The perception of the Highlands changed radically during the Victorian era. Queen Victoria popularised Highland culture and the growth of the road and rail networks made the Highlands more accessible to visitors. At the same time the expansion of the British Empire encouraged Highland folk to emigrate and explore the world.
Our Victorian collection includes important artefacts directly associated with Queen Victoria. Some of our most interesting 19th century objects are featured in the gallery. Highlights include the elaborate Highland outfit gifted by Queen Victoria to her Highland servant, John Brown and a fabulous beetle wing dress owned by a crofter’s daughter who travelled to India with the British Army.