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The Galloway Hoard brings together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. It is of international significance and will transform our understanding of this period of Scottish history.
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Explore the amazing collections of National Museums Scotland through films, animations and podcasts.
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Our stories live on in the objects we leave behind, objects that have the power to inspire people now and in the future. But without protection these objects and their stories can be lost forever.
Science and Technology
20 min read
Explore our archive of Victorian photography, from the early days of daguerreotypes to the birth of photography for the masses. Discover some familiar faces and meet some unexpected characters, and see Scotland as you've never seen it before.
Discover how Victorian inventors and entrepreneurs succeeded in capturing the very first images....
In these short films, experts from the world of photography introduce the heroes of Victorian photography....
Kirke Kook explores the meaning behind some of the photographs in the National Museums Scotland collection....