Case study

Fostering cultural belonging and identity at the V&A

This is part of our series of case studies or examples how a culture organisation contributes to one of the 12 dimensions of wellbeing from QWB Lab's Wellbeing Framework.

A major exhibition by the V&A Dundee celebrates the iconic Scottish Tartan.

With 300 objects from around the world it shows the fabric from its early history through to contemporary innovations. It explores it as a form of design and how it has impacted on other forms of design, but also goes beyond. Tartan being such a symbol for Scotland, a section of the exhibition, Tartan and Identity, reflects on tartan as part of Scottish heritage and identity as well as how it signifies other identities. And with the People’s Tartan it shows unique objects from the community crowdsourced through a public call-out. Read more in this interview with the director.

By collecting objects and through the exhibition the V&A Dundee adds to a communities’ sense of belonging, and empowers a community by including its voice. This is a value the museum contributes to the community and its wellbeing – both to the dimensions of Cultural Belonging and Civic Contribution.

Case study

Fostering cultural belonging and identity at the V&A

This is part of our series of case studies or examples how a culture organisation contributes to one of the 12 dimensions of wellbeing from QWB Lab's Wellbeing Framework.

A major exhibition by the V&A Dundee celebrates the iconic Scottish Tartan.

With 300 objects from around the world it shows the fabric from its early history through to contemporary innovations. It explores it as a form of design and how it has impacted on other forms of design, but also goes beyond. Tartan being such a symbol for Scotland, a section of the exhibition, Tartan and Identity, reflects on tartan as part of Scottish heritage and identity as well as how it signifies other identities. And with the People’s Tartan it shows unique objects from the community crowdsourced through a public call-out. Read more in this interview with the director.

By collecting objects and through the exhibition the V&A Dundee adds to a communities’ sense of belonging, and empowers a community by including its voice. This is a value the museum contributes to the community and its wellbeing – both to the dimensions of Cultural Belonging and Civic Contribution.

Image: V&A Dundee