Ellie Swinbank is Curator of Technology at National Museums Scotland where she is responsible for wide-ranging collections including those relating to energy, industry, manufacturing and materials. Her particular interest is the way our need for energy has shaped landscapes and communities, and how this is represented in museum collections and local memorials. She is also engaged in contemporary collecting around renewable energy and thinking about how collections can be used to facilitate discussions around the climate emergency and energy futures. She sits on the steering groups for Big Stuff Heritage and STICK (Scottish Transport and Industrial Collections Knowledge Network)
‘South Kensington is practically as far away as Paris or Munich’: the making of industrial collections in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Birmingham
A comparison of the early histories of the industrial collections within National Museums Scotland, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, and Birmingham Museums Trust, and the implications of those histories for their respective contributions to the distributed national industrial collection.