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


Please note that all advertising emails should be directed to: 

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Recent press releases

Secrets of ancient Egyptian statue revealed at Montrose Museum

Tuesday 4 June, 2019

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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All eyes on a new worm species

Tuesday 18 June, 2019

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

Tuesday 25 June, 2019

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

Monday 1 July, 2019

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

Thursday 11 July, 2019

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

Thursday 8 August, 2019

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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Parasites: Battle for Survival
Parasites: Battle for Survival

Friday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 19 April 2020

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

Monday 2 September, 2019

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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A Wild and Majestic Night at the Museum with Scottish Opera

Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Burns and Beethoven will collide in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland on World Opera Day.

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Research reveals secret of who owned the Galloway Hoard

Wednesday 2 October, 2019

First research into the Galloway Hoard has uncovered the name of one of the famous treasure’s original owners.

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Chinese Oracle Bones

Wednesday 16 October, 2019

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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Tyrannosaurs coming to Edinburgh

Tuesday 22 October, 2019

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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National Museums Scotland Launches a Fashionable 2020 Programme

Wednesday 4 December, 2019

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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New Director for National Museums Scotland

Wednesday 4 December, 2019

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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Our plans for the National Museum of Flight

Thursday 30 January, 2020

National Museums Scotland has plans to build a new hangar at East Fortune.

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