Edward Cole

Edward Cole


My research project, entitled ‘Handle With Care: Developing Creative Strategies for “Difficult” Natural History Museum Collections’, focuses on the internationally significant collections of birds’ eggs held by Glasgow Museums, aiming to locate them within their wider cultural and historical settings of collecting, natural history and wildlife crime.

The project seeks to understand more about how, variously: collections of birds’ eggs were amassed by different personalities and practices in Britain and overseas; how birds’ eggs circulated between private collectors and museum collections; and how birds’ eggs have come to be regarded as difficult or problematic objects. Egg collecting was a form of activity that – within living memory – shifted from being a countryside pastime encouraged among children to a disreputable and criminalised act against wild birds. As well as forming the basis of a thesis to be submitted for a PhD in Human Geography, my findings may also contribute to the exhibition of relevant material within Glasgow Museums.

Related interests of mine include historical and cultural geography, landscape appreciation and study, philosophy (including environmental ethics and aesthetics) and art history.

Dr Hayden Lorimer

Prof Christopher Philo

Dr Helen Watkins (Glasgow Museums)

Dr Richard Sutcliffe (Glasgow Museums)

2012-15 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award