The National Museums Scotland press office handles UK and international media requests for the four national museums and our collection centre.

The press office team drives news and feature articles in addition to providing a timely and efficient reactive media enquiry service.

Contact the press office

For all media enquiries, press images and filming requests please contact:

Susan Gray
Communications Manager
Tel: 44 (0) 131 247 4088

Bruce Blacklaw
Communications Officer
Tel: 44 (0) 131 247 4165

Alice Wyllie
Communications Officer
Tel: 44 (0) 131 247 4288

Email: media@nms.ac.uk

Please note that all advertising emails should be directed to: 

Petya Shumakova
Petya@themediashop-scot.co.uk


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Recent press releases

New Director for National Museums Scotland

Professor Christopher Breward has been appointed as Director of National Museums Scotland, succeeding Dr Gordon Rintoul who will step down in March 2020. He will take up the post in April 2020.

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National Museums Scotland Launches a Fashionable 2020 Programme

National Museums Scotland’s 2020 exhibition programme includes fearsome predators, iconic fashions and archaeological mysteries in highlight exhibitions Tyrannosaurs, Little Black Dress and The Galloway Hoard.

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Tyrannosaurs coming to Edinburgh

Tyrannosaurs will explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, bringing the latest palaeontological discoveries to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.

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Chinese Oracle Bones

Chinese Oracle Bones – a new display of animal bones once used to explore the unknown, now studied to unlock the mysteries of the past – opens on Friday 25 October at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba a’ com-pàirteachadh le Sabhal Mòr Ostaig air Prìomh Thaisbeanadh Ùr

Tha Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba agus Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a’ Cholaiste Ghàidhliganns an Eilean Sgitheanach a tha na com-pàirtiche ann an Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd is nan Eilean, air co-obrachadh a thoirt gu buil air susbaint an taisbeanaidh shamhraidh, Fiadhaich Glòrmhor: Seallaidhean Romansach de dh’Alba

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Parasites: Battle for Survival
Parasites: Battle for Survival

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will explore Scotland’s role in the fight to eliminate tropical diseases by tackling the parasites that cause them.

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Dr Gordon Rintoul to step down as Director, National Museums Scotland

Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director, National Museums Scotland has announced that he will be stepping down in March 2020 after 18 years in the role.

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Declaration of Arbroath to go on public display for the first time in 15 years at the National Museum of Scotland

National Museums Scotland and National Records of Scotland have today announced that the Declaration of Arbroath will be displayed at the National Museum of Scotland next year to mark 700 years since its creation.

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Century-old letter from record-breaking airship journey goes on display at National Museum of Flight

A letter written 100 years ago and dropped over Nova Scotia from the R.34 airship during its record-breaking double transatlantic crossing will go on display at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian on Tuesday 2 July, the centenary of the R.34’s departure from its East Fortune base.

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Major exhibition to explore the Romantic fascination with the Scottish Highlands, from Culloden to Balmoral

A major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland this summer will tell the fascinating story of how tartan, bagpipes and rugged, wild landscapes became established as enduring, internationally recognised symbols of Scottish identity and how Scotland became established in the popular imagination as a land of wilderness, heroism and history.

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All eyes on a new worm species

There’s a worm at the bottom of the sea. But this isn’t an ordinary worm – the newcomer has a unique anatomy with its eyes in its head and in its bottom.

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Secrets of ancient Egyptian statue revealed at Montrose Museum

The subject of an important ancient Egyptian statue held in the collections of Montrose Museum has been identified thanks to a National Museums Scotland review of ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections held in local museums.

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National Museums Scotland partners with Skye College on Gaelic content for major exhibition

National Museums Scotland has partnered with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College on Skye, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), on the production of content for the major summer exhibition, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

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Hunting Rifle given by Queen Victoria to loyal Highland Servant John Brown to go on Display

A hunting rifle gifted by Queen Victoria to her loyal servant John Brown has been acquired by National Museums Scotland. The rifle will go on public display for the first time in a major exhibition this summer, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

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Treasures from the Hoard

A stunning new exhibition at the John Gray Centre, Haddington, will open on Saturday 11 May featuring many of the iconic pieces from the spectacular Traprain Treasure, found on Traprain Law 100 years ago.

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Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

An exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.

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P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission awarded to two artists for the first time

National Museums Scotland is pleased to announce this year’s recipients for the P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission, an exciting opportunity that supports recently graduated and early career silversmiths in the creation of a major piece of silver that will go on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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First public display of Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait

A portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart will go on general public display for the first time at the National Museum of Scotland from 25 April 2019. This is a rare opportunity to see the portrait on public display for a short period of time.

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Conscience Matters

A new exhibition, Conscience Matters, will open at the National War Museum in Edinburgh on Friday 8 March, exploring the little-known story of British conscientious objectors of the Second World War. The exhibition explores some of the reasons people refused to take up arms during war and how such refusals are perceived by society.

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Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine how today’s fashion industry is challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk, in advertising, editorial and behind the camera.

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The Art of African Metalwork

The Art of African Metalwork, a new display exploring how brass and copper were used as objects of exchange, status and power in Africa will open on Friday 22 February at the National Museum of Scotland.

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National Museum of Scotland unveils final phase of dramatic £80 million transformation

Three new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland open to the public on 8 February. These complete the 15-year, £80 million redevelopment which has created one of the world’s finest museums, presenting the wonders of nature, art and culture and the excitement of science and discovery, all under one roof.

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National Museum of Scotland to host first UK showing of exhibition on Tyrannosaurs

The most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on tyrannosaurs will come to Edinburgh next year, opening at the National Museum of Scotland on 24 January 2020. Tyrannosaurs will explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, bringing the latest palaeontological discoveries to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.

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Scottish Government Funds Scottish Tour of the Galloway Hoard

The Scottish Government has announced funding to enable National Museums Scotland to tour an exhibition of the Galloway Hoard to museums across Scotland.

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National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Clock from Pioneering Attempt to Determine Longitude at Sea

National Museums Scotland has acquired a historic Bruce-Oosterwijck longitude pendulum sea clock, which played an important role in the long quest for a practical way of determining longitude at sea; a problem that had made sea voyages incredibly hazardous.

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National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie Commission Major Silver Artwork

National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary silverwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland.

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Landmark year ahead for National Museums Scotland as it completes the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland

A landmark year lies ahead for National Museums Scotland with the completion of the transformation of the National Museum of Scotland’s iconic Victorian building in Edinburgh and a diverse and world-class programme of exhibitions.

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100 days countdown to opening of new galleries at National Museum of Scotland

Today marks 100 days to go until the opening of three new permanent galleries at the National Museum of Scotland: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered, Exploring East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

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Scottish Samplers to go on show

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers showcases an extraordinary collection of Scottish needlework from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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National Museum of Scotland Realises 15 year, £80 million Transformation in Spring 2019

This Spring, National Museums Scotland will reveal the culmination of its 15-year, £80 million transformation of the National Museum of Scotland. The fourth and final phase of the project will see the launch of three new galleries: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered, Exploring East Asia and the Art of Ceramics.

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Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers

Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers showcases an extraordinary collection of Scottish needlework from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Further Rip It Up events unveiled

A further series of events to mark the exhibition Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop at the National Museum of Scotland has been announced.

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National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council announce partnership agreement

National Museums Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council have agreed the terms of a 25-year Partnership Agreement which will enable the organisations to work together across a number of areas, including future displays of the Galloway Hoard at the newly opened Kirkcudbright Galleries.

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New Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland to Celebrate the Art of Ceramics

A new, permanent gallery at the National Museum of Scotland will offer an insight into ceramics as a versatile artistic medium and a practical material.

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Fossil Discovery Sheds New Light on Early Turtle Evolution

A fossilised turtle found in China is helping scientists to fill a key gap in their understanding of the evolution of the species. At 228 million years old, the fossil shows the early stages of the development of this group. The discovery is detailed in a new paper published in Nature.

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New to the National Collection

A killer whale skull from the only resident killer whale pod in the UK, one of just two known silver tea kettles to be made by Ebenezer Oliphant, one of the most accomplished goldsmiths of the 18th century and a unique selection of Japanese ceramics are among the fascinating objects featured in New to the National Collection, a display opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on 17 August.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe is Back at the National Museum of Scotland

Three fun-filled Friday nights of Fringe entertainment, the return of Gilded Balloon at the Museum, daily live pop-up music performances and this summer’s major music exhibition Rip it Up will feature in a lively, packed programme of Edinburgh Festival Fringe events at the National Museum of Scotland.

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First Major Exhibition on Scottish Pop Music Opens in Edinburgh

This summer the National Museum of Scotland presents Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop, the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music, exploring the musical culture of the nation over more than half a century, from influential indie pioneers to global superstars.

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National Museums Scotland acquires rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh wash stand for 150th anniversary

National Museums Scotland has acquired a rare and important wash stand by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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Red Arrows to Head the Line Up at Scotland’s National Airshow

The line-up for Scotland’s National Airshow at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune has just been confirmed, with the RAF Red Arrows display team set to top the bill with a high-octane performance at the East Lothian attraction on Saturday 28 July. Tickets are now on sale and are available at special early bird prices until 13 July.

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National Museums Scotland acquires a Red Arrows Hawk for the National Museum of Flight

National Museums Scotland has acquired a British Aerospace Hawk T1A which was flown by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.

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Art of Glass

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine the diverse work of 15 established and emerging glass artists in Britain today.

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Poppy exhibition to mark centenary of the end of the First World War

The centenary of the end of the First World War will be marked by an exhibition at the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle on the history and significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

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National Museum of Scotland Goes Live with Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience

The National Museum of Scotland has become the first museum or gallery in Scotland available for exploration online via Google Arts & Culture’s Museum View experience.

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Major exhibition of Early Scottish Silver to tour Scotland

A major exhibition supported by The Glenmorangie Company and produced by National Museums Scotland will tour Scotland this year – as the two organisations celebrate the renewal of their award-winning archaeological research partnership.

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National Museums Scotland 2018 programme

National Museums Scotland 2018 Programme: Wildlife Photography, Scottish Pop Music and Glass Art.

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53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will return to Edinburgh in the new year, opening at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 19 January 2018.

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Free entry to the National Museum of Flight for National Lottery Players

The National Museum of Flight is offering free entry to National Lottery players on 16 and 17 December.

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Free entry to the National Museum of Rural Life for National Lottery players

The National Museum of Rural Life at Kittochside, East Kilbride is offering free entry to National Lottery players from 11 – 17 December.

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National Museum of Scotland welcomes two million visitors for the first time

The National Museum of Scotland has now welcomed two million visitors in 2017, the first time it has hit this significant milestone in its 150-year history. Visitor numbers are now running at almost three times the level before the redevelopment programme at the Museum started in 2007.

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Prestigious award for new Science and Technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland

National Museums Scotland has received a major international award for the six new Science and Technology galleries which opened last summer.

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Modernist Jewellery

A remarkable collection of Modernist jewellery will go on display at the National Museum of Scotland next month, when Modernist Jewellery opens on Friday 1 December.

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National Museums Scotland publishes new Gaelic Language Plan

National Museums Scotland has published its new Gaelic Language Plan.

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Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba a' foillseachadh Plana Gàidhlig Ùr

Tha Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba air am Plana Gàidhlig ùr fhoillseachadh.

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Galloway Hoard saved for the nation

National Museums Scotland has today announced that it has achieved its fundraising target of £1.98 million in order to acquire the Galloway Hoard on behalf of the nation.

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Major exhibition and BBC Scotland TV series to tell the story of Scottish pop music next summer

National Museums Scotland and BBC Scotland are coming together to tell the story of Scottish pop music in a major collaborative project that will explore the musical culture of a nation over more than half a century.

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Down to Earth

Down to Earth, a new display at the National Museum of Scotland, will reunite the four fragments of the Strathmore Meteorite for the first time since it fell to earth 100 years ago on 3 December 1917.

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Museum Late: Jacobites

On Friday 10 November the legendary Museum Lates returns with a Jacobite theme marking the end of the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Lottery support to complete the National Museum of Scotland Masterplan

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that The National Lottery has confirmed a grant of £1,071,900 towards the fourth and final stage of the Masterplan to transform the National Museum of Scotland.

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Rare Renaissance jewel goes on display at the National Museum of Scotland

An exceptionally rare Scottish Renaissance jewel went on permanent display at the National Museum of Scotland today.

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Astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland

The Soyuz spacecraft used by Tim Peake as part of the Principia Mission to the International Space Station will go on display at the National Museum of Scotland from May–August 2018.

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Exhibition showcasing the first thousand years of silver in Scotland

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland supported by Glenmorangie will show for the first time how silver, not gold, became the most important precious metal in Scotland over the course of the first millennium AD.

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Major Art Fund donation to Galloway Hoard campaign as public appeal is launched

The campaign to raise the £1.98 million required to save the Galloway Hoard for the nation has received a significant boost thanks to a funding contribution of £400,000 from Art Fund. The generous donation takes the campaign to secure the hoard - the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland - to the half-way point.

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Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Fringe at the National Museum of Scotland

Three fun-filled Friday nights of Fringe entertainment, daily live music performances, the return of Gilded Balloon at the Museum and this summer’s major exhibition Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites feature in a packed programme of Edinburgh Festival Fringe events at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Silver hoard From north of the Roman Frontier to go on display

A hoard of Roman silver from Dairsie in Fife, which was found by metal detectorist David Hall in 2014, when he was just 14 years old, will go on show for the first time in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland this October.

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Age of Oil

Age of Oil, a new contemporary art display showcasing the work of visual artist Sue Jane Taylor will open on Friday 21 July at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Rare vase designed by William Burges is saved for the nation

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that an exquisite vase from a set of four, designed by the gothic revival architect and designer William Burges (1827-81) for the Summer Smoking Room at Cardiff Castle has been saved for the nation.

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Rare artefacts on show in the UK for the first time for major new Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland

Rare treasures from Rome and the Vatican will go on display in the United Kingdom for the first time as a key part of a major new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland opening tomorrow.

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The Galloway Hoard

Following allocation of the Galloway Hoard to National Museums Scotland by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer, part of the Hoard will go on display for a short period as part of a fundraising campaign to raise the necessary £1.98 million to save it for the nation.

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National Museum of Scotland Scoops Award for Best Permanent Exhibition

The National Museum of Scotland was triumphant at the Museums and Heritage Awards in London, taking the top accolade in the Permanent Exhibition category for ten new state-of-the-art galleries.

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National Museums Scotland Gains Opportunity to Acquire Unique Treasure Hoard

The Galloway Hoard, an unparalleled find of Viking-age gold, silver and jewelled treasures, has been allocated to National Museums Scotland by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR).

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Outstanding Silver Beaker by Scottish Silversmiths Donated to National Museums Scotland

A new piece designed by noted Scottish silversmith Grant McCaig and hand-crafted by Hamilton & Inches has been donated to National Museums Scotland.

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National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Example of Sir Basil Spence Furniture

National Museums Scotland has acquired a rare example of furniture designed by Sir Basil Spence - one of the leading British architects of the 20th century - and manufactured by Glasgow firm H. Morris and Company around 1949.

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National Museums Scotland launches major international touring programme

For the first time, National Museums Scotland will tour its collections abroad as part of a major new touring exhibitions programme.

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National Museums Scotland acquires rare Renaissance jewel

National Museums Scotland has acquired an exceptionally rare Scottish Renaissance jewel – a 16th century enamelled gold pendant locket set with an almandine garnet and dating from c.1570-80. An exquisite work of art, the Fettercairn Jewel is also a key to the wider culture of the Scottish Renaissance.

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Japan’s and Scotland’s national treasures to be enriched by shared research initiative

Two of the world’s leading cultural institutions have agreed to collaborate on a range of initiatives linked to their collections and research activities.

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Unique mummy shroud discovered in National Museums Scotland’s collections to go on display

A unique, full-length mummy shroud, which is over 2,000 years old yet is still in remarkable condition, has been discovered in National Museums Scotland’s collections.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

This summer National Museums Scotland will present the largest exhibition about the Jacobites to be held in over 70 years.

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Scottish Pottery: Art and Innovation Exhibition

A lesser known part of Scotland’s pottery history will be showcased at the National Museum of Scotland from 3 February 2017. Scottish Pottery: Art and Innovation will feature 27 pieces illustrating a wide collection of pottery, from everyday wares to exotic decorative pieces, highlighting a global reach that extended to south-east Asia, Canada and America.

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AHRC Awards Major Grant to National Museums Scotland to put military collections in context

National Museums Scotland has been awarded £390,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a £480,000 project to explore artefacts acquired by British servicemen during military campaigns in India and Africa.

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Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba A' Sireadh Bheachdan air Plana Gàidhlig

Tha Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba air co-chomhairleachadh fhoillseachadh air a dhreach den Phlana Gàidhlig.

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National Museums Scotland Launches Gaelic Language Consultation

National Museums Scotland has launched a consultation on its draft Gaelic Language Plan.

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