Tullia Catriona Fraser



ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0979-6805

Research title: Shaping Taste, Building Knowledge: Collecting China in Scotland in the Early Twentieth Century

Research Summary

Thesis Abstract

The presence of Chinese material culture in Scotland has grown significantly over the last 200 years, much of it during Britain’s imperial expansion. My research investigates the Scottish collecting of Chinese objects during the outlined period, currently held at National Museums Scotland and selected Scottish museums. This collaborative project between the University of Glasgow and NMS explores the lives of selected collectors, what they collected, the reasons behind their collecting, and addresses the implications for museums wanting to use these collections to tell China’s history today.


Research Interests

  • Museums and collections history, 19th–20th century
  • Networks of collector-dealers, China, 19th–20th century
  • History of archaeology, Hong Kong, 19th–20th century
  • Colonial legacies in museums


  • SGSAH AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award
    University of Glasgow and National Museums Scotland
    October 2021–Present

Additional Information

Academic Background

  • MA Museum and Artefact Studies with Distinction, University of Durham.
    Dissertation title – "I Feared that in My Haste, I Had Not Said Everything": Displaying the Chinese Diasporas in Britain
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology with First Class Honours, University of Durham.
    Dissertation title – Strings of the Lotus Root: A Study of Chinese Antiquities Collectors’ Networks from China to the West in the Late Qing-Republican Period (AD1839-AD1949)



  • Hong Kong Archaeological Society
    Lifetime member