The National Museum of Scotland : a symbol for a new Scotland?

McLean, Fiona and Cooke, Steven 2003, The National Museum of Scotland : a symbol for a new Scotland?, Scottish affairs, vol. 45, Autumn.

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Title The National Museum of Scotland : a symbol for a new Scotland?
Author(s) McLean, Fiona
Cooke, StevenORCID iD for Cooke, Steven
Journal name Scottish affairs
Volume number 45
Season Autumn
Total pages 18
Publisher Scottish Affairs
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0966-0356
Summary The National Museum of Scotland (forthwith 'Museum') opened to critical acclaim on St Andrew's Day 1998 (see McKean 2000). The timing of the opening was culturally and politically symbolic, taking place on the patron saint of Scotland's day, whilst falling between the devolution referendum for, and the opening of, the reinstated Scottish Parliament. The museum offers a representation of Scotland, one which is negotiated by its creators and visitors alike. Given that national identity is a slippery concept subject to fluidity and change (Hall 1992), the image of stability and authority of a museum, which has been compared to the reification of a church (Horne 1984), offers us an interesting site for developing our understanding of how national identity is constructed.
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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