Meet a different expert every day to discover a raft of things scientific and technological.

Play a pepper piano, have the chance to handle some of the our newest objects or challenge the curators who care for our internationally important collections.  Take time out to explore our new Science and Technology galleries.

Monday 3 April

11:00-12:30

What are quahogs? Does Scotland really have its own coral reefs? And what do flame shells, horse mussels and organ-pipe worms have in common?  Fiona Ware, Curator of Invertebrate Biology, will showcase specimens from our collection to answer these questions and reveal some of Scotland’s most spectacular marine life and habitats.

14:00-15:30

Join Julie Orford, Assistant Curator of Science, to explore some photography-related objects from our collection including Victorian stereoscopes, examples from the Edinburgh Atlas of Anatomy, as well as some more modern examples of 3D imaging and magic eye puzzles

Tuesday 4 April

11:00-12:30

Living in a Digital World: Digitising our U.K. butterflies

Our entomology team will be explaining the value of insect collections and demonstrating how we are starting to digitise our specimens. We are beginning with our beautiful blue butterflies and we need your help!

14:00-15:30 

Meet Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology, and explore the gruesome world of Forensics with her ‘Crime Scene Bugs’! Ashleigh will showcase some of the museum’s amazing entomology collection and explain how some insects can help us solve crimes.

Wednesday 5 April

 

11:00-12:30

What are quahogs? Does Scotland really have its own coral reefs? And what do flame shells, horse mussels and organ-pipe worms have in common?  Fiona Ware, Curator of Invertebrate Biology, will showcase specimens from our collection to answer these questions and reveal some of Scotland’s most spectacular marine life and habitats.

14:00-15:30

Join technology curators Katarina Grant and Klaus Staubermann to explore the museum’s materials collection and get hands-on with some interesting objects

Thursday 6 April

11:00-12:30

Join Dr. Nick Fraser, Keeper of Natural Sciences, as he demonstrates how early vertebrates and dinosaurs walked on land. Discover why the posture of dinosaurs gave them an advantage.

14:00-15:30

Louise Innes, Principal Curator of Transport, will explore how wind tunnels can be used to test the aerodynamics of different objects and how engineers use this when designing new racing cars

Friday 7 April

11:00-12:30

More information coming soon

14:00-15:30

Sam Alberti, Keeper of Science & Technology, will discuss some interesting facts on objects from the museum’s prosthetics collection.

Monday 10 April

11.00-12.30

Meet Simon Howard, Curator of Petrology, who will be exploring some of our most fascinating and unusual geology specimens in our ‘cabinet of curiosities’, and understand more about the chemical and physical forces involved in their formation.

14:00-15:30

Meet the Curator of Biomedicine, Sophie Goggins, to explore a very unusual crystal etched 3D object, and learn more about the fascinating Lothian Birth Cohort project.

Tuesday 11 April

11:00-12:30

Join Dr. Nick Fraser, Keeper of Natural Sciences, as he demonstrates how early vertebrates and dinosaurs walked on land. Discover why the posture of dinosaurs gave them an advantage.

14:00-15:30

Alison Taubman, Principal Curator of Communications, will be on hand to showcase some fascinating objects from our collection and to talk about how codes and ciphers were used in telegraphy

Wednesday 12 April

11:30-12:30

Meet Simon Howard, Curator of Petrology, who will be exploring some of our most fascinating and unusual geology specimens in our ‘cabinet of curiosities’, and understand more about the chemical and physical forces involved in their formation.

14:00-15:30

Join Dr. Tacye Phillipson, Senior Curator of Modern Science and Computing, as she demonstrates the National Museum of Scotland’s very own working Enigma machine. Discover how it works and why cracking its code was so important

Thursday 13 April

11:00-12:30

More information coming soon.

14:00-15:30

Join our Enabler team to see a solar light that is changing the lives of communities in Africa and hear more about the renewable energy technology on display in the ‘Energise’ gallery.

Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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When

3 Apr - 13 Apr 2017
14:00-15:30

Where

Scotland galleries, Level 3

How much

Free

Booking information

Weekdays only (not on Good Friday, 14 April)

Drop-in, suitable for all ages

Please note sessions are subject to change at short notice.

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