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: 

Gillian Rae
gillian@themediashop-scot.co.uk.

Recent press releases

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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National Museums Scotland 2017 Programme: Ancient Egypt, Early Scottish Silver and the Jacobites

National Museums Scotland has revealed its exhibitions programme for 2017. The packed programme will explore a diverse range of themes from the story of the Jacobites to the secret world of primates, the mysteries of ancient Egyptian burial to Scotland’s early silver and the life-saving work of The HALO Trust.

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Styling the Nation

The National Museum of Scotland will host a sensationally stylish weekend inspired by the Museum’s new Art and Design galleries. Celebrating design and creativity, Styling the Nation will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November.

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Nordic Modernist Design

A remarkable collection of Modernist jewellery, glassware and ceramics will go on display for the first time at the National Museum of Scotland this month, when Nordic Modernist Design opens on Friday 23 September.

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Museum Sleepover: 150th Birthday Bash

The National Museum of Scotland is hosting a sleepover as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. Families will have a rare opportunity to spend the night in Scotland’s most popular museum on Saturday 15 October.

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Monkey Business

The jungle is coming to the National Museum of Scotland this winter as primates swing from the branches, hang by their tails and screech from the canopy in Monkey Business from 9 December 2016.

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National Museum of Scotland Celebrates Bumper Summer Visitor Numbers

Two months after ten major new galleries opened at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the iconic visitor attraction is celebrating bumper visitor numbers.

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National Museum of Scotland Presents Biggest Ever Festival Programme

The return of the hugely popular Fringe extravaganza Museum After Hours, award-winning contemporary dance, a new partnership with the Gilded Balloon and live music inspired by National Museums Scotland’s five star summer exhibition Celts, all feature in the National Museum of Scotland’s largest ever Fringe programme.

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51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on tour from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 16 September 2016.

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National Museums Scotland Launches a New Online Game in Partnership with Aardman

National Museums Scotland has launched a new online game featuring a lovable new character created in partnership with Aardman. The game allows players to use real objects from the Museum’s biomedical collections to care for a digital creature known as “Gen”.

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Kawarasaki Gonjūrō I as Hanakawado Sukeroku, from the series Thirty-six Selected Floral Parallels (Tōsei mitate sanjūrokkasen)

Heritage Lottery Fund Awards £950,000 for the National Museum of Scotland

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced its initial support for the next phase of the Masterplan to transform the National Museum of Scotland.

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Stone Age Jade from the Alps

A new display at the National Museum of Scotland will showcase National Museums Scotland’s rarely seen collection of Scottish Stone Age jade axeheads, alongside Tim Pomeroy’s contemporary sculpture, Axehead.

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National Museum of Scotland Celebrates 150 Years

The National Museum of Scotland today marks its 150th anniversary, installing a significant item first enjoyed by visitors 150 years ago. The 16th century Italian dish was among the original objects that wowed Victorian visitors when the Museum first opened in 1866.

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Red Arrows Headline Scotland’s National Airshow as Tickets Go on Sale

The Red Arrows will once again headline Scotland’s National Airshow on Saturday 23 July when the spectacular summer event takes to the skies at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

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National Museums Scotland and PCS Union Resolve Industrial Dispute

National Museums Scotland and PCS Union are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement which will bring to an end the long running industrial dispute over payment of weekend allowances.

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Life Support: Stories from the Royal Regiment of Scotland

A new exhibition, Life Support: Stories from The Royal Regiment of Scotland, will open at the National War Museum in Edinburgh, on Monday 25 April, to mark the Regiment’s first decade of operations.

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New Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland has appointed Dr Katie Stevenson as its new Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology.

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Ready for take-off

Aircraft and objects from one of the best and most varied aviation collections in Europe will be unveiled on Good Friday 25 March when two nationally significant Second World War hangars at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian open following a major redevelopment.

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Reflecting Telescopes

A new display at the National Museum of Scotland will reveal the work of pioneering Scots in the development of the reflective telescope, Reflecting Telescopes opens on Friday 25 March.

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Museum Late: Celts

Idlewild will headline an evening of Celtic entertainment at Museum Late: Celts at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 May 2016.

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National Museum of Scotland counts down to galleries opening

National Museums Scotland is counting down to the opening of ten new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday, 8 July 2016.

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Build it!

The chance to help build a 1.5 metre LEGOⓇ brick model of one of the Lewis Chessmen and watch the construction of a 3.5 metre model of the National Museum of Scotland are two of the highlights of Build It! Adventures with LEGOⓇ Bricks, a series of events and activities taking place at the Museum from 29 January until 17 April.

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Celts

The first major British exhibition on the Celts for over 40 years will open at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Thursday 10 March 2016.

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Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land

A collection of Scottish fossils which solve the mystery of how vertebrate life came to move from water to land will be displayed in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland entitled Fossil Hunters: Unearthing the Mystery of Life on Land.

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Work Begins on Major Project to Improve Edinburgh’s Chambers Street

Work to transform the streetscape outside the National Museum of Scotland on Edinburgh’s Chambers Street will start on Sunday 10 January.

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National Museums Scotland 2016 Programme

National Museums Scotland has revealed its exhibitions programme for 2016, including 10 new galleries, two aircraft hangars, Celts, fossils and some Monkey Business...

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Christmas and New Year at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland has revealed its Christmas and New Year events programme.

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Museum Lates: Victorian Sensation

Karaoke, tattoos and magic will all be served up with a Victorian twist alongside a star musical line-up at Museum Lates: Victorian Sensation at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 13 November 2015.

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New to the National Collections

A fragment of the 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteor, a robot butler from the 1980s and a rare piece of glass sculpture by Pablo Picasso are among the fascinating objects featured in this display opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this Friday, 23 October.

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Child’s Play

A talking doll from the 1890s from Thomas Edison, a toy nuclear power station from the 1960s and the 1990s Barbie-cam all feature in a new display, Child’s Play, opening at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh this Friday, 25 September.

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“Britain’s greatest pilot” reunited with infamous aircraft 70 years after he flew it

Captain Eric Brown CBE – often referred to as Britain’s greatest ever pilot - was today reunited with the Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet at the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune.

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The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today

The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today will celebrate the exceptional artistry and skill that make Britain a world leader in modern silver.

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New recruit at National Museums Scotland

National Museums Scotland is delighted to unveil its new Head of Development. Margaret Clift McNulty, who is currently Head of Fundraising at the country’s leading disability charity, will join the National Museums Scotland team from next month.

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Museum to welcome equine giants

Dozens of Clydesdale horses will put their best hooves forward at the National Museum of Rural Life at Kittochside, East Kilbride this Sunday 19 July when they take part in the attraction’s annual Heavy Horse Show.

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New £12 million building unveiled at National Museums Collection Centre

A new state-of-the art collections research, access and storage facility was unveiled today at the National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Europe, Culture and External Affairs.

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I Love Museums

Wednesday 10 June sees the launch of I Love Museums, a new campaign to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums.

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National Museums Scotland acquires Picasso's Capra

National Museums Scotland Acquires Rare Picasso Glass Sculpture for New Art and Design Galleries

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Copper accelerating cavity

National Museums Scotland Acquires CERN Component for New Science Galleries.

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Game Masters tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the hotly anticipated exhibition Game Masters, which opens on Friday 5 December at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Wellcome Trust grant to create Scottish centre for scientific engagement

The Wellcome Trust has today announced significant funding towards the creation of six new galleries of Science and Technology at the National Museum of Scotland, opening in 2016.

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Miniature painting of the court of the Nawab of Bengal, Alivardi Khan, by a Murshidabad artist, ca. 1750.

National Museums Scotland announces new exhibition, Indian Encounters

National Museums Scotland is proud to announce a new exhibition, Indian Encounters, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 14 November showcasing a newly commissioned painting Casualty of War, by renowned contemporary British artists The Singh Twins.

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Heritage Lottery Fund grants £1.3m for National Museum of Flight redevelopment

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed a grant of £1.3 million to help fund the transformation of two hangars at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune in East Lothian.

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Rare May Morris embroideries saved for the nation

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that a pair of rare embroidered hangings by the Arts and Crafts designer, May Morris has been saved for the nation.

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Acquisition of rare cabinet painted by Whistler

National Museums Scotland has acquired a magnificent maple cabinet designed by Edward William Godwin and painted by the renowned artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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Heritage Lottery Fund grants £4.85 million

National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed a grant of £4.85 million to help fund the implementation of the next stage of the Masterplan for the National Museum of Scotland.

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