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The National Museums Scotland press office handles UK and international media requests for the four national museums and our collection centre. The press office team drives news and feature articles in addition to providing a timely and efficient reactive media enquiry service.

For all media enquiries, press images and filming requests our team inbox is media@nms.ac.uk or contact one of our team directly using the details below. Please note that all advertising sales emails should be directed to sabrina@themediashop-scot.co.uk.

Contact us

Bruce Blacklaw
Communications Officer

E: b.blacklaw@nms.ac.uk T: 0131 247 4165

Alice Wyllie
Communications Officer

E: a.wyllie@nms.ac.uk T: 0131 247 4288

Latest news
World’s largest Jurassic pterosaur unearthed on Scottish island
A spectacular fossil of a huge flying reptile known as a pterosaur, that was found on the Isle of Skye, is the largest of its kind ever discovered from the Jurassic period.
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Prayer book inscribed by Mary, Queen of Scots to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland
An illustrated prayer book featuring a poem handwritten by the young Mary, Queen of Scots, is to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland from Thursday 31 March.
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Galloway Hoard yields another exciting discovery, the name of a Bishop Hyguald inscribed on rare rock crystal jar
A rare rock crystal jar found wrapped in textiles as part of the Galloway Hoard has been conserved, revealing a Latin inscription written in gold. The inscription says the jar was made for a bishop named Hyguald.
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National Museums Scotland gifted rare collection of 17th century Scottish silver
National Museums Scotland have acquired a trio of exceptionally rare silver objects created in Scotland in the 1600s. The quaich, trumpet bell and mazer are important examples of 17th century Scottish craftsmanship and have been donated to the National Collections by Ron and Rosemary Haggarty.
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New book gives fresh perspective on Scotland’s Viking-age foundations
Crucible of Nations reveals Medieval Scotland as a melting pot of ideas.
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National Museums Scotland Acquires Armorial Panels Associated With Marie de Guise, Mother of Mary Queen of Scots
A series of oak armorial panels from a house inhabited by Mary Queen of Scots’s mother Marie de Guise, Regent of Scotland and wife of James V, have been acquired and conserved by National Museums Scotland. The announcement coincides with the birth date of Mary, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542).
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Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life
A major new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will look at the history of anatomical study, from artistic explorations by Leonardo da Vinci to the Burke and Hare murders.
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£250,000 project for community groups to research collections in galleries, libraries, archives and museums across the UK 
National Museums Scotland has been awarded a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with the National Maritime Museum, London to enable organisations around the UK to work with community groups to explore experiences of empire, migration, and life in Britain through their collections.
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Climate emergency in focus in new displays at the National Museum of Scotland
Two new displays opening on Friday 24 September at the National Museum of Scotland explore the impact of climate change and the technological response in Scotland to the climate emergency.
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Audubon’s Birds of America
A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine the artistry and legacy of one of the world’s rarest, most coveted and biggest books.
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National Museums Scotland acquires one of the UK’s first autonomous vehicles
National Museums Scotland has acquired a prototype LUTZ Pathfinder, one of three vehicles used for the first test of fully self-driving cars in public in the UK. Going on display in the National Museum of Scotland from today, it is the first autonomous vehicle to enter a UK museum collection.
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The Typewriter Revolution
A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will examine the social and technological impact of typewriters over more than 100 years, from early prototypes to stylish mid-century models, which are still in use today.
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Archibald Swinton Collection of 18th Century Paintings and Lacquer Work Saved for the Nation.
A truly exceptional collection of 18th century Mughal paintings and lacquer work has been acquired for the Nation and allocated to National Museums Scotland under the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.
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