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The process of rebranding the museum and creating this dedicated website gave us the opportunity to reflect on our own origins. In 2022 the museum will celebrate its 40th year of officially opening as a public museum, dedicated to displaying the social history of St Andrews. But its history goes back further than this. Drawing on our own archive material, Trust minute books and the excellent 2012 publication by former Curator Jennifer Reid titled 12 North Street: A Short History of the Museum Building, we can reflect on how we got to where we are today and carve out a vision for the future.
To decolonise a collection means to acknowledge the crucial role that Imperialism played in the creation and development of British museums, and to reassess whether the stories being told by these objects recognise that problematic history.