About our staff
Dr Stuart Allan
MA, PhD, FSA Scot
Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow
Principal Curator, Scottish Late Modern Collections, National Museums Scotland
I studied History at the University of Edinburgh before completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. I was awarded a PhD by Research Publications at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.
Following curatorial appointments at the National Records of Scotland, and the Gordon Highlanders Museum, I have held curatorial positions at National Museums Scotland since 2000, initially working with military collections and since 2013 more broadly across the Scottish Late Modern collections. I also manage the museums’ collaborative doctoral research programme in the arts and humanities.
I teach and supervise graduate students in the cultural history of warfare, and in other aspects of late modern military history.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Material Culture
- Eighteenth Century
- Nineteenth Century
- Twentieth Century & After
- The Scottish military tradition in the British armed forces;
- The material culture of ‘highland-ism’;
- The cultural symbolism of weapons; military collectors and collecting practices in the British empire ;
- The culture of irregular warfare;
- The material culture of popular patriotism during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
Current research activities
Currently collaborating with Dr Henrietta Lidchi, Keeper of World Cultures, National Museums Scotland in collaborative research with academic and museum partners on the culture and practice of military collecting in the British Empire.
- Historical Methodology (Pathway on cultural interpretation in military history)
Stuart Allan and David Forsyth, (2014) Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War, NMS: Edinburgh.
Stuart Allan (2007) Commando Country, NMS: Edinburgh.
Stuart Allan and Allan Carswell, (2004) The Thin Red Line: War, Empire and Visions of Scotland, NMS: Edinburgh.
Articles and book chapters
Stuart Allan (2015) “Beating retreat: the Scottish military tradition in decline” in Bryan S. Glass and John M. MacKenzie (eds.) Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century. Studies in Imperialism. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 131-154.
Stuart Allan (2015) “‘Some idea of our country’, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in early wartime documentary film” in W. Ugolini and J. Pattinson (eds.) Fighting for Britain? Negotiating Identities in Britain during the Second World War, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp.261-285.
Stuart Allan (2013) “The hero with a thousand faces’, the literary legacy of Lord Cochrane”, Journal for Maritime Research, 15 (2), pp. 167-182.
Stuart Allan (2012) “Scottish military collections” in E. Spiers, J. Crang & M. Strickland (eds). A Military History of Scotland, Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp.776-794.
Stuart Allan (2009) “Liberators. Some relics of Scottish service in the wars of Spanish South America, 1805-26”, Review of Scottish Culture, 21, pp. 15-34.
Stuart Allan (2008) “Liberty and loot. Cochrane and the Scots in South America”, ICOMAM RIO 2008, International Committee of Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History: Rio de Janeiro, pp. 339-348.
Stuart Allan (2006) “Major Robert Cairns, his war” in A. Watson, (ed.) Joyce Cairns War Tourist, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums: Aberdeen, pp. 29-30.
Stuart Allan (2001) “Ordnance” in K. Mitchell, K. Murdoch and J. Ward, (eds.) Fast Castle Excavations 1971-86, EAFS: Edinburgh, pp. 109-113.
Stuart Allan (1998) “A regimental shrine”, in M. Fladmark, (ed). In Search of Heritage as Pilgrim or Tourist, Donhead: Aberdeen, pp. 283-294.
Stuart Allan (1998) “Local history and Scottish military museums”, Scottish Local History, 43, pp.13-18.
Stuart Allan (1996) “Anglo-French co-operation in Togoland, 1914. Lieutenant G.M. Thompson and general order no.9 of the French West Africa Command”, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, 74, (298), pp. 96-101.