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Man's official robe, embroided silk, made in China in the early 20th century. For use by Tibetan or Chinese high ranking civil cervant in Tibet

Image Library

The image library of National Museums Scotland comprises a vast wealth of material from our museums.

The library contains pictures from:

  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Scottish Life Archive
  • National Museum of Rural Life
  • National War Museum
  • National Museum of Flight

History, science and the arts are covered from Scotland and abroad; from archaeology to airships, gold to golfballs and daggers to dodos, we have it all!

  • Williamdemorgan Dish

    Dish by William de Morgan, c.1880-1900

  • Armlet

    Armlet found in Banffshire, 100-300AD

  • Pageant Helmet

    Iron pageant helmet, 18th or early 19th century

  • Teapot

    Staffordshire stoneware teapot depicting Frederick the Great, c.1758-1765

  • Glass Cup

    Cup of Murrhine glass made in Venice, 19th century

  • Matthew Hardie Cello

    Cello made by Matthew Hardie and Son of Edinburgh, 1823

  • A group of carved Lewis chess pieces

    Lewis chessmen

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Picture research

Picture research is undertaken quickly and efficiently and curatorial advice about the objects themselves is always at hand. Any queries large or small are welcomed.

Commercial use

Images from National Museums Scotland are available from the image library for reproduction in publications, film, television and other media.

A reproduction fee is charged for the use of any image and this fee will depend on the usage and rights required. Discounted rates are available in some circumstances. Reproduction fees do not include the supply of photographic material and this is charged at a separate rate. Customers should note that supply fees are payable even if the image is not used.

Reproduction from secondary sources, 35mm slides or low res jpegs is strictly forbidden.

Offline delivery

If an image is available as a digital file it will be dispatched within seven days of ordering. New photography, scanning and photographic reprints will take a little longer, but we aim to supply within 21 days. You will be advised if your order cannot be completed within this time.


Image prices start at £20 for up to two images and then £5 per image. Reproduction fees start from £10 and new photography fees start from £30. All fees exclude VAT. New Photography lead time is 6-8 weeks.

Submit an application

If you know which images you require and how you wish to use them, please complete our Image Licence application form. We will then send you a quote for your order.

Apply for an Image Licence

To license any other digital asset from National Museums Scotland (sounds, video, etc) please complete our Digital Asset application form.

Apply for a Digital Asset Licence

Find out more

For further information about our services including how to order and the costs involved or how to reproduce an image for a publication or any other commercial use, please contact the image library staff, who will be happy to help with all queries and requests. 

Margaret Wilson
National Museums Scotland Image Library

Fax: 0131 247 4012

A: Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
E: T: 0131 247 4026

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