Malawian material. ,We are currently working with Museums of Malawi to share knowledge and expertise around the forthcoming David Livingstone Exhibitions at the National Museum of Scotland from November 2012 until March 2013 (23/11/12 07/04/13). This exhibition will draw on the collections of National Museums Scotland and the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre. It will offer new perspectives and reflect upon Livingstones relationship with Africa. Museums of Malawi are supporting us to capture that perspective. Staff have already visited Edinburgh and there will be 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 2 institutions beyond the period of the exhibition. Specifically, we want to develop opportunities which can improve Museums of Malawis contribution towards the Millenium 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. ,

Location in Scotland