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Honorary Advisors
Roger Williams MBE DMus PhD BMus FRCO FTCL
Honorary Advisor, Music
Roger Williams
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5 Cultins Road
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Former Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music, University of Aberdeen, Dr Roger Williams graduated BMus with honours from University College Cardiff before gaining a PhD at King's College Cambridge for research on the early works of Schoenberg.

Dr Williams spent eight years in London as a free-lance conductor, singer, organist, harpsichordist and composer. He held various church appointments whilst also running a small opera company, singing with the BBC Singers and performing at major London concert venues. He was, briefly, Head of the Chiswick Evening Music Centre and Lecturer at the West London Institute. In 1978 Dr Williams took up the post of Lecturer in the Music Department at Aberdeen University, being later appointed Senior Lecturer and Head of Department. During the 1980s he conducted the Aberdeen section of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and was for five years Chorus Master to the Scottish National Orchestra (now RSNO), working with many of today's greatest conductors. He has had an active recording career, and has given recitals at King's College, Cambridge, Worcester College, Oxford, and Durham and Guildford cathedrals. Until his retirement in 2010, Dr Williams was Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music and Organist at Aberdeen University, sharing his time with teaching in the Music Department.

He continues to teach and work in Aberdeen, where he has enjoyed a long association with the Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society. He is currently researching the musical instruments music collections of Scottish castles and country houses.

Emeritus Organist, University of Aberdeen.

Godfrey Evans BA MA PhD DipMGS AMA FSA Scot
Honorary Curator, European Decorative Arts
Godfrey Evans
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Collections_ArchivesandLibraries@nts.org.uk

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5 Cultins Road
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Godfrey Evans joined the National Museums of Scotland in 1982 and has been Principal Curator of European Decorative Arts there since 2004. Over the last thirty-plus years, he has been responsible for the large-scale development of NMS's collection and for many major ‘heritage' acquisitions. In 2011 he secured the Hamilton-Rothschild tazza, which is NMS's most highly valued item, in an Acceptance in Lieu tax arrangement between the trustees of the former owner and HM Government.

During his career, which began at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Godfrey Evans has organised seven permanent galleries, fifteen temporary exhibitions, and five Edinburgh Festival/summer temporary exhibitions. The latter include French Connections: Scotland and the Arts of France (1985), Sentimental Journey: A History of Souvenirs (1999), Nicholas and Alexandra, the Last Tsar and Tsarina (2005), and Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress (2012). He is currently preparing NMS's large permanent gallery of European decorative art from 1100 to 1850, which is scheduled to open in 2016.

Godfrey Evans did his PhD on Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767-1852) as a patron and collector and has published a range of articles on aspects of the 10th and 11th Dukes of Hamilton. He is one of the founding Directors of the Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust and is collaborating with Professor Nick Pearce and others at the University of Glasgow on the publication on the web of the 1876 Hamilton Palace inventory. He is also beginning to develop an exhibition about the Dukes of Hamilton and the Hamilton Palace collection for 2019 and two related books. Dr Evans's expertise is particularly relevant to the items owned by the Dukes of Hamilton and William Beckford at Brodick Castle. However, he will also assist NTS with English and Continental decorative art, and particularly with silver and sculpture, at our other properties.

Dr Evans is an expert adviser to the Capital Taxes Office, Heritage Lottery Fund, Inches Carr Trust, National Fund for Acquisitions, Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, and Victoria and Albert Museum Grant Fund. He also supervises PhD and postgraduate Masters students at Glasgow University and other Scottish universities.

Murray Pittock MA DPhil DLitt FEA FRHistS FRSA FSA Scot FRSE
Honorary Adviser, Scottish History
Murray Pittock
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Murray Pittock is Pro Vice-Principal (Special Projects) at the University of Glasgow, where he is currently leading the Kelvin Hall development, a major knowledge exchange collaboration involving the University, the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow Life and the National Library of Scotland. He was Vice-Principal in charge of the Arts side of the University, 2010-15, during which time he reached collaboration agreements with Glasgow Life and Christies Education and oversaw the move of the Textile Conservation Centre from Southampton to Glasgow, as well as developing the agreement with other Scottish universities and the SFC which led to the first national graduate school of arts and humanities in the world, the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities. He is a strong advocate of globalizing Scottish culture and of making the Arts part of every research question. In 2014, he convened the first World Congress of Scottish Literatures at the University of Glasgow. He is a trustee of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures, the Ossian Monument Trust and the Jacobite Studies Trust, and has held visiting appointments at Yale, Trinity College, Dublin, Notre Dame, Charles University Prague and many other leading universities, and has around 750 career media appearances in 30 countries. He is a strategic, knowledge exchange and peer reviewer for the AHRC and a standing assessor of the Czech Science Foundation, among many other international commitments. He sits on editorial and advisory boards in the UK, US and Germany.

As a scholar, Murray has been a prizewinner of both the British Academy and Royal Society of Edinburgh, is a leading scholar of the Romantic period, and widely regarded as one of the most senior figures internationally in Scottish Studies, one of ‘the current superstars in the field' (Rick Sher (NJIT-Rutgers) and ‘One of…the world's most eminent historians of Jacobitism' (Christopher Whatley). His work includes Material Culture and Sedition (2013-shortlisted for Saltire Research Book of the Year), The Myth of the Jacobite Clans (1995, 1999, 2009), The Reception of Robert Burns in Europe (2014), Robert Burns in Global Culture (2011), The Invention of Scotland (1991, 2014), Jacobitism, Inventing and Resisting Britain and many other works. He is currently finishing a research edition of the Scots Musical Museum for the Oxford Burns and writing a book on Culloden in history, historiography and memory for Oxford University Press. He is a pioneer in exploring the interaction between material and written culture, his most recent funded project being on Allan Ramsay and the changing urban landscape and object scape of Edinburgh 1680-1740. In 2011-13, he convened the National Champions group to support the Scottish Government's introduction of Scottish Studies into the Curriculum for Excellence.

Michael Bury
Honorary Adviser, European Prints
Michael Bury
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Michael Bury was formerly Reader in Italian Art at the University of Edinburgh. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has a special interest in European prints and printmaking of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He organized an exhibition for the British Museum - The Print in Italy 1550-1620 - in 2001, which travelled to New York, Ottawa and Edinburgh.

He is on the editorial board of Print Quarterly and is working as an editor on the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo project for the Royal Collection Trust and the Warburg Institute. At present he is cataloguing the European prints in the National Gallery of Scotland.

Lyndsay McGill MA (Hons) PG Dip FSA Scot
Honorary Curator, Scottish Applied Arts
Lyndsay McGill
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L.McGill@nms.ac.uk

National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street
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Lyndsay McGill is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews and is currently the Curator, Medieval-Early Modern Collections, in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology at the National Museums Scotland. Her background is in Archaeology and Scottish History and her research interests, although wide and varied within Scottish material culture, primarily focus on silver (18th century design and form), clocks (longcases) and pottery (factory produced).

She is currently a key member of a committee, formed from the Edinburgh Kiln Club, applying for Heritage Lottery Funding to excavate the West Pans porcelain factory site in West Lothian with the hope of understanding more about the site, its products and history. One of Lyndsay's more recent studies has focused on an important early leaf form caddy spoon from the factory which is so far the earliest recorded caddy spoon in Scotland.

Previously, Lyndsay worked as a Curator for the National Trust for Scotland and was responsible for a variety of properties including Brodick and Craigievar Castles. She specialised in the setting of historic interiors and developed displays to reflect the vibrant and varying collections of the Trust's properties.

Stuart Allan MA PhD FSA Scot
Honorary Advisor, Military History
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Stuart Allan is Principal Curator of Scottish Late Modern Collections in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland. He has broad interests in Scottish material culture in the 18th and early 19th centuries, but his specialism is in the Scottish military tradition in the British armed forces. His earlier career took him to the National Records of Scotland, the Gordon Highlanders Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums. Since 2004 he has been the senior curator responsible for the national military collections, including displays at the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle.

Stuart has curated a number of successful exhibitions including, at the National Museum of Scotland, Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War (2014) and Admiral Cochrane: the Real Master and Commander (2011).

As well as his numerous contributions to journals and edited collections, he is the author of Commando Country (2007), co-author with David Forsyth of Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War (2014), and co-author with Allan Carswell of The Thin Red Line: War, Empire and Visions of Scotland (2004).

Stuart is an expert adviser on military collections to the National Fund for Acquisitions, and museum mentor to the King's Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum. He represents National Museums Scotland with the International Committee of Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History, the Association of Scottish Military Museums and the UK Museums Weapons Group. He also collaborates with academic colleagues in supervising and teaching graduate students in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

Margaret Stewart BAHons, MLitt, FSAScot
Adviser in architectural and landscape history
Margaret Stewart
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Margaret Stewart was born and educated in Edinburgh, and at Nottingham and Glasgow universities, she is Lecturer in Architectural History and Honorary Curator of the historical plaster cast collection at Edinburgh College of Art.

Formerly curator of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh's collection at the Hunterian Art Gallery, she maintains an active interest in Mackintosh, and recently published the essay related the Mackintosh's Edinburgh contacts entitled ‘Modernist Art School ‘High Jinks', 1908' in Mostly Modern (Hofstra University, New York, 2013).

Between 2007 and 2013, related to her role as curator of the historic plaster cast collection at Edinburgh College of Art, Margaret published a prize-winning essay with Anuradha S. Naik, ‘The Hellenization of Edinburgh: Cityscape, Architecture and Athenian Cast Collection', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, September 2007. In 2010 she produced sound recordings of Poetry and Prose with Translations for the installation Refuge for the Muses, and was collaborating curator and catalogue editor with Professor Chris Dorsett of ‘The Cast Collection at Edinburgh College of Art'. In 2013 she produced and researched a documentary film, Cast Into Light: the Cast Collection at Edinburgh College of Art (2013), and Casting Time: a live streamed reconstruction of a nineteenth-century art studio using a live model, casts and props from Edinburgh College of Art's historic wardrobe.

Margaret's principal research over many years has been into the early eighteenth-century architect and statesman the 6th earl of Mar, and she has published The architectural, landscape and constitutional plans of the 6th earl of Mar (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2016).

Her interests cover a wide range of Scottish periods and topics related to art, landscape and architecture of which research and contextual studies in Europe form an essential part. More recently she has been developing ideas about the interpretation of scholarly material for wider non-expert audiences in installations and exhibitions, and has produced an animated film about Lord Mar's drawings called ‘In Alloa's Gardens' (2016) with specially recorded original music by Dr Jenny Nex, Curator of Musical Instruments at the University of Edinburgh. Interdisciplinary collaborations play a vital role in the realisation of all her work.

Kevin McLoughlin BA(Hons) MA PhD
Kevin McLoughlin
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Kevin McLoughlin is currently Interim Curator of Asian Art at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art. He was also Lecturer in the Arts of China postgraduate course at Christie’s Education London during 2016. He has previously been Principal Curator for East & Central Asia at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh between 2009 and 2015, having joined the Museum in 2009 as Senior Curator of the Chinese and Korean Collections. He previously held positions as Deputy Curator of University Museums at Durham University between 2004 and 2009, and as assistant curator of the Barlow Collection at the University of Sussex, and before that as East Asian Collections research assistant at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. While at the National Museum of Scotland, he curated the successful 2014 exhibition Ming: The Golden Empire and authored the associated catalogue. While at the National Museum of Scotland, he also built up one of the largest and most significant mixed media collections of the New China and Cultural Revolution period within UK museums. His first curated exhibition, of Chinese painting, Beyond the Gate, Behind the Door: Images of Village Life in Traditional China was at the Chester Beatty Library in 1998. Since then he has both organised and curated numerous exhibitions including Chen Qi: Woodcut Prints 1989 -2002 (2008), Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection (2006-2007), Chinese Printmaking Today: Woodblock Printing in China 1980-2000 (2006), and Enlightened Grotesques: Images of the Sixteen Luohan in Chinese Buddhism (2005).

He holds a PhD from the University of Sussex, an MA in Chinese Art & Archaeology from the University of Durham, and a BA Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and has also studied at Beijing Language and Culture University. He is a member of the Oriental Ceramics Society, the British Association of Chinese Studies, and the Scotland-China Association. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow, as well as being a member of the advisory board of the Chinese Art Research Network at the University of Glasgow. He is also an External examiner for Sotheby's Institute (London) of Art MA/PgDip in East Asian Art on behalf of the University of Manchester. He has also participated in and contributed to the Scottish Cross Party Parliamentary Groups on China and Taiwan. His research interests are wide and varied, but focus mainly on late imperial Chinese print culture, the visual culture of China’s Cultural Revolution era, Chinese Buddhist art, Tibetan and Himalayan art history, and Korean art history, as well as the history of interpretation of East Asian visual and material culture in the museum environment. He has published on various aspects of Chinese print culture, as well as the visual culture of the Cultural Revolution era, and Korean collections histories. In 2005, he established the Chinese Subject Specialist Network (now the Chinese Collections Group) for those working with, curating, or researching collections of Chinese material within the museum context. The Chinese Collections Group is an information network supporting curators, researchers, and scholars working with collections of Chinese cultural material in museums and institutions, and interested in issues related to Chinese culture more widely.