Picturing the Nation: the Celtic periphery as discursive other in the archaeological displays of the Museum of Scotland

Steven Cooke, Fiona McLean

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Abstract

Using the archaeological displays at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, this paper examines the exhibition as a site of identity creation through the negotiations between categories of same and Other. Through an analysis of the poetics of display, the paper argues that the exhibition constructs a particular relationship between the Celtic Fringe and Scottish National identity that draws upon the historical discourses of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland as a place and a time 'apart'. This will be shown to have implications for the display of archaeological material in museums but also for contemporary understandings of Scottish National identity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Scotland
  • exhibitions
  • museums
  • national identity

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