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Centre for Open Learning: Discovering the National Collections: Jewellery from Antiquity to Present Day

25 Jan - 22 Feb 2024


£80 for 5 sessions (concessions available) 

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National Museums Scotland are delighted to host a new term of University of Edinburgh Short Courses – a great way to explore our collections and their wider history with experts.  

This course will use the museum collections to introduce the extraordinarily diverse world of jewellery. From antiquity to the present day, we will explore our fascination with adornment to discover how trade, culture and craftsmanship pushed the boundaries of jewellery making around the world. 

This course is led by Karen A Clulow BA MA FSA Scot, and will be taught within a range of galleries in the National Museum of Scotland

'Bracelet 1', carved from polystyrene foam and covered with a mosaic made from acrylic, PVC and thin sections of found plastic objects: by Peter Chang, September - October 1987 © Peter Chang (A.1991.516).

Bracelet and pendant formed of six tiger's claws set in gold: Asia, South East Asia, Thailand or Laos (A.1866.49).

Necklace of gold, moonstones and opals: English, London, designed by Edward Spencer for the Artificers' Guild, c. 1905 (A.1992.101).

Detail from a mummy-portrait depicting a woman wearing a red tunic and elaborate jewellery: Ancient Egyptian, Hawara, Middle Egypt, Roman Period, c. AD 110-130 (A.1951.160).

The University of Edinburgh Short Courses are presented by the Centre for Open Learning. Full information is on the booking link above, or you can contact the Centre for Open Learning on 0131 650 4400 or 

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  • The Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge is an accessible entrance for visitors who have additional mobility requirements.
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Header image: Woman's necklace or collar of variegated beadwork, black, yellow, red and white stripes, in seven sections divided by cane bracers: Borneo, late 19th century (A.1906.113).

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