11 October 2018, The Tablet

Scottish style: the V&A Dundee

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Scottish style: the V&A Dundee

Major quay: the V&A Dundee


Scotland’s links with Europe have been at the heart of this week’s SNP conference; if the country was independent, its leadership argues, it would not now be cutting its links with the EU since its voters registered 62 per cent to remain (as compared with a 48 per cent vote UK-wide). Scotland’s newest museum in Dundee puts meat on the bones of this political conundrum: it’s a Pandora’s box of the connections, forged through trade but also through Scottish church leaders, scholars, soldiers and writers who travelled to and settled on continental Europe from the fourteenth century on. And Scottish design, which the V&A Dundee is championing, reflects all these influences and contacts.

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