Explore our handling collections Our handling resources contain genuine artefacts from our collection for teachers and pupils to touch and examine. Our virtual object exploration resources allow you to explore selected items from our handling collections online. Amazing AnimalsOur Amazing Animals handling collection contains 15 real animal specimens from our zoology collections. By examining them you will be able to use observation, investigation, discussion, identification and comparison skills.Scotland's Early PeopleAlmost everything we know about Scotland’s Early People has been found out by researching the objects they left behind. Our Scotland’s Early People handling collection contains 11 real artefacts.Scotland's birds and mammalsThere are thought to be about 10,000 living species of birds and 5,500 species of mammals. Our birds and mammals handling collection contains 14 specimens.Scots and emigrationFor hundreds of years, Scots have left this country to live and work abroad. Our emigration handling collection contains nine original artefacts and nine written sources from our collection to explore.CeramicsCeramics have been made for thousands of years. Our handling collection contains 17 pieces, which demonstrate the three kinds of ceramics: porcelain, stoneware and earthenware.MeteoritesA meteorite is a portion of a meteoroid or asteroid that survives its passage through Earth’s atmosphere and falls to the ground without being destroyed. Our meteorite handling collection contains 11 real specimens.Mystery itemsOur mystery items handling collection contains 12 real artefacts from our collection. These objects come from all over the world - but what are they used for?