Go back to article: Collections development in hindsight: a numerical analysis of the Science and Technology collections of National Museums Scotland since 1855

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Bar chart showing acquisition method and the total number of acquisition records made in each of the assigned analysis periods

Acquisition method and the total number of acquisition records made in each of the assigned analysis periods. ‘Other’ includes missing data and objects found in the collection as well as a range of less frequent acquisition methods such as transfers, bequests and items made in the Museum. The new Technology department at the beginning of the twentieth century is marked by a notably high proportion of purchases