Given the fact that the Royal Museumâ€™s origins were in part a testament to Scotlandâ€™s position in the United Kingdom and British Empire; the current Museumâ€™s new form communicates much about the evolution of Scotlandâ€™s national identity and its relationship with the world Scotlandâ€™s evolution from 19th century industrial powerhouse of the British Empire to the increasingly independent â€˜Enlightenedâ€™ nation of today has been echoed by the ever-changing form of its national Museum. This paper will explore the evolution of the National Museum of Scotland from its origins as an Industrial Museum to its modern conception and will ultimately seek to show that the National Museum of Scotland fulfils an alternate role as an historic artefact in and of itself; as much a victim of Scotlandâ€™s evolving identity as the historic relics it houses.
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