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National Museums Scotland - Knowledge Exchange. An introduction to Roman archaeology

National Museums Scotland

Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (GMT)

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An introduction to Roman archaeology in Scotland

‘The Romans’ is just one popular topic museums are often asked to develop as an experience for their visitors.  Not everyone has access to Roman artefacts or specialist knowledge of Roman material. National Museums Scotland has important collections in this area and is involved in a number of initiatives to develop knowledge about them and their public use.

This workshop aims to share information on what Roman material is likely to be found in Scottish collections and develop participants’ confidence in identifying typical objects and putting them in context. The morning will focus on examining pottery, small finds and commonly metal-detected items.  The afternoon will share some examples of National Museums Scotland’s current collections, programmes and projects involving Roman material.

The majority of the day will be structured around discussion of actual objects and relevant projects. The workshop will concentrate on offering practical advice, sharing National Museums Scotland practice through case studies and providing information on sources and networks for further advice.  There will be time throughout the day to meet colleagues and share information. 

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Who is this programme for?

Participants can be from any type of collecting organisation, however the course is aimed primarily at museum and gallery professionals in Scotland. Our aim is to support the development of curatorial confidence across Scotland and ensure good dialogue between the National Museums and the wider sector.


These events are provided free of charge. Participants will require to meet their own travel and subsistence costs. For 2010/2011 courses National Museums Scotland are piloting a travel bursary scheme to help those who may not be otherwise able to attend a vital course. Full details and criteria are available at


Places on these courses are limited. Filling in this form will register your interest in the course. We will be in touch at a later date confirming your place.

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When & Where

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
EH1 1JF Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (GMT)

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National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland’s National and International Partnerships Department supports museums throughout Scotland and internationally through loans, touring exhibitions, advice, an extensive Knowledge Exchange Programme, and the administration of the National Fund for Acquisitions.

To find out more about our partnership activity visit our webpage:



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