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In Conversation: Rachel Bigsby, Wildlife Photographer

9 Mar 2024
14:00 - 15:00

Auditorium, Level 1

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A black and white image of two white birds on a rock.

'The Art of Courtship', photographed by Rachel Bigsby

© Rachel Bigsby

'The Art of Courtship', photographed by Rachel Bigsby

© Rachel Bigsby

Join award-winning photographer Rachel Bigsby as she shares her passion for capturing wildlife on camera. Makar Kathleen Jamie will introduce this event with a poetry reading inspired by the natural world.

In celebration of International Women’s Day and our exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, developed by the Natural History Museum, the National Museum of Scotland is proud to host two women who have carved out their careers inspired by the wonders of the natural world.

Join Rachel Bigsby as she shares the joys and challenges of her career in wildlife photography and broadcasting, and hear poetry from Kathleen Jamie, Makar (National Poet for Scotland).


National Museums Scotland Members £7.50

Adult £10

Over 60s £8.50

Unemployed, Disabled £7.50

Student, Young Scot* £6

*Valid ID required.

Carers of disabled people free.

Rachel Bigsby holds a camera with a long lens.

Rachel Bigsby

A leading wildlife photographer and advocate for the natural world, Rachel Bigsby is this year’s winner of the Natural Artistry category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

The 26-year-old is also a portfolio winner in Bird Photographer of the Year, a Nikon Creator, and has published work with the National Geographic Society.

In addition to her career as a photographer, Rachel has featured on television as an emerging natural history broadcaster for BBC’s Springwatch and The One Show. 

She has also filmed long lens wildlife for BBC Earth, Springwatch, The One Show and Countryfile.

Kathleen Jamie sits at table in floral top.

Kathleen Jamie © Robin Gillanders

Kathleen Jamie is a poet, essayist and editor.

In 2021, she was appointed the Makar or National Poet for Scotland for a three-year term.

Kathleen is the author of Findings and Sightlines, books which explore the nature and landscapes of Scotland, daring us to look again at the ‘natural’, the remote and the human-made of the living world.

She has also written about Scottish gannet colonies, the subject of Rachel’s category-winning photograph.

Watch: Interview with Rachel Bigsby

Visitor information

After the presentation there will be time for audience questions. Questions can also be submitted in advance by emailing

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Map and directions

This event will be held in the Auditorium, just behind the Collecting Stories gallery, on Level 1.

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

  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.  
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium. 
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 

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