National Museums Scotland has lent two Tasmanian kelp shell necklaces, one of which was displayed at the Great London Exposition of 1862, for a ground-breaking exhibition presenting creative work from 20 Tasmanian Aboriginal artists across 15 projects. Ancestral objects from collections around the world have been lent to lutruwita (Tasmania) to be exhibited alongside contemporary responses from artists, some of which are by descendants of the original makers.
National Museums Scotland has lent a large Imperial Chinese porcelain fish-bowl dating from 1567-1572 for long term display in the new Lee Kai Hung Chinese Culture Gallery. This gallery is part of Manchester Museum’s 15-million-pound refurbishment which saw the reopening of the Museum in February 2023
18 September 2022 – 26 February 2023
National Museums Scotland lent one of the iconic Lewis chessmen to this comprehensive exhibition of the “Men from the North”. The exhibition looks at a geographical approach to exploring the mix of cultures brought about by trade and conquest. The Normans were powerful princes and rulers who left their traces all over Europe and beyond.
17 September 2022 – 3 December 2022
A rare opportunity to see the Lindisfarne Gospels displayed in Tyneside on loan from the British Library. National Museums Scotland lent 4 archaeological artefacts dating from the 7-9th centuries to display alongside the manuscripts. One of the archaeological artefacts is a beautiful gold-plated silver brooch with interlaced and birds’ head ornamentation.
25 June 2022 – 1 October 2022
National Museums Scotland has lent 11 glass Blaschka models to this exhibition in which the artist Condorelli creates works that take inspiration from art, design and the natural world. The models are small and delicate recreations of ocean creatures made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by master glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.
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.
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.