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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsWelcome to week one of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. I'm Professor Viccy Coltman, an art historian from the University of Edinburgh, and I'm one of a team of academics and curators who has put together this MOOC, and who'll be teaching and learning with you over the next three weeks. I'm here in the exhibition gallery at the National Museum Scotland, where an exhibition with the same name as our MOOC is on display. It's running through part of 2017, but don't worry if you can't get to Edinburgh, or to Scotland, because we're going to share some of the highlights of this exhibition with you in the course of the next three weeks.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsBy this I mean we're going to be introducing you to a series of iconic objects that are implicated into the story of the Jacobites. So, what is the story of the Jacobites? Different historians might give their own versions, but for me it's a story which is to do with religion, and politics, power, belief-- these are all really heady sorts of issues that, in lots of ways, do remain topical. It's also a story which has a hero, and many of you may have heard of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, or Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he's more often known. And we're going to be thinking about him, especially as we move through the weeks of the course.

Skip to 1 minute and 41 secondsOur course is very distinctive, because while we could teach a whole raft of subjects around Jacobitism, what we've done for you is to think about it in terms of its surviving material culture. And we'll introduce you to material culture and what that is later on in the course, so don't worry if that's unfamiliar. Each week we're going to come across a series of really outstanding, and sometimes quite beautiful objects, of which the one for week one is this ampulla. You see it next to me in the case. This ampulla is really precious because the inscription tells us that it was used to hold oil which anointed Charles.

Skip to 2 minutes and 27 secondsSo this beautiful little object is incriminated, or implicated into the story of the Stuarts because it speaks to their right to rule as being divinely ordained. And my colleague, one of the curators here at the National Museum Scotland, is going to talk to you in more detail later in week one about this very precious thing. For now, though, I'm just welcoming you along. We've got lots of quizzes, lots of discussions. We really want to hear from you as the weeks go by, so don't be shy. Do comment if appropriate, and we look forward to working with you for the next three weeks.

Welcome to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Professor Viccy Coltman, art historian, welcomes you to the course and introduces the first week’s programme.

Let’s meet the team

Our course has been designed by an academic team from National Museums Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Viccy Coltman is an art historian at the University of Edinburgh, where she specialises in visual and material culture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

David Forsyth is a Principal Curator in the Scottish History & Archaeology Department, at National Museums Scotland and lead curator for the 2017 exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites at the National Museum of Scotland.

Adrienne Hynes is Assistant Curator in the Late Modern section of the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology at National Museums Scotland and has worked with David Forsyth to develop the exhibition.

Lyndsay McGill is a Curator in the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology at the National Museums Scotland responsible for Scottish material culture ranging from 1100 to 1750. Lyndsay has also worked on the exhibition.

Emily Goetsch holds a BA in Art History and History from the University of Southern California, an MSc in Art History, Theory and Display from the University of Edinburgh and PhD in History Art also from the University of Edinburgh.

Hannah Lund holds an MA Hons in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh and is currently studying for a Research Masters in History of Art (MScR) with Viccy Coltman, specialising in aspects of eighteenth-century material culture in Britain.

Christine McLean is Community Engagement Manager at National Museums Scotland. She holds an MA in Modern and Medieaval History from the University of Glasgow and worked on the exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites at the National Museum of Scotland.

Viccy and David are Lead Educators with Christine as Lead Mentor. Hannah and Emily are Teaching Assistants on this course.

You are able to ‘Follow’ the team through the course. By clicking on the link to each team member’s profile and then click the pink ‘Follow’ button to follow their comments through the course.

We all look forward to learning together with you over the next three weeks of the course.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

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