Rene Winkler

Thesis title: The Origins of Museums in Scotland - Robert Sibbald's "Auctarium Musaei Balfouriani" [Preliminary title]


BA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry) - The Open University - Final Project: "Chemical Conjugation Strategies in Antibody-Drug-Conjugates (ADC)"

MA (Hons) History - The University of Edinburgh

MSc History - The University of Edinburgh -- Dissertation title "Critical Collecting - Expressing Expertise in Early Modern Conchology"

Undergraduate teaching


The Historian's Toolkit 2019-present

Early Modern History - A Connected World - 2020-present

Research summary

I am interested in the history of early modern science, collecting and museums. My PhD project is looking at the way in which the collecting of natural history specimens in Scotland c.1700 led to the generation, distribution and questioning of knowledge about nature. 

Current project grants

HCA School Doctoral Scholarship - 2019-2022


April 2020 - HCA First Year PhD Conference - Co-Organiser

May 2022 - Edinburgh-Oxford Intellectual History Conference - Co-Organiser


Papers delivered

April 2020 - HCA First Year PhD Conference "Robert Sibbald and the Auctarium Musaei Balfouriani (1697)

August 2020 -   European Society for the History of Science Conference [Online] "Robert Sibbald's Auctarium Musæi Balfouriani and the role of museums and collecting in the making of natural scientific knowledge during the early Scottish Enlightenment"

November 2020 - Material and Visual Culture Seminar Series [Online] "Collecting Scottish Nature: Robert Sibbald and the goose barnacle myth"

May 2022 - Edinburgh - Oxford Intellectual History Conference "Defending Natural History -  Museums and Robert Sibbald's Vincidiae Scotiae Illustratae (1710)"