Here you'll find past National Museum Scotland press releases.

2017 press releases.

Here you'll find our press releases from 2017.

National Museums Scotland Launches Gaelic Language Consultation

Monday 27 February, 2017

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

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

27 Gearran, 2017

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

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

Wednesday 22 February, 2017

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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Scottish Pottery: Art and Innovation Exhibition

Wednesday 25 January, 2017

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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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Friday 24 February, 2017

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

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

Thursday 16 March, 2017

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

Friday 17 March, 2017

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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National Museums Scotland acquires rare Renaissance jewel

Friday 31 March, 2017

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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National Museums Scotland launches major international touring programme

Monday 10 April, 2017

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 Example of Sir Basil Spence Furniture

Thursday 20 April, 2017

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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Outstanding Silver Beaker by Scottish Silversmiths Donated to National Museums Scotland

Thursday 11 May, 2017

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 Gains Opportunity to Acquire Unique Treasure Hoard

Friday 12 May, 2017

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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National Museum of Scotland Scoops Award for Best Permanent Exhibition

Thursday 18 May, 2017

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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The Galloway Hoard

Friday 16 June, 2017

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

Thursday 22 June, 2017

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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Rare vase designed by William Burges is saved for the nation

Wednesday 28 June, 2017

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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Age of Oil

Friday 21 July, 2017

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

Tuesday 1 August, 2017

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

Friday 4 August, 2017

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

Tuesday 29 August, 2017

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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Exhibition showcasing the first thousand years of silver in Scotland

Wednesday 13 September, 2017

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

Tuesday 26 September, 2017

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

Thursday 28 September, 2017

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

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Lottery support to complete the National Museum of Scotland Masterplan

Tuesday 3 October, 2017

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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Museum Late: Jacobites

Tuesday 17 October, 2017

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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Down to Earth

Thursday 19 October, 2017

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

Monday 23 October, 2017

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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Galloway Hoard saved for the nation

Thursday 26 October, 2017

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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Taighean-tasgaidh Nàiseanta Alba a' foillseachadh Plana Gàidhlig Ùr

7 Samhain, 2017

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

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National Museums Scotland publishes new Gaelic Language Plan

Tuesday 7 November, 2017

National Museums Scotland has published its new Gaelic Language Plan.

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Modernist Jewellery

Thursday 9 November, 2017

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

Thursday 16 November, 2017

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

Tuesday 21 November, 2017

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

Monday 4 December, 2017

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

Monday 11 December, 2017

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

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53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Monday 11 December, 2017

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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National Museums Scotland 2018 programme

Friday 15 December, 2017

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

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