Coming Face-To-Face with the Past: History, Heritage and Identity in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Presented by Dr Tawny Paul, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Scotland’s identity, and indeed its ‘brand’, are very much located in a sense of the past. Visitors from throughout the world recognise Scotland for the uniqueness of its historic architecture, and Scottish heritage is practised internationally, even by people who do not claim Scottish ancestry. In Scotland, national museums and galleries play an important role in representing the nation’s history and identity to visitors. Dr Paul’s presentation considers how visitors interact with the history of Scotland through paintings at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, discussing how visitors react to portrayals of Scotland in the ‘Portrait of the Nation’, how the Gallery helps shape their sense of place in Scotland, and where they find connections and points of identification with the past, especially identification through people and places.

Dr Tawny Paul is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She completing her PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.

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Dr Tawny Paul's presentation considers how visitors interact with the history of Scotland through paintings at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, discussing how visitors react to portrayals of Scotland in the ‘Portrait of the Nation’.

[Duration 21:44]