The Broon Scots Project


The Broon Scots Project was born from the arrival of Hermann Rodrigues onto Scottish shores. The photographic collection has been led by his amazement of the vibrancy and longstanding South Asian community in Scotland. The collection stretches from Dumfriesshire to Stornoway and documents over 30 years of Scottish South Asian’s experiences and lives. The project is intercultural and encompasses all aspects of the religious, social and historical nuances of each of the South Asian regional communities. As the project continues to collect stories and powerful images of the changing and ever growing group, we welcome those interested to get involved and share their piece of history.
Hermann Rodrigues has described himself as “A Social Anthropologist with a Nikon”. The photographer has been documenting the South Asian community of Scotland since arriving in the 1990s and has since amassed 30-40,000 images. Rodrigues’s work documents religious and social events, personalities and the history and changing shape of the community in Scotland. He has held various exhibitions across the UK celebrating the diversity of Scotland and showcasing his outstanding collection that presents the complexity of identity, migration and reception to the South Asian community in Scotland. In particular, selections have been showcased at the National Museum of Scotland and National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, St James Palace in London, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, the University of Edinburgh and most recently, this year at the Image Collective and Consulate General of India in Edinburgh.
Puravi Kumar is the curator of the Broon Scot’s Project. She has curated and assisted in the production of various exhibitions at Martha’s Vineyard Museum, USA and Glasgow Open Museum. A graduate from the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews who specialised in Modern South Asian history and Medieval Islamic history. As part of the Scottish South Asian diaspora, she has always had a fascination with the community she was brought up in. Sharing and uncovering more of these incredible stories and history has become her passion.
The collection continues to grow and is at an exciting point in its life. As the diaspora grows throughout the globe, the Broon Scots Project aims to document even more of these fascinating stories from Fiji and Samoa to Guyana and Kenya. We want to hear from you!