Research Activities

At the National Galleries of Scotland, research of the highest academic quality is made accessible to the general public. Research activities not only centre on the Galleries' internationally important art collection, documentary archives and other specialist resources, but also on works of art from the collection that are borrowed for exhibitions. This research can be presented in permanent collection catalogues, temporary exhibition catalogues, lectures and educational programmes. It also appears in publications outwith the National Galleries of Scotland.

Each of the parts that make up the National Galleries of Scotland conducts research on behalf of the organisation. The main areas are:

  • Curatorial
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Publication

The Galleries collections include important archives and libraries, which are used by staff and are available to visiting researchers, usually by appointment.

We also frequently work with specialists from other organisations on collaborations.