Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme

Welcome to the home of the Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme

With funding from The National Lottery Fund through the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will extend the reach and impact of the new ancient Egypt and East Asia galleries beyond our walls through an extensive national programme. 


From now until March 2020, National Museums Scotland will be working with museums across Scotland to discover and reveal new and interesting stories about their ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections.


The programme will include a touring Ancient Egyptian exhibition and development of new East Asia displays at partner museums, alongside digital resources, learning resources and a skills development programme. The aim of the programme is not only to extend our knowledge about these collections, but also to support new ways of using ancient Egyptian and East Asian objects to encourage greater access for local communities.


Throughout the project we will share some of the stories that emerge on the National Museums Scotland blog.


For more information about the National Programme, contact our National Programme Coordinator, Cassia Pennington



Locating Ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections

The map below displays our National Programme partners, showing where ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections can be found across Scotland.

Map key

  • Egypt
  • East Asia
  • Egypt and East Asia

Explore our shared collections and stories

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Revealing Stories

Revealing Stories is a programme of activity supported by the Museums Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to complement and build upon the Ancient Egypt and East Asia National Programme. It will increase opportunities to engage with ancient Egyptian and East Asian collections across Scotland’s museums.

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