Re-framing the Collection


This exhibition shares our approach to tackling offensive and discriminatory language in object titles and our efforts to bring new and varied voices into the interpretation and curation of the collection. 

The thousands of objects in our care belong to the people of Aberdeen.  We want everyone from across our diverse communities to connect with and feel pride in their collection. Through research, re-interpretation and re-display we can ‘re-frame’ objects to give them meaning and relevance to as many people as possible.

Removing offensive language from the title and description of artworks and re-naming is part of this process. It also enables us to share new discoveries about the collection.  


Image: Imogen by Claude Rogers, 1938 (detail) © Crispin Rogers
Purchased in 1991 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.