The Scottish transport and industry collections knowledge network (STICK)


  • Ellie Swinbank National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, United Kingdom



Collections, Network, Training, Industry, Transport


The Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge Network (STICK) brings together a range of organisations and individuals who share a common interest in transport and industrial collections and promoting their care and enjoyment. While a multi-disciplinary steering group drives it forward, STICK is its members and their passion and knowledge. STICK facilitates shared learning and knowledge exchange through projects, events and active communication that have drawn on the knowledge and expertise of participants to achieve the aims of the group. STICK’s engaged membership and the success of its projects demonstrate the network’s strengths but, as an informal body, it faces various challenges as well. It is looking to use learning from its work to date, along with the combined experience and needs of its steering group and members, to address these challenges and continue to bring people together and achieve good outcomes for the sector in the future.


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Burns, J., ‘Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge Network’, Conference, National Museums Scotland (2010).

STICK Committee, ‘Item 3: STICK purpose and key aims’, Minutes of STICK committee meeting, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburg (2007).

STICK constitution, (accessed 2022-12-20).

‘Old Tools New Uses’, in STICK, (accessed 2022-12-21).

‘Machine tools’, in STICK, (accessed 2022-12-21).

‘Industrial object conservation training’, in STICK, (accessed 2022-12-21).

‘Industrial Museums Scotland launches nationwide project to address skills gap and ensure future for nationally significant heritage collections’, in go industrial, (accessed 2022-12-21).

‘Events’, in STICK, (accessed 2022-12-21).

‘STICK conference 2019 summary: “100 years of women in engineering”’, in STICK, (accessed 2022-12-21).

‘Burning issues: the future of fossil fuels in heritage’, in STICK, (accessed 2022-12-21).

Where possible, machine tools were demonstrated as part of the “Machine Tools” project.




How to Cite

Swinbank, E. (2023). The Scottish transport and industry collections knowledge network (STICK). Conservar Património, 44, 143–152.