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Cold War Scotland

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Forthcoming Early July 2024

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will explore Scotland's critical position on the frontline of the Cold War. This book accompanies it.

Over 190 objects, many on display for the first time, will be brought together in 'Cold War Scotland' (13 Jul 2024 - 26 Jan 2025) to tell the stories of the Scots at the centre of this global conflict.

The impact of the war still lingers in Scottish politics, culture and memory. Scots played an active role in the global conflict as soldiers, for example, within intelligence services and as part of voluntary civil defences.

The exhibition will also draw on Scotland's rich history of Cold War-era protest and activism, and will reveal the physical remains - ruined bases, forgotten bunkers and decomissioned nuclear power stations still evident across the Scottish landscape.

Authors: Samuel J.M.M. Alberti, Holger Nehring with Jessica Douthwaite and Sarah Harper

Published by NMS Enterprises Ltd - Publishing

128 pages

259 x 208mm

Colour Illustrations


Cold War Scotland is an output of Materialising the Cold War; a collaborative research project between National Museums Scotland and the University of Stirling. The project explores how the Cold War heritage is represented and how museums can adapt to tell this story in future. Materialising the Cold War is funded by a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Another output of the research is this new publication.

ISBN: 9781910682524

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