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Discovering Decorative Arts at the National Museum of Scotland

20 Jan - 24 Mar 2022
11:00 - 13:00

Dunfermline Room

£175 for 10 sessions (concessions available) 

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

This course will introduce the magnificent decorative arts collections within the National Museum of Scotland. We will explore the historical developments of decorative arts and how they have influenced the modern methods and techniques used to create many of the beautiful objects on display in the National Museum of Scotland. 

This course will be led by Karen A Clulow BA MA FSA Scot.   

'Green Circles' structure, welded stainless steel, tapestry inserts, David Poston and Jonathan Cleaver: Suffolk & Edinburgh, UK, 2011 © David Poston and Jonathan Cleaver (K.2013.83).

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

Find out more about the event and how to attend:

Visiting safely

A range of safety measures have been put in place for this event in line with Scottish Government guidelines. This includes pre-booked tickets, face coverings, enhanced cleaning and hand sanitising stations. Participants' seating in the Dunfermline Room will be physically distanced. The tutor will not wear a mask during the course, but they will be physically distanced from the students.

During your visit, we ask you to:

• Use the hand sanitiser provided.
• Wash your hands often.
• Face coverings must be worn by visitors over 12 in our indoor spaces.
• Please do not visit the museum if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus.

When you book we will also collect your name, contact number and the date and time of your visit to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and we may share this information with the service up to 21 days following your visit. For more information please see our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice.

Getting here

Enter the museum from the main public entrances on Chambers Street.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street

Map and directions


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

  • The Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge is an accessible entrance for visitors who have additional mobility requirements.
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Find out more about our access information.

Header image: Embroidered hanging depicting a pomegranate tree, roses and other flowers, foliage and birds: designed by May Morris, 1891 (K.2014.47.1).

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