Scottish textile histories HISTART5058

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will explore Scottish textile histories and textile collections, looking particularly at links between dress and textiles with Scottish identity and nationalism supported by visits to collections (for example the Burrell dress and textile collections). Students will be able to undertake independent research into a specific aspect of Scottish dress and textile histories and present their findings to the course cohort.


Normally 2 hours per week, a mixture of lectures, seminars and visits.

Requirements of Entry





Essay of 3-4,000 words on a specific aspect of Scottish dress and textiles, using object-based research (90%) and presentation focussed on specific objects in museum collections (10%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

■ To examine the role of Scottish dress and textiles in reflecting and forming Scottish national identities and how this has been represented in collections and exhibitions and other forms of cultural communications (eg paintings and novels)


■ To trace the mechanisms and ideas that fuelled developments in Scottish textile and dress industries in the broader context of Britain's industrial and colonial enterprises


■ To explore specific iconic aspects of Scottish dress and textile such as the Paisley shawl, plaids /tartans, arts and crafts textiles and the impact of technical innovations such as Turkey Red dye

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ engage with and critically evaluate the way in which Scottish dress and textile were used and promoted as a cultural, political and economic activity;


■ identify the methods by which Scottish dress and textiles were produced and received both within and without Scotland using artefacts, visual and textual evidence;


■ present a mini-research project based on study of a specific aspect of Scottish dress and textiles using artefacts to explore production, consumption and representation


■ draw conclusions from the visual and textual evidence to construct reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.