Buckland, Rosina (2015) Collecting and displaying Japanese culture in 19th-century Scotland. In: British Association for Japanese Studies Annual Conference 2015, Thursday 10th & Friday 11th of September 2015, SOAS, University of London. (Submitted)

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Disciplinary boundaries are inevitable within a complex academic system and as those boundaries shift with time, the problem of speaking across them only increases. The scholars today who study the Japanese collections held by British museums are primarily art historians or archaeologists, but the context in which these collections were created was little informed by either of these disciplines. Other motivations were at work, such as the advancement of British manufactures, the comparative study of religions, or a desire to capture “specimens”. In
Edinburgh, construction of what is today the National Museum of Scotland began in 1861 to parallel the institutions created in London during the previous decades. The citizens of Glasgow, too, desired a museum for their city, and the Kelvingrove House Museum was created in 1872. By establishing the context for collecting Japanese material artefacts in the second half of the 19th century we can understand the divergent trajectories taken since their acquisition, and thus better appreciate their significance within our national collections.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: World Cultures
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 15:10
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 15:10
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1489

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