Talks, lectures and workshops Find more about our afternoon talks and evening lectures, workshops, study days and conferences at the National Museum of Scotland. National Museum of Scotland Ming: The Golden Empire Common Cause Primordial Danie Mellor in Conversation Date: Sat 2 August Time: 14:00-15:00 Venue: Auditorium, Level 1 Cost: Free, booking required Book online or call 0300 123 6789 Join artist Danie Mellor and Dr Alison Bracker from the Royal Academy of Arts, London as they discuss his new exhibition Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral which draws inspiration from objects in the museum’s World Cultures collections. Open Studies Summer Course: Scottish Textiles This course is now fully booked Dates: Mon 11 August Times: 10:30-17:30 Cost: £36, £24 Concessions Using our displays as inspiration, this day course explores the history of Scottish textiles, from the 19th century to the present day. Open Studies Summer Course: Ming China and its Material Legacy This course is now fully booked Dates: Tues 19-Wed 20 August Times: 10:30-16:30 Led by tutor Stephen McDowall, this two day course offers an introduction to the history of Ming dynasty China (1368–1644), with a particular focus on the objects and images the people of the Ming left behind. Includes exhibition entry. Evening Lecture: As Precious as a Ming Vase? Date: Wed 10 September Time: 18:30-19:30 Venue: Auditorium, Level 1 Cost: £6/£5 Members and Concessions, booking required. Book online or call 0300 123 6789 Who, what and when were the Ming? And why has their porcelain become shorthand for something rare and precious? Broadcaster, ceramics historian and China enthusiast Lars Tharp explores the story of China’s most famous luxury export and reveals some of his own Ming discoveries. Evening Lecture: The First World War - 100 Years On Date: Thu 25 September Time: 18:30-19:30 Venue: Auditorium, Level 1 Cost: £6/£5 Members and Concessions, booking required Book online or call 0300 123 6789 Academic, writer and broadcaster Professor Sir Hew Strachan analyses how the fundamental transformation in how wars are fought has influenced how we commemorate conflict. Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy This workshop is now sold out Date: Sun 28 September Venue: Studio 2, Learning Centre, Level 4 Cost: £20/£18 Members and Concessions. Discover the tools and techniques of this ancient art form in an introductory session led by Chi Zhang, calligraphy artist and tutor at the Confucius Institute for Scotland. Participants will learn how to use Chinese soft brushes and ink before completing a finished piece of artwork to take home. Includes exhibition entry and refreshments. All materials are supplied. Saturday Showcase: Ming, The Golden Empire Date: Sat 4 October Time: 13:30-16:00 Venue: Auditorium, Level 1 Cost: £10, £8 Members and Concessions, includes refreshments. Book online or call 0300 123 6789 Join our panel as they discuss the wider historical context of our special exhibition. Principal Curator Dr Kevin McLoughlin will look at the growth in book culture during the late Ming, Dr Yupin Chung, Glasgow Museums explores the quest for fine tea in Ming times and Dr Julian Ward, The University of Edinburgh, discusses late Ming journeys to China’s Sacred Mountains. Dr Stephen McDowall, The University of Edinburgh will chair a panel discussion and audience questions. Booking fees may apply.