Tulliah Fraser

University of Glasgow


The presence of Chinese material culture in Scotland has grown significantly over the last 200 years, much of it during Britain’s imperial expansion. My research, ‘Shaping Taste, Building Knowledge: Collecting China in Scotland in the Early 20th Century’ investigates Scottish collecting of Chinese objects during the outlined period, currently held at National Museums Scotland and selected Scottish museums. This collaborative project between the University of Glasgow and NMS explores the lives of selected collectors, what they collected, the reasons behind their collecting, and addresses the implications for museums wanting to use these collections to tell China’s history today.