Pacific Collection at National Museum Scotland

I recently came across a blog that describes part of the Pacific Collections at the National Museum Scotland (NMS). The blog gives a detailed depiction on the artifacts from Vanuatu and the connections to Scottish Presbyterian missionaries who mainly lived on the islands of Southern Vanuatu. According to the blog, at the NMS there are around 550 artifacts from Vanuatu and 250 of those were brought to Scotland by Reverend James Hay Lawrie, a missionary who was based on the southernmost island in Vanuatu, Aneityum, from 1879-1896.

Click here for the link to the blog post as well as other blogs about their collection from the Pacific Islands region. It is quite informative.

Click here for the NMS Website to explore the Pacific collections through a partnership project focusing on artifacts from across the region housed in Scottish museums. You will be fascinated.

DSCF1930Boys in a canoe, Erakor Lagoon, Vanuatu

If you are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the near future, I highly recommend going to the National Museum and observe this interesting collection.


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