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Hand-bells

Brazing an iron hand-bell in bronze has been the most technologically challenging of all the craft recreations, reinforcing our appreciation of the skill of Early Medieval craftspeople.

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Library collection

The scope of the library collection reflects the strengths and variety of the Museums’ collections.

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Gold object of the week No. 2

Gold lunulae from Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

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Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard

“Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard” is a 3-year AHRC project in partnership with the University of Glasgow that aims to challenge current understanding of the process of hoarding through an interdisciplinary study of one of the best-preserved hoards found in Britain to date.

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Atalanta and Hippomenes overmantel

Discover the history of a 17th-century stone carving which reflects changing tastes in interior design through the years.

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Napier's bones

Napier’s ‘bones’ or ‘rods’ are just one of the methods invented by the Edinburgh-born Renaissance scholar John Napier to speed up calculations.

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Annual Pass

Make unlimited visits for 12 months with your National Museum of Rural Life ticket.

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Dr Alice Blackwell

Alice is the Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History, with responsibility for the late medieval collections.

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African Commemorative Textiles Project with Edinburgh College of Art 2016-17

This creative project opened up our African collections as an inspirational resource for students at Edinburgh College of Art.

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Scottish wildcat

Rarer than the tiger, the Scottish wildcat is Britain's last native cat species. Find out more about this elusive feline and the efforts being made to ensure it has a future.

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Préparez votre visite

Préparez votre visite du Musée national d'Écosse.

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Dr Sarah Worden

Sarah Worden is Curator of African Collections with a particular interest in textiles and the role of clothing and dress in the expression of identity.

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A Legacy in Fossils

New publication celebrates the life of Scottish fossil collector Stan Wood and his remarkable discoveries.

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Teacup Travels

Download resources to create your own Teacup Travels adventure, based on the CBeebies series, and find out where you can see the objects that inspired the Viking episode.

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Triumph of Prudence tapestry

Hung in Europe’s most noble households, this luxurious tapestry belongs to a Flemish set known as The Triumph of the Seven Virtues. It was woven in Brussels during the early 16th century.

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Newbridge chariot reconstruction

This splendid reconstruction brings to life an Iron Age chariot discovered at Newbridge, near Edinburgh Airport. Chariot burials were very exclusive, and this is the oldest in Britain.

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Lulu the killer whale

Lulu came from the only killer whale pod in the UK and was found dead on Tiree in 2016. She had the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls ever recorded from a marine mammal.

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Jacobite heroine: Snuffbox associated with Flora MacDonald

Flora MacDonald famously helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape. This snuffbox, an heirloom of her clan, links the romantic pair.

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Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh's Summer panel

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh is highly regarded as a notable artist and designer of gesso panels and metalwork. This Summer panel is an allegorical panel in which a stylised art nouveau figure of a woman and four infants represent the fecundity and greenness of the season.

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Slides: Micro-worlds in a box

As microscopes became increasingly popular, so did companies that specialized in slide preparation.

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Sanaa Gateja's bead-work shawl

Colourful and intriguing, this shawl transforms waste paper into a statement piece of art and fashion.

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James VI and I

James VI and I was a hugely significant Stewart king, but has been overshadowed by his notorious relations: his predecessor in Scotland, his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots; in England, his cousin, Elizabeth I; and his successor in both kingdoms, Charles I.

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Gold object of the week No. 5

The Culduthel wristguard rivet caps

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The Umbrian Madonna: history and analysis

The first stage of this interdisciplinary project explored the history of the sculpture and included a scientific analysis of its components. The findings informed the conservation and display of this rare piece.

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The Eglinton tournament: the quest for authenticity

In August 1839, Lord Eglinton held a mock-medieval tournament at his estate in North Ayrshire, Scotland. The event was hugely popular, and around 100,000 people attended. Step onto the battlefield and discover some of the objects associated with this flamboyant festival here.

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Who was Phoebe Anna Traquair?

The first important professional woman artist of modern Scotland, Phoebe Anna Traquair was a leading figure within the Scottish Arts and Crafts movement.

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Network members

The AHRC Gold Research Network brings together, for the first time, experts and early-career researchers from a number of disciplines and countries to share their knowledge and expertise about gold.

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The Ann Paludan image library of historical Chinese sculptures

The Ann Paludan Photographic Archive consists of more than 10,000 photographsof historical Chinese sculptures, and represents over thirty years of site visits and research by writer and art historian Ann Paludan (1928–2014).

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Dr Sarah Laurenson

Dr Sarah Laurenson is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary History.

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Portrait cloth commemorating Mary Slessor

Why should a 19th century Scottish woman feature on a contemporary African cloth? Discover the story of Mary Slessor: missionary, magistrate and champion of women's rights.

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Disks from James Clerk Maxwell's colour top

James Clerk Maxwell used these coloured disks during his research into colour vision.

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Closing Romer's Gap: The story so far

If the first four-legged animals had never emerged from water onto land, our world today would not exist. Yet how did this great step happen? The mystery is finally being solved – and fossils discovered in Scotland lie at the heart of the story.

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Gothic Revival vase by William Burges

This elaborate 19th century vase was created by the architect and designer William Burges, and formed part of his opulent interior decoration design for Cardiff Castle.

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Extinction Bell

Artist Luke Jerram's 'Extinction Bell' hopes to raise awareness of biodiversity loss.

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Westlothiana lizziae

This very important fossil, affectionately known as ‘Lizzie', was discovered in Scotland in the 1980s and could be the earliest known reptile.

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The genetics of Asian lions in zoos

A newly published project examines genetic variation in the Asian lion population in European zoos.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

This exhibition explored the real story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the rise and fall of the Jacobites.

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Ullaich do thuras

Ullaich do thuras gu Taigh-tasgaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba.

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Planifique su visita

Planifique su visita al Museo Nacional de Escocia.

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Planowanie wizyty

Planowanie wizyty w Narodowym Muzeum Szkocji.

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Pianificare una visita

Pianificare una visita al Museo Nazionale della Scozia.

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Who was Mary, Queen of Scots?

Arguably the most famous and controversial figure in Scottish history, Mary Stewart has become something of an enigma.

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Dr Fraser Hunter

Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology.

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Culture vessel

This simple looking object made it possible for the first clinical trials and batch production of penicillin to take place. Its design marks a significant milestone in the history of medicine.

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Our Chinese collection

From ancient ceramics to imperial jade, oracle bones to contemporary propaganda posters, our Chinese collection spans over four thousand years and includes around 11,000 items.

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An Egyptian Luxury in Roman Scotland

Discover how research and collecting at National Museums Scotland is reshaping understandings of Scotland in the past as we take a closer look at a very special Roman object with surprising Egyptian origins.

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Animals and birds

Designs with animals and birds were produced throughout the life of the Turkey red industry. Like the floral patterns, they were often aimed at specific markets. The peacock, for instance, was a popular motif with the Indian market and appears in a variety of guises in the Turkey Red Collection.

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