School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Three year project funding for Dr Nenadic

‘Colouring the Nation' is a three-year collaborative research project directed by Dr Stana Nenadic of the University of Edinburgh.

The project, a collaboration with Dr David Caldwell of the National Museum of Scotland, with Dr Sally Tuckett as Postdoctoral Research, investigates the cultural and global impact of the Scottish textile industry since the nineteenth century.

Funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Government Major Award in the Arts and Humanities of £170,000, the three-year project investigates the design and manufacturing processes that lay behind the production of decorative textiles in Scotland and will establish the global reach of these fabrics.

The project is based on nearly 200 pattern books (comprising textile samples and paper designs, many protected by patent) housed in the collections of the National Museum of Scotland and will generate an NMS-hosted annotated catalogue and free-to-access online exhibition. Academic publications and outreach workshops are being developed in conjunction with this project.