The Strength of Female Networks

Last week we held an event (in conjunction with Glasgow School of Art & Tate Britain sub-group) run by an all female committee which focused on female networks in the creative industries and the strength which can be generated when we band together as researchers. Doing a PhD can be a very lonely experience and…

Spring Lowdown: What to do now it isn’t so cold

Spring has well and truly sprung!  There are daffodils everywhere I look, and it has even been vaguely mild.  I have taken the serious step of putting away all my thickest winter jumpers and replaced them with my lighter knitwear.  Knitwear is still necessary, because I live in Scotland, and I’m a realist.  So, you’re…

Conference hailed a success!

Just a quick post (from my bed) to let everyone know that the conference was awesome!! Thank you to everyone who attended, or helped to make the day so special. We have had positive feedback from many of the speakers including the wonderful Max Donnelly from the V&A and the lovely Professor John Hume. If…

Highland Road Trip: Glencoe Folk Museum & The Highland Folk Museum

For over two years I was lucky enough to be based in the Scottish Highlands, working for a very small, eclectic museum. Although at times it was challenging (and bizarre), there is no doubt that the Highlands is brimming with unique culture, collections, and quirky heritage organisations. This post aims to highlight the diverse, and…

Introduction to William Burrell’s 17th Century Beadwork Baskets

Beads have been used for thousands of years by different societies for a variety of functions. They have been used as trading tokens and their beauty can be seen on an array of costumes, accessories and miscellaneous objects from across the globe. However, some of the most extraordinary objects to be decorated in this way…