The museum's redevelopment continues apace with the next phase of the £80 million Masterplan in progress.
In the past year significant work has been undertaken to redevelop two historic hangars at the National Museum of Flight
A new storage and research facility brings important collections together in one location for the first time.
This year, our wide-ranging exhibition programme has spanned fashion, photography and gaming, explored British-Indian relations and commemorated the First World War and battle of Waterloo.
Making an impact beyond our walls is a fundamental element of our activities. We achieve this through partnerships and national projects, training, loans and touring exhibitions and an inspiring public programme of events. We also work to engage with those who do not normally visit our museums through our outreach work.
An important element of our future focus is the digitisation of our collections. Our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr and our lively staff blog help us engage larger audiences in new ways. Free public wifi at the National Museum of Scotland has increased access to our online resources.
Header image: A 1942 Rolls-Royce Merlin 73 aircraft engine is cleaned ahead of its redisplay in 2016 as part of a project to restore two nationally significant Second World War hangars at the National Museum of Flight. © Neil Hanna.
Central images: Copper accelerating cavity from Large Electron Positron collider at CERN © Neil Hanna; moving planes at the National Museum of Flight; new storage facilities at the National Museums Collection Centre © Neil Hanna; 1/4 plate tinted ambrotype, depicting a family portrait of a husband and wife and their two children, from the Howarth-Loomes collection at National Museums Scotland; the Gundestrup cauldron is one of the spectacular international loans to feature in the Celts exhibition © The National Museum of Denmark.