The impact on communities: Scotland, Ireland, and the future of colonial collections

Neil Curtis, Briony Widdis, Jeremiah Garsha, Giovanna Vitelli, Mark Hall

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This panel will consider Scotland and Ireland’s participation in colonialism, and how they engaged with the values of the imperial metropolis. Panellists will point to emergent work on the impact of donor-focused provenance research on descendant community research, repatriation, and healing; and discuss their experiences of working with descendant communities on the legacies of colonialism. They will discuss how the legacies of colonialism are experienced by communities living in Scotland and in Ireland; and what the collections reveal about structural racisms underpinning the historical development of urban elites in Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and Perth, including through their relationships with enslaved people and their enslavement. Finally, the panel will share their perspectives on the future of these collections.


ConferenceRethinking Practice, Reimagining the Future: climate, colonial collections, and contemporary collecting
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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