17 February 2022 – 17 July 2022
This British Museum exhibition explores the human story behind the iconic stone monument, Stonehenge. Through objects originating from across Europe, important clues can be detected to help understand the beliefs, rituals and world view of Neolithic people. National Museums Scotland have lent over 100 archaeological artefacts to this groundbreaking exhibition, including a carved ball from Towie, Aberdeenshire and 4 magnificent gold discs from a grave found at Knowes of Trotty, in Orkney.
5 March 2022 – 11 June 2022
National Museums Scotland have lent a stunning bronze Roman face mask to this exhibition which marks 1900 years since the commencement of the building of Hadrian’s Wall. The parade mask shows a young female face and was excavated from the Roman site at Newstead and dates to the late 1st century AD. The mask illustrates the importance of Britain in the Roman Empire at this time.
21 May 2022 – 29 August 2022
This exhibition looks at five English Tudor monarchs through portraits and associated artefacts. The Tudor dynasty reigned from 1485 to 1603 and oversaw many historic events such as the English Reformation, wars and colonisation. National Museums Scotland have lent 4 artefacts of this period including this beautiful late sixteenth century coif, or woman’s cap, made of fine linen with a design of flowers, pods and berries embroidered in silks and silver gilt thread.
After a major refurbishment the Wardlaw Museum has reopened and National Museums Scotland have contributed loans to a new gallery examining the achievements of the University’s alumni. Sir James Black is one of the scientists highlighted in the displays and lent are three medals that were awarded to Black, plus a custom-made model of the drug Propranolol and a set of wooden Napiers bones.
The Trimontium Roman fort site, near Melrose, is of international importance as the largest Roman fort and settlement north of Hadrian’s Wall and the site of one of the largest concentrations of Roman military-related finds in the British Isles. A newly opened, purpose-built museum in Melrose telling the story of this fort has received from National Museums Scotland a long-term loan of 210 archaeological artefacts associated with the Romans in the Scottish Borders excavated at the site.