At a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the University of Edinburgh signed a Memorandum of Understanding, underlining a commitment to greater joint working.

We have agreed to work in partnership across a range of activities; academic research, visitor engagement, staff development, and collection loans and acquisitions.

The agreement strengthens ties between our two neighbouring institutions. Links were forged more than 150 years ago when natural history artefacts belonging to the University were transferred to the national collections.

The University’s Professor of Technology, George Wilson was appointed as the first director of what is now the National Museum of Scotland.

Since then, academics and curators have collaborated across the range of National Museums’ collections in the sciences and the humanities including the natural world, the sciences, world cultures and Scottish history and archaeology.

We have worked together on popular events such as the Edinburgh International Science Festival and exhibitions on topics including mummies, textiles and particle physics.

Prof Sir Timothy O'Shea and Dr Gordon Rintoul

Above: Prof Sir Timothy O'Shea and Dr Gordon Rintoul.

Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museum Scotland said:

“Formalising our partnership with the University strengthens our long standing association, bringing greater opportunities to collaborate on academic research and exhibition development. We look forward to sharing the results of our joint working with visitors through the publication of topical research and a programme of public events.”

Prof Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, said:

“We are delighted to build on our existing relationship with National Museums Scotland. We look forward to a greater number of collaborations across the disciplines to support academic endeavour and public engagement.”

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