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Artisans and Craft Production in Nineteenth-Century Scotland

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the "Artisans and the Craft Economy in Scotland, c. 1780-1914" project documents the story of artisans and their work during the nineteenth century. Presenting a collection of photographs, portraits, and images of hand-made objects (e.g. jewelry, textiles, metalwork, glass, and ceramics) from various museums and archives across the country, researchers from the University of Edinburgh aim to demonstrate how the craft economy persisted through an era often associated with industrialization. By adapting, evolving, and sometimes inventing new traditions, craft workers produced items of cultural and economic significance that still resonate with viewers today. On this website, readers will find an Online Exhibition of the project. The site is easily navigated by five identified themes: Handmade and Design, Portraits, Trades and Communities, Workshops, and Vernacular and Place. Additionally, readers will find a helpful Map section, through which they may locate specific items of interest, as well as an ample bibliography for ideas on Further Reading.
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